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Opinion

Helping West Virginia’s foster children

Editorials

Nearly 2 percent of the children in West Virginia — more than 6,800 of them — are in some form of foster care administered by the state. Are we doing enough for them? A lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health and Human Resources last week argues we are not, to the point that ...

End vicious cycle for our children

Editorials

Too often, those studying how to improve the lives of West Virginians conclude the answer is giving more of our hard-earned money to state government, to be doled out as officials in Charleston wish. Good for the West Virginia KIDS COUNT organization for coming to a different — and correct ...

Democratic governor’s race shaping up?

Local Columns

It looks like monied front-runner Stephen Smith might be getting some serious challengers for the Democratic primary for governor. That’s good, because that primary needed some excitement. It also needed more traditional West Virginia Democrats, which it looks like it is getting. I broke ...

Properly prepare for the flu season

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes” or “vaping,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. During the 2017-18 season, nearly 15 percent of ...

Prepared for the fourth quarter of 2019

Local Columns

Between the time I’m writing this and the time that you’re reading this, the weather supposedly will have changed from summer in October to actual fall in October. I love Ohio and the fact that we can have all four seasons in one week or two and then do it all over again. Nothing like ...

Decisions ahead for recreational future

Local Columns

I’ve written previously about some of the discussions currently being held by members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation in planning for the future of the city’s parks and playgrounds. Earlier this year, the board decided to either shut down or no longer maintain five smaller ...

First Amendment rights are still important

Editorials

Today marks the beginning of National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, it’s a week that has been set aside for the past 79 years to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. This year’s theme is “Think F1rst: Know your five freedoms,” ...

Keep your hands off

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing this about people who go around stealing stuff off of people’s porches. It’s a shame you can’t beautify your home without someone destroying it, and, best of all, you have no trespassing signs up, which are ignored. They either can’t read or just plain ...

Finding your way to being nearer to God

Local Columns

Many times we don’t realize how close God really is. We think He’s way, way out there in another galaxy, millions of miles away. The truth is, we don’t have to go to a place in search of God. God is as close to you today as the person sitting next to you. When the apostle Paul visited ...

Listen to our youth

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The callousness of two adult journalists, Rich Lowry “Don’t listen to Greta Thunberg,” and Cal Thomas, “Knowing it all at age 16.” Lowry, “with very rare exceptions, kids have nothing interesting to say to us.” Thomas, “As their adolescent brains continue to ...

History in the Hills: Consider Ohio River’s role

Local Columns

Whether we realize it or not, our history is tied to the Ohio River. Flowing through our community over millennia, the river cut the Ohio Valley deeply, giving us the landscape we are all familiar with. Looking back to the earliest history of this area, we can assume that there has been ...

Does Weirton care?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Recently I was told people in Weirton don’t care about issues like the proposed water and sewage expansion anymore than they cared to make the effort to vote in the last municipal election. I care and I believe there are still enough of us who care and will make the effort to ...

Weirton Moose appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of Weirton Moose Lodge 688, I wish to sincerely thank the first responders of the Upper Ohio Valley for their overwhelming support of our recent gun bash event held Sept. 28. While a large turnout was present from the general public, those who serve us 24 hours a ...

Trump’s defenders have adopted a doctrine of infallibility

Local Columns

There’s a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think. Yes, there are those who think Trump was delivered to us by God and that his decisions and actions are imbued with divine providence and authority. But that sort of stuff is ...

Crew deserving of praise for rescue

Editorials

In June, a woman jumped from the Newell Bridge into the Ohio River. Crew members of the towboat Alice Jean — Eileen Provins, James Blake Jr., Travis Neely and Jarrod Starkey — saw her and went immediately to her aid. Had they not done so, at some risk to themselves, “there was a strong ...

FDA needs to provide some answers

Editorials

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Let’s celebrate the apple

Editorials

A tradition that has brought residents of the Tri-State Area together for many decades will be renewed for the 41st time this weekend. It’s the annual Wellsburg Applefest, which will run Friday though Sunday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town Square. The festival celebrates the ...

The commitment for our area continues

Editorials

Trinity Health System has had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the past several weeks. On Sept. 19, for example, it completed the first phase of construction on its $75 million patient tower and expansion on the Trinity Medical Center West Campus. That came when crews with JE Dunn ...

Making sure every school excels

Editorials

Just four of the approximately 51 public schools in the Northern Panhandle met or exceeded all standards set by state officials, according to results of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard evaluation. That is not to say the other schools are not doing much that is ...

Flipping the switch on Automatic Voter Registration

Local Columns

Social media anymore is so filled with misinformation that sometimes my tolerance for nonsense breaks. I’m at that point now with the falsehoods being spread by lawmakers, activists, and even some media in regards to Automatic Voter Registration, or AVR for short. First, the usual ...