Opinion

Rethink smoking regulations

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Health Department had installed a smoking ban in all of Hancock County. Much was said about how it hurt the income in the gambling establishments throughout the county. Brooke County had followed suit with this smoking ban as well. Smoking in restaurants has been abolished ...

A quick glance back

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Here are the top 10 best-headlined letters submitted by this writer: No. 10: Omarosa will bring Trump down. No. 9: A clown show at the White House. No. 8: Cuckoos in the White House. No. 7: The world of Looney Tunes. No. 6: Border plan just plain evil. No. 5: Will ...

Evaluate state math initiative soon

Editorials

Give West Virginia Department of Education officials credit for coming up with a catchy name for their initiative to improve Mountain State students’ achievement in mathematics. They call it math4life. But will it accomplish what needs to happen in our schools? Last fall, results of the ...

Privatization may be best option

Editorials

Only 48 of the 98 beds at the Hopemont State Hospital in Terra Alta, W.Va., are occupied — yet there are 50 people on the waiting list to be admitted. How can that be? Because the hospital, which specializes in long-term care for geriatric patients, is run by the government, that’s ...

Keeping an eye on our state’s courts

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court merit high praise for their reaction to the scandal that removed three of the five justices last year. As Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker told legislators this week, new safeguards against waste and corruption have been established. Unfortunately, no ...

Make fiscal future part of address

Editorials

On Monday, just two days before delivering tonight’s State of the State speech, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will run for re-election in 2020. “The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there’s work still to be done,” Justice explained on Monday. He is ...

Veterans courts will be good for state

Editorials

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of his ...

The calm before the legislative storm

Local Columns

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Get answers on RISE’s failure

Editorials

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed through ...

Being so predictable no matter the year

Local Columns

I am so predictable this time of year. No sooner does the clock strike midnight and usher in a new year than I resort to a very familiar pattern. I embrace much of it for the most part, except for that first time I stand on the scales to see how much ho-ho-ho has caught up with me and ...

It appears to be a busy legislative session this year

Local Columns

There will be a lot of attention on Charleston over the next two months. The state Legislature will be kicking off its regular session in a few days, and there are many “big ticket” items already on the agenda. On Friday, journalists from around West Virginia gathered for the annual ...

An eventful week for football fans

Editorials

It’s been an eventful week for football fans from around the Tri-State Area. On the collegiate level, Urban Meyer said farewell as head coach at Ohio State with a 28-23 win over Washington in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl. He leaves a mixed legacy. Certainly, no one can question his credentials ...

Salvation Army blessed by the community

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Weirton Salvation Army, serving Hancock and Brooke counties, had the wonderful opportunity and challenge to serve 571 families, which represents 1,038 Angels adopted through the Angel Tree. Along the way, throughout the holiday season, there were parties for children and ...

Is Christianity dead in America?

Local Columns

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully, your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

Thankful for the kindness of strangers

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On December 28, I was stuck in my car. A lovely red-haired young lady stopped to help me and flagged down others. Another wonderful woman called her husband to come, and he and another kind gentleman pulled me out. By the time I was able to turn around and come back, they ...

Go slow on West Virginia budget

Editorials

In a few days, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly mixed in ...

EGCC shows its mission in action

Editorials

Eastern Gateway Community College has once again shown it is willing to step forward when a need arises. EGCC, with its main facilities in Steubenville, also has a campus in Youngstown, where a substantial number of people have started to look for new jobs as a result of General Motors’ ...

Settle governor’s residency issue

Editorials

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where he ...

Get a healthy start to the new year

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2019. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Looking toward the new year

Editorials

Today is the first day of 2019, and if the new year is anything like 2018, residents around the Tri-State Area can expect to see some exciting developments. As with the start of any new year, there’s a sense of hope, a feeling of optimism and the thought that things will be a little ...