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Opinion

Halls of Fame honor communities’ history

Local Columns

Our local communities have a wide and varied history, from the days of their early settlements, leading through the numerous staple businesses and into the modern age. During that time, there also have been many individuals who have taken the lead in shaping our villages, towns and cities, ...

War still happens, unfortunately

Editorials

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, 100 years ago. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into World ...

A waste of taxpayers’ money

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Do any of you know what the figure $88,000 represents? This is the amount of money the Hancock County Commission offered the Foundation if they signed a contract to operate the Hancock County Animal Shelter for the current fiscal year. Adding the $100,00 in excess levy money, ...

Offering some insight on First Ladies

Local Columns

With this being Palm Sunday, churches will be using millions of palm fronds to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Most of the palms come from southern Mexico and Guatemala. For years, harvesters were paid by volume, which motivated them to cut off more ...

I love the smell of victory!

Local Columns

I'm sure many of you watched "March Madness" faithfully and were disappointed when your team lost, but I imagine there was celebration when either your team won. Everyone watching those games were so anxious to root their team on to victory. Often in life, we forget to celebrate the small ...

Moving West Virginia forward

Local Columns

During this 2017 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has identified a bold initiative to lead West Virginia on the path to prosperity. His initiative will stimulate our economy and provide the tools necessary to support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. The ...

Some things you just can’t say ‘no’ to

Local Columns

I’m such a mess this week. I tried parking the car without putting it into park — did you know that if you turn the car off while it’s still in gear, it will continue to move after you take your foot off the brake? — and went looking for a bread knife in the refrigerator, which is ...

Lapses over mine safety intolerable

Editorials

Federal hypocrisy is nothing new. But when it jeopardizes the lives of people whose jobs have been targeted by that same government, it is particularly difficult to swallow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General, negligence on the part of the federal Mine Safety and ...

Weirton United Way is hitting the hardwood

Editorials

The Weirton United Way once again will be “taking it to the hoop” this weekend as part of its annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament event at Weir High School. The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, helps to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the United Way’s 2017 campaign, and we ...

Investing in West Virginia’s future

Editorials

Politicians talk often about investing in West Virginia’s future. Too often, that is an excuse to spend taxpayers’ money on short-term jobs such as construction projects that provide excellent photo-ops. In terms of really building a brighter future for our state as a whole and for ...

Be courteous to taxpayers

Editorials

West Virginia legislators are digging deep into the state budget to find savings enough to balance it with few or no tax increases. That makes it all the more puzzling that the state Senate is sitting on a way to reduce spending by $3 million. A few weeks ago, House of Delegates members ...

Keep spending limits in place

Editorials

One thing about government at all levels that must puzzle many people is why spending is allowed to grow, year by year, even when tax increases are needed to make it happen. Why can’t government do what many families have no choice about? Why can’t it work with what money it has to pay ...

Speech contest a win for everyone

Editorials

Recently, several sixth-graders in Brooke County honed their public speaking skills, with the best orator title on the line. We applaud the school district, as well as Sts. Joseph and Paul schools, for allowing their sixth-graders to, once again, be a part of a Gettysburg Address Speech ...

Delegating a job to siblings good idea

Local Columns

I’m typically very bad at delegating, but I made an exception and called in the reserves. The mission? Some help, an opportunity, an adventure, the privilege, the duty — whatever you care to call it, it was all about this ongoing sorting of family photos and memorabilia that I began ...

The final week of the legislative session

Local Columns

The West Virginia Legislature is entering the final stretch of the 2017 regular session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn at midnight April 8, so there is certain to be a flurry of action, arguments, amendments and more taking place this week as proposed legislation is finalized and votes ...

The magic of baseball is back

Editorials

We Americans have a lot on our minds these days. We continue to fight over health care. There are lingering battles over terms such as wiretapping and surveillance. We've once again become paranoid of the Russians. We're worried about jobs and where the economy is headed. Many of us ...

Helping area young people

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, "I can do something" will always accomplish more than "something must be done." The term "at-risk" came into use after the 1983 article "A nation at Risk," published by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The article described United States society as being ...

‘Play ball!’ is music to some ears

Local Columns

Play ball are two words that get fans excited and the players gung ho for getting out on the field and making exciting plays or hitting the ball over the fence. The season is just around the corner. There have been world baseball championship games with the United States, Japan, the ...

Getting our spirits cleaned up

Local Columns

It's that time of the year again, time for the city spring clean up. People will put in long hours as they carry trash to the curb and it will hauled away. The walls in our homes may be washed, floors will be scrubbed, trash is thrown away. But what about us, how will we be cleaned? It's ...

Health care a complicated issue

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The awakening of the dead. Some Republicans are starting to understand health care is a complicated issue. If one wants to negotiate a good deal, one must be friends first to work on a solution or someone is going to get screwed. With the health care bill now in limbo, the ...