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Opinion

Keeping college costs affordable

Editorials

West Liberty University’s Board of Governors is seeking a new president for the institution. Incumbent President Stephen Greiner has announced he plans to retire, though he has given the board plenty of time to find a successor. Greiner intends to leave June 30. During his nearly four years ...

Nothing quite like a good Chinese auction

Local Columns

I love a good Chinese auction, and I have occasion to be in the midst of many of them in my newspaper-related outings and adventures. Nearly any group or organization having a fundraiser these days has a Chinese auction. And that, of course, would be in addition to having the ...

Thankful for those who make a difference

Local Columns

In my career, I’ve had the fortune of meeting many in our community who take on the task of making a difference. Big or small, there are those whose actions leave a lasting imprint on our lives. Whether they are teachers, coaches, charitable volunteers, emergency responders, clergy or a ...

Real transparency a good start

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

U.S. now a rudderless ship

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There is a rudderless ship in the world today, and it’s called the United States of America. President Trump’s eccentric behavior cannot continue to be shielded as that’s Trump being Trump. He has vowed on several occasions to take the oil in the Middle East. Coming ...

In Christ we are a leader with responsibilities

Local Columns

(Deuteronomy 17:18-20 18) When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19) It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and ...

Help those in need this Thanksgiving

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Bible tells us that we are to love and take care of each other. The Bible clearly teaches us in James 2:14-18, “14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and ...

History in the Hills: Veterans and mill workers

Local Columns

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor all those who have served in our military. Those who have said yes to service and have given of their time and energy to protect our country deserve our heartfelt thanks! Truly it is due to their sacrifices that we have the nation we live in today. ...

November is National Hospice Month

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The concept of hospice started in Europe in the 11th century. Hospices were originally a place of hospitality for the sick, wounded or dying and even travelers or pilgrims on a journey. It wasn’t until 1967, when Dr. Cicely Saunders established the first hospice in the United ...

Socialism brings stagnation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What will happen if socialism ultimately prevails here in the United States? Some say we’re there already. But not quite. For all those who’ve swallowed the promises of peace and prosperity, qualities supposedly inherent in socialism, a brief glance at history is in ...

Grab for cash at heart of plan

Editorials

Greyhound racing at two casino/tracks in our state — at Wheeling Island and Cross Lanes — is squarely in the sights of some West Virginia legislators for their session beginning in January. They want to end a program by which the tracks are required to pay some of their proceeds — not ...

It’s playoff time in West Virginia

Editorials

For many fans of area high school football, it doesn’t get too much better than this weekend. While Ohio’s teams are entering the second week of playoffs, the area’s West Virginia squads are ready to open post-season play. Oak Glen and Weirton Madonna will begin their second seasons ...

Never too late to honor our heroes

Editorials

It is never too late to honor a hero. It was appropriate, then, that the late Joseph Guio Jr. was recognized in Follansbee this week, nearly 75 years after his courage and compassion was demonstrated. Guio was serving in the Navy during World War II. In December 1944, his ship, the USS ...

Be careful driving on the winter roads

Editorials

Drivers got their first taste of winter driving this week, albeit the snow was mainly on the grass. Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic ...

Funds lacking for dam repair

Editorials

Eight of the 10 small-watershed dams in West Virginia deemed to be at-risk for failure are located in the Northern Panhandle, as we reported recently. State officials emphasize the risk rating system does not mean every dam listed is about to fail. The ratings are based on the number of ...

Our lessons from Kentucky’s election

Local Columns

Can we extrapolate any lessons for West Virginia from the recent elections in Kentucky? Yes and no. According to unofficial election results, incumbent Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost re-election to state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a close race. Beshear had 49.2 percent of the ...

Grateful for our veterans

Editorials

The names of the battlefields American men and women have fought on have changed many times over the years, but we must always remember the sacrifices they have made in those faraway places. That’s why we want every reader to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to remember all who have ...

It’s a very important evening question

Local Columns

It’s an important post-7 p.m. question in our household. What are we gonna’ snack on? We’re in settle-down mode, parked on the couch or in the recliners, mastering the art of watching television with our eyes closed, but we awaken long enough to talk serious stuff, to engage in ...

Grabbing the reins of local leadership

Local Columns

The newest class of Leadership Ohio Valley kicked off its program year this weekend, as you’ll probably have noted by reading today’s newspaper. Leadership Ohio Valley is offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, under the auspices of its Education Committee. As always, for ...

Look closely at red wolf proposal

Editorials

Some West Virginians consider the Monongahela National Forest, 919,000 acres in the eastern mountains, the very heart of our wild, wonderful state. No doubt some of them have heard of a recommendation to try the forest as a site to reintroduce red wolves to the wild. Red wolves are among the ...