Opinion

Growth is happening

Editorials

There was a message of hope delivered during the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce's annual membership dinner Tuesday.A night which traditionally has been set aside to look back on the year that was for the local organization, this year's dinner also focused on the prospects of the future with a ...

Privacy discussion still needed

Editorials

A few weeks ago, after Apple CEO Tim Cook thumbed his nose at the FBI's request for help in recovering evidence from the government-issued iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, we said there was no difference in this criminal investigation than law enforcement getting a warrant and ...

Be realistic about troops in Iraq

Editorials

Pentagon officials said Friday they plan to meet soon with President Barack Obama to discuss sending more U.S. troops to Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists. Let us hope the conversation is militarily realistic, not politically correct.Obama likes to remind Americans he is minimizing the number of ...

New bus law needs strict enforcement

Editorials

It is too bad a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin does not go into effect until mid-June. Had the measure become enforceable before the school year ends, police and sheriff's deputies could have set a few examples during the next couple of months.Tomblin signed a bill ...

Hold the line on state spending

Editorials

Nearly the entire "budget gap" with which West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are struggling could be eliminated for next year simply by holding the line on spending. Many Mountain State residents have to do that. Why can't the state?Lawmakers and the governor tried for three ...

A calendar message for the season

Local Columns

There's a calendar on my desk at work, but it's not one that I look to as a reminder of what day of the week it is or as a blueprint for the day's demands.This one is a calendar that offers a faith-based thought for the day.It was a Christmas gift from years back, an unconventional calendar in ...

Of Easter weather, hats and more

Local Columns

Since I am writing this column four days before Easter, I have no idea what the weather will be like for one of the greatest religious days of the year. It was snowing on March 20, the first day of spring, and the poor daffodils and crocuses looked as if they were freezing their petals off.When ...

Sometimes all it takes is to get outside

Local Columns

Growing up, I was often told to "go outside and get the stink blown off" me.It wasn't necessarily a situation where I smelled funny. I bathed. It was an encouragement by family members to go outside, maybe run around in the yard or go ride my bicycle.It was probably also a way to get me out of ...

There is still hope in this world

Editorials

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king.There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no tweets, ...

Then, as now, follow the money

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,"A Story of Anti-Christ," written by Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian mystic, was published in 1900 on Easter. Roman Catholic Cardinal Giacomo Biffi's warnings of the Antichrist were published in the London Times and reprinted in the magazine Inside the Vatican and brought attention ...

Support for church appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,On behalf of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society, I would like to thank our entire Weirton area community for their continuous support of our annual Greek Easter Bake Sale which was held March 24.Since we have sold out of bread early the last few years we ...

If I was president

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,How about the upcoming battle for the White House? Is anyone surprised? The Democrats are acting like no big deal, whereas the Republicans are scared to death. Why? Because, the frontrunner Donald Trump, is an outsider, a non-conformist, a non-establishment person and that's the ...

Revelations from a sick day

Local Columns

So, I got a call from the school. Not my children's school - my nephew, the Heathenish, was ill. My sister, Foo-Dog, was at work and couldn't bail. Could I come and get him?Well, yeah. Foo and I do that for each other. The nice thing about the newsroom is that it's child-friendly - if there is ...

Help area kids find their smiles

Editorials

Everyone will be smiling next week, as the annual Eastern Gateway Community College's Give Kids A Smile event gets under way at the college.Thanks to the caring efforts of area dentists and hygientists who volunteer their time and talents, as well as Eastern Gateway Community College dental ...

Budget carefully

Editorials

Our local governments have been in the process of establishing their budgets for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in recent weeks, with county commissions and municipal councils looking over their revenue streams before submitting their plans to the state for review.Incoming funds, in most areas, have ...

Cleanup effort needed

Editorials

Over the weekend, a group of Weirton residents gathered on Marland Heights to spend part of their Saturday picking up garbage and other debris from along Marland Heights Road.By all accounts, it was a great success, and those who participated should take great pride in their contributions ...

Time to make a stand for unity

Editorials

The attacks in Belgium bring home the concept that the world has not come very far since Sept. 11, 2001.Attacks by extremists, foreign and domestic, can occur anywhere at anytime. That is the reality for the average citizen going about his or her business. It's possible that any trip to any ...

Worldwide diligence must continue

Editorials

The attacks in Belgium bring home the concept that the world has not come very far since Sept. 11, 2001.Attacks by extremists, foreign and domestic, can occur anywhere at anytime. That is the reality for the average citizen going about his or her business. It's possible that any trip to any ...

State budget delay a good thing

Editorials

Many West Virginia legislators were frustrated last week when they had to leave the Capitol without approving a new state budget. But that probably was not a bad thing.State Senate President Bill Cole, during a visit to Wheeling last week, said lawmakers were close to agreement on a budget. Had ...

Clinton finally honest on energy

Editorials

"We're gonna put a lot of coal miners and companies out of business," Hillary Clinton boasted during a campaign event in Columbus on March 13.Her comment could have been no surprise to miners and their families. Clinton has been vowing for more than a year to make President Barack Obama's war ...