Opinion

Find ways to share your hope with the world

Local Columns

Suicide is a topic that people don’t like to talk about. As Christians we may not understand why people would do such a thing, (even believers), taking their own lives. What are some warning signs? What can we do to help? Some warning signs could be seeing that a person is withdrawing ...

Pathetically desperate

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The mass shootings recently in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso, Texas, and Dayton have elicited the predictable cries for ever more gun regulations. Once again, a few crazies go off the deep end and incite a senseless tragedy, and the typical knee-jerk reaction of the American left is ...

Background checks for all

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, America fought the Civil War with muskets and tamed the Old West with six shooters. There is something wrong with the system when one person can walk into a Wal-Mart in Dallas, Texas, and kill at will 22 people, injure 30 more and nine hours later the same thin happen in ...

Making voting easier in West Virginia

Editorials

We hear a lot about public officials engaging in “voter suppression” — that is, making it more difficult for some people to cast ballots. Not in West Virginia. Here, a project by Secretary of State Mac Warner has made a big difference — in making it easier for many people to ...

Have a peachy time in Weirton

Editorials

Homemade peach treats, but with some other savory fare thrown in, will be on the menu for Saturday’s 56th-annual St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Peach Festival. Tri-State Area residents wanting a favorite taste of summer can enjoy peach shortcakes and more goodies from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ...

Annual 5K race is a community tradition

Editorials

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. In its 23rd year, the Marland Heights 5K Classic is both a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year’s race is set for Friday at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned ...

Keeping our rural residents healthy

Editorials

Many Americans living in urban or fast-growing suburban areas don’t even think about access to health care. It is just around the corner, figuratively and sometimes literally speaking. West Virginia is different. In most of our rural state, help from a doctor or nurse can mean driving for ...

Make WVDOH pay more realistic

Editorials

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees ...

Another handful of odds and ends

Local Columns

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 207, giving FirstEnergy Solutions a $12.5 million break on their business and occupation taxes to stave off a 2022 closing of the Pleasants Power Station in my home county. Justice, sitting on the platform at the foot of the very cooling tower ...

Make drug abuse crisis villains pay

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Confessions of a not-so-hot shopper, cleaner

Local Columns

I think of myself how others may not see me at all — as a reasonably savvy grocery shopper and as a decent housekeeper who likes order. But I proved myself wrong on both counts this past week, including at the grocery store where I was buying some watermelons for a group feast. It is ...

Parks closures not an easy issue for anyone

Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation were provided with a recommended list of closures for some of the city’s recreational sites. Of the more than a dozen locations in Weirton, five have been targeted by the board, with officials citing a lack of use ...

In search of Community Stars

Editorials

If you have not nominated a friend or neighbor to be among those who are considered for selection as a 2019 Community Star, we hope you will take to heart this reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. After ...

The wrong roads are getting attention

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Every road paved but the right ones! Well, I see city officials throwing our money away like candy again! Paved from downtown Pennsylvania Avenue to the state line and the all the money invested and our road in front of city building looks like a diasater! Mind you in front of ...

What we learn from the parable of the donut

Local Columns

Hebrews 1:1-3 AMP bible 1 God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, 2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is ...

Derby stands the test of time

Editorials

The 50th running of the West Virginia Derby is set for this afternoon at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, and it is sure to be a success. The biggest and richest horse race in the state has always been a big draw, and continues to attract visitors from all parts of the Tri-State Area ...

We have the tools to help us grow

Editorials

In order to grow, a community needs access to a variety of tools. It is good, then, that the Mary H. Weir Public Library has been working with Google to bring a new set of digital tools to our area in an attempt to encourage business growth. The Grow with Google initiative stopped in ...

Welcome to the Ohio Valley

Editorials

After six years of discussions, planning and construction, Pietro Fiorentini officially opened its first permanent manufacturing operation in the United States Monday. We welcome the company with open arms and thank them for choosing Weirton to be their new home. Pietro Fiorentini is based ...

Expedite lawsuit on governor’s residency

Editorials

Action in lawsuits often moves at the speed of molasses. One in Kanawha County Circuit Court ought to be resolved expeditiously, however. West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has been attempting since last summer to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Leave election security in states’ hands

Editorials

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...