Opinion

Better protect our natural, historic treasures

Editorials

It is relatively easy for presidents and members of Congress to set aside naturally and/or historically significant lands in the West for federal protection. On his way out of the White House, President Barack Obama has done just that. He has designated two new national monuments, one ...

Cut regulatory burden in W.Va.

Editorials

Promises made during political campaigns often are forgotten within days after elections occur. And pledges made by losing candidates are, by definition, of no value. West Virginia legislators should put a proposal by state Senate President Bill Cole on their front burner, however, even ...

Keep politics out of the budget

Editorials

Within the next few days, Gov.-elect Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will get a better idea of the depth of the budget hole they must find a way to fill in. That will happen when the Department of Revenue crunches the numbers showing how much the state collected in December. By the ...

Hoping for more leadership in 2017

Editorials

There are some new faces in local and state government offices, in addition to the big changes in Washington that have set the nation to fighting with one another. We can only call for some local and regional calm as we begin 2017 and hope for the best from all our municipal, county and state ...

Take the time to be tested

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2017. It's Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Year’s ending brings a review of loss

Local Columns

The thing I hate about the end of one year and the start of the new one is the review of loss. It comes to the newsroom in the form of year-end lists and stories from the Associated Press, all the reminders about famous people, young and old,   who have passed away. It’s not necessarily ...

Here’s hoping for a better new year

Local Columns

This last year has seen a lot of ups and downs for us all. It doesn’t matter what our lives are like, what our focuses may be, where we may live. There are good times and bad. That’s just the way things are. Things happen we don’t expect. Events play out the way we don’t want. At ...

The losses of 2016

Editorials

Chances are, you lost some cultural icon who meant something to you during 2016, and more than likely more than one. Musicians seemed to take the brunt of celebrity deaths during 2016, from Prince and David Bowie to two-thirds of the classic rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, to Merle ...

Finding inspiration

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Well, we are able, at last, to stop and take a breath. The political season is finally over and we can refocus on stuff that is really important — The Reason for the Season. Regardless of your religious affiliation, this time of the year brings us together like none other ...

Thoughts on holidays, celebrations

Local Columns

Christmas is now just special memories and a few pictures on the cell phone or printed out to be pasted in the family album, but wasn’t it a memorable time to be with family and friends, or maybe just a quiet time at home with telephone calls or texts coming from those who could not attend ...

We will get through this

Local Columns

Perhaps the New Year isn't getting started with joy and a celebration of glad tidings. Instead you are enduring some season of testing. Maybe life feels like Joseph's did in his trying period, when the dreamer's life turned to doom. His brothers sold him out to Egyptian slavery. Then in ...

Grateful for care of family member

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of my sisters and myself, I wish to thank the staff of the Weirton Geriatric Center for their professional and loving care of our mother, Lucille Miller, during her residency there during the past four and a half years. Our mother passed away peacefully at the ...

For better or worse

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Wouldn't it be shameful to surmize that the private sector kept $3 million off shore, making no investment into the American economy just becasue we had a black president, leaving the middle class to suffer for eight years? Now, it's up to Trump. Yet Trump has no clue to ...

Happy days and sad times

Local Columns

Did everyone have a nice holiday? I hope you did. I received chocolate, alcohol, socks and coffee, so my vices were sated and my feet warm. Grampy Grumpy even remembered my love of Chocovine and gave me a bottle. I opened it and screamed, “you really do love me!” Of course, I knew he did, ...

Something special about a bowl game

Editorials

It wasn’t that long ago that the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Year’s Day. That all began to change when the Bowl Championship Series was started in 1998, and has brought us to today, and the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. This year’s ...

Training should not be dangerous

Editorials

Area emergency responders could have been exposed to a lethal poison during a recent federal emergency drill. What's more, it's not much of a stretch to wonder what might have happened if an accident allowing release of the deadly ricin had occurred, at the drill or in transport. That the ...

Population loss a factor on taxes

Editorials

West Virginia legislators, already talking about higher taxes to balance the state's budget, should bear something in mind: As the cost of state government goes up and up and up, there are fewer Mountain State residents to cover the bill. During the past year, West Virginia lost nearly 10,000 ...

Government has a share in the blame

Editorials

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records released earlier this week show drug wholesalers had been shipping prescription painkillers to West Virginia in amounts so massive it amounted to 433 pills for every person in the state during a five-year period. It is more “medicine” than ...

Be patient while driving this winter

Editorials

Winter officially began last week and winter weather is ahead. Drivers didn’t have to worry too much last year about snow and ice but it is only a matter of time before residents will face ice and snow covered roads. Everyone dreads waking up on a workday to a fresh snowfall. But taking ...

Celebrate safely in the new year

Editorials

New Year’s parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...