Opinion

Volunteers drive our communities

Editorials

Volunteering in and around our communities knows no deadlines. There’s no cutoff time or day when it just stops, and for that we are truly grateful. We’ve said it before, but we believe the Upper Ohio Valley’s volunteers are some of the best. They continue to be the backbone of our ...

Questions remain over WVNCC property

Editorials

After West Virginia Northern Community College officials finish with a collective sigh of relief, they need to ensure nothing like the original cause of their concern occurs again. What could have been an enormous loss to the college involved a lot across the street from the main campus in ...

Exercise patience with the gifts of pets

Editorials

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Innovation may be the answer again

Editorials

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Rethink priorities in Brooke schools

Editorials

Perhaps it is time for Brooke County public school officials to rethink their priorities. That was suggested to them recently. During their meeting last Monday, board of education members heard from two upset students and an equally unhappy teacher. Sarah Ross, a senior at Brooke High ...

Christmas miracles in West Virginia?

Local Columns

With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, December tends to be a big news month for state government. It’s typically when deadlines are placed for various projects. Specifically, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education and the PEIA Task Force are supposed to ...

There’s still time to give this Christmas

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Christmas in Peru was always an option

Local Columns

Sometimes at Christmas my mother would threaten to go to Peru. I never quite understood this as a child, oblivious as I was to the heightened stress the holiday can bring. I just assumed everybody was as crazy about Christmas as I was, and that any “disagreements” my parents were ...

Get involved in your election process

Local Columns

Elections are always an interesting time for communities — or nations for that matter. It can be just as interesting for journalists, who are tasked with tracking down and following candidates, reporting on their backgrounds and plans, as well as their activities on the campaign trail. It ...

Steel on its way back to the Ohio Valley

Editorials

Our region is poised to return as an important steel production center, area residents learned during Wednesday’s annual breakfast meeting of the Jefferson County Port Authority. That opportunity will come from JSW Steel USA, which plans to invest more than $500 million at the site of the ...

Big Three didn’t support us

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I had to respond to Candace DeStefano’s letter about the auto industry (“Hold onto your pocketbook,” Dec. 2.) She seems to want to blame a president or political party. I worked for 42 years at the Weirton Steel Corp., and I remember a president and a political party say ...

It is a time for reflection and seeking forgiveness

Local Columns

It’s that time of year when students study for their final tests before Christmas break begins. It’s also a time of reflection and asking forgiveness in hopes of deepening our faith for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. During the Advent season, Madonna students love giving back to our ...

Below bottom of the barrel

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Finally, just when it looked like Republicans would control the House of Representatives for 40 years (much like the Democrats had) a blue wave came crashing down. How could everything go so wrong for the GOP? Well, for one thing, the drawing of lines for Congressional ...

City manager responds to road claims

Local Columns

I am responding to a Letter to the Editor written by Mr. Tom Zielinsky, an educated man, that appeared in the WDT on November 25, 2018. He addressed a number of issues and in this response, I will address his statements about the deterioration of the major roads in our City, and specifically ...

Law enforcement brightens the holidays

Editorials

It seems that news has been full of interactions between police and civilians that have gone disastrously wrong. That is why our area police forces’ Shop With a Cop events are such a breath of fresh air. It is a relief to see police interaction in a positive light. For the most part, our ...

Keep up fight against black lung

Editorials

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Enact Weld’s plan for veterans court

Editorials

State Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld is right in his desire to establish — or, rather, resume — a special type of court in West Virginia. His fellow legislators and the state Supreme Court should embrace his initiative. Weld, R-Brooke, plans to introduce legislation to establish a ...

Work remains on PEIA problems

Editorials

Early last spring, thousands of West Virginia public school teachers stayed out of classrooms and took to the picket lines. They wanted and got higher pay. They also demanded someone “Fix PEIA.” Whether that will happen remains a question. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance ...

Safeguarding our elderly residents

Editorials

One should take those national ranking stories with more than one grain of salt. Too often they are based on quick looks at statistics, not in-depth examinations needed to tell a story accurately. Still, a new report from the WalletHub organization is interesting. It looks at how well states ...

Appointments and commissions

Local Columns

It looks like with several appointments last week that Gov. Justice has mostly a full deck to play with now. Anyone who has been reading my work knows the topic of having a secretary for the state Department of Commerce has been a focus of mine. In a state with an abysmal, but improving ...