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Editorials

Remember the lessons of our freedoms

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask the last three men who have served as our president — Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. And, while your perception of whoever the ...

Working to stay heart healthy

This month is American Heart Month, and we’re reminding Ohio Valley residents to be heart-smart not only this month, but all year long. Unfortunately, the Tri-State Area continues to lead many parts of the country in illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, and heart disease ranks at the top, ...

Legislators should approve ‘born alive’ measure

One argument made frequently regarding proposals for legislation has always puzzled us. It is that certain bills should be rejected because they allegedly duplicate statutes already on the books. Some critics of a measure in the West Virginia State Senate, the “born alive” bill, resorted ...

WVU Medicine a true asset for the state

Among aces-in-the-hole we West Virginians possess in terms of both economic development and quality of life is West Virginia University Medicine, which includes numerous health care programs. Just last week, the WVU Heart and Vascular Insititute revealed a fully robotic aortic valve replacement ...

Enjoying the journey of reading

A literary journey over the last few weeks will come to an end, Friday, at Weirton Elementary, and we hope it has been an enjoyable experience for the youth, faculty and families who have taken part. This year’s Read With Me Weirton program kicked off at the school Jan. 31, with the more ...

Rebuild West Virginia’s public schools

It is unfortunate that West Virginia state school Superintendent Steve Paine is retiring under the circumstances he outlined in a surprise announcement last week. Paine explained he is leaving because “a member of my family is facing a health crisis and I want to be fully present for my ...

Saving our state’s smaller hospitals

It is difficult to conceive of what state government can do to help embattled small hospitals in West Virginia. Most of the challenges facing them, including unrealistic reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, cannot be addressed in Charleston. Still, Gov. Jim Justice’s intention to form ...

The surest sign spring is on its way

Forget what anyone has told you. Forget that Punxsutawney Phil last Sunday predicted we would have an early spring. Pay no attention to the caterpillars or the information contained on the pages of any almanac. The surest sign that spring is nearly upon us happens this week when pitchers and ...

Revenue concern is understandable

Earlier this week, we warned that a proposal by some West Virginia legislators to reduce, then eliminate a tax paid by many manufacturers would run into a buzz saw if it lacks safeguards for local government entities. On Monday, the point was reinforced by local officials in ...

Catching the mistake before it is too late

Officials in Brooke County discovered another issue with a levy in recent days. This time, at least, the mistake was caught before it went before the voters. During their meeting Tuesday, county commissioners announced there had been a miscalculation made while establishing rates for a ...

Making children the top priority

Children are the top priority in the minds of many West Virginians. Some legislators wonder whether they are a high enough priority in state government, however. During a press conference Monday in Charleston, a bipartisan group of lawmakers suggested state government needs to do more to ...

Championship time in the Ohio Valley

This is a hectic time of year for local competitors throughout the area. Fans of high school sports in the region already have seen the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crown champions in wrestling, swimming and bowling. Girls basketball titles will be awarded on Saturday, with the boys ...

Make safeguards part of tax relief

Regarding an important bill in the West Virginia Legislature, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers deserve plaudits for making their branch of government work as the nation’s founders intended. That is to say, without partisanship being the key to how issues are decided. A measure that ...

Celebrate the contributions

Black History Month 2020 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans and the Vote” is the theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American ...

When celebrations collide

Today is one of those rare occasions when two unofficial holidays on the calendars of many Americans collide. It is a day marked by very significant events, and many people are sure to have more than a casual interest in their outcomes. For, in addition to being Groundhog Day, today is ...

Looking back and looking forward

When you sit down and read the first installment of this year’s Progress Edition, you’ll come across some interesting comments about how our Tri-State Area is poised for continued economic growth. The words are offered by Marvin Six, the interim director of the Business Development Corp. ...

Tailgate with the Weirton United Way

The Weirton United Way is heading into the final stretch for its 2019 campaign, with one last fundraiser event scheduled for this weekend. The annual Big Game Tailgate will be held Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, just off the Burgettstown exit of U.S. Route 22. It promises to be a ...

Derby brings lessons, tradition for Scouts

Examples of teamwork and dedication will be on display this weekend at the Fort Steuben Mall when the Two Chiefs District of the Cub Scouts holds it annual Pinewood Derby. The derby is a tradition that goes back nearly 70 years. Some people might think it nothing more than an attempt to show ...

Hard decisions ahead for Brooke Schools

Brooke County Schools are facing another crisis in their operations. This time, a “miscalculation” on the operating levy approved by voters last year has resulted in a $3.2 million shortfall for the county school district. The levy itself, on the books for more than 40 years and always ...

Revamping the social studies curriculum

Let us hope the social studies curriculum does not become the third rail of education reform in West Virginia. There are clear needs for improvement. It would not be surprising if state school officials decide to back away from changes in requirements for high school social studies classes. ...