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Opinion

Taliban cannot be trusted

Editorials

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Get some ‘oldtime’ fun this weekend

Editorials

Some “oldtime” fun is set for this weekend at Tomlinson Run State Park. At almost 90 years old, the Hancock County Oldtime Fair has carried a sense of pride and tradition for the county and its residents, relying more on local history and community spirit than large, flashy rides and ...

Our Community Stars will be shining

Local Columns

There are many different awards programs and recognition events held throughout the Tri-State Area each year. And that’s a very good thing, because they all remind us that there are many people and organizations in our region who are doing great things and are deserving of praise. Our ...

We continue the search for hope

Editorials

Nineteen committed people can change the world. That is the frightening reality that we learned 18 years ago today, after Americans and the world watched as civilian airliners were used as piloted cruise missiles to rain terror in New York and Washington, D.C., and on the people who fought ...

New dog park to be a real asset

Editorials

A project which has been in the works for the last few years is coming close to completion. The Hancock County Park Board has been working with volunteers and local officials to design and construct a new dog park on Gas Valley Road, to be located near the Hancock County Animal ...

Taking a look at the Democratic bench

Local Columns

So, it looks like U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won’t run for governor in the Democratic primary in May 2020 after all. I should have stuck with my instinct months ago that he wouldn’t actually run just like he did in 2016. The problem is I think for a time he really was going to do it. ...

Placing the blame where it belongs

Editorials

Alecto Healthcare officials’ decision to shut down Ohio Valley Medical Center a full month before they had announced previously was bad enough. It was, in a word, wrong. In suspending health care services, some critical, with just hours’ notice, Alecto made it clear to the community at ...

A week of communication discoveries

Local Columns

So this is how my week of discoveries went… Our landline phone in the kitchen decided it had had enough of us. Despite battery changes, wire jiggling and mild expletives, it refused to function. And that’s a problem, given the old-time “gossip table” I’d bought in recent months ...

We can’t forget the natural part of the world

Local Columns

One of the things we here in West Virginia are fortunate about is that, just about everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by nature. In other states, you might have to drive a couple of hours in order to find an area of seemingly unspoiled wilderness. We cherish our forested areas, our lakes ...

Weirton senior center needs support

Editorials

For years, the Greater Weirton Senior Center has been a cornerstone of the community. It provides services for hundreds of our community’s older residents, serving meals, offering socialization with their peers, enjoy games and other activities, and much more. But, without new means of ...

Politicians are being watched

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m writing this letter about the red flag law. This is nothing more than a back door to gun confiscation and a way to go around the Second Amendment. I have heard nothing on how the politicians plan to stop the criminals who are committing the crimes. My wife and I are ...

Continuing the efforts of reviving the small town church

Local Columns

“Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in Him unless they knew where His believers are?” Martin Luther “Who has despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10. The answer to Zechariah’s rhetorical question ...

Thanks for a job well done

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to thank all of those responsible for the recent repaving of the McKim Ridge Road – especially the taxpayers who paid for the work. There are numerous parties for which to give thanks in addition to the taxpayers, but none more important. The decision makers are to ...

Trump not a friend of democracy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, If democracy ever needed a friend, it certainly is not President Trump. Lowering taxes, enacting tariffs and deregulating many safety measures designed to protect our health. Now we listen to a non-alcoholic president who should have a nip once in a while to chill out and ...

Speak out on utility expansion

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, “Build it and they will come,” was a feel good Hollywood fantasy, not reality. Yet, that is the rationale before Weirton council to expand our water and sewage treatment facilities. Presently, we utilize three-fourths of our water and sewage capacity which means we have 25 ...

West Virginia is ready to help

Editorials

As residents of the nation’s Southeast have fled this week from the path of Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Jim Justice offered them shelter here in the Mountain State through discounted rates at our state parks, room for their animals (pet fees waived at the parks and a reminder that our state fair ...

Manchin made best decision for state

Editorials

West Virginians got good news this week: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will remain in Washington. He revealed Tuesday that he has decided not to run for governor next year. For months, Manchin, a Democrat, had been considering a campaign for governor. In all likelihood, at least for now, his opponent ...

The Brooke County Fair features fun for all

Editorials

Harvest season is fast approaching, and with it comes our local fall fair season. Festivities kick off this weekend with the Brooke County Fair, which gets under way at 5 p.m. Friday at Brooke Hills Park, with activities continuing through Sunday. The weekend will include a variety of ...

Attracting new jobs to West Virginia

Editorials

Those of us who have jobs can be grateful for them. Too many of our neighbors, friends and family members have not benefited yet from the upswing in the national economy, however. Here in the Northern Panhandle, things remain tough for a larger segment of the population than you might imagine ...

End the secrecy over the VA deaths

Editorials

Criminal wrongdoing — let us call it what it is, murder — seems to have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. In fact, a serial killer may have claimed the lives of as many as 11 veterans there. Yet federal authorities, despite hinting strongly they have a ...