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Editorials

The commitment for our area continues

Trinity Health System has had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the past several weeks. On Sept. 19, for example, it completed the first phase of construction on its $75 million patient tower and expansion on the Trinity Medical Center West Campus. That came when crews with JE Dunn ...

Making sure every school excels

Just four of the approximately 51 public schools in the Northern Panhandle met or exceeded all standards set by state officials, according to results of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard evaluation. That is not to say the other schools are not doing much that is ...

Pay attention to burning ban

It probably has not escaped your notice that our area has not had much rain lately. The outdoors are as dry as a tinder box — and that invites brush and even forest fires. Recently, Gov. Jim Justice ordered a ban on most outdoor burning in the state. He hopes to lessen the danger of outdoor ...

Consider cuts in spending soon

West Virginia legislators heard good news and bad news about the state budget this week. The good news is that after two months in which revenue estimates missed estimates by a mile, September should be better. The bad news: If that happens, it will be because of a technicality. Mark ...

It’s better being safe than sorry

It cannot be said that the arrests this week of three local physicians, among seven in West Virginia and Ohio accused of drug offenses, came as a shock. We in this area have become well aware of the roles played by health care professionals in the drug abuse epidemic. But the arrests no doubt ...

Welcome fall with Riverfest

Fall is officially here, and with it an expectation of cooler temperatures and a change in the look of the world around us. It also means a variety of local festivals and other events to celebrate the change in seasons, the autumn harvest and much more from our local communities. Among ...

Help prevent the ‘silent killer’

Prostate cancer is an ugly term to American men. That’s because the disease is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, trailing only lung cancer. Long labeled the “silent killer,” prostate cancer often develops in men ...

Celebrate our Community Stars

There are many threads that help connect each of our Community Stars. One is that they are willing to step up and do the right thing, not because they are looking for recognition, but simply because it is the right thing to do. They almost never seek the spotlight, some to the point that it ...

Planning park system’s future

Clearly, Weirton needs a strategic plan for its parks and other recreation facilities, along with some idea of how they will be funded in the future. Members of the Board of Parks and Recreation have taken an intelligent first step in agreeing to stop maintaining five recreational areas that ...

Plenty of egg on their face

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted on his ...

Answering the important questions about former bishop

The more West Virginia’s Roman Catholics hear about disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield’s moral failings, the more some may ask, “How could this happen?” More important: Who allowed it to occur? It is a concern people of all faiths should share. Reminders of Bransfield’s ...

Be cautious, safe during homecoming

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to enjoy the company of their friends, family and alumni during one of the more memorable events of the school year. ...

Celebrating our industrial heritage

The Weirton community will be celebrating its history Saturday, and we encourage area residents to join in. The second-annual Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival will be held throughout the day, with activities planned for in and around the Weirton Event Center. It will all kick off that ...

There are still young people who care

Tragedy often brings out the very best in the people of our region. So it has been with the death of a young West Virginian, Roane County High School football player Alex Miller. Miller collapsed and died during a break between the first and second quarters of a game Friday night. What caused ...

Uninsured rate still good in West Virginia

Left-leaning health insurance advocates got a little nervous this month when U.S. Census Bureau data showed a statistically insignificant change in the percentage of West Virginians with health insurance, from 2017 to 2018. There are (gasp) still 6.4 percent of Mountain State residents without ...

Honoring the cornerstone of our nation

Today we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

Writing the rules for charter schools

West Virginia has authorized charter schools, as some education reformers urged, but it will be exceedingly difficult to open one. State Department of Education officials should not make it even more difficult than the law enacted earlier this year does. Fierce pressure, including a work ...

Nature and economy can go hand in hand

Conserving precious plants, animals and places is a critical responsibility in West Virginia. No one does it better than the Nature Conservancy. Some people who see themselves as environmentalists favor confrontation as a way to achieve their goals. But the Conservancy is based on the feeling ...

The war against drugs is far from won

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark a bit in reacting to some good news recently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared with ...

Taliban cannot be trusted

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...