Editorials

Supporting our local Relays for Life

Relays for Life stand as a beacon of hope and offer area residents the chance to have a little fun and share time with their friends while helping to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. We have seen that during the past couple of months. In Wellsburg, for example, the ...

Play it safe during pool season

Pool season is in full swing, with children and adults laughing and screaming. But the laughing and screaming of children playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 children younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than ...

Campaign season is already under way

Anyone who thinks the campaign seasons have gotten longer and longer during the past several election cycles has certainly had his or her suspicions confirmed this year. On Tuesday, for example, President Donald Trump officially said he would be seeking re-election in 2020. The announcement ...

Keep up pressure on ‘motor voter’ program

In the backs of some state legislators’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Understanding the keys to politics

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in Congress. West ...

Lend-A-Hand continues mission

For more than 20 years, groups of students and alumni from Weirton Madonna High School have gathered at the end of the school year and dedicated themselves to helping others. This week, the most recent group of volunteers for Lend-A-Hand for Appalachia returned to Weirton after spending ...

Lawmakers right in nod to taxpayers

West Virginia legislators who question whether $50.2 million in “found money” ought to be spent on highway and bridge repairs might seem eligible for a world-record-level chorus of “boos.” But wait. They merit cheers, instead. House of Delegates members this week voted to use the ...

Happy birthday, West Virginia

West Virginians are a determined, strong, hard-working sort of folk. From the state’s southern coalfields to the northern steel mills and everywhere in between, residents have always given it their all. The state was born of conflict, in the midst of the American Civil War, and it has ...

Juneteenth celebrates an important moment

One special observance is gaining popularity across the United States and is well worth noting — and celebration by every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed today. It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. According to tradition, Juneteenth is observed on ...

Invest your time in the lives of others

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act Wednesday. That’s when this year’s Jefferson County Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled to be held at the St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. The doors will be open from 11;30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we hope ...

Program will be good for West Virginia, Ohio

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives– some probably affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

A day to thank the fathers

Fatherhood is not a matter of biology. It’s a matter of dedication, attitude and a life’s choice to realize that, no matter what the world says, role models do matter. To be a father is about love. That’s a tricky subject in a world where men are portrayed as aloof, athletic or just ...

Don’t cancel House session on education

Democratic leaders in the West Virginia House of Delegates apparently have a simple philosophy on improving public schools: Let’s not even talk about it. House members are to convene at the Capitol on Monday, pursuant to Gov. Jim Justice’s call earlier this year for the Legislature to hold ...

A representation of our freedoms

It proudly flies in the front of schools. It is raised in front of public buildings. It is displayed from the porches and in the front yards of countless homes around the nation. It is raised each day at outposts in the far reaches of the world. It stands tall and is recognized before the ...

Guarding against a budget meltdown

West Virginia’s budget is in fine shape, Gov. Jim Justice continues to proclaim. At first glance, the report of May collections for the general revenue budget seems to bear him out. Through May, the 11th month of the fiscal year, the state has taken in $4.278 billion in general revenue ...

Don’t let feud harm our state

A dislike that has been simmering for many months between some state senators and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has come to a boil. Now, a high-ranking lawmaker is calling for Justice to resign. That will not happen. Justice is not the type of man to walk away from a political ...

Keep our rivers and waterways clean

The Ohio River has been one of the area’s greatest natural resources. The development of towns along the river depended upon its use as a means of drinking water, wildlife and transportation. Volunteers will have a chance to help protect the river Saturday. The 30th-annual Ohio River ...

Scheduling votes on school bills

Pop quiz: What is included in the Student Success Act approved last week by the West Virginia Senate? If your answer was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have been napping in class. Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But, as we have ...

Learn the issues and go vote

Residents of some of our communities will be heading to the polls Tuesday in order to select who will represent them in their respective municipal governments. Whether in Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg or Bethany, we encourage those who are eligible to vote to exercise their constitutional ...

Golf Classic has stood the test of time

When a charitable event has been around for 38 years, you know its organizers are doing something right. You also know members of the community are certain the organization it raises money for always has stepped up to help in times of need. A great example of such an event is the Weirton ...