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Opinion

Paging Al Dente to the kitchen area

Local Columns

I call him a lot of different names, which makes him a man of many monikers. Better Half. Ki (rhymes with hi and sigh, not key). Don. Al Dente. Mr. Wonderful. You’re Something Else. Sweetums. Papa Bear. The Voice of Reason. The Egg Man. Mr. Know It All. Barn Boy. And ...

Learn about government access

Local Columns

Today begins kind of a special week, not just for journalists, but for all of our nation’s citizens. This week is recognized as “Sunshine Week.” It’s a time when a major focus is place upon government accessability. This often is a time when news agencies across the country find ...

Healthcare can’t be rushed

Editorials

While the zeal to replace Obamacare with a system that is more sustainable and doesn't penalize working Americans has been in place since the legislation became law several years ago, the effort should not be hasty. The proposed American Health Care Act is flawed in its current form and the ...

Rally showed the best of America

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I swung by the "Pumped for Trump" rally that was held in Weirton on Saturday, March 4th. I couldn't stay long, due to having to get my daughters to a birthday party, but the time that I spent there, I honestly have to say that I would have liked to have stayed longer. To me ...

Recognition for Buckeye Ruritan Club

Local Columns

I was invited to a dinner meeting of the Buckeye Ruritan Club No. 1521 recently and saw the presentation of two awards from the Ruritan National Organization of Dublin, Va. The first was for its outstanding and meritorous community service in the field of public service and for its continued ...

The far-reaching effects of sin

Local Columns

Romans 3:10-11, 23: "as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Sin in its simplest definition is an offense against the moral law of God. Adam committed ...

Burgettstown mayor wants to continue service

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A slogan from the 60s comes to my mind when I think about our town: "power to the people." We control our own destiny. Your right to your opinion by Democratic vote. The proper response to the present situation is not withdrawal and noninvolvement, but expression of your ...

Health costs getting out of hand

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, President Trump's character flaws are so blatantly obvious they don't need enumeration. He is a loose cannon that I wouldn't be surprised doesn't last a full term. However, he was elected by a tide of frustration that he identified with and promised to address. And I believe ...

Regulation change would benefit West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It shouldn't be difficult to change state rules that are stricter than those recommended by a left-leaning 2014 EPA and that have been adopted by neighboring states. Yet that is the strange situation we find ourselves in as we debate House Bill 2506 in this year's ...

The ‘Peep Incident’ that may not have happened

Local Columns

I was having lunch with my sister, Foo Dog, and I had a dilemma — it was Thursday afternoon and I still hadn’t written my column. Executive Editor Ross had already cruised past my desk and asked if I was writing a column this week. He asks, but it’s part of my absolute minimum duties. ...

Change clocks, change smoke alarms

Editorials

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 ...

Learn more before judging health bill

Editorials

It is no wonder that Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin have expressed concern about the impact on West Virginia of a plan to replace Obamacare. They worry it may leave as many as one in 10 residents of the state without health insurance. A bill introduced ...

Don’t harm job providers in West Virginia

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators who are considering tax increases that would make it more difficult to do business in our state should focus on one line of the most recently released state revenue report. Collections of state corporate income and business franchise taxes are ...

No celebration for state budget news

Editorials

You did not hear air horns going off in Charleston during the weekend, nor was the air around the Capitol Complex filled with confetti — even though state government revenue ticked up in February. Both Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators are well aware the February revenue report may ...

Festival celebrates music, culture

Editorials

It will be a celebration of music, crafts and culture this weekend at Oak Glen High School with the return of Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art. In its third year, the locally organized festival is expanding to three days, with even more entertainment, vendors and other offerings ...

Heroes exist with Red Cross

Editorials

Everyday heroes exist in our small town communities in the Ohio Valley, and for that we’re thankful. We’re talking about the many volunteers with the American Red Cross who unselfishly give of their time to this worthy agency. These volunteers help victims of fires and floods, they donate ...

Episodes of ‘alligator arms’ happen

Local Columns

Better Half and I get a kick out of the GEICO commercial where a group has finished eating dinner in a restaurant, and it’s time to pay the bill. The alligator at the table of humans says the meal’s on him, that he’s picking up the tab, but his “alligator arms,” his lame attempt to ...

If I could have any super power

Local Columns

There’s an old debate among us geeks. Basically, people ask each other what kind of super power they would have if the opportunity were ever to arise. Throughout the history of science fiction and comic books, there is a wide selection, with everything from the near invulnerability of ...

Clearing up the water rules

Editorials

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

Trump has the wrong goals

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What's happening in America with Trump's helter skelter transition team? Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans keep saying Obamacare would collapse on its own. We must repeal it. The reason Obamacare exists today. The good old boys' health care plans collapsed ...