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Opinion

Stick to limited government

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Mayor Miller did not run on a platform to increase Weirton’s tax revenues. In fact, he promised the first time, if elected, he would eliminate the B&O tax when the sales tax took effect. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Conservatives say limited government is best ...

Follow the Constitution, or bring our troops home

Local Columns

Some 1,600 years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shockwaves throughout the Western world, triggering St. Jerome to ...

Be cautious, safe during homecoming

Editorials

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to enjoy the company of their friends, family and alumni during one of the more memorable events of the school year. ...

Celebrating our industrial heritage

Editorials

The Weirton community will be celebrating its history Saturday, and we encourage area residents to join in. The second-annual Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival will be held throughout the day, with activities planned for in and around the Weirton Event Center. It will all kick off that ...

There are still young people who care

Editorials

Tragedy often brings out the very best in the people of our region. So it has been with the death of a young West Virginian, Roane County High School football player Alex Miller. Miller collapsed and died during a break between the first and second quarters of a game Friday night. What caused ...

Uninsured rate still good in West Virginia

Editorials

Left-leaning health insurance advocates got a little nervous this month when U.S. Census Bureau data showed a statistically insignificant change in the percentage of West Virginians with health insurance, from 2017 to 2018. There are (gasp) still 6.4 percent of Mountain State residents without ...

Placing the dunce cap on our schools

Local Columns

I’ve spent the last few days pouring over the data from the second annual Balanced Scorecard report on the performance of West Virginia’s schools, and I’m really kind of appalled at the results for the students we’re pushing into college or the workforce. This weekend I focused on the ...

Honoring the cornerstone of our nation

Editorials

Today we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

Writing the rules for charter schools

Editorials

West Virginia has authorized charter schools, as some education reformers urged, but it will be exceedingly difficult to open one. State Department of Education officials should not make it even more difficult than the law enacted earlier this year does. Fierce pressure, including a work ...

Pretty cool having Aunt Betty as my neighbor

Local Columns

It’s pretty cool being next-door neighbors with Aunt Betty. That’s a definite perk of returning to my roots and living in the family homestead where my father was born, where Houts have lived continuously since the house was built in the 1880s, and where my dad lived in his adult married ...

We’re heading for several big changes

Local Columns

Change often cannot be easy. For some, in fact, it can be quite difficult and unwanted, but change comes whether we want it or not. The Weirton community has seen more than its share of change over the years, with the rise and fall of the local steel industry, recent investment in the natural ...

Nature and economy can go hand in hand

Editorials

Conserving precious plants, animals and places is a critical responsibility in West Virginia. No one does it better than the Nature Conservancy. Some people who see themselves as environmentalists favor confrontation as a way to achieve their goals. But the Conservancy is based on the feeling ...

Appreciate the difference makers

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As Pat Ford and Alecia Ford ready themselves for new adventures in Kentucky, I want to thank them both for making a huge difference in Weirton. They say that behind every great man there is a great woman… I’d like to think that Pat and Alecia are great side-by-side. He ...

Where there is unity, there is peace

Local Columns

On September 11, 2001 I was working for the United States government. I was sitting at my desk when someone told me that the country was under attack. We were told that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center and that there were other planes headed toward other locations. There was total ...

Never forget

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As I headed to work the other morning, a thought crossed my mind. 9/11. What started out as a normal day for myself, and others, would change dramatically. I thought back about 18 years ago when I was a security guard at a power plant in Beaver County, Pa. We had three shifts ...

Don’t want to be ‘woke’

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, If you don’t know what “woke” means, listen up: The online Urban Dictionary defines “woke” as an adjective, meaning “alert (or sensitive) to social issues and injustices. Especially racism (and sexism and/or homophobia.)” It’s been revealed that in the upcoming ...

Commission has low expectations

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, June 30th marked the end of the third year of the Hancock County Commission’s operation of the county animal shelter. The Commission promised to operate the shelter “better” than the previous shelter operator, a nonprofit which had operated the shelter for over 20 years. ...

The war against drugs is far from won

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark a bit in reacting to some good news recently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared with ...

Taliban cannot be trusted

Editorials

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Get some ‘oldtime’ fun this weekend

Editorials

Some “oldtime” fun is set for this weekend at Tomlinson Run State Park. At almost 90 years old, the Hancock County Oldtime Fair has carried a sense of pride and tradition for the county and its residents, relying more on local history and community spirit than large, flashy rides and ...