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Opinion

Community dinners a blessing for many

Editorials

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

Parades bring holidays to life

Editorials

Streets in communities throughout our region will come to life with the magic of Christmas during the next several weeks, as parades are held to welcome the holiday season. The annual events bring smiles to the faces of children and adults who get caught up in the holiday spirit. Parades ...

Communities will light up

Editorials

Communities throughout the Tri-State Area will take on that special glow that comes with the Christmas season during light-up night events. Weirton opened the festivities Sunday, when its community Christmas tree was lit. The event included the unveiling of a commemorative tree ornament, ...

How an obituary sparks thankfulness

Local Columns

It probably sounds odd, but reading an obituary this past week ignited a wave of thankfulness in me. Of course, I felt sad at first when I learned that the Rev. Jack Clouston had died. He had served as the pastor at Richmond United Methodist Church from 1989 to 1993, during a particularly ...

Don’t forget those who need assistance

Local Columns

Many of us have turned our minds toward the oncoming holidays. It’s a festive time of year, where we tend to focus on the tasks of decorating our homes or offices, purchasing presents, going to parties and other festivities, and possibly taking a trip to see family or friends. It’s also ...

Losing the war against drugs

Editorials

West Virginia is woefully outgunned in the war against substance abuse. Though some of the very best minds in our state are working hard to find better ways to reduce the toll narcotics are taking on us, there are not enough of them. Twenty-one percent of our counties do not have a single ...

Others should help with park projects

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We all have heard the Biblical admonishment telling us we should build our houses on solid foundations. Whether a building, a road, a bridge, or the Starvaggi tennis courts, we will have no better outcome than the integrity of the foundation. Five years ago, the city received ...

Childhood Thanksgiving memories

Local Columns

I grew up about the happiest boy in the world, raised, as aunt Catherine Cheeks once put it, "in a shoe box" — she meant tucked away each night like a valued Christmas ornament by Dad, the bravest of men, having fought in World War II, and my mother, the most loving woman ever born. My ...

Keeping miners safe, healthy

Editorials

Keeping coal miners as safe as possible is not a partisan concern. But, to judge by a vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, you might conclude that it is. By a 52-46 vote, senators confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. All the ...

Tree lighting brings in holidays

Editorials

The holiday season will be kicking off in Weirton Saturday with the lighting of the official Community Christmas Tree. A ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, where the tree will reside during the holiday season. A tradition in the ...

Event to offer prayers for the future

Editorials

What started as an idea put forth by former Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon has grown into an event that annually helps to inspire residents from across our region. Conlon's premise in 2004 was that prayer can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the communities they live ...

Join the smokeout

Editorials

This Thursday is a good day to stop smoking. It's the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It's a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit that could lead to dire ...

Trade speech an important reminder

Editorials

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Plan now to maximize results

Editorials

It appears we West Virginians have hit the jackpot. A Chinese company’s plan to spend nearly $84 billion on natural gas-related projects in our state should prove to be a shot in the arm for our economy. Let’s not be like the Powerball winners who ignore advice to handle their good ...

Our communities are filling with cheer

Local Columns

The Nativity is in front of the Millsop Community Center. The giant Santa Claus, I’m certain, soon will follow. Festive lights will be going up along many of the poles lining Main Street, Penco Road and other areas of the city. The Weirton Christmas Parade, organized by the Weirton Area ...

China plan is good news

Editorials

We West Virginians have had our hopes raised so many times, then seen them dashed, that some may still have their guards up over the announcement Thursday that China will invest $83.7 billion in our state. Slice it anyway you want, however. Put any spin you desire on it. Come up with all the ...

The rich keep getting richer

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On Nov. 18, 1956, Nikita Khrushchev, the former Russian president, said, "We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the United States —we will destroy you from within." Putin is sitting back and laughing. His choice for an American president is ...

Human trafficking can happen here

Local Columns

When many hear the phrase “human trafficking,” they may think of people from abroad being smuggled into this country to work. However, this heinous crime also takes place within the United States, and can happen right here in the Mountain State, where all too often difficulties in victim ...

Thanks for help with lost dogs

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to thank the village of Wintersville for the safe return of my lost dogs. I am from out of town and was watching a house for a friend when they wandered off. Through the efforts of the Wintersville mayor and police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, ...

Not getting answers on shelter

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Over a year ago, the Hancock County Commission assumed management of the animal shelter. At that time, they stated they would run the shelter better than the prior management and would consult with veterinarians regarding animal care. Currently, more animals died at the shelter ...