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Opinion

Easter…the big day

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Here comes Peter Cottontail. Hopping down the bunny trail. It is Easter. A time for rejoicing. A time to worship. Families, neighbors, and freinds get together. As for the younger folk, the visions of that ...

Fighting the battle against hunger in West Virginia

Local Columns

The last year has really taught us all a lot about ourselves. That we are resilient, giving and able to work together to make sure that the most basic needs of our neighbors — food, shelter, water, and clothing are met. In many cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in people, ...

History in the Hills: Sugar Camp Hollow

Local Columns

One of my favorite books growing up was a children’s book by West Virginia resident and Weirton native Anna Egan Smucker. Her book “No Star Night” was enchanting, and one I personally resonated with since it takes place in town. The book is still in print, and I encourage anyone who grew ...

Make it shine in West Virginia

Editorials

As we enter the early days of spring, West Virginia residents may turn to cleaning up their yards or larger properties. Winter takes its toll. On a larger scale, it is time to think about this year’s West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which has been pushed back to May 1-15 to give ...

Hissam’s service appreciated

Editorials

The Hissam family has been involved with the Chester Volunteer Fire Department since its founding. That includes the department’s current chief, John Hissam, who recently celebrated 50 years of service with the Hancock County community’s fire service. This makes him the longest serving ...

Sit back and enjoy the season

Editorials

The start of the baseball season is a magical time. It’s fitting that the game returns in the spring, the season of beginnings. Opening Day brings with it a time of optimism, as fans in cities across the country — and Canada — are certain that their team will get to the playoffs, and ...

Delaying mail not acceptable plan

Editorials

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Tax reform efforts seem doomed to implode

Local Columns

We are less than two weeks away from the end of the 2020 legislative session at midnight April 10 and already there is talk of a special session in the air. Gov. Jim Justice is furious that his bills are not moving in the House and Senate to cut the personal income tax rate by 60 percent and ...

Find compromise with tax reform

Editorials

We regularly forget the lessons we learned as children from the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. But politicians have been rewarded for ideas that are big, exciting — and immediate. Instant gratification makes a better impression with voters than having to play the long ...

Fighting an extreme case of writer’s block

Local Columns

It’s almost 11 a.m. Friday, and I should be wrapping this column up instead of just beginning. Compiling a cohesive thought on a single topic once a week isn’t always an easy task, especially when you are writing about various news events and reading about others. Whether it’s ...

An egg-citing tradition

Editorials

Spring is a season of hope and renewal, and our community will have the chance to experience both during the next several weeks thanks to the return of the Great Steubenville Eggsibition. The event, which will feature 32 Easter eggs that have been hand-painted by local artists, will open its ...

Put blame where it belongs

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Two mass shootings in two weeks. The Democrats are back. Sounds like there’s a gun bill on the Congressional table. The perpetrator of this latest shooting is named Ahmad al Issa. He’s Syrian by birth, and long had issues with paranoia and aberrant behavior. He was ...

A team approach to overcome opioid abuse

Local Columns

Opioid abuse is a blight that has impacted thousands of West Virginians — a deadly scourge so large that beating it will require a holistic, team approach. Every culpable actor must be held accountable. This includes the pharmaceutical supply channel, consulting firms and the government ...

Is it really terrible?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What terrible times are we really having? Just watching the world going by and I just do not get it. Watching TV I see thousands of our youth having a great time in the Sunshine State with music and drinking and doing about anything they want. Then ...

Some odds and ends thoughts come to roost

Local Columns

Lots of odds and ends came to roost in my thoughts this past week before taking flight to settle elsewhere. Good old TV westerns from the 1960s and ‘70s were among them, mainly because I realized how much they make me laugh. Now they weren’t created to do that, I figure, but I can’t ...

Easter events a return to ‘normal’

Editorials

They are simple activities, but they bring a sense of joy to children and adults each year. And while Easter egg hunts always serve as a marker for the season of renewal and as a way to welcome spring, they are taking on a different significance this year. They are indicators that our lives ...

Keeping the books open in West Virginia

Editorials

Making it more difficult for people to learn about potentially serious problems — such as losing one’s home — ought to be the very last thing on the minds of West Virginia legislators. Yet every year, some in Charleston introduce legislation that would effectively do just that. Consider ...

Paving programs are essential

Editorials

As a result of good budgeting, and a little luck, the City of Weirton will be able to have more streets paved this year than originally planned. During a work session held March 17, Public Works Director Rod Rosnick informed council the cost for the planned list of streets to be paved, which ...

Forging a new, better West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginia is in desperate need of economic diversity and growth — and multiple new revenue streams. That kind of change does not come from turning back to the way things have always been done. It comes from forging new paths with new ideas and energy. But, according to WalletHub, the ...

Week six at the West Virginia Legislature

Local Columns

We are less than 20 days away from the end of the 60-day legislative session, or more than two-thirds through and what I predicted last week is happening. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. With really the only big agenda items left being Gov. Jim Justice’s tax ...