Opinion

Power plant article creates a spark

Local Columns

It’s been a while since I got to take you behind-the-scenes of how a news story comes together, so sit back as I explain my two-part series on a lawsuit against a company owned by Gov. Jim Justice brought by a company that just got a tax break from the state. First of all, let me do a ...

Stronger pills raise new issues

Editorials

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Always having just one more thing to do

Local Columns

I always seem to have a thing or more to do. That is, before I can call it quits or wrap up any given day, there’s generally another something or other that needs attention. Better Half is used to this when he calls me at work mid-afternoon and makes the anticipated inquiry. “What ...

Those school days are fast approaching

Local Columns

It is almost the end of July, which means we are only a few more weeks from the beginning of the school year. I’m sure the rare youth reading this column has probably groaned upon seeing those words, and I can understand your pain, but it is a fact of life that summer vacations will be ...

Work to save miners’ pensions

Editorials

Retired coal miners and their families receive little enough from the pension program they and their companies supported for many years. Taking even that away as a result of government action ought to be viewed as unacceptable. Yet unless Congress acts, which many lawmakers have been ...

Food Truck Festival a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What a great day we had last Saturday at the Weirton Food Truck Festival! Despite the hot temperatures, our community came out and supported the class of 2020 at Weir High School and it’s very much appreciated. There are so many people that had a part in the success of this ...

Community can ‘Grow with Google’

Local Columns

The Mary H. Weir Public Library is excited to announce that Google will be bringing its program Grow with Google and free workshops to our library on Wednesday. These workshops will primarily focus on helping local job seekers, small business owners, educators and entrepreneurs improve their ...

Thankful for community support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, the Rev. Frank Milanese, our faithful volunteers, parishioners and parish council, we wish to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to the entire Weirton and surrounding communities for their patronage at our 32nd-annual ...

Time to stop crying wolf

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, When I was a youngster my mother told me a story of the little boy who cried “wolf.” Briefly, it tells of a young lad who knew that all the neighbors would come running to the rescue if a wolf should be threatening the flock of lambs each of them had raised. The boy called ...

Why are you not seeing and hearing the truth?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I can no longer sit back and not say anything. For too long I have seen our president say lies and the public buys whatever he says, hook, line and sinker. The letter last week from Gail Wickstrom has me shaking my head. Did you not hear what Mueller said in his report. ...

Follow the money

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In 2016, the Hancock County Animal Shelter Excess Levy account balance had grown to over $365,000. Many county taxpayers believe the commissioners’ desire to gain access to this money motivated them to not renew the shelter contract with the nonprofit that operated it for the ...

Be careful what you wish for

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, All parties must think progressively, whether Democrat, Republican or independent. It’s the 21st century, not a century of covered wagons — we are going to the moon. There are 330 million people and issues need to be addressed promptly if America is to survive, including ...

The return of high school football

Editorials

If you’re a fan of high school football, today will certainly serve as a preview of what’s coming in just a few weeks. When the top graduated seniors from Ohio take on their counterparts from West Virginia in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, it ...

Diversification vital for West Virginia economy

Editorials

John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, isn’t trying to rain on anyone’s parade when he points out some of the facts about our state’s economy that do not make it into the politicians’ speeches. But he deals with data, not ...

Getting parents more involved

Editorials

Ask many teachers what they need most to help students achieve and the answer will be quick in coming: more involvement by parents. Good for Brooke High School’s new principal, Lee Weppler, for making that a priority. Weppler happens to be a 2002 graduate of Brooke, so he understands the ...

Jamboree brings visitors from around the world

Editorials

First impressions are lasting ones. This week, West Virginia is making a first impression upon tens of thousands of visitors. They are the 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders in our state for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. It is being held at the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve near the New ...

Using technology safely in schools

Editorials

Technology and access to the internet have done incredible things for education — but they also bring a danger to our schools. As with many shiny new trends (in all industries, not just education), it is only after we are past the point of no return that we realize some drawbacks. Providing ...

Taking a whiff of political potpouri

Local Columns

Are you tired of hearing about the governor’s race? Me too, but I’ll have some tidbits in this column if you keep reading. Instead, I thought I’d try to handicap the races from Board of Public Works. The Board of Public Works includes the governor, the secretary of state, the attorney ...

Release more data on pill shipments

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Doing what you can, to infinity and beyond

Local Columns

You do what you can do. If my week had a theme to it, that was probably it. I was commissioned to make Rice Krispies treats/a.k.a marshmallow treats as the dessert for one night of our church’s Vacation Bible School program this past week. The theme was “Farm Fresh Faith” so our ...