Opinion

A lot of changes in the last 15 years

Local Columns

I woke up last Sunday with a day full of personal plans (something I rarely am able to do) and no intention of thinking about work. I then remembered it was my 15th anniversary with The Weirton Daily Times. On Aug. 14, 2001, I walked into our old newsroom on Lee Avenue, pretty much fresh out ...

Looking for our unsung heroes

Editorials

If you have been waiting to nominate a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2016 Community Star, here’s a reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That’s when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

Theater helps with CDI

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Striplight Theater was the magical setting Aug. 7 for the presentation of "A Tale of Cinderella." Jeffrey Holmes, artistic director, said the proceeds would benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative, our nonprofit to benefit patients who are currently undergoing ...

The sins of Sodom

Local Columns

The prophet Jeremiah defines the sins of Sodom, "Look, this was the iniquity of Sodom: She had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as ...

Going with Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, November 8th will be here before you know it. Have you given much thought to who gets your vote? Is it the liar or the loud mouth? I'm going with the loud mouth (TRUMP), and I'll tell you why. It has all to do with the Supreme Court. Right now, there are eight judges ...

Regulations must remain

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, House Speaker Ryan (R) "Federal regulations are out of control." "Congress is empowered by the Constitution to write laws that allow government by the consent of the governed," not by departmental orders such as the EPA. Theatrical hogwash by Ryan and the Republican ...

Not supporting Hillary

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to start off by saying that I have been a Democrat for over 50 years. Once Obama got elected, I immediately went to the courthouse to turn in my voter card and told them I never wanted to be a Democrat again. I am now an independent. He has made this world a mess. I ...

Cooperation needed for tennis courts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Fintons have been long-time supporters of Starvaggi Park. Years back, with financial support from Dr. Tayal, they worked tirelessly to modernize the playground area that now attracts not only a plethora of Weirton residents, but children with their parents and ...

How the kitten came into our lives

Local Columns

There was something moving in the middle of the road. I habitually eye leaves skittering across the road, pushed by the wind, or rocks and tree limbs laying in or near the road. I don’t want to hit an animal. Once, I came to a complete stop without hitting the deer who bounded off a ...

Flood victims need specific assistance

Editorials

As recovery from devastating floods in West Virginia — including one in Follansbee — continues, the needs of those affected are changing. Volunteers and relief agencies who have worked so tirelessly to aid in the recovery effort are now reporting that the overwhelming outpouring of support ...

Keep money away from the mower

Local Columns

Mowing the grass is a good feeling, a sense of accomplishment. Mowing a $20 bill — one that doesn’t even belong to you in the first place — now that’s not such a good feeling, not really cause for celebration on a job well done. I never know what conversation topics await me ...

A salute to patriotic events, parades

Local Columns

It was patriotic events and parades that filled my Aug. 12 and 13 schedule. And despite the extreme heat that could have faltered a lesser person, the people taking part in both stood up to it very well. State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was walking the route on both days, stopping ...

Don’t increase soft drink tax

Editorials

Why is it that many liberals’ answer to virtually any challenge in government is higher taxes? Revenue to fund government lagging? Raise taxes. Never mind that budget shortfalls often indicate constituents are having their own financial problems. Some social need, perhaps involving ...

Losing the war on drugs

Editorials

An unusual meeting set for today in Wheeing is an indication of the magnitude of the drug abuse epidemic in our two states. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be at the Covenant Community Church from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. today for a ...

On your mark

Editorials

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. The Marland Heights 5K Classic is a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year’s race is set for Friday at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned runner, a beginner or ...

State in need of a strategy

Editorials

Regardless of your political leanings, the wisdom of something West Virginia state Senate President Bill Cole said in Wheeling last week seems clear. “We need to refocus on what is the mission of state government,” Cole, R-Mercer, remarked during a town hall meeting on job ...

Be extra vigilant with school resuming

Editorials

Area motorists need to heighten their awareness in the coming days, as schoolchildren head back to classrooms beginning this week throughout the Tri-State Area. As drivers we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from ...

Life revolves around food, lack of it

Local Columns

I came home from work the other day reminded anew that life revolves around food — or the lack thereof. I’d been complaining to Better Half about the fact that the chicken cacciatore I’d made recently didn’t turn out so hot. It was no way near as good as it usually is, and that’s ...

Youth making a positive difference

Local Columns

I am always impressed when young people of the community do things to help others or to improve themselves. I have seen it through the many 4-H programs; FFA at Edison and Harrison Central; Smithfield baseball and softball teams; and Kara’s Kids, a program through the Brightway Center. The ...

Seniors express thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The intent of this letter is to convey to the many caring people and business concerns in Weirton, and neighboring communities, our sincere gratitude for their tremendous support of our Bingo Bash at the Greater Weirton Senior Citizens' Center. We are a non-county senior ...