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Opinion

Continuing the historial outreach

Editorials

The history of Weirton Steel and the Weirton community will have an opportunity to reach people from around the world, thanks to the efforts of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. For more than 50 years, the Weirton Steel Employees Bulletin served as a window both into the company ...

Learn from time and enjoy what we have

Local Columns

“Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights; Four nights will quickly dream away the time.” — William Shakespeare The passage of time has been on my mind quite a bit lately. It can play tricks on us if we don’t pay attention; make us question our memories and experiences at ...

A ‘Live and Let Die’ transport back in time

Local Columns

I’m driving along earlier this week to work, monkeying with the radio and on comes this song. “When you were young and your heart, was an open book .... You used to say live and let live ... you know you did, you know you did, you know you did ...” Instantly, I’m singing along, the ...

Wasting time in state politics

Editorials

Lawmakers must be able to hear the collective eye-rolls by this point in the legislative session. Rather than focus on increasing revenue, diversifying and expanding our struggling economy or improving our children’s educations, they are instead wallowing in the embarrassing political theater ...

Spring has sprung…I think

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Okay folks, here is some chilly tidbits to think of. 1. Snow stay away. 2. No more school two-hour delays. 3. Digging out you car in the driveway. 4. Sliding on ice while going to work. 5. Sub-freezing temperatures. Now...let us think of some warmer tidbits. 1. ...

Making the difficult choices for West Virginia

Local Columns

As a fiscal conservative, I strongly believe government should strive to keep budgets in check, find efficiencies and use taxpayers’ dollars wisely in our efforts to keep tax burdens low. When governments act in good faith, markets can flourish, and the citizenry can be lifted into ...

Time to wake up

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There is one thing about freedom of speech; it includes a lot of misinformation. No matter who you are reading or watching, if you read the word woke, quit. Half the pundits haven’t “woke” up to concerns in social justice or racial justice. Trouble at the border. From ...

History in the Hills: Artistic accomplishments

Local Columns

I never have considered myself very creative. The times spent in art classes in school seemed to me to be part of some penance I was tackling for being a less than perfect pupil. It wasn’t until I went off to college that my art classes changed from “creating” art to “appreciating” ...

Is tide shifting on legalizing marijuana?

Editorials

For many years, there was a line in the sand when it came to legalizing recreational marijuana in West Virginia. We might have nudged against it with the much-delayed rollout of medical marijuana, or through discussions among some lawmakers over the past few years about decriminalization, but ...

Be cautious with stranger danger

Editorials

Weirton residents may see crews going through their neighborhoods in the coming weeks, working on their residential water meters. The Weirton Area Water Board is in the process of replacing approximately 3,000 radio modules on the meters, with crews from Key Stone Utilities providing the ...

Enjoy the madness

Editorials

For fans of college basketball, the last 67 games of the season hold the greatest amount of interest. That’s the number of games that will be played in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Fans in the Tri-State Area saw few surprises when the 68-team field was revealed Sunday ...

The future of development

Editorials

The City of Weirton is working to put the finishing touches on its updated Unified Development Ordinance. The ordinance, which is expected to be officially made law in a few months, will serve as the zoning and planning codes for the city for the foreseeable future, guiding every bit of ...

Making our way into the second half

Local Columns

Last Thursday was the 30-day mark of the 60-day legislative session for 2021, so it’s all downhill from here. Of the 1,767 bills that have been introduced this session, 65 bills have passed the House of Delegates, 93 bills have passed the state Senate, 21 bills have completed legislation, ...

Be safe this St. Patrick’s Day

Editorials

Last year’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was more subdued than we have come to expect, as some bars and restaurants were closed and area residents were hesitant to go out as COVID-19 was beginning to work its way through all parts of our lives. Things are looking better this year, as ...

A shot and a Kiwanis meeting — life is good

Local Columns

Would you expect a shot and a Kiwanis meeting to make your week something out of the ordinary, something special? And, on top of that, to get some of the gray out of your head of hair? The answer is “yes” on all three counts. In this case, the shot went in the right arm — not down ...

Keep a close eye on the COVID money

Local Columns

The latest federal COVID relief bill, known as the “American Rescue Plan” was signed into law Thursday, sending a total of $1.9 trillion to the states. Proponents of this legislation say it’s a needed step for the nation to recover and rebuild as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we ...

Shine the light on our government

Editorials

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine ...

Severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Steve Kopa has been writing letters to the paper for years slamming Donald Trump and Republicans. He was struggling last week going through the dictionary finding a word to describe Trump. (“Severe case of Trumpitis,” March 7.) He has a severe case of Trump Derangement ...

Outdated laws block gas development in West Virginia

Local Columns

Today, Appalachian-produced natural gas is the primary power source for one out of every eight American households. And as the nation’s fourth-largest energy producing state and seventh largest natural gas producing state, West Virginia has a monumental opportunity to become the region’s ...

Governor’s proposal would tax away our state’s farms

Local Columns

Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a plan to cut 60 percent of West Virginia’s personal income tax, which is roughly $1 billion in revenue, and he hopes eventually to get rid of the rest of the income tax. We at the West Virginia Farm Bureau appreciate his effort, but for farmers, the current plan ...