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Editorials

Let your voices be heard, go vote.

Several of our local communities will hold their municipal elections Tuesday, and we encourage residents to use this opportunity to participate in one of the most vital functions of our form of government. Get out and vote.The cities of Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg, and the village of ...

Not getting what we pay for

Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. And, most of us dutifully packed our toiletries in tiny containers, inside separate clear plastic ...

D-Day remembered

Today marks the 71st anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that 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, ...

Relay events bring hope to fight against cancer

Hours and hours of walking, along with fun, fellowship and fundraising, begin this weekend, as it's Relay for Life time in the Ohio Valley.The Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life, now in its 17th year, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Follansbee Middle School football ...

Grants will continue path to future

Cleanup efforts at three former local industrial sites are getting a boost thanks to a series of grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.We're glad to see this work continue, as it will help to bring these sites one step closer to eventually providing an opportunity for economic ...

Tax reform is a complex issue

Tax policy is like a house of cards, West Virginia legislators are learning. Pulling out even a single card can bring the whole thing tumbling down.One idea some reformers advocate is relying more on sales taxes to fund government. That is because many other taxes are "regressive" - that is, ...

McKinley’s decision right for West Virginia

West Virginia needs excellent leadership in state government. But our future depends to an enormous extent not on what our leaders in Charleston do, but what happens in Washington, D.C.Recognizing that, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., made what must have been a terribly difficult decision. ...

Coal’s demise means higher power bills

As alarming and depressing as a new report from West Virginia University must be to anyone involved with the coal industry - and in our state, that means virtually everyone, directly or indirectly - it also should be a wakeup call for many other Americans.By 2035, coal production in West ...

Hoping for better numbers

The news out of the Census Bureau for the mid-decade estimates was fairly grim. The population loss across the Ohio Valley, north to south, east to west, continues with the exception of West Liberty, which was reported to have gained residents.The area's mayors reacted with the usual lines of ...

Play it safe, cool in the swimming pool

The season for public and home swimming pools is about to get under way as the school year winds down.More than 300 children younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 go to a hospital emergency room after a near drowning.A child can ...

Panhandling law an unfortunate need

The Hancock County Commission is in the process of enacting legislation regulating panhandling in the unincorporated areas of the county, and while we do urge careful reflection on the issue, we feel it is something that needs to be addressed.Commissioners passed the first reading of a new ...

A top 10 tribute to David Letterman

To take a bit of advantage of the road already traveled by David Letterman, here's the Top 10 Reasons Why David Letterman Will be Missed.No. 10: Letterman is proof that anyone can rise to stardom. From an Indianapolis weatherman and sometime reporter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the ...

Media center will help shape the future

What constitutes the modern-day high school library?The days of a library consisting solely of books has not been the norm for many years now. More than a generation ago, libraries in schools and communities began to take their first steps into the digital age, bringing computers - and ...

Take advantage of early voting period

Weirton's general election is only a few short weeks away, but registered voters in the city will have an opportunity to cast their ballots beginning Wednesday thanks to the early voting period.Weirton voters will decide the races for mayor and seven council positions, as well as a proposed ...

Remember the real reason for today

We hope everyone will take a few moments to think about the meaning of what Americans are asked to remember today.It's Memorial Day, and it's a time to remember that the freedoms we take for granted have come at a very steep price. It's a day set aside to recognize the more than 1 million ...

Summer features best of local fairs, festivals

The things that make a fair or a festival a summertime highlight - delicious fare, carnival rides and spending time with family and friends - are about to get under way in the Ohio Valley.Some events are just for fun, while others offer a look at our region's history or a chance to celebrate ...

Kicking the can down the highway

Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue - highway and bridge funding - that lawmakers' toes must be getting sore.It happened again this week, when for the 12th time in six years the House of Representatives approved a temporary approach to the ...

Be careful while out in the sun

The roller coaster of temperature swings during the past several weeks eventually will turn to hot and sunny summer weather.With 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 ...

Concert series ready to rock communities

A summer staple in our area over the last several years has been the weekly concert series in both Weirton and Steubenville.Drawing hundreds each week, the series provide an evening of free entertainment for our local residents, bringing bands from throughout the Tri-State Area to perform a ...

Get your kids outside this summer

With the national psyche turning toward summer on Memorial Day weekend, it's a good time to remember that summer doesn't mean a reason to become a thoughtless vegetable for the youngest members of our families and communities.It's simple to let the TV serve as the vaunted "electronic ...