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Opinion

The pool season is in question

Editorials

We’re into the middle of the weekend that traditionally has marked the unofficial start of the summer season. But this is a time unlike any other we have seen, and many of the experiences we have come to anticipate this time of year are missing, joining the list of things that have fallen ...

Continue support for animal shelter levy

Editorials

Four years ago, Hancock County voters showed their compassion for animals by approving a tax levy to support the county animal shelter. Nearly three of every four voters said “yes” to the measure. Now the levy is up for renewal. It will be on the ballot for the June 9 primary ...

A hero in her own right

Editorials

She never sought the spotlight, but it was impossible for Annie Glenn to avoid all of the attention. Her husband, John, the childhood sweetheart with whom she would share a love affair of more than 70 years, was an American hero — a decorated fighter pilot who flew missions during World War ...

Being responsive to constituents

Editorials

After West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced last week that gymnasiums, health clubs, tanning bed businesses and whitewater rafting outfitters could reopen, he was asked whether his decisions are being made in response to public pressure. “That is absolutely, 180 degrees wrong,” he ...

Keep an eye out for motorcyclists

Editorials

The unofficial beginning of summer is less than a week away with Memorial Day. Flowers are beginning to come out and so are motorcycles. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 3,585 motorcycle-related traffic crashes in 2019 ...

Reporter’s notebook: The coronavirus culture wars continue on

Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the newest front in the culture war between the left and the right: the coronavirus. As things begin slowly to reopen and as we learn to live with COVID-19 floating around out there, this battle shows no signs in slowing down. Both sides are foolish. On one ...

Leonhardt best for state’s agriculture

Editorials

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Getting a little cranky and edgy these days

Local Columns

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. The hair appointment that’s in my very near future elevates me to the ecstatic-happy level, but as a rule I’m a basically content, happy person for no particular reason at all. But then along came this hunker-down response to the coronavirus ...

Keep an eye on the direction we take

Local Columns

The state’s are beginning to ease off of the restrictions put in place in their efforts to “flatten the curve” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has, no doubt, been a difficult couple of months for many of us. Businesses have been closed, people have not been working and much ...

Bipartisanship does still exist

Editorials

U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that ...

Editor’s Note

Letters to the Editor

(Editor’s note: May 31 will be the final date letters will appear concerning any of the races in West Virginia’s June 9 primary elections. In order to be published, letters must be received no later than noon, May 28)

Lessons from the Road to Emmaus

Local Columns

Christians around the world, and all-around social media, have spent a lot of time in the past months talking about the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection. During the week leading up to Easter we talked about the familiar stories; about Jesus arriving in Jerusalem for the ...

Draconian measures don’t help

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What I am about to write may seem a little inhumane, but has happened throughout history to save humanity from war, disease and other catastrophic events. Just think what it has taken to make America the greatest nation in civilization. Lincoln, some say the greatest ...

History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables

Local Columns

One of my pastimes, if you could call it that, is visiting old cemeteries. I think it stems from the fact that these places are untouched by time. Stones that are placed there to honor the dead are in most cases unchanged, depending on the materials they are made from. For me, this a very ...

Global economy not an excuse

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There’s nothing wrong with building a solar farm on Brown’s Island (“International companies aren’t the enemy.”) Our community may have a deep history in steelmaking, but it isn’t the only industry out there, and the author is right. Investment and development ...

Voting is important, especially now

Editorials

It has been a strange, unsettling year, has it not? All the more reason to make your voice heard in the June 9 West Virginia primary election. The need for good leadership is more apparent than it has been for many years. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot cast a ballot in the ...

Remember those who keep us safe

Editorials

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 54 hours. And, in 2018, 58,866 officers ...

A rock legend remembered

Editorials

If you enjoy today’s music and the way it is presented, you owe thanks to Richard Penniman, who rose from a life of poverty in Macon, Ga., to become Little Richard, one of the founders of rock ‘n’ roll who died Saturday at the age of 87. His work in the 1950s went beyond changing the ...

Project some needed good news for area

Editorials

A long-discussed project appears to be moving forward in Weirton, and if all goes well, it should result in a development of which the entire Ohio Valley can be proud. Weirton city officials, representatives of Park Drive Development LLC, the Business Development Corp. of the Northern ...

Prison transfers were a bad idea

Editorials

Protecting one group of people against COVID-19 by endangering another makes no sense. Yet that is precisely what the U.S. Bureau of Prisons was doing. It had been transferring inmates out of some prisons and into others. There are two federal prisons for men in West Virginia, in Gilmer and ...