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Opinion

Veteran offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to say thank you to all the people who made the clothing drive for veterans and their families another huge success. Helping out people who honestly need a helping hand like the veterans and their families has always been a priority with me. And thanks to all ...

Holiday bazaar a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to thank the folks that attended our Holiday Bazaar and Lunch at St. Thomas on Saturday, November 23. In spite of the rain, we were successful. We offered three soups and three sandwiches. We ran out of the bean and ham soup and sloppy joes, which was a good ...

Expand recognition of coaches

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing to express my concern about our community’s recognition of coaches and their hard work from the past and the present. I would like for this to be in response to the annual hall of fame inductions that takes place at Brooke High School. My name is Jenna Cooper, I ...

Let’s hope they don’t succeed

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In an ongoing saga of fighting for what is right, an opportunity once again arises for the industrious ant to experience the joy of being of service to the grasshopper disinclined to work. To paraphrase an old saying, let the ant toil whilst the grasshopper delights us all with ...

The fall of America?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Yes, it’s true. It is all Hillary Clinton’s fault. If the Democratic Party had not chosen to try and elect the first woman president in American history, Donald John Trump would still be selling real estate. Let’s hope the president that was not to be is not the chosen ...

New trade deal shouldn’t be political

Editorials

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democratic lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

All pipeline work to proceed

Editorials

Beginning in central Maine on a map of the eastern United States, draw a line roughly southwest to northern Georgia. Should the millions of people living east of that line be deprived of inexpensive natural gas from the Appalachian states? Of course not. But a federal appeals court ruling ...

Report on VA hospital safety needed

Editorials

Earlier this year, it was disclosed that several patients have died under suspicious circumstances at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. The information did not come from the VA but rather, from an attorney suing the agency on behalf of the family of one of the deceased ...

Setting a strategy for PEIA

Editorials

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last week. His ...

Really investing in state’s future

Editorials

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

The ‘Fairness Act’ still a political football

Local Columns

Last week I attended a rollout for the Fairness Act, which even before it truly gets out of the gate is already a political football. The Fairness Act is a new name for something old that has largely been introduced every year since 1993 (or as far back as the West Virginia Legislature’s ...

Hope concerning plants remains

Editorials

Sometimes, we in the Ohio Valley find ourselves understanding children in the back seats of our cars demanding to know, “Are we there yet?” For years, we have been on the road toward construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. We are not there yet. On Wednesday, Ohio ...

West Virginia could be a scientific hub

Local Columns

One probably doesn’t think about advances in science or technology when thinking about West Virginia. Hard-working people? Sure. Proud traditions? Definitely. Natural beauty? Absolutely. But being part of breaking the boundaries of established science? Probably not. We have connections, ...

Use holiday spirit to help others

Editorials

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday season with shopping, family get-togethers and other events on our minds these days. And even though the holiday season comes at the same time every year, so many of us procrastinate, waiting until the final few weeks to buy gifts and plan ...

From the pulpit/Christ is the path toward coming alive again

Local Columns

Back in July, there was a bad storm, and two trees were blown over in our yard. One of them is an invasive species called Tree of Heaven. It originally comes from China, and takes over an area quite quickly. If you cut one down, new trees will sprout up from the roots, kind of like a ...

She’s Toronto’s gingerbread lady

Local Columns

TORONTO — Today marks a one-time departure from traditional Valley Life stories you find on this Sunday section page. It’s different in two ways. For one thing, I’m writing it first-person style because I was involved in the story itself as a participant. The other difference is that ...

Time to remember

Editorials

The words President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 78 years ago. Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked ...

Sexual assault victims need some assurances

Editorials

For many years, victims of sexual assault in West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — has been sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Your chamber and you

Local Columns

Ohio Valley Vision Center has expanded its reach by opening a second office located in Weirton. Ohio Valley Vision Center-Weirton provides the same full spectrum eye care as the Steubenville office, which has been serving the community since 1997. Services include routine vision exams, contact ...

Shop locally first

Editorials

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...