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Opinion

Looking back at bloomers

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As one of the foremost crusaders for woman’s rights during the 19th century, Amelia Bloomer championed causes such as women’s suffrage, temperance and a greater role for women in the everyday affairs of running the nation. She became the deputy postmaster of Seneca Falls, ...

Use plate readers responsibly

Editorials

The Weirton Police Department is in the process of obtaining a new tool in its efforts to protect and serve residents and the community. During a meeting Jan. 11, city council approved the acceptance of a grant from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ...

Don’t make assumptions with children’s welfare

Editorials

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Make the return to school safe

Editorials

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, Tuesday was like the first day of school all over again, as they returned to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. In both Hancock and Brooke counties, the first ...

Continue support for Weirton United Way

Editorials

The Weirton United Way is planning one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, although, as with everything else in the last year, there will be a twist. The 10th-annual Tailgate fundraiser has been scheduled for Feb. 6, and tickets are on sale. Typically, this event would feature an ...

We can’t please everyone

Local Columns

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state’s vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor’s wrath. I’m the primary ...

King’s message remembered today

Editorials

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Of chocolate peanut clusters, Steubenville stuff

Local Columns

Any real, imagined or threatened intent on my part to curb my caloric intake for the first time in 2021 came to a “sweet stop” after a knock on the door last weekend. Left behind was a belated Christmas gift from a creative friend who pays great attention to detail and desire when it ...

Reconnecting with the natural world

Local Columns

I’ve had a decades’ long enjoyment of the outdoors. It’s probably something that started in my youth when I would visit family in Wetzel and Tyler counties and go on walks through the woods with my maternal grandfather and great-grandfather. They would talk about the different types of ...

Our school boards’ options are limited

Editorials

In-person classes will be returning to the majority of West Virginia’s schools in the coming week, with the exception of high schools located in counties classified “red” by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. We know there are mixed opinions on whether this is a good ...

Rooting for the Ohio Valley

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As subscribers to the Weirton Daily Times, we want to comment on your column “It’s not just about the red and blue.” We appreciate the fact that you are working to promote unity in Weirton-Steubenville, a place where we once lived. But, it’s important to stress that ...

West Virginia voters are engaged in our democracy

Local Columns

President Lincoln said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” Faith in our American democracy depends on confidence in the election process and results. When confidence is shaken, so too is the confidence in our government and our leaders. Even during the pandemic, ...

Will Biden provide the answers?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What is it the brain stormers and geniuses of the world don’t understand? Why can’t they understand it’s the population of the world that is the problem? The Earth can only support 9 billion people. We are getting close. Then what? There are many possible scenarios ...

A tragedy in our country

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The invasion of the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters was appalling, disgusting and heartbreaking. They rioted under the banners of “taking back our country,” “stop the steal” and “being patriots.” They are insurrectionists, anarchists and domestic ...

Some thoughts on civil disobedience

Local Columns

What a year 2020 was for the people of America, the Ohio Valley and even the world. We have lost too many good men, women, boys, girls, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. Now we are looking at 2021, and by the sixth day there are challenges we never dreamed taking place in our ...

Remembering King’s dream

Editorials

Residents from across our region aren’t letting concerns about COVID-19 stop them from remembering the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Once again, pupils, parents, city leaders, senior citizens and others from across the Tri-State Area have the chance to learn about and ...

Keep vaccinating, West Virginia

Editorials

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Providing fair coverage of COVID in W.Va.

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice, Friday, criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media ...

Professional hockey is making its return

Editorials

As we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing a greater number of groups and organizations figure out ways to at least return to something resembling their normal schedules. That’s especially true in the world of sports. This year’s college football season, which ...

A terrible week for our state and nation

Local Columns

This past week will go down as one of the worst weeks, not only for what occurred in our nation’s capital, but also for our newspapers. Last week we lost Mike Myer, the executive editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer, an accomplished columnist, and a giant in West Virginia journalism. He ...