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Opinion

The rise and fall of the stock markets

Local Columns

There has been a lot of attention focused on the stock markets in recent days in respect to GameStop, the company known for the sale of video games and various related accessories, and a few other businesses. Through various actions, people were able to push GameStop’s stock to higher ...

Continuing its work through difficult times

Editorials

The Weirton park board deserves a pat on the back for their efforts to continue providing recreation opportunities in the time of COVID-19. As with most of us, the park board and city park officials had to enforce limitations to their offerings throughout 2020. That includes the closure of ...

Some random thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Some thoughts: ¯ The ex-president said he takes hydroxychloroquine every day with a wink. Many on Fox News, including Laura Ingraham, didn’t notice, meaning if you believe h one “lie” I will tell you another. ¯ I would say in the 21st century people are not watching ...

Finding the path to move our state forward

Local Columns

With a new administration in Washington, the end of the pandemic in sight and one of the toughest years in recent memory behind us, the question for national and state leaders is how do we heal? West Virginia has clearly shown we can respond to a crisis by leading the way on COVID-19 ...

West Virginia’s renewed fight against opioid abuse

Local Columns

As we enter a new year full of opportunity, I also embark upon my third term as your attorney general and do so with renewed commitment to fight against opioid abuse with more intensity than ever. Our office has had remarkable success over the past eight years, but we know now is not the time ...

Remembering the influence of ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron

Local Columns

My father was an Eddie Matthews and Milwaukee Braves fan. When the Braves played the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, he made it a point to take my older brothers to games. They became Braves fans. The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, but we continued to follow the Braves and went to ...

West Virginia deserves better

Editorials

For years, West Virginia leaders have been urged to think outside the box when it comes to economic development. While the state always needs to be evaluating new ways to attract businesses, officials cannot lose sight of those initiatives — as appears to be the case with a loan program ...

DeStefano showed true public service

Editorials

Through his 16 years as city manager, as well as his time as a councilman and as part of the local business community, John DeStefano represented the true values of public service. A Brooke County native, his hometown knowledge, along with his financial and sales experience, were valuable ...

Community input will be key

Editorials

Former industrial properties are located throughout the Ohio Valley, a reminder of the engines which used to be the main force behind our local economy. In recent years, there has been an increased effort to find new futures for those sites, whether it be leveling steel plants or pottery ...

Working together to heal the nation

Editorials

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...

The unelected versus the elected

Local Columns

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

Vaccine registry the right move

Editorials

We field calls every day from local residents eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost all of the inquiries deal with frustration in getting through on the phone banks set up by local county health departments for vaccine clinics. We aren’t going to directly fault our local public ...

Having a drive-by event vs. the real thing

Local Columns

It’s not unusual to get asked to attend a baby shower. But I have to say, I was surprised by the request I got in recent weeks. It was for a drive-by one. Huh? A drive-by baby shower? How the heck do you have a drive-by baby shower, I wondered to myself as I read and re-read the ...

Admit, and learn from, our COVID mistakes

Local Columns

During his briefing Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice announced the state would be launching a new online system to assist West Virginians in scheduling their COVID vaccine. The state is contracting with a company called Everbridge to set up and operate the system, which will allow residents 65 ...

Don’t forget our indoor air

Editorials

We’re right in the middle of National Radon Action Month, and it’s a good time to remember that homeowners in our area should have their homes tested for the radioactive gas and take steps to reduce the risk if elevated levels are detected. Radon is colorless an odorless and is produced ...

Only in America

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Only in America will we stop a football game, drag out measuring chains and look at a play 15 times from six different angles to make sure we make the right call, but we won’t verify the integrity of an election for the highest office in our nation. Only in America will top ...

How to drive safely around big trucks

Local Columns

Big trucks are a lot less scary when you understand them. The PSC’s Transportation Enforcement Officers patrol the state’s highways and the turnpike to ensure that commercial motor vehicles, such as semis and buses, are in compliance with safety regulations. But that is only part of the ...

Bring school back full time

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What was the 4 to 1 vote to send the students in Hancock County back to school on the hybrid system based on? Thank you for the one board member who voted against it. Did you consider all the data? Students, ALL grades 1-12, have a very low percentage of catching and ...

History in the Hills: Hancock County history

Local Columns

Any regular reader of my column will already know of my love for Williamsburg in Virginia. As a historian, Williamsburg was like Disneyland to me. The experience of visiting a place with so much history and a living sense of the past was captivating. Lucky for me, that feeling has generally ...

We must respect one another

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I have never been very political. I am 59, Roman Catholic and come from a devout Irish family whose grandfather, father and brother served in law enforcement. I was brought up Democrat, raised to respect my faith, my family and my country. What guides my vote more than ...