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Opinion

A very COVID bowl season

Editorials

If you are a fan of college football, you already know that this season has looked vastly different from those in the past. Just like everything else in all of our lives this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for many changes. There’s the season itself. Some conferences decided in ...

Taking the necessary precautions

Editorials

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Picking ourselves up from a bad year

Local Columns

We’ve just completed our Christmas celebrations, which means the year will be coming to an end in just a matter of days. Many of us, I’m certain, are ready to put 2020 behind us, although, realistically 2021 is sure to provide challenges of its own. Much of the news of the last year has ...

Don’t be wiped out by 2020 — there is hope

Local Columns

I always say the best songs come on the radio when you pull into a driveway or a parking lot and have to be somewhere at a specific time and can’t listen to it and enjoy it. Life is ironic. I was running just a tad later than usual Tuesday morning and realized when I pulled in the ...

Local police show spirit of holidays

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 ...

Bringing a light of hope

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Last Saturday, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce held its first Christmas Luminary Night with Santa visiting neighborhoods, a drone flying overhead, and fireworks to cap off the night. To see so much of Weirton lit up in such splendor was uplifting after the year we have all ...

Energy and climate innovation a building block for the future

Local Columns

People love to say United States Senate is incapable of doing much of anything these days, least of all tackle tough issues like climate change. And yet, here we are, with the Senate passing the most significant climate and energy package in more than a decade. This is legislation that will ...

History in the Hills: A look Christmases past

Local Columns

Christmas this year may be different for a lot of us. The parties, big dinners and mountains of gifts may just have to wait until next year. Despite all the limitations of this year, however, it doesn’t mean that Christmas should be any less special or magical to us. It seems to many that ...

Final thoughts on 2020: It is well, with my soul

Local Columns

Well, this is the last Sunday of 2020. Needless to say, it has been quite a year. I’m hoping everyone had a good Christmas celebration and you enjoyed all the festivities of the day. Many will reflect on the restrictions of this year, as we draw to a close. What will you remember? Many will ...

Merry Christmas

Editorials

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

Yes, Virginia

Editorials

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Think toy safety this Christmas season

Editorials

In just a few days, children will eagerly be opening new toys and other items that have been left by Santa Claus. And, while Christmas morning can be an exciting time, we remind parents and other adults that not all toys and gifts are safe for all children in all circumstances. Late in ...

Lights bring some cheer for the holidays

Editorials

Look around your neighborhoods — the holiday spirit is alive and well. Twinkling, and even laser, lights, as well as animated holiday characters can be seen on the outside of homes and businesses this time of the year, fostering a creative and often competitive spirit among homeowners and ...

A collection of Christmas odds and ends

Local Columns

Last week, I pointed out an angle of attack the Democrats could use in 2022 against Republican lawmakers and 2020 candidates who stood on the steps of the Capitol and pledged $1 billion for broadband expansion. Again, they got to that $1 billion number by including the up to $766 million the ...

Saved lives are a gift in West Virginia

Editorials

What a truly wonderful Christmas present all involved in rushing the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing homes have given us! They have given the gift of life to some of our fellow West Virginians. Are we going overboard? Judge for yourself: Residents in long-term care facilities have been hit ...

A reminder to reflect and look ahead

Local Columns

We’re only a few days away from Christmas, and about 12 (or 13 depending on when you’re reading this) from the beginning of a new year. The last 11 months or so have shown us a lot about our nation, highlighting the divisions and the dangers we face and must work to overcome in the years ...

Million dollar holiday query — you ready?

Local Columns

As Christmas approaches this week, I don’t think anybody has asked me that million dollar holiday query. Are you ready for Christmas? That’s always the burning question in checkout lines or when you’re out and about running yourself ragged doing the usual holiday stuff under normal ...

Delivering on the promises for tomorrow

Editorials

The Jefferson County Port Authority took a good step toward helping to restore jobs in the region Wednesday when it agreed to help JSW Steel finance improvement projects at the Mingo Junction facility. Members of the port authority’s board approved a nonbinding reimbursement resolution ...

Organization helps greyhounds

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I was disappointed to see Senator Ryan Weld misrepresent the work of my nonprofit organization when it comes to greyhound adoption. As a matter of fact, we have provided more than $250,000 to greyhound adoption groups since 2018, and are likely the largest funder of ...

It’s been a year for the record books in West Virginia

Local Columns

While 2020 will be remembered for its challenges, my office will always recall this year with pride in our accomplishments. When West Virginia voters blessed me four years ago to become Secretary of State (SOS), I employed top-notch managers energized to transform the office. For three years, ...