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Opinion

It’s not about just the red and the blue

Local Columns

I’m still trying to process my thoughts following the events in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. I know not everyone who attended the rally that morning of President Donald Trump were involved in the raid on and ransacking of the U.S. Capitol. I also know those individuals do not necessarily ...

Still finding ways to enjoy football

Editorials

This is the type of weekend that football fans around the Tri-State Area have been looking forward to for a long time. It’s playoff time in the National Football League and college football is preparing to end its strangest season ever with the national championship game. And the games ...

Kids are better off in school

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Last year, when we began to hear and learn about the COVID-19 pandemic, there was very little data to support the decisions made, both locally and nationally, to shut down schools. The “experts” asked us to remain inside for two months and flatten the curve. How did that ...

Weirton museum a blessing for the city

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Often I hear, and see on the internet, folks lamenting the changes in Weirton. The mill is slowly disappearing, businesses are closing, and buildings crumbling. I agree, it is sad to see the past slowly disappearing. But things are renewing as well. On my recent visit to see ...

History in the Hills: Relevant to rolling past

Local Columns

A recent donation to Historic Fort Steuben came rolling through the doors of the Visitor Center last month in the form of a four-passenger surrey. This great vehicle, fully restored, dates to 1909 and features plush seats and a top with fringe going all the way around. This holiday season it ...

Revelation 1: God with us — past, present and future

Local Columns

How do you brainwash someone? Edgar Schein was one of the first psychologists who studied brainwashing. He identified three stages, through which a person is kept unaware of the process and the converting activities are presented as friendly and lighthearted. Unfreezing: A person’s current ...

Andochick served as a shining example

Editorials

The city of Weirton lost a true public servant last week with the passing of former mayor Michael Andochick. Though not originally from the city, Weirton quickly became his home after his family moved here when he was 9 years old. As with many of the city’s residents, his family moved here ...

Billiard’s contributions will be remembered

Editorials

For many years, when someone thought of Brooke County, they probably also thought of Paul “Bud” Billiard. Over a 23-year coaching career, he guided the Brooke Bruins football team to 185 wins, with 15 playoff appearances, three Class AAA state championships and seven OVAC championships, ...

Governor can’t dodge this issue

Editorials

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

Lawmaking in the time of COVID-19

Local Columns

Happy new year everyone. It’s now 2021, and with a new year comes the beginning of Gov. Jim Justice’s second term and a new legislative session with two Republican supermajorities. The first thing to happen will be the start of the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature starting ...

An ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan is vital

Editorials

Precisely what President-elect Joe Biden has in mind for an energy policy will not be known until after he takes office on Jan. 20. Unless we miss our guess, it will be only a matter of weeks after that before we are given good clues to his plans. Much of the relief outgoing President Donald ...

Work to keep more people in West Virginia

Editorials

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released recently indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35% between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going backwards, as it ...

A few odds and ends to start the year

Local Columns

We’re officially kicking off 2021, but as I’m trying to write this a little ahead of time to meet some of our early deadlines, I’ll pick a few rambling topics to, hopefully, provide some thoughts over your weekend breakfast. ¯ A thank you to Paul Lauttamus for inviting me to see ...

Being very predictable this time of the year

Local Columns

I’m so predictable at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. I wear my baggy clothes and enjoy what the holiday affords — some time to chill and indulge in food that’s bad for you, which explains why it’s so delightful. It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve time of ...

A season hanging in the balance

Editorials

Fans of professional football should have seen this coming. While area residents have been pointing to Sunday’s showdown between Pittsburgh and Cleveland as being a key game since the National Football League schedule was first released, the game, as it turns out, will have little meaning ...

A warning for the future

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am sorry to report there are no ghosts or goblins or devil that has caused the upheaval in the world. It’s plain and simple. There are enough evil people in the world to end the world as we know it. It’s not a question of whether Trump is good or bad. He is neither. ...

Commissioner Leonhardt: Goals and promises for 2021

Local Columns

The last year has been one of the roughest in recent memory. Mainly due to the pandemic, we as Americans have experienced loss, hardship and new challenges that haven’t been seen in several decades. As many of us try to leave 2020 behind, we can look towards the hope the new year will bring. ...

Looking forward to a new year

Editorials

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2021 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. That’s especially true after 2020, a year ...

Reflecting on the losses of 2020

Editorials

It’s likely that you lost a cultural icon who meant something to you during 2020, whether from the world of politics, art or sports. We again were reminded the importance a single person can make on the lives of everyone through the losses of a couple of giants from the world of politics. ...

Think twice before having that drink

Editorials

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. We expect this year there will be fewer parties and those that are held will be attended by fewer people. In addition, bars and restaurants in Ohio will close well before midnight on ...