Opinion

Castro should not be celebrated

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, For nearly 60 years Fidel Castro, the last true Stalinist tyrant in the world, ruled Cuba with an iron fist. He was typical of "for the people" communist leaders, living in self-serving opulence and wealth, while his vassals suffered in poverty and want. "La Revolucion ...

Take care of the planet

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, said we have to relocate to another planet in the universe in the next 1,000 years. There has to come a time for man to realize the planet Earth is it. Hawking is a theoretical physicist. I am a theoretical wanne-be, ...

No negative approaches

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This letter is in response to Steve Kopa's letter "Looking at future under Trump" that appeared Nov. 20. The common thread in his letter is both biased and unacceptable. His unsubstantiated conclusions are not supported by facts. It seems appropriate since Donald Trump has ...

Missing a VIP blessing for the gnome

Local Columns

My favorite sports-related comic shows a football player praising God for his victory, and, in the next panel, God is watching hockey. I like to think that, if God should lower himself to the tribalistic rooting for a particular group of grown men playing a children’s game because of the ...

Lights help spread holiday cheer

Editorials

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is ...

Time to ask the real questions

Editorials

The attack by a lone man at Ohio State University Monday revealed a couple of alarming trends. First is one aimed at the national media and its choice of words when such attacks occur. The word “terror” is somehow being used as a substitute for the word “extremism,” or worse, ...

Rebuilding the W.Va. economy

Editorials

Many West Virginians are hopeful a conversation between President-elect Donald Trump and Governor-elect Jim Justice is the start of a much improved relationship between the Mountain State and the White House. After Justice spoke for a few minutes with Trump recently, he sounded optimistic: ...

WVU band made state proud

Editorials

There is a reason West Virginia University’s marching band is called “The Pride of West Virginia.” Time and again they move us with their talent, hard work and poise. They remain among the few college marching bands for which fans stay in the stands at halftime, or rush to their seats ...

Support your local businesses

Editorials

We all have a choice when we make our purchases any time of the year, but, as the presidents of the Jefferson County and Weirton Area chambers of commerce have reminded us in the past week, the best choice is to patronize local merchants. The reasons are many, and they help area retailers and ...

Prevent fires during the holidays

Editorials

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are other causes of fires in December. The ...

Of weather switches, pots and pans

Local Columns

Last weekend’s weather prompted body shock. The Friday of that weekend it was 70 something degrees. November no-coat weather. Yes! I was horseback riding, enjoying a spin on Thunder. Wearing a T-shirt. (Me, not the horse. He’s not big on those.) Better Half was golfing …. or ...

It’s starting to get festive around here

Local Columns

Thanksgiving is over, holiday shopping has begun and lights and decorations are starting to sprout up all over the Ohio Valley. The holiday season is upon us, with all sorts of lights, banners, songs and cheer filling the late autumn air as we look toward the winter festivities. There are ...

A matter of character

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I first met Bob Cowden as a teenage boy when my brother-in-law would take me down to the Cove ball field by the tracks more than 50 years ago. We sat ona single section of old bleachers with our backs spitting distance from the road and the noisy trains as they meandered ...

Continuing to feel thankful for vets

Local Columns

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope a portion of it was in giving thanks to those who served to keep America  as the land of the free and the home of the brave over the many years. During the past two weeks, Lamont has been taking part in Veterans Day services, sometimes alone including with ...

Thanksgiving at Christmas

Local Columns

It is that time of year again, the holidays are quickly approaching. What is your reaction as Christmas Day gets closer and closer? Some people respond with great excitement like Buddy the Elf, while others have the attitude of Scrooge and give a "Bah-hum-bug". As we celebrate Thanksgiving, ...

Take precautions while shopping

Editorials

Holiday shopping has officially started. The hustle and bustle that surrounds the season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season. It is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but thieves ...

Safe and happy shopping

Editorials

Pundits and analysts have been pronouncing Black Friday a dying tradition, but pundits and analysts are not in the immediate circles of family and friends who set out today in bargain hunts for the perfect, and affordable, Christmas gift. For many, today represents a memorable, annual, fun ...

Live with the Thanksgiving spirit

Editorials

If this nation ever needed a family holiday to draw together for good reasons, today is an important day. Thanksgiving Day 2016 comes a mere 16 days after a day that served as a touchstone for seemingly endless arguing, bickering, fighting, bad behavior, anger and forgotten ...

Community dinners show holiday spirit

Editorials

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms in our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners serve not ...

Celebrate the season

Editorials

Communities throughout the Tri-State Area will have a little extra sparkle during the next couple of weeks as parades help to celebrate the Christmas season. Parades offer an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the season, while giving communities a chance to show off ...