Opinion

Justice must be found

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Two-year schools should be included

Editorials

Big changes may be on the horizon for higher education in West Virginia — part of it, anyway. As for the rest, there are indications it may continue to be treated as the ugly stepsister of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. We refer to the two-year community and technical ...

Davis’ claims without merit

Editorials

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Prioritize highway projects

Editorials

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

RISE failures are infuriating

Editorials

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Are impeachments a case of too swift justice?

Local Columns

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Get sordid mess behind us

Editorials

We in West Virginia have made history during the past few months. During the next couple of them, we may make even bigger, national news. One of our state Supreme Court justices, Menis Ketchum, already has resigned in disgrace. He broke the law regarding use of a state-owned vehicle for ...

Know what it says before the debate

Local Columns

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For those ...

Restore respect, trust to court

Editorials

The shock of the year — thus far — for West Virginians came Tuesday, when members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee discussed impeaching the entire state Supreme Court. All four justices are accused of abusing the public’s trust (former Justice Menis Ketchum has resigned ...

Spring Fling a special event

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Many years ago, the Kiwanas Club of Weirton started a great tradition. Members had an event for the special need clients from Hancock County. They had dinner for them and a disc jockey. They danced and had a great time. My wife, Aggie, took over as the chairperson and encouraged ...

Honorees lead by example

Editorials

Nine current and former residents will join the rolls of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame Sunday, and we offer each of them our congratulations. For a decade now, the Weirton Hall of Fame has worked to recognize residents who have found ways to contribute to the community through the ...

Have a peachy time at annual festival

Editorials

Homemade peach treats, but with some other savory fare thrown in, will be on the menu for Saturday’s 55th-annual St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Peach Festival. Tri-State Area residents wanting a favorite taste of summer can enjoy peach shortcakes and peach pie from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the ...

5K race a true community event

Editorials

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. In its 22nd year, the Marland Heights 5K Classic is both a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year's race is set for Friday at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned ...

Work still needed to eliminate hunger

Editorials

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

Diversification is vital

Editorials

Coal is an important part of West Virginia’s economy — still. But a study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics shows it is not as big a part as it once was, and will likely never rebound to levels seen during its ...

To strike or not to strike, that is the question

Local Columns

After watching the video for last week's Public Employee Insurance Agency Taskforce subcommittee for public outreach, I reasonably believe rumors of a fall teachers' strike are true. The fall teachers' strike is probably one of the worst kept secrets in Charleston. I can't tell you how many ...

Let facts determine the confirmation

Editorials

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

A ‘Deer Hunter’ day in Mingo Junction

Local Columns

When the “Deer Hunter” movie was being filmed locally in 1977, I had finished my freshman year of college and was back home in Richmond, working for the summer in the concession stand at the local drive-in theater. It really wasn’t on my radar then that something out of the ordinary was ...

Keeping an eye on our roadways

Local Columns

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice called a press conference to announce yet another new program he says will help the state and its residents. Armed with his requisite easels and colorful displays, Justice sat at a desk and announced not one, but two new websites focusing on West Virginia’s ...

Shine light on community stars

Editorials

If you have been considering nominating a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2018 Community Star, be advised that the window of opportunity to make that submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That's when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...