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Opinion

It’s time to think outside the box

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Every year, Hancock County Schools cut their budget for the next year. Of course, they start at the bottom with the aids, teachers and service personnel. These are the very people that have daily interaction with Hancock County children. Getting rid of some of these employees ...

Branching out to learn about trees

Local Columns

I learned much about the trees that are part of the Ohio landscape, blooming or sprouting seeds in the spring and turning magnificent colors in the fall. This lesson in horticulture was given by Randy Clum, the 2017 Ohio tree farmer of the year, at the Harrison County Farm Bureau Farm-City ...

Taking back Sundays

Local Columns

Sundays belong to God! Sundays are a day to Worship God together with other Christians! Sundays are a day to hear an anointed, inspiring message from God! Where has the church gone? Why are the pews or seats half full on Sundays? Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and his ...

Spring Fling a great thing for Weirton

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Today it seems like the news is concentrated on bad news. I would like to bring attention to some good news. For some 36 years, Duke Horstemeyer and the Kiwanis Club of Weirton have sponsored a special day for the challenged people in our area. We serve them, feed them, ...

A look at the problems in the medical field

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Businesses desire stable government rules and regulation because they make economic decisions based on them. So if the rules are unstable, that makes their investment more risky. For example, I bought a van in July 1986 because there was a 10 percent investment tax credit for ...

Debate continues over animal shelter

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Having read both the Carol Village Letter to the Editor dated April 23 and the Jane Mehaffey letter dated April 30, many county residents are probably wondering what is going on at the county animal shelter. Having received hundreds of public documents related to the Hancock ...

Event will help cats

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It's spring and hundreds of kittens are being born to feral or abandoned stray cats that were not spayed. There are many good-hearted individuals throughout the area who are feeding these cats, yet they lack the financial resources to have them spayed and neutered, thus the ...

A conversation with the children

Local Columns

When I can’t think of a column idea, I turn to the children. Not in the sense that I commoditize their childhoods for your consumption — I do that, too — but I ask them what I should write about. They usually have ideas. They’re not always good ideas, but they are better than no ideas. ...

Legislation shouldn’t be rushed

Editorials

Hurry-up politics seems to be the order of the day in both Charleston and Washington. In Congress, that means a health insurance bill most Americans know little or nothing about is being pushed forward. At the West Virginia State Capitol, legislators are under pressure to approve a budget, ...

Local teen shows knowledge in contest

Editorials

We have a high-ranking national competitor here in the Ohio Valley, for those who don’t know it. Chad Durante, a Follansbee teen and sophomore at Weirton Madonna High School, deserves many pats on the back after his recent accomplishment. This young man placed third in the American Legion ...

Remember the March

Editorials

A solemn remembrance will be held Friday in Wellsburg, when the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March is marked. The Northern Panhandle community is an appropriate place for the event. It’s home to the National American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum and Research Center, ...

Get out and vote New Cumberland

Editorials

Some say that voting is among the most important civic duties in our country. The residents of New Cumberland will have a chance to participate in that process on Tuesday, as they will be asked to select the city's next mayor, as well as some members of city council and the proposed renewal ...

Approve pension help for miners

Editorials

It appears a $1 trillion spending plan on which Congress is set to act will include assistance for retired miners whose health insurance program has nearly run out of money. But “appears” can be a dangerous word on Capitol Hill. Before the retirees and their families can consider ...

The fear mongering can’t continue

Editorials

The sky over West Virginia’s majestic mountains would not have fallen had Gov. Jim Justice agreed to a budget plan legislators sent him earlier this month, despite what he has been saying. And the drastic cuts in state spending Justice and his supporters claimed were included in that ...

Advice on how not to start Monday

Local Columns

If there was any need for a training video being made on how not to start a Monday, the hidden camera should have been activated and taping away at my house at the beginning of the week. I was dreaming. Or so I thought. Son Adam knocked softly on the bedroom door, opening it slightly to ask ...

Taking ownership of your community

Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago, a crowd of a little over 70 Weirton residents gathered in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center to discuss the future. They reflected on what they like about the city, as well as made suggestions for what they would like to see here in the years to ...

Small investments do add up

Editorials

It is simple to focus on what's missing, what's leaving, what's coming undone in an economically struggling area. It's also a good idea to start looking ahead instead of backward. There are investments occurring around the area that indicate our communities are fending for themselves as the ...

Women deserve respect

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the best things to happen for women's rights is the official unveiling of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's disrespect and sexual harassment of women employed at Fox News. Women deserve more respect than being just an item when working for powerful men anywhere, anytime. The ...

Conviction of sin — a work of the Holy Spirit

Local Columns

When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; (John 16:8-9) The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, that man is sinful. The Holy Spirit convicts man that he misses the mark and comes short ...

Comments about animal shelter inaccurate

Letters to the Editor

To The Editor, I am writing in response to Carol Village's April 23 letter regarding the Hancock County Animal Shelter. Ms. Village states: "Animals no longer have a five-day stay of execution." Untrue. Chapter 19 of the WV Code requires that animals taken in as strays at county shelters ...