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Opinion

Just a few thoughts about Christmas

Local Columns

Christmastime is here, helping usher in the end of the second decade on the 21st century. I’ve been thinking a lot about the traditions we keep, whether they be your standard Christmas traditions handed down from times of old, or simply personal traditions created with family, friends, and ...

Play it safe with electronic toys

Editorials

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Traditions are a special part of the holidays

Local Columns

While many of those reading this column most likely are getting ready to celebrate Christmas, there are other celebrations this time of year. That’s why it’s known as the “Holiday season.” Whether it is Christmas and New Year’s, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, ...

Give the gift of your time this holiday season

Editorials

Volunteering in and around our communities knows no deadlines. There’s no cutoff time or day when it just stops, and for that we are truly grateful. We’ve said it before, but we believe the Upper Ohio Valley’s volunteers are some of the best. They continue to be the backbone of our ...

Resistance is just beginning

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Transgender women — biological males who “identify” as female — are being allowed to compete in women’s sports, in which they usually dominate. This is due, naturally, to their frequently larger size and greater muscle and bone density, often giving them advantageous ...

Let’s keep Jesus in our lives every day

Local Columns

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and ...

Whatever your traditions, Merry Christmas

Local Columns

When my sister Linda planned to come home for a visit this fall, I had a request. I wanted her to show me how to make Moravian Christmas stars. This was one of our Christmas traditions when I was growing up with the stars used as tree ornaments. Each year when I unpack decorations and ...

Ensure favoritism not a part of tourism tax credit

Editorials

West Virginia House of Delegates members had no realistic option but to pass a bill extending the state’s tourism tax credit program, as they did Monday. The initiative is too important to tourism, which is a big and growing industry in our state. Still, lawmakers who raised questions about ...

Be safe during holiday parties

Editorials

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Program shows the true holiday spirit

Editorials

It seems that news has been full of interactions between police and civilians that have gone terribly wrong. That’s one reason why the Shop With a Cop events conducted by the area’s police and sheriff’s department are important. It is a relief to see police interaction in a positive ...

Rethink plan on school mandates

Editorials

Regardless of your political leanings, if you are a reasonably thoughtful, educated person it must be clear to you that many voters are not. They lack understanding of our nation and our world, both now and in the past. It makes no sense at all, then, for state officials to relax requirements ...

Doing your part for honest elections

Editorials

Unfortunately, the volume of political junk mail we receive these days sometimes makes it difficult to notice when something important from government arrives in our mailboxes. So keep your eyes open for something from West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner. About 75,000 households will ...

A grab bag of news from Charleston

Local Columns

When I write this column every week, I usually plan to cover a multitude of topics, but only end up going on for paragraphs about one thing. This time it’s going to be a bit of a grab bag. ¯¯¯¯¯¯ First, a correction needs to be made. In last week’s column (some people call this an ...

Think carefully when buying a furry present

Editorials

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Pining away to be that Pioneer Woman

Local Columns

I admit that I’m gullible, but watching one episode of “The Pioneer Woman” on the Food Network, and I’m thinking, oh yeah, baby, I want so badly to pull off a Pioneer Woman party in a Kiaski kitchen. I can do that, right? Well, in my dreams, maybe. Ree Drummond’s life seems ...

Voice thoughts on graduation proposals

Local Columns

On various occasions in recent years, West Virginia school officials have discussed proposals aimed at changing the state’s high school graduation requirements. While it may seem such requirements need tweeked in order to meet today’s world of college and business, such as with the ...

Setting priorities for local road repair

Editorials

No doubt officials at the West Virginia Department of Transportation are frustrated at their inability to react positively to each and every request for repairs to secondary roads. Resources are limited and there is only so much they can do at one time. Their frustration is minimal compared ...

A successful Thanksgiving dinner in Weirton

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There was another miracle on Main Street in Weirton this year! The annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is organized and sponsored by the Weirton Ministerial Association, was held on Thanksgiving Day at the Greater Weirton Senior Center. The WMA would like to thank ...

History in the Hills: Some Christmas memories

Local Columns

Christmas is a time to spend with family, friends and those closest to us. It is a time to come together and make new memories, traditions and reflect on what is important in our lives. Spending time with one another, going to special places and visiting those relatives we only see at Christmas ...

For unto us a child is born…

Local Columns

Come with me on a trip through time. Come with me to the time when God stepped out of eternity. Come with me to the perfect time for the savior of mankind to arrive as a human baby in His crowning achievement of creation. Come with me to the time when heaven opened up and angels from on high ...