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Opinion

All things Easter at these two events

Local Columns

There were Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Easter candy, Easter baked goods, Easter face decorations and Easter bunnies at the two events I attended last weekend. There was the first community egg hunt at Sally Buffalo Park. This was through the effort of businesses in Cadiz and outlying areas, ...

We sell the best and service the rest

Local Columns

Have you ever seen this expression on a business' sign or on one of their vehicles? The assumption is that this company feels they have a superior product, however, if you don't purchase what they have to offer they will be glad to repair what you have. Sadly, I think a lot of local churches ...

Mom threw herself down the stairs

Local Columns

My mother threw herself down the stairs. It wasn’t my fault. I need you to understand this. Also, she is fine. I thank you for your concern. She is, as the children would say, so very extra. That means she’s dramatic — it skipped a generation. So of course she threw herself down ...

Fight over coal not over yet

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey deserves much of the credit for delaying former President Barack Obama’s assault on the coal industry and affordable electricity. Other state officials, including legislators and former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, merit kudos for opposing Obama, ...

Give the gift of life, be an organ donor

Editorials

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea implant? Chances are you do, as organ donations in the United States is continuing to grow, with more than 30,000 performed. However, thousands and thousands more await transplants — more than 123,373 nationally and ...

Giving kids a smile

Editorials

There were plenty of smiles last week, as the annual Eastern Gateway Community College’s Give Kids a Smile event took place on the school’s campus. Thanks to the caring efforts of area dentists and hygientists who volunteer their time and talents, as well as Eastern Gateway Community ...

Gorsuch represents return of common sense

Editorials

Justice Neil Gorsuch is a welcome addition to the Supreme Court for conservatives seeking common sense interpretation of the nation’s laws, at least based on his judicial record. He should also be welcomed by all Americans because it means the court finally can make some decisions instead ...

Red lines no longer a warning

Editorials

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...

Reopen state police detachments

Editorials

Late last year, it was announced West Virginia State Police detachments in Hundred, Elizabeth and Grantsville would be closed. The problem was money, State Police officials said. Well, that should not be a problem beginning July 1, when the new fiscal year begins. It appears West Virginia ...

‘Pressing’ issue for a possible present

Local Columns

Better Half is always helpful. It’s not unusual for him, for example, to ask if I have a column topic because he knows if I do, my mood is a lot brighter. You’re familiar with that saying — “When momma’s happy, everybody’s happy.” There’s a lot of truth to that one. He ...

Halls of Fame honor communities’ history

Local Columns

Our local communities have a wide and varied history, from the days of their early settlements, leading through the numerous staple businesses and into the modern age. During that time, there also have been many individuals who have taken the lead in shaping our villages, towns and cities, ...

War still happens, unfortunately

Editorials

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, 100 years ago. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into World ...

A waste of taxpayers’ money

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Do any of you know what the figure $88,000 represents? This is the amount of money the Hancock County Commission offered the Foundation if they signed a contract to operate the Hancock County Animal Shelter for the current fiscal year. Adding the $100,00 in excess levy money, ...

Offering some insight on First Ladies

Local Columns

With this being Palm Sunday, churches will be using millions of palm fronds to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Most of the palms come from southern Mexico and Guatemala. For years, harvesters were paid by volume, which motivated them to cut off more ...

I love the smell of victory!

Local Columns

I'm sure many of you watched "March Madness" faithfully and were disappointed when your team lost, but I imagine there was celebration when either your team won. Everyone watching those games were so anxious to root their team on to victory. Often in life, we forget to celebrate the small ...

Moving West Virginia forward

Local Columns

During this 2017 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has identified a bold initiative to lead West Virginia on the path to prosperity. His initiative will stimulate our economy and provide the tools necessary to support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. The ...

Some things you just can’t say ‘no’ to

Local Columns

I’m such a mess this week. I tried parking the car without putting it into park — did you know that if you turn the car off while it’s still in gear, it will continue to move after you take your foot off the brake? — and went looking for a bread knife in the refrigerator, which is ...

Lapses over mine safety intolerable

Editorials

Federal hypocrisy is nothing new. But when it jeopardizes the lives of people whose jobs have been targeted by that same government, it is particularly difficult to swallow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General, negligence on the part of the federal Mine Safety and ...

Weirton United Way is hitting the hardwood

Editorials

The Weirton United Way once again will be “taking it to the hoop” this weekend as part of its annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament event at Weir High School. The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, helps to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the United Way’s 2017 campaign, and we ...

Investing in West Virginia’s future

Editorials

Politicians talk often about investing in West Virginia’s future. Too often, that is an excuse to spend taxpayers’ money on short-term jobs such as construction projects that provide excellent photo-ops. In terms of really building a brighter future for our state as a whole and for ...