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Editorials

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The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

Christmas in the Park has the holiday spirit

Organizers of the annual Follansbee Christmas in the Park event say the holiday season is filled with the spirit of giving. And that’s why they continue to share proceeds from the annual event with members of the community. The festival has been a staple on the October calendar for nearly ...

Solving our foster care problems

Observant West Virginians concerned about children taken into the foster care system have been aware of its shortcomings for some time. So have state officials, who seem to be making a sincere effort to improve the situation. And, not just incidentally, so does the U.S. Department of ...

Practice fire prevention during the holidays

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are another cause of fires in December. The ...

Stay positive this holiday season

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those already stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle of the holidays ...

Be safe, smart while holiday shopping

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. It is a shorter shopping season this year for many who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their gift buying The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness ...

Be patient during Black Friday shopping

Pundits and analysts have been pronouncing Black Friday a dying tradition, but pundits and analysts are not in the immediate circles of family and friends who set out today in bargain hunts for the perfect, and affordable, Christmas gift. For many, today represents a memorable, annual, fun ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s many things to many people. It’s a day that has come to stand for food, family and football. And while those traditions are important, we hope that everyone will take just a few minutes to remember all of the good things in our lives, and make this ...

Counting the blessings in our communities

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

Time for spending cuts has arrived

Often in the past, legalized gambling has been a relatively bright spot for West Virginia officials worried about state revenue. It seems that even when times are tough, people enjoy wagering. That may be changing. State Lottery Commission members were told last week that thus far during the ...

Lighting the valley for the holidays

The special glow that comes with the Christmas season once again will be seen as communities across the Tri-State Area hold their light-up events. Those evenings help to create a sense of joy and anticipation as they bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy a festive atmosphere where ...

Do more against abuse and neglect

When the authorities in West Virginia receive reports that children are in imminent danger because of physical abuse, state law requires that Child Protective Services personnel meet face-to-face with the youngsters within 72 hours. When less immediate threats are involved, the deadline is 14 ...

Keep the spirit shining bright

The weekend’s rain has not been able to dampen the holiday spirit in Weirton. For the fourth year, Weirton will be lighting up the night Sunday, and we hope to see the community turn out for the festivities. The city, working with Renaissance Weirton and a number of local businesses, will ...

Grant Brooke County school funds

Brooke County school officials were in Charleston this week, seeking state School Building Authority funding for an important project. Many of the projects for which SBA money is sought are aimed at improving the education environment in schools. Brooke County’s request is much more ...

Keeping our faith

When the annual Faith in the Future Prayer Breakfast is held Friday, participants will be continuing a tradition that dates back to 2005. The event, traditionally held the Friday before Thanksgiving, has been based on a very simple message — the movement seeks to create a climate of economic ...

Commit to quit smoking

This Thursday is a good day to clear the air, so to speak. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers, hopefully, will make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit ...

Address still carries meaning

The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863, when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that year in which Union forces had ...

Keeping college costs affordable

West Liberty University’s Board of Governors is seeking a new president for the institution. Incumbent President Stephen Greiner has announced he plans to retire, though he has given the board plenty of time to find a successor. Greiner intends to leave June 30. During his nearly four years ...

Real transparency a good start

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

Grab for cash at heart of plan

Greyhound racing at two casino/tracks in our state — at Wheeling Island and Cross Lanes — is squarely in the sights of some West Virginia legislators for their session beginning in January. They want to end a program by which the tracks are required to pay some of their proceeds — not ...