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Editorials

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 ...

Get some ‘oldtime’ fun this weekend

Some “oldtime” fun is set for this weekend at Tomlinson Run State Park. At almost 90 years old, the Hancock County Oldtime Fair has carried a sense of pride and tradition for the county and its residents, relying more on local history and community spirit than large, flashy rides and ...

We continue the search for hope

Nineteen committed people can change the world. That is the frightening reality that we learned 18 years ago today, after Americans and the world watched as civilian airliners were used as piloted cruise missiles to rain terror in New York and Washington, D.C., and on the people who fought ...

New dog park to be a real asset

A project which has been in the works for the last few years is coming close to completion. The Hancock County Park Board has been working with volunteers and local officials to design and construct a new dog park on Gas Valley Road, to be located near the Hancock County Animal ...

Placing the blame where it belongs

Alecto Healthcare officials’ decision to shut down Ohio Valley Medical Center a full month before they had announced previously was bad enough. It was, in a word, wrong. In suspending health care services, some critical, with just hours’ notice, Alecto made it clear to the community at ...

Weirton senior center needs support

For years, the Greater Weirton Senior Center has been a cornerstone of the community. It provides services for hundreds of our community’s older residents, serving meals, offering socialization with their peers, enjoy games and other activities, and much more. But, without new means of ...

West Virginia is ready to help

As residents of the nation’s Southeast have fled this week from the path of Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Jim Justice offered them shelter here in the Mountain State through discounted rates at our state parks, room for their animals (pet fees waived at the parks and a reminder that our state fair ...

Manchin made best decision for state

West Virginians got good news this week: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will remain in Washington. He revealed Tuesday that he has decided not to run for governor next year. For months, Manchin, a Democrat, had been considering a campaign for governor. In all likelihood, at least for now, his opponent ...

The Brooke County Fair features fun for all

Harvest season is fast approaching, and with it comes our local fall fair season. Festivities kick off this weekend with the Brooke County Fair, which gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday at Brooke Hills Park, with activities continuing through Sunday. The weekend will include a variety of ...

Attracting new jobs to West Virginia

Those of us who have jobs can be grateful for them. Too many of our neighbors, friends and family members have not benefited yet from the upswing in the national economy, however. Here in the Northern Panhandle, things remain tough for a larger segment of the population than you might imagine ...

End the secrecy over the VA deaths

Criminal wrongdoing — let us call it what it is, murder — seems to have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. In fact, a serial killer may have claimed the lives of as many as 11 veterans there. Yet federal authorities, despite hinting strongly they have a ...

The real meaning of Labor Day

Labor Day is traditionally the end of the summer vacation season. The kids are back in school for the long haul now. Football has resumed. The daylight hours are noticeably shorter. Thus, most take the day as a good day off for one last picnic, one last swim, one last day out in the back yard ...

Being a good neighbor is still important

West Virginians are big on the concept of being good neighbors. So, when the head of the second-largest natural gas producer in our state talks about “old-school values,” we do not feel any need to applaud — because that is what we expect from other people. Nevertheless, recent comments ...

Epstein investigation must continue

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court on Tuesday, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Don’t become a big loser online

Opportunities to gamble are all around us. West Virginia has more than 6,200 video betting terminals in bars, restaurants, etc. More than 6,100 of the devices operate in casinos, where table gambling also is available. If you prefer old-fashioned wagering, lottery tickets can be purchased at ...

Cracking down on ‘robocalls’

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to ‘robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

Football season is almost here

The attention of fans from around the area will be directed on Harding Stadium and Barnesville Thursday night as the region’s high school football season gets under way. Steubenville Big Red will open its season that day when it meets Taylor Allderdice in Harding Stadium. Buckeye Local, ...

Looking toward the battles of the gridiron

The coming weekends of late summer and fall are special for residents of the Tri-State Area. They mean that the pageantry and traditions that are part of high school football have returned. Area teams are back in action this week, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, when Steubenville Big Red hosts ...

Act now to protect our military veterans

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, it has been reported. ...