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Editorials

Follansbee is making a difference

Follansbee businesses and civic organizations are, once again, coming together in the hopes of making a difference for others.The Follansbee Chamber of Commerce and others will hold its 16th observance of Make A Difference Day in the coming weeks, with numerous activities planned throughout the ...

Ready for some high school football

High school football holds a special place in the hearts of residents from across the Tri-State Area, and they eagerly anticipate the evenings of late summer and early fall that are filled with the pageantry and excitement associated with the games.Our area teams return to action this week, ...

Don’t panic over market

A down day on Wall Street that had more implications than usual for the average investor took place on Monday, following on the heels of a falloff on Friday.It's all the result of the inevitable slowing of the Chinese economy, a partially managed, partially controlled economy that has, finally, ...

Ready for some football tailgating

The summer season is winding down and classes are resuming at area schools, and that means it's time for the return of high school football.Fans throughout the Tri-State Area know that this week would not be complete without our annual football edition. This year's publication, the Gridiron, ...

Time to spread the alarm

Enough. It is time for the madness to end, before the American people - all of us, not just those in energy resource states - are hurt badly and irreparably.President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency have schemed for years to close most, if not all, the nation's coal-fired ...

Another successful concert season

It's been another successful summer for local community concerts, with weekly performances bringing crowds of area residents together.Whether it be those gathered each Friday at the Weirton Event Center for the Downtown and Sundown shows or on Thursday nights at the Louis and Sandra Berkman ...

Obama targeting West Virginia

Representatives of the oil and natural gas industries in West Virginia spoke last week to a group of reporters and editors gathered in Charleston. Their focus remained mostly on their own industries, but one thing tied them solidly to the coal industry - the Environmental Protection ...

Getting rid of some ‘BAD’ buildings

Every community in our area has troubled buildings, those which cause difficulty for residents and businesses and create hurdles to civic improvement and economic development.From the brownfields resulting from former industrial sites, to run down homes, old petroleum tanks or other abandoned ...

Security breaches are no joke

Thanks to the amount of private information stored by retailers, medical offices, insurance companies and the government, nearly every American is at least remotely aware of the potential for security breaches.And, with the increasing revelations by the IRS of the breach of personal data there, ...

Road funding reform needed soon

West Virginia Division of Highways crews are busy right now putting an exclamation point on the case for a new, realistic method of providing money for road and bridge work in our state. They are doing so by making repairs and spending money - lots of it.As Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reminded ...

Practice extra safety for the school year

Summer vacation for area children is quickly coming to an end with some school districts staring the school year this week. It is a good time to remind everyone to be safe as the new school year opens.School officials and law enforcement personnel every year preach the importance of driving ...

Sending our bills skyrocketing

Surely Americans are not naive and trusting enough, regardless of our political allegiances, to believe that, in effect, two plus two equals three. Yet President Barack Obama asks us - nay, demands - to do just that.In announcing new Environmental Protection Agency rules clearly designed to ...

Residents becoming part of the solution

We're all concerned about the safety of our communities. The seeming increase in car break-ins, drug use, burglaries and much more has affected all of our towns and residents in some way.With that in mind, residents of the Marland Heights area of Weirton have begun discussing the possibility of ...

Who is there to investigate the EPA?

If there are any doubts that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an arrogant agency run amok, recent events in Colorado should lay those doubts to rest.The EPA, investigating potential contamination as part of a cleanup of the former gold mining area of Southwestern Colorado, set forth ...

Stop holding up pipeline projects

Not long after he took office, President Barack Obama set about making good on his pledge to wreck the U.S. coal industry and with it, the reasonably priced electricity on which tens of millions of Americans rely. Within six and one-half years, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency put ...

Coming together for a landmark

Everybody has their special pet projects they enjoy being a part of, and every community has some sort of focal point that brings out the pride of its residents.Combining those elements can make a difference for everyone, and that's exactly what happened in Chester over the last year with the ...

West Virginia budget needs adjusted quickly

Three pieces of news during the past few weeks ought to be more than a wakeup call for West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. They are three very loud alarm clocks warning of budget trouble.Just weeks into the new fiscal year, state government already was in the red. Tax ...

Ethics Commission should reconsider ruling

Assume for a moment that you have a couple of thousand dollars to spend and you'd like to help your old friend, who is a public official running for re-election in West Virginia. You decide to print some fliers listing your buddy's accomplishments, then allow him to distribute them. Three or ...

Obama pulls the old bait and switch

During the past couple of years, Americans worried about how they will pay their electric bills in the future have had one consolation: natural gas. Though it is substantially more expensive than coal for power generation, at least there is plenty of it and the technology to use it is refined ...

Jury no-shows should face penalty

Other than that we pay our taxes and obey other laws, our form of government does not ask much of us. Even voting, the republic's very foundation, is optional - and should be, by the way.But we are asked from time to time to sit in judgment of our peers. That is the basic guarantee of justice ...