Opinion

Help fight hunger

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, September is Hunger Action Month across the United States. In West Virginia, hunger is a serious issue for 267,000, or 1 in 6 West Virginians every day. Hunger isn't always something that can be identified at a glance. Sometimes it's the single parent skipping a meal so ...

Weirton has problems

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The city has a $2.6 million surplus this year. One could claim they are doing a great job fiscally running the city with the implication the city is being run more efficiently. Maybe. But what is more likely is we are being overtaxed. For example, the city assesses each ...

Questions need answered

Editorials

Recent news that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Stratton will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The facility’s ...

Adjust residency requirement

Editorials

The improving economy in our region is a good thing, unless you happen to be an employer trying to hire new workers. That can be a challenge for local government officials. Weirton officials are considering a change in rules for municipal employees, for that reason. During a work session ...

Brooke Fair offers something for all

Editorials

County fairs offer something for just about everyone. And, if you need another reminder, you need look no further than the Brooke County Fair. This year's edition of the annual event, which officially opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park, will feature a wide variety of ...

Trust needs to be established on panel

Editorials

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Battling the plague of drug abuse

Editorials

Last week, local media outlets reported plans for the Sept. 15 observance in Wheeling of a statewide “Day of Hope” focusing on the substance abuse crisis. On the same day, a grim report made it clear we can use all the hope we can muster. Last year, 1,011 people died of drug overdoses ...

Labors of love and late breaking news

Local Columns

First of all, happy Labor Day. Whether you choose to be part of a labor union or not, whether you're building a pipeline or teaching a math class, we all benefit from the work you all do. ••• As predicted by me and most people in the know, Clay County Delegate Roger Hanshaw won out to ...

Take pride in our local labor

Editorials

While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on the day after the first Monday in September) it should be about more than firing up the grill one more time. People fought for protections for workers in ...

Some things that have made me smile

Local Columns

Today’s column is all about things that have made me smile or laugh in recent days, including when I hung some wind chimes on the back porch. They were a gift given to us this past winter, which I had stashed away with intentions to put them out when warmer weather arrived. Unfortunately, ...

What’s more important?

Editorials

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Veterinarian helps in time of need

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Recently, I was faced with a heart-wrenching decision concerning one of my pets, a 21-year-old cat named Barry. Throughout his life Barry was an active, friendly and loving cat, but then I had noticed a significant change in his behavior. He slowly had become extremely ...

‘Project Election Protection’ addressing election integrity

Local Columns

West Virginia has had a checkered history of election integrity, with the purchase of the West Virginia Democrat Primary for John Kennedy in the 1960 election being perhaps the most notorious. But, as recently as 2012, federal authorities obtained criminal convictions against key officials for ...

Cuckoos in the White House

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Just a little satire. Jack Nicholson starred in a movie, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," in 1975. The sequel is now being played in the White House, "Who is Flying Over the Cuckoos Nest in the White House." Casting director Robert Mueller. Those auditioning for roles ...

10 tools to help overcome life’s hurdles

Local Columns

I, Nate a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, address the congregation at Marland Heights Community Church, the Ohio Valley and all who may acquire this document. May God's grace continue to be sufficient for you. I realize that many of us live in a time of great struggle, uncertainty, and strife ...

Christian Center begins new chapter

Editorials

After several years of work, the Weirton Christian Center turned the page to a new chapter Aug. 26, opening the doors on its new building. The Weirton Christian Center has been a cornerstone of the community from its earliest days. With this new location, this necessary part of Weirton’s ...

Taking action over threats

Editorials

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

Ohio Valley is going to the dogs

Editorials

Dog lovers can unite this weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds when the Friendship Cluster All Breed Dog Show returns. This fantastic four-day event will have canines representing more than 130 breeds and as young as 4 months. It will feature AKC all-breed shows, obedience competitions ...

Is winning really worth it?

Editorials

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

A true American

Editorials

It wasn’t all that long ago that politics still had some semblance of decency about the egotism it takes to get elected. When Sen. John McCain was confronted by people heading to what now is the hostile hysteria of ruling the land, he tried to put the brakes on. It was in Lakeview, Minn., ...