Editorials

Make drug abuse crisis villains pay

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

In search of Community Stars

If you have not nominated a friend or neighbor to be among those who are considered for selection as a 2019 Community Star, we hope you will take to heart this reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. After ...

Derby stands the test of time

The 50th running of the West Virginia Derby is set for this afternoon at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, and it is sure to be a success. The biggest and richest horse race in the state has always been a big draw, and continues to attract visitors from all parts of the Tri-State Area ...

We have the tools to help us grow

In order to grow, a community needs access to a variety of tools. It is good, then, that the Mary H. Weir Public Library has been working with Google to bring a new set of digital tools to our area in an attempt to encourage business growth. The Grow with Google initiative stopped in ...

Welcome to the Ohio Valley

After six years of discussions, planning and construction, Pietro Fiorentini officially opened its first permanent manufacturing operation in the United States Monday. We welcome the company with open arms and thank them for choosing Weirton to be their new home. Pietro Fiorentini is based ...

Expedite lawsuit on governor’s residency

Action in lawsuits often moves at the speed of molasses. One in Kanawha County Circuit Court ought to be resolved expeditiously, however. West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has been attempting since last summer to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Leave election security in states’ hands

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

Stronger pills raise new issues

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Work to save miners’ pensions

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

The return of high school football

If you’re a fan of high school football, today will certainly serve as a preview of what’s coming in just a few weeks. When the top graduated seniors from Ohio take on their counterparts from West Virginia in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, it ...

Diversification vital for West Virginia economy

John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, isn’t trying to rain on anyone’s parade when he points out some of the facts about our state’s economy that do not make it into the politicians’ speeches. But he deals with data, not ...

Getting parents more involved

Ask many teachers what they need most to help students achieve and the answer will be quick in coming: more involvement by parents. Good for Brooke High School’s new principal, Lee Weppler, for making that a priority. Weppler happens to be a 2002 graduate of Brooke, so he understands the ...

Jamboree brings visitors from around the world

First impressions are lasting ones. This week, West Virginia is making a first impression upon tens of thousands of visitors. They are the 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders in our state for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. It is being held at the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve near the New ...

Using technology safely in schools

Technology and access to the internet have done incredible things for education — but they also bring a danger to our schools. As with many shiny new trends (in all industries, not just education), it is only after we are past the point of no return that we realize some drawbacks. Providing ...

Release more data on pill shipments

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Take steps to beat the heat

The Tri-State Area has been experiencing the hottest temperatures of the summer during the past few days, with heat indexes expected to climb to about 105 degrees. The combination of high temperatures and humidity make for dangerous conditions, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. As ...

One small step…

No matter what you are doing or where you are today, we hope you’ll take a moment at a couple of different times to pause and reflect on the world around us. One of those instances will come at 4:17 p.m. That will be the exact time we reached the surface of the moon 50 years ago, an event ...

Business community helping each other

When it was announced in June that Koppers would be closing its Follansbee facility, and putting close to 50 local residents out of work, the response was quick. JSW Steel contacted Brooke County officials, offering the possibility of hiring some of the workers. From there, other businesses ...

Food Truck Festival to be a great event

What started out as a way to raise money for a local high school class, has grown into what could be one of our area’s most unique community events. The Weirton Food Truck Festival is set for Saturday, beginning at noon, at the Weirton Event Center. It was organized as a fundraiser for Weir ...

Country music to fill the hills, once again

It’s the third week in July, and that means the hills of Eastern Ohio once again will come to life with the sights and sounds of country music. And, while the name, location and scale of this year’s regional outdoor festival will all be new, fans will have the chance to relax while ...