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Opinion

Where are the levy funds?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On July 1, 2016, the Hancock County Commission assumed responsibility for operating the county animal shelter. The commissioners refused to negotiate a new contract with a nonprofit which had been operating the animal shelter for over 20 years. The nonprofit had also raised 90 ...

Think safety when changing clocks

Editorials

As you make your way around the house today changing clocks back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be replaced at ...

Stop the leaders to stop terrorism

Editorials

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Punishment needed if allegations are true

Editorials

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump's campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly because ...

Speed up the permit process

Editorials

If, as many Ohio Valley residents hope, PTT Global Chemical constructs an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, it will require a stable supply of ethane. We are not going out on a limb in suggesting that is one of the key factors in PTT executives’ consideration of whether to build the ...

Support the United Way

Editorials

The Weirton United Way’s 2017 campaign has been officially under way for a little over a month, and, during its report meeting Friday, officials announced they already have passed the half-way point to their $260,000 goal. While that certainly is great news, there is still much work to be ...

Do more to fight the opioid epidemic

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was right to express his frustration about what some in the media refer to as an “extraordinary” federal campaign against abuse of opioids and other drugs. “I don’t understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West ...

Simple things become very complicated

Local Columns

Simple things become complicated. How smug I was this summer to think I was way ahead of the Halloween costume game. I had patronized a rummage sale at church, one to benefit the American Cancer Society. And rummage sales at churches never disappoint when it comes to variety and ...

It’s nice to see some ‘spirit’ returning

Local Columns

It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, with rain splattering my windows. The leaves had finally changed color, with many falling on the ground. In other words, it was perfect. It was finally feeling like autumn. With Halloween only a couple of days away, it was about time. Halloween ...

Pay attention in road work zones

Editorials

Motorists who stop for a break at the West Virginia welcome center along Interstate 77 in Wood County may notice an unusual memorial. It features a life-size bronze statue of a man. In one hand, he carries a traffic control cone. In the other, he has a stop sign.. Below him are the names of ...

New York Times missed the mark

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Eduardo Porter of the New York Times suggests that good policy might be to "help [us, small town Americans] move to a big city nearby." No, thank you. Having lived in Weirton for 42 years, we have seen and felt the effects of the closing of the steel mills. Our city struggled ...

Overcoming the fears of farming

Local Columns

This week people will dress in costumes, perhaps they will attend parties, children will go trick or treating, some people may even dress up with the goal to scare someone. But, there are people who live in fear every day. There may be health problems, financial problems or other dark ...

Museum and its events a real treasure

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Robert Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition was another big hit, honoring Robert Watson's watercolor expertise. It's amazing to view what an artist can do with a paintbrush and a few colors. All presented by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. It all happened under ...

Keep Halloween safety tips in mind

Editorials

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout the Tri-State Area during the next few days, we ask parents to put safety first this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Parents should always accompany young ...

Pursue campaign against terrorists

Editorials

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Giving Americans needed tax relief

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Accounting system needs fixing

Editorials

West Virginia taxpayers already have spent about $150 million on the wvOasis computer accounting system, and the meter still is running. One might expect that for that amount of money, the Oasis system would make coffee for its human handlers each morning, in addition to dealing efficiently ...

Change culture of government

Editorials

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Residents of our area had every reason to expect good things from Leonhardt. ...

Trump should take Manchin’s suggestion

Editorials

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump's plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead the ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

Local Columns

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...