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Opinion

Is this your turn to turn things around?

Local Columns

Everywhere we turn in our culture is seems like everything is in upheaval. Drug addiction and drug overdoses, so many ending tragically in death. Also, many turn to alcohol to medicate their pain or gambling and tragically become addicted, bringing even more destruction into their lives. ...

What will tariffs cost us?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, If we enact tariffs to protect and promote domestic production, and thus increase employment, the free traders are correct; it will increase costs to the consumer. How can it not when China, whom we have the largest accumulated trade deficit and is our biggest competitor, freely ...

Saving our state is more than a catchphrase

Local Columns

If there’s one thing the people of West Virginia can take away after just over a month of Governor Jim Justice’s term, it would be that he’s got a tremendous gift for asking people for one thing, while doing the opposite. Back in early January, Senate President Mitch Carmichael proudly ...

Support W.Va. Public Broadcasting

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I praise the State of the State speech. It's rare that a governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic, that if we address reality now we'll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical ...

It was a car versus bus kind of morning

Local Columns

Ever see an account of someone hitting a school bus? And you think, “it’s a bus, it’s huge, it’s bright yellow and it has flashing lights, how do you hit it?” I don’t have sympathy for people who manage to hit, sideswipe or otherwise endanger a conveyance full of ...

Trump should recognize benefits of the press

Editorials

President Trump will soon find it difficult to find support among any conventional reporters and editors — the ones who traditionally are bound by rules of the profession of fairness and accuracy — if he chooses to continue tirades such as the one he made Friday at the Conservative ...

Be more conscious of your heart health

Editorials

American Heart Month, marked each February, is a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle. As Ohio Valley residents, we, unfortunately, are plagued with leading many areas of the country in illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The grim fact is heart disease is still ...

Ensure West Virginia can continue to export coal

Editorials

Use of coal to generate electricity in the United States is expected to make a comeback as Americans begin to understand the reality behind former President Barack Obama’s claims of a cheaper, cleaner future based on wind and solar power. The truth is that Obama’s war on coal and ...

Mardi Gras Gala will be festive

Editorials

What has become one of the community's biggest social gatherings and fundraisers will make its return Saturday as the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights holds its annual Mardi Gras Gala at Williams Golf and Country Club. Each year, Rotarians are joined by residents from throughout the area for an ...

Trump can’t forget about Pence

Editorials

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

It’s the office that’s important

Editorials

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask our current president, Donald J. Trump, or the last two men who held the office before him, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. And, while your ...

Tradition, guilt powerful motivators

Local Columns

Tradition and guilt. Guilt and tradition. Such powerful motivators. We do a lot of things based on those two nouns, I was reminded during a recent phone conversation with my sister Cathy, who lives in the Columbus area. She called me the other evening, and when I saw her name on the ...

It takes a community to find a new path

Local Columns

The City of Weirton is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Development Plan. This is a document, required by state law, which directs zoning in the city and provides a guideline for future growth. The current CDP was crafted around 2000, and then used to establish the city’s ...

Road will assist development

Editorials

Extending a road could have huge implications for the future of business development in Weirton. During its meeting Monday, Weirton Council agreed to fund an engineering study and planning for a proposed extension of Park Drive, located in the Three Springs Business Park. If it moves forward, ...

Be careful what you wish for

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Here’s a play on words that might come true with no transparency from the discombobulated Trump transition team: With no transparency, what is Trump and his cabinet about to do? It’s a secret on how he is going to eradicate ISIS, and that he doesn’t want to warn them is ...

Reasons to be a Farm Bureau member

Local Columns

Jefferson County Farm Bureau members were reacquainted with reasons to become a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau at the dinner meeting held at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville. John Grafton, membership committee member, was in charge in the absence of Duayne Wetherell being late due to his ...

Sin — turning away from God

Local Columns

Then one of the Twelve — the one called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew ...

We’re entering a different dimension

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Let’s talk about something other than Donald Trump. Come with me to the time when Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” filled the television airwaves. The year was 1964. The day was Feb. 25. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated fewer than 100 days earlier, and the mob ...

Turning holidays into a competition

Local Columns

I won at Valentine’s Day. Every holiday, the Long Suffering Husband and I make a pact not to go overboard. We’re old, we’ve been together for 20 years and I don’t need anything else cluttering up the house, especially if it is something that needs dusting. I hate to dust. Giving me ...

CO detectors save lives

Editorials

Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, can’t be smelled and can’t be heard, but poisoning from it can be prevented. The Steubenville community still is mourning the deaths of James and Carolyn Swearingen Jr., who were found in their Lincoln Avenue home nearly two weeks ago. Carbon monoxide ...