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Opinion

Festival celebrates music, culture

Editorials

It will be a celebration of music, crafts and culture this weekend at Oak Glen High School with the return of Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art. In its third year, the locally organized festival is expanding to three days, with even more entertainment, vendors and other offerings ...

Heroes exist with Red Cross

Editorials

Everyday heroes exist in our small town communities in the Ohio Valley, and for that we’re thankful. We’re talking about the many volunteers with the American Red Cross who unselfishly give of their time to this worthy agency. These volunteers help victims of fires and floods, they donate ...

Episodes of ‘alligator arms’ happen

Local Columns

Better Half and I get a kick out of the GEICO commercial where a group has finished eating dinner in a restaurant, and it’s time to pay the bill. The alligator at the table of humans says the meal’s on him, that he’s picking up the tab, but his “alligator arms,” his lame attempt to ...

If I could have any super power

Local Columns

There’s an old debate among us geeks. Basically, people ask each other what kind of super power they would have if the opportunity were ever to arise. Throughout the history of science fiction and comic books, there is a wide selection, with everything from the near invulnerability of ...

Clearing up the water rules

Editorials

President Trump, with little national fanfare, has laid to rest what was considered an overreach by landowners nationwide by beginning to scrap the so-called “Waters of the United States” rules of the Obama administration. The rules were touted by environmentalists as protection of ...

Trump has the wrong goals

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What's happening in America with Trump's helter skelter transition team? Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans keep saying Obamacare would collapse on its own. We must repeal it. The reason Obamacare exists today. The good old boys' health care plans collapsed ...

Area 4-H programs get a thumbs up

Local Columns

Four-H members have been planning a winning window for the celebration of Ohio 4-H Week for months, and this week of March 5-11 is the time for the business windows to be judged and the top 10 announced. The 4-H institution is one of the best clubs for young people to learn how to properly ...

Feeling the Holy Burn in your life

Local Columns

John 5:35 "He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light." I've often wondered what people will say about me if I should die before our Lord comes to take us to be with Him. How will they remember me? What words will they use to describe me? ...

Student wants to learn about West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Hello! I am a third-grade student in northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state reports, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of West Virginia as I work on my report. Most of the information that we get for our reports will be ...

Getting a win in the fight over garbage

Local Columns

I’m going to preface with a disclaimer: I love the Long Suffering Husband. He has all the parts of my heart the children haven’t claimed. I would be lost without him. Also unable to reach things on the top shelf without a step stool. Don’t even get me started about the spider issue. ...

A lesson learned for Oscar

Editorials

Had it not been for the gaffe at the presentation of Best Picture, the 2017 Academy Awards, the ceremony would have been utterly forgettable as nothing more than the latest round of bashing of President Trump. Speech after speech, comedy snippet after comedy snippet, featured Hollywood’s ...

Turning a corner in the presidency?

Editorials

President Trump appears to have turned a corner, maybe temporarily, maybe permanently, with his address to Congress on Tuesday evening. Trump sounded presidential — he stuck to the prepared remarks on the teleprompter, by and large, showed an American view that didn’t smack completely of ...

Home and Garden Show a sign of spring

Editorials

Spring is just around the corner, and that means the return of the Tri-State Home and Garden Show. The annual event will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. It is once again organized by Wheelhouse Creative, with assistance from the Weirton Area ...

Vehicle inspections are important

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice wants West Virginia motorists to pay more in taxes and fees, to support a massive highway construction project. In exchange, he has suggested a way to save them a few dollars. During a press conference Monday, the governor recommended eliminating the current requirement that ...

Rooting for the poodle

Editorials

State Sen. Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, has been a thorn in Gov. Jim Justice’s side, in part because Ferns opposes the governor’s plan for a massive increase in taxes on West Virginia. During a radio show on which he appeared Friday, Justice was asked about the senator from Wheeling. He talked in ...

Be responsible pet owners

Editorials

It's a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Leave the snowman decorations alone

Local Columns

“How long are you going to leave that snowman on the porch?” The question posed by Better Half the other day, when we were in the midst of enjoying unseasonably warm and wonderful weather for February, kind of threw me. Snowman? What snowman, I’m thinking. Then I realized, oh, ...

We still have a few weeks of winter left

Local Columns

Despite weather forecasts, it was still a bit surprising to be able to go outside without a coat for a few days this past week. The sun had been shining. There was a warmth in the air. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was in South Carolina, or something. Daffodils and ...

Incentive plan needs more work

Editorials

For years, West Virginia has looked to encourage its youth to attend some form of higher education, whether it be a college, university or technical school. Finding a way to improve graduation rates among high school students and provide incentives was key. Now, state officials want to do the ...

Reaction to Trump adds to appreciation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I think many pro-Obamacare people are going to be rudely awakened this tax season, as Obamacare's strictures really begin to descend. We're already hearing about people getting caught in the net of expensive fines, for being unable to afford their own health care but making too ...