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Opinion

Making a difference by voting

Editorials

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Continue support for sheltered workshop

Editorials

For 28 years, the voters of Hancock County have supported the operations of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop through the passage of an operational levy. The levy, which provides $250,000 each year to the workshop, is up for renewal this year, and we encourage that support to ...

Resist the attempts to divide us

Editorials

Very soon after he took office nearly four years ago, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner warned about foreign government attempts to influence U.S. elections and foment divisiveness among Americans. Since then, Warner on occasion has reminded us of how online evildoers, including but ...

Just another bag of political potpourri

Local Columns

With just over a week from the general election on Nov. 3, early voting has continued apace with lines and enthusiasm. You still have until 5 p.m. Saturday to cast an early vote. You can still request an absentee ballot until Wednesday. I don’t want to say it is too late to mail in an ...

For leadership, re-elect Justice

Editorials

Each and every one of the 422 fellow West Virginians we have lost to COVID-19 has been a precious life, as Gov. Jim Justice points out. But just seven states have done better to save lives. Our epidemic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 is one-third of the national average — and lower than 42 ...

Shining some light on light bulb pet peeves

Local Columns

I hate being in the dark. And that explains why I’m out of my well-lit comfort zone when a light bulb stops doing its job. That’s a big pet peeve of mine — burned-out light bulbs that don’t get changed in a timely fashion, like right now or better yet, yesterday. Some people can ...

The area is making plans for the holidays

Local Columns

The Christmas holiday season is coming faster than we may realize, and although it is sure to be an unusual one, there are still efforts to offer ways to celebrate in our local communities. The Weirton Chamber, as you may have heard, is planning two activities to celebrate the holiday season. ...

School employees should be a priority

Editorials

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, the demand for it will be enormous. As we have pointed out, states need to have thoughtful plans in place. West Virginia’s plan has been submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is good news. So are sketchy details ...

Support the Dunbar Center

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Dunbar Recreation Center (DRC), located at the corner of Weir Avenue and Kessel Streets in Weirton, is a vital part of our area’s history and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations to its preservation fully tax deductible. Since its official opening on ...

Ujcich was a class act

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This past weekend, the entire sports community, along with the Brooke Bruin community, lost a very close and dear friend. We were all saddened and shocked to hear of the loss of Ron Ujcich, Brooke High School coach and mentor. I am sure I can speak for all local sports ...

A choice for US Senate

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It boggles the mind, but in this year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we currently have a Senator who has repeatedly voted against equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, health care, and women’s reproductive freedoms. While women have been ...

Weld fights for constituents

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, More than a decade ago, I relocated my family to Wheeling from the Boston area to continue my family’s business in greyhound racing. I own and operate one of the greyhound kennels in Beech Bottom, where we care for up to 84 dogs and employ several full-time and part-time ...

Is Hancock County in financial trouble?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Commission President Joe Barnabei recently posted a video indicating what he plans to do as a commissioner. In the video, he talks about how difficult it was to submit a balanced county budget this year. Submitting a balanced budget is a state requirement. Since in 2016 he ...

Points to consider while voting

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Don’t believe President Donald Trump’s claims that there will be massive cheating in the upcoming election. Only people who are “registered” voters can vote. He claims cheating will occur with mail-in-ballots. For people requesting those ballots, only one ballot is sent ...

West Virginia offers nothing

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What is it with this state when it concerns senior citizens? They have no programs for us. For transportation to doctor visits, it’s only if you have a doctor in Weirton. I go to doctors in Ohio and they have great opportunities for people living in Ohio. I was born in ...

There is no health plan

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am going to be judgmental about Trump. I can’t put my finger on it, but I am going to try. There is talk of Trump’s base, which includes many well-known in the middle class that speak well of Trump and will vote for him. Don’t kid yourself. He is the incumbent and ...

From the Pulpit

Local Columns

Be Be who God created you to be, Fearfully and wonderfully made. Be whom He has declared to be free, Not in bondage, or easily swayed. ∫∫∫ Be in the world, but be not of it Be transformed by renewing your mind. For the world’s wealth is counterfeit, And of God’s ...

The early voting period has begun

Editorials

Although election day isn’t officially until Nov. 3, West Virginians already are heading to the polls. In recent weeks, voters of the Mountain State have been able to make use of an expanded absentee ballot option, organized by the Secretery of State’s Office as a result of the COVID ...

Funding should be provided for projects

Editorials

Important upgrades to both the water and sewer systems in Follansbee are being pursued by city officials. They should receive both state and federal funding assistance for the work. Members of the municipal water and sewer boards discussed the plans last week. On the water system side, they ...

Showing leadership in uncertainty

Editorials

The last several months have been a challenge for many of us as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. That definitely was the case for the members of the 2020 class of Leadership Ohio Valley, but, as with any true leader, they persevered, were flexible with their ...