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Opinion

Congress late on opioid crisis

Editorials

It has been apparent to West Virginians for years that some pharmaceutical companies helped create the drug abuse crisis by flooding our state with opioid painkillers. Lawsuits have been filed. “Pill mills” have been shut down. State officials have condemned the villain firms. Our members ...

The Olympic spirit makes its return

Editorials

Beginning tonight, billions of eyes will turn toward Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the 2018 Winter Olympics get under way. In the coming weeks, athletes from around the world will compete for glory and honor, representing their home countries in a variety of competitions in an effort to ...

Pass cyberbullying bill

Editorials

A bill approved Monday by the West Virginia House of Delegates may do some good to prevent cyberbullying of minors, if it is enacted. So the measure, HB 2655, is a step in the right direction. State senators should pass it, too. But bullies, regardless of age, are endlessly devious in how ...

Address pay issues for corrections officers

Editorials

Attention on pay and benefits for public employees is focused on teachers, and that is appropriate. At the same time, however, West Virginia legislators cannot let the same problem among corrections officers persist. State prisons and regional jails are so understaffed that clerical workers ...

Making sure the gamble pays off

Editorials

West Virginia ought to have a sports betting statute on the books this spring — but it needs to be a home run, not a foul ball. Within a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to clear the way for states to set up sports betting operations. A few states already have plans in ...

Battle addiction where it is worst

Editorials

Battling the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia cannot be a matter of bureaucratic formulas and politics as usual in Washington. The federal government needs to do more about drugs in the Mountain State. To many members of Congress and, no doubt, to most people in the executive branch ...

Purse sympathizers are in my midst

Local Columns

Purse sympathizers are everywhere. This I realized on several errand outings this past week and via calls and e-mails, all in response to last Sunday’s column about my ongoing love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks.” This is a name I’ve never understood, incidentally. No purse ...

I think I’ll just skip the Super Bowl

Local Columns

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. Wait, am I allowed to say Super Bowl? I’m not affiliated with the NFL, NBC or any of the approved advertisers, so I’m not really sure. What the heck. I’ll say it anyway. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I have no plans to watch this year’s big game. It’s ...

Celebrate Black History Month

Editorials

Black History Month 2018 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. "African-Americans in Times of War" is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and ...

The greats played in Steubenville

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Duke Ellington played in Steubenville? Yes, he did. So I thought that since Black History Month started on Thursday, I would like to take a trip back to the jazz, swing and big band sound that was the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It was a Saturday, March 27, 1943, and there is ...

Don’t just make a bunch of noise

Local Columns

Love is relational, reciprocal, and restorable. The Apostle Paul reminds of God's love in his letter to the Corinthian Church: 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And ...

Trying to make some sense

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The only way to make any sense in what's going on in the world is to deal with it in one paragraph thoughts, something like tweets. Surprise, surprise, Trump gave a great State of the Union address. But, oh, oh, here we go with the but. The American dream part was great. ...

Enough is enough

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As time goes by in Trumpworld, it becomes increasingly difficult to pick a scandal to write about, since there are so many choices. I have decided to lightly cover just a few before getting to the biggest ones. I could have taken any number of them from the book "Fire and ...

Regulation changes will be beneficial

Editorials

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

There’s progress in our region

Editorials

You can count Evan Scurti, Ed Looman and Pat Ford as being among the most optimistic people in our region. There’s good reason for that. The three direct the economic development agencies — the Jefferson County Port Authority, the Appalachian Project for Economic Growth and the Business ...

Give our first responders some extra protection

Editorials

Unless they are police officers or sheriff’s deputies, first responders can find themselves at the mercy of people who, for one reason or another, turn violent. “Especially in rural communities, when they go on a call, they don’t really know what to expect,” West Virginia House of ...

Building up new leaders

Editorials

Ten area businessmen and women have stepped into the spotlight of leadership this week with the beginning of the latest class of Leadership Weirton. This is the 26th year of the program, organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, and we applaud these individuals for making the ...

Do more against sexual predators

Editorials

West Virginia state senators have taken one small step to rectify unconscionable failures in getting justice for victims of sexual assault. They and the House of Delegates should follow up with another critical reform. It is difficult to understand why, in some ways, those who have been ...

W.Va., Ohio need to think ahead

Editorials

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...

Love-hate purse relationship rages on

Local Columns

This just isn’t working out, I told Better Half, about a month into trying to fully adjust to a new purse I got for Christmas from our son. My love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks” rages on, my quest for the perfect one a fruitless pursuit. Purses are too little, too big, never ...