Opinion

Appreciative of the city employees

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A dead deer on my back lawn on Lauren Circle. I called the animal control in Weirton and was referred to the Hancock County Animal Control. After many, many computerized answers, I got through to a human voice who told me that it would be up to me to dispose of the dead deer ...

Let’s stick to the commandments of God

Local Columns

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, The harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain “The good old days,” Solomon had something to say of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.” ...

A master of the game

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As Trump was in Vietnam for summit talks with North Korea, the Democrats were anticipating the grilling of Michael Cohen — who always looks to me like he’s in a commercial for sinus medication — for any possible hint of Trump wrongdoing. Even though Cohen turned out to ...

Excelling in academics and leadership

Local Columns

On March 5, 2019, numerous Madonnians were admitted into the National Honor Society. NHS is a national program to recognize students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Today, there are over 1 million members in NHS. They can be found in local ...

Take a trip around the world

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Once again, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting their annual Festival of Nations on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weirton Millsop Community Center. No purchase is necessary; no passport is needed and no travel time required to ...

Dream in jeopardy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Stealing a line from Lt. Columbo — just tying up a few loose ends in this letter. Socialism: Social Security or any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with inadequate or no income. In the United States, a federal insurance program that provides ...

School system needs transparency

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Over a month and a half ago, our community started to be deeply concerned about the unprecedented situation which is going on with the superintendent. In these stressful and uncertain times, board members should act quickly. Delaying the decision will do nothing but to create ...

Why wouldn’t we want to save money?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Senate Bill 451 was defeated by the state teacher’s union calling for a mass walkout primarily because of the Charter school and education saving accounts aspects of the bill. First, the Legislature set a bad precedent by paying teachers for their walkout last year. I hope ...

Check your clocks, smoke detectors

Editorials

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

Bidding farewell to a community landmark

Editorials

The basic oxygen plant constructed by Weirton Steel Corp. has, for decades, been a landmark in the Weirton community, marking the skyline with its easily recognizable “claws” reaching into the sky. Dubbed the “mill of tomorrow” when it was designed, it became a focal point of the ...

Push for improvements at Tomlinson Run

Editorials

A series of improvements could be on its way to Tomlinson Run State Park, and that would be good for residents and visitors alike. The announcement was made last week by Hancock County commissioners, who said they have been working with the state Division of Natural Resources during the last ...

Compromise on court funding

Editorials

Among multiple budget battles state legislators will work to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state Supreme ...

Consider adding to Weirton fire service

Editorials

Some Weirton City Council members seem to agree with Fire Chief Jerry Shumate that the community needs more paid firefighters. The question, as Councilman George Ash put it last week, is “how are we going to pay for it?” “We have been quite grossly understaffed for years,” Shumate ...

It will be difficult to erase this mark

Local Columns

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets that were ...

Help control the pet population

Editorials

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Madonna offers inspiration through education

Local Columns

“Inspiration through education:” one of many mottos that Weirton Madonna High School continues to follow and strengthen everyday. This is a journey of not only education, but also of faith. Faith is as much a cornerstone of the Madonna curriculum as is academics. Students who attend ...

The happy kitchen window brings joy

Local Columns

I’ve never considered myself a green thumb, but a window in my kitchen might belie that confession. I call it my happy window, and I admire it out loud all the time. Oh, look how pretty that is. Is that another bloom over there? Doesn’t that just make you want to smile? We’ll be ...

Art helps us to find and show our soul

Local Columns

In recent years, we’ve received the occasional letter to the editor from students in other parts of the country requesting our residents send them information from the area, whether it be photos, postcards, newspapers, etc. The idea is to collect materials showcasing various parts of the ...

Displaying real leadership

Editorials

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump — trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Focus on the children

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The last few days have been eventful to say the least. It is unfortunate, sometimes, that adult issues overshadow the great works of our children and teachers. When I grew up on the farm, one of my Grandmother’s favorite sayings was believe half of what you see and none of ...