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Opinion

Weir bowlers had spectacular season

Editorials

In its inaugural year, the Weir High School bowling team collected an astounding series of accomplishments, earning an undefeated record along with an OVAC championship and various singles accolades. The young keglers were set to compete this week in the U.S. High School Bowling Championship ...

Save lives, move over

Editorials

It’s a simple action a driver can easily take, and it makes the roads safer for all of us. “The Move Over Law” goes by different names in different states, but the goal is the same: To offer a greater layer of protection to emergency response and service personnel who are answering ...

The transfer process can work up a thirst

Local Columns

Mimosa any one? Now who do you suppose would have that written on a fluorescent green index card and stuck inside an address/telephone book that’s seen way better days, way better years and decades, actually? I’m raising my hand here. Guilty as charged. “What’s that doing in ...

We’ve all been reacting differently

Local Columns

Those who have seen me recently probably feel I’m looking a little shaggy, to say the least. I typically get my hair cut every two months. My plans had been to go in mid- or late-March. Then, the virus began to spread and West Virginia ordered the closure of “non-essential” businesses. ...

Learn why she killed our veterans

Editorials

On Tuesday, a former nursing assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg pleaded guilty to murdering seven men there. There may have been even more victims. Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, West Virginia, entered her plea in federal court at Clarksburg. She is to ...

Looking for answers

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, After attending the council meeting on Monday 7-13-20 I am disappointed on how I was treated as a 80-year resident of the city of Weirton. There were questions I had intended to ask under Citizens Remarks and was told by the city manager that questions and answers could not be ...

We must stop the reliance on foreign suppliers

Local Columns

Over the past few months, people have become acutely aware of the problems with relying on foreign countries for vital products. The global pandemic has demonstrated that America depends on foreign suppliers far too much for products vital to our health, from masks to testing swabs to ...

A lasting impression

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There are times in our life that we run into folks that influence us. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, emergency workers, warehouse workers, industry folk...and all other work aspects that as children, or when we grow older, influence us to choose what we want to make out of our ...

“Defund the police” movement is deeply misguided

Local Columns

As we examine reforms to certain policing practices, we must also recognize the value of a properly-funded police force. The overwhelming majority of our police officers, deputy sheriffs and state troopers serve their communities with honor and enforce our laws above reproach, however, the ...

Consider whole of Byrd’s work

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As it has been announced recently that Bethany College, an excellent institution of higher learning, has decided to remove the name of former West Virginia U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (1917-2010) from its student health care building, which had been named in his honor, as result of ...

Despite COVID-19 and racial issues, love is never neutral

Local Columns

For the last 17 years, I have been blessed to take 60 to 75 kids, not including adults and junior counselors, camping. The majority of these kids are from kindergarten to the sixth grade. A number of them have never left the city and it is their first time camping. We enjoy seeing their first ...

Remember the Bible says creation will be set free

Local Columns

By THE REV. PHIL VAN DAM Brooke-Hancock Episcopal Ministries The second lesson this Sunday is from Paul’s letter to the Romans 8:12-25. In verses 18-23 Paul talks about how creation is groaning, as if in labor, and that it will be set free from bondage, and will obtain the freedom of the ...

Safety must be the priority

Editorials

Weirton’s city manager says budgetary concerns are behind his decision to restructure the city’s police department in a move he announced during Monday’s Weirton Council meeting. While we understand wanting to keep a close eye on expenses, especially when finances are uncertain right ...

Remaining vigilant

Editorials

Our region has received a couple of big reminders about how quickly things can change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t that long ago that it appeared that groups throughout the Tri-State Area had figured out a way to be able to hold scaled-down versions of popular summer ...

Breathing a little easier

Editorials

Our area received some good news Monday. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had approved West Virginia’s request to redesignate its portion of the Steubenville area to attainment for the 2010 federal sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standard under ...

Tax day is upon us

Editorials

Tax Day 2020 has arrived, and you’ll have to be sending in those returns with payments or seeking an extension at the end of the day on Wednesday. It’s later than normal this year, with the traditional filing date of April 15 being moved to Wednesday as a result of concerns brought on by ...

Where was the oversight?

Editorials

Among the many troubling questions that have been raised about the Diocese of Steubenville in the past week there is one that is very simple, yet extremely complex: Where was the oversight? Catholics in the diocese, which covers 13 counties in Southeastern Ohio, are left wondering that ...

Babysitting ‘grandcats’ a ‘purr-fect’ time

Local Columns

Babysitting animals — i.e. “grandcats” — requires special instructions, just as if you were entrusted to watch little humans. Give them this much dry food, and that much wet food, and not the same flavors for every feeding. Mix it up a bit. Remember litter box detail. Very ...

There is no one-size-fits-all solution

Local Columns

The beginning of the 2020-21 school year has become a major topic of conversation in the last few weeks. The last few months haven’t been easy for many, including our youth and their teachers, as the pandemic forced school districts across the country to close down their buildings and finding ...

McKinley query is illuminating

Editorials

Political realities, not science, too frequently guide government’s response to challenges such as the COVID-19 epidemic. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is playing a key role in reminding us of that. McKinley’s effort was spotlighted in a commentary on the epidemic, published July 1 by ...