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Opinion

Trump sure to fall

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, During the last four months, there have been eight or 10 body bags deployed in connection with the investigation into the Trump-Putin collusion. There have been poisonings, falls from fourth floor windows and the "errant" gunshot wound to the head, at least one of which occurred ...

What to do with all of my future free time?

Local Columns

In a couple weeks, we will be taking Sass for another college visit. The mail is thick with packages from schools trying to entice her to attend. We’ll be looking at forms and papers in a couple months, and I’m watching scholarship deadlines. And, of course, as soon as we get her settled ...

Meaningful action needed in opioid battle

Editorials

The formation of a presidential commission to study and plan the fight to end the opioid epidemic in the United States is a step in the right direction, but it has to be followed up with meaningful action. It was just a week ago that leaders from both sides of the political aisle said the ...

More treatment options needed

Editorials

When it comes to battling our state’s substance abuse crisis, there are no Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature. There are just West Virginians as desperate as any of the rest of us to do something about the scourge. A bill approved Wednesday by the House of Delegates made that ...

Spring Clean-up a valuable service

Editorials

We all have those items in our homes which may be too big or difficult to toss out as part of our regular weekly garbage collection. Whether it be small pieces of furniture, appliances, or other household items, we might not always have the option to get rid of them, forcing us to keep the ...

Budget restraint eroding in West Virginia

Editorials

A big question in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week was whether Gov. Jim Justice would veto a general revenue budget for about $124 million less than he wants. But elsewhere in the Mountain State, another question may be asked: What happened to the hold-the-line budget Republican ...

Drastic change needed in W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginians — legislators, business owners, workers, students … all of us — are struggling mightily with how to make the changes that will propel us past the mess we have been trying to clean up for the past few years. We are proud, tradition-based people who sometimes lose sight of ...

Take in a high school musical

Editorials

The Ohio Valley truly is alive with the sound of music this time of the year, as area high s and some middle schools, are presenting, or have presented, their annual musical productions. It's a great chance for our area students to showcase their talents, and it's an opportunity for ...

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Local Columns

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...

Youth learn about business, leadership

Local Columns

Last weekend, 26 high school sophomores from our area completed a program developed to provide a glimpse of the business world and some of the skills they may use as they make their way through college and enter the workforce. Youth Leadership Weirton is a program offered each year by the ...

The programs that fund our future

Editorials

The statistics are easy to understand. Just during the last eight years in Hancock and Brooke counties, $15.24 million has been used to leverage more than 10 times its worth, bringing $125.54 million in investments in business and industry. That $15.24 million wasn't pork-barrel spending. ...

Passing thoughts on contest, Easter

Local Columns

Jelly beans, those tiny candies that have been around for ages and were a favorite of President Ronald Regan, are back for the Easter season. Actually, they are around all year in the Jelly Belly bags with all the flavors and themes. The Liberty Gals and Guys 4-H Club went on a jelly bean ...

Working to be real with others

Local Columns

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

Seeking cultural diversity on a California campus

Local Columns

The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment that Stanford urbanites throw in the direction of rural Americans. ...

Thankful for those who have helped along the way

Local Columns

I was chatting with a co-worker about Boy Scouts, and he mentioned that he, too, was a Boy Scout, just like the Professor. His parents were involved in leadership positions with a pack and two troops, and they spent many weekends hiking, camping or maintaining local Scout facilities. He told ...

Fund transition process for RESAs

Editorials

It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Our state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the ...

Our vigilance must continue

Editorials

It was a year ago to the day that the attacks by terrorists in Belgium were followed upon by an attack on tourists and the Parliament in London. The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an ...

Politics has no place in appointments

Editorials

When governors are called upon to appoint people to fill vacancies in important state government offices, the right thing for them to do is name someone of the same political party as the person who has vacated the position. Most of the time that is what happens; sometimes, as with members of ...

Next state superintendent will face challenges

Editorials

Picking the right person to become West Virginia’s new school superintendent will be a difficult task for state Board of Education members, in part because of the mixed signals that person will have to sort through. Current state Superintendent Michael Martirano will be leaving at the end ...

Avoid costly mistakes on state budget

Editorials

Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature are right to insist on what amounts to a hold-the-line state budget that does not depend on massive tax increases. But there is danger even in their fiscally conservative plan. It is simply that even the $4.055 billion general revenue fund ...