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Opinion

WVU is a key to the state’s future

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee had no option but to devote much of his State of the University speech last week to two critical issues — racial justice and COVID-19. It was appropriate that he talked at length about how WVU has dealt with the two concerns and how it will do ...

An ongoing search for pens that actually work

Local Columns

Sometimes you just have to use what you have on hand. In this case it was a pencil with barely enough lead to write one letter of the alphabet let alone an entire line that constituted a checkbook ledger entry. Better Half noticed the pencil scratching in a routine state-of-finances ...

Getting away and reconnecting with nature

Local Columns

Every once in a while, as we become burdened by the trials of our daily lives, it’s good to take a bit of a breather and, if possible, reconnect with nature and those around us. Last Friday, my mom asked if I wanted to do a day trip to our state’s other panhandle. Specifically, the plan ...

Dust ourselves off and move forward

Editorials

It appears the Brooke Power project proposed over the last few years will not become reality after all. That is unfortunate to say the least, especially when you look at the potential impact it would have had in our area. The big question now is, what happened? In making the announcement, ...

Weld’s service applauded

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Over the past 10 years, I’ve watched as the opioid crisis in West Virginia has invaded every community and touched nearly every family in this state. As a retired pharmacist, I’ve paid particular attention as to just how our legislature has tried to address what I believe to ...

West Virginia has an option

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In the gubernatorial election November 3rd, you have a choice. If you are satisfied with the present failed state policy for COVID-19 that has resulted in business closings, high unemployment, children and adolescents denied the benefits of in-person education, and the ...

History in the Hills: Crawford’s Crossing

Local Columns

Ask any student of history what the one thing they wish they could go back in time and experience from the past is, and I bet you would have some pretty cool answers. For me, it could be witnessing the excitement of V-E Day after so many years at war. For my wife, it is witnessing ...

McGeehan an honorable representative

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Delegate Pat McGeehan is a rare breed in politics: a man of his word. He has demonstrated time and time again the four cardinal virtues of courage, wisdom, temperance, and justice. He never gives in to political pressure from party bosses. In this time where politics are ...

Blood on our hands

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As Americans and Christians, I feel we have a very important responsibility, and that is to vote. It also is a privilege when living in a free country. It is necessary to know the platform behind the candidate. While it would be beneficial to have a person with the perfect ...

Those who say nothing enable bullies

Local Columns

A few months ago, I was honored to be asked to be apart of a youth organization that helps build good character in boys & girls. They later informed me that I would not be allowed to serve unless I took some class on how to work with youth, how to treat youth, how to handle youth. At ...

From the Pulpit: Times may change, but God’s word does not

Local Columns

Not many days from now will be a very special opportunity for all Americans, it is the opportunity to cast our vote for the President of the United States. Plus the other local and state voting are vital as well. Many opinions abound concerning the best for these offices and whomever we don’t ...

Step up testing in nursing homes

Editorials

After several months in which only a few cases of COVID-19 were reported at Northern Panhandle nursing homes, the virus has hit hard. Earlier this week, as we reported, nursing homes in the region were coping with a total of 25 cases of the disease. Put that in perspective: Twenty-five or ...

Brooke County PRO talks should continue

Editorials

Brooke County commissioners and school officials should continue talking about use of sheriff’s deputies as school resource officers, despite the failure of months of talks over the issue. Board of Education members have agreed to set up a new system of hiring experienced law enforcement ...

Continuing to honor the legacy

Editorials

For 12 years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to honor the legacy of J. Robert Haworth and those he inspired. This year’s Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition will officially open Saturday, with residents welcomed to the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit then will ...

Capito best bet for U.S. Senate

Editorials

Getting things done for West Virginians means more than political affiliation to voters in our state. We don’t care whether you have an “R” or a “D” after your name, as long as you remember who’s boss — the people here at home in the Mountain State. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore ...

Staying in the loop ahead of the election

Local Columns

The countdown to Election Day continues. We are just over three weeks away from the 2020 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. We’re 10 days away from the start of early voting. We’re 16 days away from Wednesday, Oct. 28, which is the deadline for voters who want an absentee ballot to have ...

Gift will boost state’s economy

Editorials

West Virginia native Brad Smith made it really, really big in high technology. He is executive chairman of Intuit’s board of directors. Last week, it was revealed Smith and his wife, Alys, have donated $25 million to West Virginia University. It was a gift made thoughtfully. “West ...

‘Conference calls’ involve stress, meatloaf talk

Local Columns

I had at least four intense mini “conference calls” in the office Thursday. And all of them involved the same person, the same subject. It was me and Better Half and meatloaf. Let me preface this column with a weary confession for anyone new to this space: I’m a bad mother and an ...

Teamwork still needs to be our area’s focus

Local Columns

During my third year at West Liberty (Go Hilltoppers!), I was enrolled in a class called Writing for Radio and Television. The name of the class pretty much tells you its focus. We learned various methods for writing news scripts for television and radio broadcasts. The major project was to ...

Think pink, help fight against breast cancer

Editorials

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...