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Editorials

Making college more affordable

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee actually was being a bit modest when he spoke of affordability during his State of the University speech last week. “Only six out of 50 flagship (state) universities are affordable for most students, according to a recent Institute for Higher ...

Stop dangerous behavior, hazing

Some parents view sending sons and daughters off to college as a milestone for youngsters developing into mature adults. Many still have a long way to go, as they demonstrate by dangerous, sometimes vicious behavior. Last week, officials at Marshall University in Huntington ordered all ...

Working to keep our region strong

It was fitting that members of the Jefferson County and Follansbee chambers of commerce gathered earlier this week for their respective annual dinners. Both events were held Wednesday, which was National Chamber of Commerce Day. Celebrated each year on the third Wednesday in October, it’s a ...

A strategy for charter school regulations

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education and state school Superintendent Steven Paine are in a no-win situation — at least in pleasing education “stakeholders.” So what? That is not their job. Their responsibility is to do their best to ensure that children get good educations, ...

Court oversight remains a concern

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in the ...

McKinley right on Border Patrol

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., represents residents of our region in multiple ways. One is serving as our eyes and ears in regard to national and international issues. Illegal immigration is one of them. What McKinley found when he visited the U.S.-Mexico border recently is that U.S. ...

Welcome firefighters

We rely on the skills and training of our firefighters to protect us, our families and our homes in the event of structure fires, vehicle crashes and even medical emergencies. It is a dangerous job, and requires them to be on the top of their game and to undergo years of training. Over the ...

Remember the spirit of discovery

Christopher Columbus is under assault, 527 years after his discovery of the lands of the Western Hemisphere was made. It’s no longer acceptable in a politically correct world to offer a holiday to a man who was, in the eyes of some, little more than a money-grubbing, disease-carrying pirate ...

Think pink, raise awareness

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Weirton must find a way to save parks

No one likes having to spend money on repairs, whether they are on a car transmission or a home HVAC system. All of us prefer using our money for nice, new things. Sometimes we have no choice. That appears to be the situation facing Weirton residents. During a sparsely attended meeting last ...

An early taste of Christmas spirit

For 17 years, the annual Christmas in the Park event held in Follansbee has offered residents of the Tri-State Area the chance to get an early start on the holiday season. Set for this weekend at Follansbee Municipal Park, the festival provides a fun time for area families and celebrates the ...

Let the facts, not agenda, guide impeachment

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

Helping West Virginia’s foster children

Nearly 2 percent of the children in West Virginia — more than 6,800 of them — are in some form of foster care administered by the state. Are we doing enough for them? A lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health and Human Resources last week argues we are not, to the point that ...

End vicious cycle for our children

Too often, those studying how to improve the lives of West Virginians conclude the answer is giving more of our hard-earned money to state government, to be doled out as officials in Charleston wish. Good for the West Virginia KIDS COUNT organization for coming to a different — and correct ...

Properly prepare for the flu season

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes” or “vaping,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. During the 2017-18 season, nearly 15 percent of ...

First Amendment rights are still important

Today marks the beginning of National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, it’s a week that has been set aside for the past 79 years to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. This year’s theme is “Think F1rst: Know your five freedoms,” ...

Crew deserving of praise for rescue

In June, a woman jumped from the Newell Bridge into the Ohio River. Crew members of the towboat Alice Jean — Eileen Provins, James Blake Jr., Travis Neely and Jarrod Starkey — saw her and went immediately to her aid. Had they not done so, at some risk to themselves, “there was a strong ...

FDA needs to provide some answers

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Let’s celebrate the apple

A tradition that has brought residents of the Tri-State Area together for many decades will be renewed for the 41st time this weekend. It’s the annual Wellsburg Applefest, which will run Friday though Sunday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town Square. The festival celebrates the ...

The commitment for our area continues

Trinity Health System has had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the past several weeks. On Sept. 19, for example, it completed the first phase of construction on its $75 million patient tower and expansion on the Trinity Medical Center West Campus. That came when crews with JE Dunn ...