Opinion

No more taxes

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Well, I see by the gas pumps at least .040 gas price hike and our roads are getting worse everyday. Big governmant sucking the private sector dry again. Look at the road area in front of the city building, discraceful, road should be one of the nicest roads to travel on and ...

One bad apple too many

Editorials

It would be strange indeed to find someone who does not owe a debt of gratitude, perhaps for life itself, to health care providers. They see “do no harm” as merely a starting point in tireless efforts to make our lives better. But every profession has within it a few bad apples, often men ...

Training center to provide new opportunities

Editorials

Industry and development officials say the Ohio Valley will be in need of approximately 3,500 skilled welders in the coming years in order to meet the needs of a growing natural gas industry. The problem now is there currently are not enough residents to fill those prospective jobs, even if ...

Catching the cheaters of benefits programs

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has put his finger on the primary reason state and federal officials should increase efforts to catch cheaters receiving government benefits. It was revealed Tuesday that the Cooperative Disability Investigations unit in the Mountain State ended ...

Pray for positive change in our communities

Editorials

Americans of all faiths will gather Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation. The annual event has been held nationally ...

New program a true investment

Editorials

A new program approved just last winter by West Virginia legislators is up and running. Good for state officials for not letting it get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape of the kind that often delays implementation of new programs. The initiative, West Virginia Invests, will pay community ...

Lawmakers may be re-taking the test

Local Columns

The return of lawmakers for Gov. Jim Justice’s special session for “education betterment” is right around the corner. Or is it? Of course, we’ve technically been in special session since midnight March 9 as soon as the regular session ended. Lawmakers adjourned until a day and time as ...

Health research soaring at WVU

Editorials

What if we could find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease right here in West Virginia? What if it came on the heels of innovative methods to help people cope with pain without using addictive drugs? Not long ago, thoughts such as those would have been laughable. Accomplish either of those ...

Trees here one day are trees gone the next

Local Columns

Here one day, gone the next. A tree, that is. Make that two trees. Having a couple of really, really tall trees cut down at long last not only changes the landscape, it stirs some tree memories as well, go figure. This much I know now that the family homestead where I live has a barren ...

Our state parks need more than online reservations

Local Columns

West Virginia officials made what they termed an “exciting” announcement for the future of our state park system on Friday. It wasn’t a new marketing campaign, brought forth by the state’s tourism department, focusing solely on the various parks in the Mountain State. It wasn’t news ...

Get moving on federal projects

Editorials

Federal officials may wonder, sometimes, just how much help West Virginia really needs in recovering from natural disasters. After all, when Washington offers help, we seem very slow to take it. That became a scandal last year, when it was discovered the state was on a Federal Emergency ...

Sacred Heart offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Words cannot express our gratitude to the people of Weirton and surrounding area for supporting our Lenten dinners. Your kindness and generosity have made it a great success. Sometimes, it’s hard to put into words how much I appreciate the support of my volunteers. They work ...

Christ in you is the hope of glory

Local Columns

On this Sunday the excitement, wonder, and special religious activities of Easter are a week-old memory. But as all true believers know; every day is resurrection day. The glory, majesty, and eternal significance of the resurrection emanates from the hearts of those who have risen with Christ ...

Do the best with what we have

Local Columns

To the Editor, When people first get jobs, most are happy because they have a steady income, most likely benefits, and a new found purpose and sense of well being. In other words, they are grateful. But as time lapses and human nature gravitates toward our lesser Angel’s, they become ...

Educate, nurture our faith

Local Columns

On April 16, 2019, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston celebrated Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. Chrism Mass manifests the unity between the bishop and priest of a diocese. During Chrism Mass, the three oils used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, Holy ...

Keep a better eye on our youth

Local Columns

To the Editor, Last August my godson was shot and killed in Toronto. Since his murder I have sat back and watched as our youth have been taking sides. Those that support the three accused of Dylan’s death have been vocal about Dylan’s body and his murder, with every post leading into a ...

Ignore the political branding

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There is one thing that Trump does know how to do, branding. Only one thing, but he does know how it’s done. I’m guessing that his political advisors have told him to brand Democratic candidates as socialists. It’s a dirty word on the right wing base, and among moderates ...

Making safe decisions this prom season

Editorials

Preparations have long been under way for this year’s proms, as area high schoolers are anticipating a truly memorable evening. We hope each and every student has a magical night of friends and fun to long remember, as they don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, ...

Thank you school volunteers

Editorials

Area schools districts again are taking the time to honor a couple of groups of people who do not always find themselves in the spotlight, those who volunteer their time to enrich the educational experience and those students who excel in the classroom. Both groups are worthy of ...

The world is hearing our story

Editorials

Pat Ford knows how to tell the story of the Upper Ohio Valley. He has been doing so for about a decade now, taking it not only to other parts of West Virginia, or even various corners of the country, but also around the world. The executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the ...