Opinion

We can prevent underage drinking

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In 2017, over 7.4 million people ages 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. The consequences of underage drinking can be calamitous, contributing to the untimely, alcohol-related deaths of people under age 21 from homicides, suicides, car crashes, and drowning. ...

Christianity is not as dead as some may think

Local Columns

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

It’s time for us to wake up

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am a Democrat, but totally disgusted with my party. Here are some reasons why: We totally got beat in the presidential race. President Donald Trump won the race — period. The only thing that man is doing is to fill his promises that he won the election on. But our great ...

Buttigieg has earned respect

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Physiognomy is the art of judging character from facial features. Everyone does it. Most of the time the gears remain in neutral, but oft-times when encountering a stranger, we size him up. Can I trust this person? Is his nose too long and his chin too weak? How about those ...

Remembering those who protect us

Editorials

The men and women who are involved in law enforcement just might have the most thankless jobs in America. You see them everywhere, at all times of the day or night, walking the beat or patrolling in a car. Their work is vital to ensure the laws that allow our society to function are enforced, ...

Help make our communities shine

Editorials

Communities across West Virginia are coming together for some spring cleaning this weekend, including some here in the Ohio Valley. The City of Weirton will be holding its inaugural Spring Street Cleanup, inviting area residents interested in working to collect litter and other debris from ...

A fitting tribute

Editorials

Many of the students and other members of the community who enter the main building on the Steubenville campus of Eastern Gateway Community College never had the opportunity to meet Arthur D’Anniballe, but each is touched in some way by his legacy. The vision, dedication and hard work ...

Continue support for Weirton United Way

Editorials

The Weirton United Way recently took some time to celebrate the accomplishments of its 2018 campaign, while making preparations for this year’s fundraising efforts. We offer our own congratulations to everyone involved for reaching last year’s $240,000 goal, which will help to provide ...

Odds and ends out of Charleston

Local Columns

I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Local road issues need addressed

Editorials

The condition of our local roadways continues to be a concern for residents and visitors alike. Potholes, uneven pavement and other issues often lead to motorists swerving around to keep from damaging their vehicles. It seems to be getting worse, too. No matter which of our area communities ...

Get infrastructure funding for West Virginia

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. President Donald Trump is proposing a $2 ...

Enlightenment on the bakeless bake sale

Local Columns

There are times when you must know something, when you need the answer, when you must get to the bottom of things, when you must learn the truth. This was my situation the other day when I became intent upon learning what exactly is a bakeless bake sale. Maybe in the grand scheme of things ...

A definitive guidepost for our future

Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, area business leaders gathered for a presentation which could assist in better planning for the future of the Upper Ohio Valley. Approximately 50 individuals were in attendance to hear from a group representing West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of ...

Education panel needs new leader soon

Editorials

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Only thinking makes it evil

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is in reference to Patrick Buchanan’s column “Mayor Pete and the crackup of Christianity.” The elite columnists like Buchanan, Cal Thomas and other holier-than-thous who exaggerate the 21st century morals vs. what they have been down throughout history are exactly ...

Prayer is your best weapon in life

Local Columns

Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into ...

More spineless reactions

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At this writing, the memory of the late, great Kate Smith, World War II-era songstress of note and beloved singer of “God Bless America,” is coming under intense fire for — wait for it — racist sentiments. (Cue scary organ music) In response, the typically cowardly, ...

Help Madonna continue its traditions of excellence

Local Columns

The faculty and staff of Madonna High School work daily to prepare students of Madonna for successful futures spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Through Madonna High School’s mission of providing an environment of a caring community in service of the Gospel of Jesus ...

No more taxes

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Well, I see by the gas pumps at least .040 gas price hike and our roads are getting worse everyday. Big governmant sucking the private sector dry again. Look at the road area in front of the city building, discraceful, road should be one of the nicest roads to travel on and ...

One bad apple too many

Editorials

It would be strange indeed to find someone who does not owe a debt of gratitude, perhaps for life itself, to health care providers. They see “do no harm” as merely a starting point in tireless efforts to make our lives better. But every profession has within it a few bad apples, often men ...