Editorials

Let facts determine the confirmation

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

Shine light on community stars

If you have been considering nominating a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2018 Community Star, be advised that the window of opportunity to make that submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That's when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

It’s derby time in West Virginia

The attention of fans of thoroughbred racing around the world will be directed toward Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for today's 49th running of the West Virginia Derby. The derby, a grade III event which carries a purse of $500,000, will be contested as part of a nine-race ...

Santoro earned the valley’s respect

To a generation of United Steelworkers of America workers, the name of Santo Santoro is synonymous with standing up for workers, for steel, for communities, for people. To a generation of his friends and family, youth he coached in sports and countless friends, his name brings a smile, ...

Support Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democratic senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh. Give Manchin credit for his stance of ...

Release opioid sale information

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Protect your skin

As we become busier outdoors these days as soccer practice spectators, football practice observers, backyard pool lifeguards and gardening aficiandos, let us all remember the dangers of the sun. It's a fact: Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, ...

Subsidies not long-term fix

A White House plan for $12 billion in subsidies to aid farmers through the initial impact of a trade war with China seems fair, but only for a time. Over the long haul, the best solution for farmers who grow pork and soybeans in America's heartland is to let them sell the work of their hands ...

Football action is back in the valley

High school football returns to our region this evening when the 73rd edition of the Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football Charity Classic is played. This year’s game, which is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., returns to Wheeling Island Stadium. It once again will ...

How to react if Kim is lying about deal

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Keep up the fight against black lung

Black lung disease, known formally as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, is making a comeback, according to a study linked to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is — or should be — unacceptable. Too many West Virginia and Ohio families are all too familiar with ...

Moving over can save lives

Many drivers, spotting an emergency vehicle ahead of them on the berm, instinctively edge to the left in their lane or, if on a multi-lane highway, scoot over to the left lane. It just makes sense. In West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, it also happens to be the law. All three states are ...

What is court trying to hide?

West Virginia legislators considering whether to recommend impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry are scheduled to tour the court’s offices this week. But you will see no pictures or video of the tour, unless something changes. As we reported, court officials ...

MGM lawsuit bad idea

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Attracting those to call state home

For a decade, from 2007-2017, the nation’s population grew. Every state had slow population growth … well, every state but two — Michigan and, you guessed it, West Virginia, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study. In fact, West Virginia lost residents faster than Michigan. Our ...

25-Year Club picnic remains important

Beginning at 11:30 this morning, generations of area steelworkers and others will gather at the Serbian Picnic Grounds for the annual Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic. The event draws current and past employees of what once was Weirton Steel with at least 25 years at the local mill for an ...

‘Fishing expedition’ long overdue

West Virginia legislators looking into state Supreme Court justices have been accused of engaging in a “fishing expedition.” One wonders whether that criticism was prompted by concern about the Legislature’s role — or about what “fish” lawmakers may net. After suspended high court ...

How much red tape?

One suspects West Virginia legislators looking into delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in many counties knew one of the answers to their questions before they were even asked. Why, more than six months after federal officials approved nearly $150 million for flood victims, had the state ...

Russia not the only cyber enemy

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

The summer music tradition continues

There are few major events that can boast of having been around for more than 40 years. One of those is being renewed for the 42nd time this week, not too far from here in Morristown. It's Jamboree in the Hills, and this year's outdoor country music festival, which will feature ...