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Opinion

Better safe than sick with the flu

Editorials

Though people are reminded from every corner, usually starting in late summer, that it's flu shot time, there are people who ignore the available protection. Maybe it's an issue of cost. Maybe it's an issue of convenience. But come this time of year, it's an issue of illness, plain and ...

Make sure rules really provide safety

Editorials

Here in the Ohio Valley, we are uncomfortably aware of the need for pipelines, especially those carrying natural gas, to be constructed and maintained safely. Several pipeline accidents during the past few years make that clear. New guidelines issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials ...

Cut bureaucracy in W.Va. schools

Editorials

Just three years ago, West Virginia’s general revenue budget included about $1.178 billion in basic state aid funds for distribution to county school systems. Budget constraints have cut that to $1.113 billion for the current year. We just can’t afford as much for county school systems, ...

State government continues to grow

Editorials

You may remember the doom-and-gloom warnings from West Virginia bureaucrats last winter: Dare to cut our budgets, and the public will suffer. Indeed, after legislators adopted a fiscal 2017 budget slightly smaller than that for fiscal 2016, there were cutbacks. County school systems were told ...

Farewell to 57,727 aluminum can tabs

Local Columns

The purple tub has been a fixture in the house for at least 10 years, all the while welcoming — ping by ping, drink by drink — something little that over time can add up to something pretty big. It’s the container Better Half has dutifully monitored the past decade, patiently and ...

Looking forward to watching some new leaders

Local Columns

Leadership Weirton kicked off its program year this weekend, bringing together 12 individuals from our area’s business community. In its 25th year, the program, offered by the Weirton Chamber, is designed to expose participants to different parts of our local communities, and encourage them ...

Goodwin’s efforts will be missed

Editorials

Since she was named West Virginia commissioner of tourism in 2014, Amy Shuler Goodwin has made a variety of improvements in how our state attracts visitors. If you want a look at the initiatives she has overseen, stop at the state Welcome Center on Interstate 70 westbound in Ohio County. Or, ...

Just who is legitimate?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, When you read this, we will have a new president. It's about time, America. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. — he of the 1965 March on Selma, Ala., with Martin Luther King Jr. and nothing much since, from what I've read — said he would not attend the inauguration of Donald ...

Odds and ends and a special outfit

Local Columns

The Norma Freer Woman’s Missionary Society enjoyed a Christmas luncheon at the Farm Restaurant near Mount Pleasant, with Rhonda Hannan sharing a writing by Mother Teresa. Donna Cronn read a poem titled “Snow from God,” followed by the singing of “White Christmas” by Donna Cronin, ...

Preparing ourselves for a victory

Local Columns

1 Cor 9:24-27 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last ...

Gaming losses troubling in many ways

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At the last Hancock County Commissioners' meeting, Ted Arneault, chief lobbyist for Mountaineer, requested the Commission amend the county's Clean Air Act to exempt his employer as well as all slot parlors from complying with the county's smoking ban. Arneault says gambling ...

Nothing good from second-hand smoke

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Secondhand smoke is a proven carcinogen. Smoke-free air laws are good for business, and employees deserve a healthy smoke-free workplace. These are just a few of the reasons why the Brooke County board of health passed a smoke-free ordinance in 2014. Now an effort is ...

Providing entertainment through tragedy

Local Columns

It started with a box of drowned Q-tips. Actually, it started long before that, but it wasn’t until I saw the cotton swabs that it all came together into one horrible, I-must-scrub-the-walls picture. Why is this my life? It would be awesome if we could get through maybe an entire month ...

There is hope for our valley

Editorials

The Weirton-Steubenville area has gotten quite a bit of bad news lately, with the announcement of several businesses planning to close their doors this year. One bright spot did come about Tuesday, when local officials announced the completion of a land purchase agreement with Pietro ...

It’s about more than Antonio Brown

Editorials

The Pittsburgh Steelers are more than wide receiver Antonio Brown. The team surely knows that. We’re pretty sure after the chewing-out he delivered, Coach Mike Tomlin knows that. We hope Steelers Nation figures that out before Sunday evening, when the Steelers face the New England ...

Cernan’s footsteps shouldn’t be the last

Editorials

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for awhile. He didn't suspect he'd be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at age 82, ...

Nothing should be forever at the EPA

Editorials

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Give the gift of life

Editorials

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act on Monday. That’s when this year’s Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled to be held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we urge everyone who is eligible to ...

King’s dream remembered

Editorials

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Happy Sunday and come back next week

Local Columns

Happy Sunday. And here you are, bless your hearts. Getting the paper. Thank you. Reading this column. Thank you again. And here I am, part of a page waiting to line a bird cage, to embrace your heaps of coffee grounds or await a trip to the recycle bin. Or if you’re old-school like my ...