Opinion

Consuming milk or meat?

Local Columns

Many who call themselves Christians continue drinking milk through the course of their lives instead of eating the meat of the word as should be done. As an adult, if I regularly went to lunch with you and continued drinking milk instead of eating a meal would you be concerned about my health? ...

The state of our nation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I read this following statement a few years ago in the newspaper and was alarmed at the message. I kept a copy and wish to share it with you. This is a quote, written over 200 years ago. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until ...

Consequences of election

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The November elections are, in media terms, “Old News”, and yet the seeds for 2020 are already being sown. On the local front, GOF (gas, oil, and fracking) is still the number one issue with the education dilemma closing fast. I am sad to report we have taken a giant step ...

It’s all about justification

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, With the upcoming city elections just around the corner, I think citizens should be aware of several irregularities that some may not have picked up on. For me, it’s all about proper justification, which is necessary, to support and back any efforts of the mayor and council. ...

Raise the age to buy tobacco

Editorials

Vastly more people die of tobacco-related illnesses than of any cause linked to alcohol. Yet in West Virginia, where we require purchasers of alcoholic beverages to be at least 21 years of age, we continue to sell tobacco to anyone who has reached 18. That is absurd. A bill approved Wednesday ...

Get all of the facts first

Editorials

No wonder Hancock County Board of Education members have delayed voting on whether to renew school Superintendent Tim Woodward’s contract. A number of serious allegations have been made against him. They include “targeting and harassment of teachers.” Before any action can be taken on ...

Springtime means home improvement projects

Editorials

With spring right around the corner, many area residents likely are beginning to think about which projects they plan to tackle, inside and outside of their homes, this year. If you find yourself in that group and are looking for some new and innovative ideas, you’ll want to attend the ...

Battling the teacher shortage in West Virginia

Editorials

Not every piece of the controversial “omnibus education bill” has been consigned to File 13 by West Virginia legislators. Fortunately, some aspects of the measure have been revived as separate, freestanding legislation. One is House Bill 3145, which would pay the college tuition of those ...

Reviving some SB 451 initiatives

Editorials

Seldom has the old lament about throwing the baby out with the bathwater been more appropriate than it is regarding West Virginia Senate Bill 451. As a result of a strike by members of public school unions, the measure was killed last week by the House of Delegates. SB 451, originating in the ...

Heading into the legislative home stretch

Local Columns

We are under two weeks out from the end of the 60-day 2019 legislative session, which means things speed up significantly now. In fact, toward the end of last week both the House of Delegates and Senate started having morning and evening floor sessions to keep the calendar of bills moving, ...

Keep an eye out for potholes

Editorials

Now that the we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the Tri-State Area: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Lovers Lane and they’re found in parking lots at ...

There’s no joy in making some purchases

Local Columns

There’s just no joy in some purchases. For someone who is very consumer oriented and keeps the local economy pumping with purchases I don’t always necessarily need to be making, I find that there are some things I’m not at all thrilled about buying. Windshield wipers might top that ...

Work to find the vision for our valley

Local Columns

Our Ohio Valley continues working toward its rebirth. The history of our area, and its economy, has gone through many phases, from sparsely populated frontier, to the growth of forts and settlements, to the agrarian communities to the early and modern industries. Its population has risen ...

A simple way to support your community

Editorials

We sometimes forget that each of us has at our disposal a very easy way to lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors. Simply by making a donation to one of the United Ways that serve our region, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents around the Tri-State Area. Their ...

A man-made Armageddon

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, President Trump’s man-made Armageddon; cut taxes, disrupted the trade lines with tariffs and deregulation. The coming Armageddon, when one man controls delivery of all goods. Jeffrey Bezos’ Amazon. We will wind up with shortages from medical supplies, medicines and ...

There’s lots to question

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At this writing, the Internet is agog over the misadventures of actor Jussie Smollett and his attempt to, perhaps, garner sympathy or publicity in the process of being written out of his TV show gig. In case you live in a cave, allow me to summarize: Smollett decided, around ...

Rally keyboard warriors

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Joe DiBartolomeo is a highly educated, talented and experienced individual. He apparently has a heart for economic justice, because he was the initiator for the mayor and councilmen raises. I wish he would have been city manager when we struggled for the same justice for the men ...

Protect vulnerable children in West Virginia

Editorials

You may have heard the old suggestion that some people commit such egregious misdeeds at work that they ought to be fired before they can resign. One wonders why that did not happen in the Berkeley County school system. There, a teacher and two aides resigned from their positions after they ...

A night of fun for a good cause

Editorials

Rotarians, guests and more will gather Saturday night to continue their efforts to support the community. The Rotary Club of Weirton Heights’ annual Mardi Gras Gala will be held at Williams Golf and Country Club, with live music, good food and lots of fun. This will be the event’s 19th ...

Tackling climate change effectively

Editorials

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...