Editorials

Freedom Ride is a challenge worth doing

For the 11th year, a group of area residents is hitting the bicycle trails this week in an effort to raise money for Tri-State Christian Academy. This year’s “Freedom Ride” is aimed at its participants riding a combined 1,010 miles, with donations and sponsorships going to cover the ...

Keeping our teen drivers safe on the road

During the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise, according to the AAA Foundation ...

Appreciate all the little moments

One single moment in time can have a big impact on our lives. We were reminded of that once again last week when we learned of the deaths of Bart Starr and Bill Buckner. Both are remembered as professional athletes, Starr as quarterback with the Green Bay Packers and Buckner as a first ...

Improving West Virginia’s public schools

Charter schools have become the bogeyman of public school improvement in West Virginia. Their opponents, including the three unions representing many school employees, warn of dire consequences if legislators allow them in our state. Charters will siphon off funds needed by public schools, ...

Going back to the frontier

Tri-State Area residents will have the opportunity to see the past brought to life this weekend during Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben in downtown Steubenville. Visitors on Saturday and Sunday can experience early American life on the Ohio frontier. The history of the ...

Take time to get education reform right

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session on Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete Senate ...

Battling abuse is a daunting task

Deaths from drug overdoses tend to be the headlines regarding the scourge of substance abuse that continues to sweep West Virginia, Ohio and many other states. But the damage goes much deeper, as was pointed out last week during a meeting of the Brooke County Faith Team, which is attempting to ...

Be safe this graduation season

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Today we honor them

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 ...

Take in our local community concerts

The outdoor concert season has arrived in the Tri-State Area, and whether you are looking for a particular style of music and performance or just want to kick back and relax on a late spring or summer afternoon or evening, you will have plenty of events to choose from during the next several ...

Helping students earn their degrees

Education is the key to a secure, successful career, but too many West Virginians cannot afford to earn post-high school degrees and certificates. Kudos to officials at West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College for thinking outside the box to make that easier. On ...

There’s a fair for everyone

Whether you’re looking for the chance to spend some quality time with friends and family, meet some new friends or just trying to find something special to do during the next several months, you need only look at the many fairs and festivals that are held throughout the Tri-State ...

Multiple-bill approach is best for education reform

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Ensure children can be educated

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Consider all options with Weirton parks

Like public officials in many Ohio Valley communities, those in Weirton are having to rethink priorities for spending taxpayers’ money. There just isn’t enough of it to go around, especially with populations–and, thus, the number of taxpayers — shrinking. Some municipal parks and ...

Infrastructure plan should be pursued

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was … nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Three who offered us different perspectives

They made us laugh, they made us think and they were a part of changes in our society. That’s how we’ll remember the three stars — Peggy Lipton, Doris Day and Tim Conway — who have left us in the last week or so. Lipton, who died May 11 at the age of 72, will long be remembered for ...

Take care under the sun

The roller coaster ride of temperatures the Tri-State Area experiences during late spring appears to be ending, and hotter days are right around the corner. With the return of the late spring sun, it is time for everyone to think about the dangers of skin cancer, especially as we near the end ...

Keep a wary eye on investments

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

Recognizing the importance of reading

If a neighbor can make successful use of a great idea, it would be foolish to pass it up. And its good that new Brooke County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook sees it that way. Crook, formerly at the helm of Marshall County schools, has served as Brooke County’s interim superintendent ...