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Opinion

Flipping the switch on Automatic Voter Registration

Local Columns

Social media anymore is so filled with misinformation that sometimes my tolerance for nonsense breaks. I’m at that point now with the falsehoods being spread by lawmakers, activists, and even some media in regards to Automatic Voter Registration, or AVR for short. First, the usual ...

Pay attention to burning ban

Editorials

It probably has not escaped your notice that our area has not had much rain lately. The outdoors are as dry as a tinder box — and that invites brush and even forest fires. Recently, Gov. Jim Justice ordered a ban on most outdoor burning in the state. He hopes to lessen the danger of outdoor ...

Thoughts of what I’m not and what I am

Local Columns

My thoughts have turned recently to what I am and what I’m not. The latter would include not being a world traveler or even a U.S. one for that matter, which sometimes makes me feel a bit guilty or at least a little uncomfortable in circles where the conversation flows freely about joyful ...

What can you do to beautify your town?

Local Columns

Unfortunately, trash along our roads is an everyday thing in our world. People eat in their vehicles, and instead of keeping it until they reach their destination, they throw it out their windows. Items fly out of the back of trucks. We drop papers as we walk along the sidewalk, not even ...

Consider cuts in spending soon

Editorials

West Virginia legislators heard good news and bad news about the state budget this week. The good news is that after two months in which revenue estimates missed estimates by a mile, September should be better. The bad news: If that happens, it will be because of a technicality. Mark ...

Condition of roads is disgusting

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Much has been said and written concerning the disgusting road conditions in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. All of these efforts have been futile. I expect bringing up the problem again will have no effect. As a lifelong resident of West Virginia, I can say the ...

A perspective on climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, An ignorant man’s perspective on climate change. I have traveled much of this world, the vast majority of it is uninhabited by humans. The industrialized portions are far and few between compared to the vastness of our planet. Having worked in industry and having seen the ...

It’s better being safe than sorry

Editorials

It cannot be said that the arrests this week of three local physicians, among seven in West Virginia and Ohio accused of drug offenses, came as a shock. We in this area have become well aware of the roles played by health care professionals in the drug abuse epidemic. But the arrests no doubt ...

Welcome fall with Riverfest

Editorials

Fall is officially here, and with it an expectation of cooler temperatures and a change in the look of the world around us. It also means a variety of local festivals and other events to celebrate the change in seasons, the autumn harvest and much more from our local communities. Among ...

Help prevent the ‘silent killer’

Editorials

Prostate cancer is an ugly term to American men. That’s because the disease is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, trailing only lung cancer. Long labeled the “silent killer,” prostate cancer often develops in men ...

Celebrate our Community Stars

Editorials

There are many threads that help connect each of our Community Stars. One is that they are willing to step up and do the right thing, not because they are looking for recognition, but simply because it is the right thing to do. They almost never seek the spotlight, some to the point that it ...

Planning park system’s future

Editorials

Clearly, Weirton needs a strategic plan for its parks and other recreation facilities, along with some idea of how they will be funded in the future. Members of the Board of Parks and Recreation have taken an intelligent first step in agreeing to stop maintaining five recreational areas that ...

Some more potpourri from Charleston

Local Columns

The September legislative interim meetings start this morning, as does the resumption of the special session. You thought that was over? Nope. The special session for “education betterment,” called by Gov. Jim Justice the day after the 2019 legislative session ended on March 9 after he ...

Plenty of egg on their face

Editorials

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted on his ...

Having a sibling who’s a year-round Santa

Local Columns

“Oh, that Linda!” That’s the reaction Better Half and I always say collectively or independently whenever a package arrives from my oldest sister, who lives in South Carolina. If ever there were a generous, gift-giving spirit it is Linda, and I have been the beneficiary of her good ...

Road work needs to be taken care of

Local Columns

This past week, representatives of the West Virginia Department of Transportation were in our area as part of a public workshop to receive comment on a series of alternative proposals for improvements to state Route 2 through New Cumberland. In particular, the area identified as Ridge Avenue, ...

Answering the important questions about former bishop

Editorials

The more West Virginia’s Roman Catholics hear about disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield’s moral failings, the more some may ask, “How could this happen?” More important: Who allowed it to occur? It is a concern people of all faiths should share. Reminders of Bransfield’s ...

Just a few thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Random thoughts, some serious, some not: Mother Earth is like the universe hitting a trillion-to-one Powerball jackpot. Billions of stars and millions of planets and Earth is the one with life as we know it. At the end of life at any age, do not worry about the after-death. ...

History in the Hills: Our place in history

Local Columns

The place we live in is so important. It has the power to shape who we are and what we do with our future. The place I love and the place that has shaped me is the Ohio Valley. I grew up here, not during the boom years of the mills and factories, but during the so-called de-industrialization ...

Striving for the only acceptance that matters

Local Columns

Colossians 3:1-4 — Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your ...