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Editorials

Noll was a rarity in sports

From the draft of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene - literally on his second day on the job - through the Immaculate Reception, four Super Bowl victories in six years to the end of his 23-year career as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chuck Noll remained a silent, stoic and ...

Monitor prison reform carefully

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia legislators have every right to feel good about efforts to reduce prison and jail overcrowding - but only tentatively. It is too early to pronounce the action an unqualified success.No doubt officials from other states with packed prisons were paying ...

Happy Father’s Day

The biological act of fatherhood proves nothing about what it takes to be a father. Women with the right doctors can undergo the biological process without direct contact with a father figure for their child.Fatherhood is something else, and that's the focus of Father's Day.Fathers aren't the ...

Celebrate the flag

It proudly flies in the front of schools.It is raised in front of public buildings.It is displayed from the porches and in the front yards of countless homes around the nation.It is raised each day at outposts in the far reaches of the world.It stands tall and is recognized before the start of ...

Be wary of ongoing scams

It seems as if every month we hear of some new type of scam making its way into our communities.Officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania often send out warnings, cautioning residents to be wary of suspicious offers, people and programs which might be a front for efforts to steal money, ...

Local veterans also at risk

Local veterans of military service may be among those victimized rather than served by the Department of Veterans Services. A VA audit found unacceptably long delays in providing care at the agency's medical center in Clarksburg.Even more troubling, agency investigators said "further review" is ...

Voice your thoughts on Brooke project

For generations the former Brooke Glass factory stood as among the local leaders of a major industry in our area.Built in 1897, it was operated by four companies producing a variety of glass products for more than 90 years.The factory finally closed its doors in 2004, and the site has been ...

Landing firm a big win for Weirton

Weirton received some more good news last week with the announcement Italian manufacturer Pietro Fiorentini would be locating its first permanent American manufacturing facility in the city.The plant, which is expected to take about two years to complete, will employ around 50 individuals ...

Be safe around the pool

Children are out of school, the summer weather is starting to heat up and pools are opening.Now is the time to remember pool safety.The summer got off to a bad start more than a week ago when three 4-year-olds drowned in Ohio, one in a pool, one in a pond and another in a river in a two-day ...

The U.S. can’t carry the entire load

President Barack Obama claims not to be conducting a war on coal, yet last week his administration proposed the strictest carbon emissions rules yet, using the Clean Air Act of 1970 in a way it was never intended.Obama praised an "all of the above" energy strategy for 2014 during his State of ...

Communication improving in county

Technology is improving many aspects of our daily lives, and soon it will assist in alerting residents of Hancock County in the event of emergencies or other immediately needed informationPlans are under way to make a Smart phone app called "Heads Up," available, with the municipalities, law ...

70 years later, we still remember

It is appropriate that today, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to protect our freedoms.Because of the sacrifices that were made on D-Day, June 6, 1944, along the beaches of Normandy, France, ...

Support United Way Golf Classic

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Weirton United Way is just around the corner, and we encourage those who are able to show their support.The Weirton United Way Golf Classic has been a part of the local organization's fundraising efforts for 33 years, and always has had amazing support ...

Foreign policy going in wrong direction

The trade of five Guantanamo prisoners for one American held captive by the Taliban becomes a clear touchstone for debate when one considers who was swapped for whom.According to information from their case files gleaned by Washington Post, the Guantanamo detainees traded include a former ...

Support your local Relay event

There will be a whole lot of walking going on the valley in the coming weeks. Yes, it's Relay for Life time in our area, so let the fundraising, fellowship and fun begin.The Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life, now in its 16th year, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the ...

Be careful while in the sun

The temperatures have finally warmed up after a brutal winterWith the return of the summer sun, it is time for everyone to think about the dangers of skin cancer. It's the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people diagnosed ...

New bridge is desperately needed

The good news of the week, perhaps of the year for local drivers, came from Wednesday's meeting of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission.BHJ Executive Director John Brown said West Virginia's transportation secretary, Paul Mattox, has advised local officials the ...

A simple apology won’t cut it

If the failure to protect American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, doesn't get a rise out of the average American, perhaps the presidential administration blowing the cover of a CIA station chief in a foreign nation where U.S. troops have been fighting for decades will.Because either the Obama ...

Dictating lunch menu is misguided

While it's laudable to care about the health of school children, it's also, unfortunately, a little laughable when it's the federal government trying to dictate daily lunch menus in schools.First lady Michelle Obama has her heart in the right place in wanting to do something about childhood and ...

Express thoughts on bypass proposal

For many years discussions have been held about ways to better manage traffic through portions of New Cumberland.In particular, the growing traffic from large trucks as they meander through the streets of the local city has become of great concern, with officials and residents fearful of ...