Editorials

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 ...

Rating addiction treatment plans

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

A problem in need of correcting

In the comedy of errors that is Charleston bureaucracy, not much surprises these days. But a legislative audit released recently should raise some eyebrows. It seems not only does the state have a difficult time keeping track of the number of vehicles it owns, it also finds it impossible to ...

Developing those in-demand jobs

Employers in the area know it is difficult to find employees. It is even harder to find skilled workers. A roundtable discussion held Tuesday at Eastern Gateway Community College featured school superintendents, representatives of EGCC and Franciscan University of Steubenville, a cross ...

Remember what makes mothers special

Mothers may be much different in their public life than they were 105 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May 1914 as a day to honor mothers. Moms then were, by and large, homemakers, what we’d call a “stay-at-home mom” nowadays. They cooked and ...

Remembering those who protect us

The men and women who are involved in law enforcement just might have the most thankless jobs in America. You see them everywhere, at all times of the day or night, walking the beat or patrolling in a car. Their work is vital to ensure the laws that allow our society to function are enforced, ...

Help make our communities shine

Communities across West Virginia are coming together for some spring cleaning this weekend, including some here in the Ohio Valley. The City of Weirton will be holding its inaugural Spring Street Cleanup, inviting area residents interested in working to collect litter and other debris from ...

A fitting tribute

Many of the students and other members of the community who enter the main building on the Steubenville campus of Eastern Gateway Community College never had the opportunity to meet Arthur D’Anniballe, but each is touched in some way by his legacy. The vision, dedication and hard work ...

Continue support for Weirton United Way

The Weirton United Way recently took some time to celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 campaign, while making preparations for this year’s fundraising efforts. We offer our own congratulations to everyone involved for reaching last year’s $240,000 goal, which will help to provide ...

Local road issues need addressed

The condition of our local roadways continues to be a concern for residents and visitors alike. Potholes, uneven pavement and other issues often lead to motorists swerving around to keep from damaging their vehicles. It seems to be getting worse, too. No matter which of our area communities ...

Get infrastructure funding for West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. President Donald Trump is proposing a $2 ...

Education panel needs new leader soon

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

One bad apple too many

It would be strange indeed to find someone who does not owe a debt of gratitude, perhaps for life itself, to health care providers. They see “do no harm” as merely a starting point in tireless efforts to make our lives better. But every profession has within it a few bad apples, often men ...

Training center to provide new opportunities

Industry and development officials say the Ohio Valley will be in need of approximately 3,500 skilled welders in the coming years in order to meet the needs of a growing natural gas industry. The problem now is there currently are not enough residents to fill those prospective jobs, even if ...