Editorials

Celebrate the region’s music, art and culture

The goal of a local educator to celebrate the art, music and cultural heritage of West Virginia and the Appalachian region has turned into a tradition, and it returns this weekend for the fifth year. Montani Semper Liberi is being held Friday through Sunday at Oak Glen High School, featuring ...

March Madness has arrived

For fans of college basketball, the last 67 games of the season hold the greatest amount of interest. That’s the number of games that will be played in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Fans in the Tri-State Area saw few surprises when the 68-team field was revealed Sunday ...

Make use of early voting in Weirton

Weirton residents who may not be able to vote on election day, or who may not want to wait in line, will still have an opportunity to have their voices heard. Early voting begins Wednesday in the city, and we encourage registered voters in the city to make use of this time. The city’s early ...

Remembering our social workers

Social workers help people across all socioeconomic lines. March is Social Worker Month, and a good time to thank those working the front lines of helping people. There are about 680,000 social workers across the country, dedicating their life to helping others. They aren’t in it for the ...

Local schools to take the stage

Auditoriums in our area’s schools will be filled during the coming weeks, as the region’s high school and middle schools are presenting their annual spring productions. The presentations offering a great opportunity for relatives, friends and even area residents to support our local ...

Celebrate our history and culture

Residents of the Tri-State Area always have been proud of our ethnic heritage. We love to celebrate our traditions, food and music in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches and through countless other events and gatherings. There will be a chance to take a trip around the world and ...

Punish those who put children at risk

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning lights ...

Reveal details on Bransfield

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Curb Medicaid fraud in West Virginia

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Education is key to any school bill

Gov. Jim Justice is right to want to keep promises he and some key legislators made to West Virginia public employees last fall. He is also correct in thinking that boosting the pay of public school employees is only half the battle in improving education in our state. Justice has issued a ...

Shining the light on government

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine ...

Check your clocks, smoke detectors

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

Bidding farewell to a community landmark

The basic oxygen plant constructed by Weirton Steel Corp. has, for decades, been a landmark in the Weirton community, marking the skyline with its easily recognizable “claws” reaching into the sky. Dubbed the “mill of tomorrow” when it was designed, it became a focal point of the ...

Push for improvements at Tomlinson Run

A series of improvements could be on its way to Tomlinson Run State Park, and that would be good for residents and visitors alike. The announcement was made last week by Hancock County commissioners, who said they have been working with the state Division of Natural Resources during the last ...

Compromise on court funding

Among multiple budget battles state legislators will work to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state Supreme ...

Consider adding to Weirton fire service

Some Weirton City Council members seem to agree with Fire Chief Jerry Shumate that the community needs more paid firefighters. The question, as Councilman George Ash put it last week, is “how are we going to pay for it?” “We have been quite grossly understaffed for years,” Shumate ...

Help control the pet population

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Displaying real leadership

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump — trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Raise the age to buy tobacco

Vastly more people die of tobacco-related illnesses than of any cause linked to alcohol. Yet in West Virginia, where we require purchasers of alcoholic beverages to be at least 21 years of age, we continue to sell tobacco to anyone who has reached 18. That is absurd. A bill approved Wednesday ...

Get all of the facts first

No wonder Hancock County Board of Education members have delayed voting on whether to renew school Superintendent Tim Woodward’s contract. A number of serious allegations have been made against him. They include “targeting and harassment of teachers.” Before any action can be taken on ...