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Opinion

Celebrate Black History Month

Editorials

Black History Month 2018 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. "African-Americans in Times of War" is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and ...

The greats played in Steubenville

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Duke Ellington played in Steubenville? Yes, he did. So I thought that since Black History Month started on Thursday, I would like to take a trip back to the jazz, swing and big band sound that was the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It was a Saturday, March 27, 1943, and there is ...

Don’t just make a bunch of noise

Local Columns

Love is relational, reciprocal, and restorable. The Apostle Paul reminds of God's love in his letter to the Corinthian Church: 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And ...

Trying to make some sense

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The only way to make any sense in what's going on in the world is to deal with it in one paragraph thoughts, something like tweets. Surprise, surprise, Trump gave a great State of the Union address. But, oh, oh, here we go with the but. The American dream part was great. ...

Enough is enough

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As time goes by in Trumpworld, it becomes increasingly difficult to pick a scandal to write about, since there are so many choices. I have decided to lightly cover just a few before getting to the biggest ones. I could have taken any number of them from the book "Fire and ...

Regulation changes will be beneficial

Editorials

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

There’s progress in our region

Editorials

You can count Evan Scurti, Ed Looman and Pat Ford as being among the most optimistic people in our region. There’s good reason for that. The three direct the economic development agencies — the Jefferson County Port Authority, the Appalachian Project for Economic Growth and the Business ...

Give our first responders some extra protection

Editorials

Unless they are police officers or sheriff’s deputies, first responders can find themselves at the mercy of people who, for one reason or another, turn violent. “Especially in rural communities, when they go on a call, they don’t really know what to expect,” West Virginia House of ...

Building up new leaders

Editorials

Ten area businessmen and women have stepped into the spotlight of leadership this week with the beginning of the latest class of Leadership Weirton. This is the 26th year of the program, organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, and we applaud these individuals for making the ...

Do more against sexual predators

Editorials

West Virginia state senators have taken one small step to rectify unconscionable failures in getting justice for victims of sexual assault. They and the House of Delegates should follow up with another critical reform. It is difficult to understand why, in some ways, those who have been ...

W.Va., Ohio need to think ahead

Editorials

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...

Love-hate purse relationship rages on

Local Columns

This just isn’t working out, I told Better Half, about a month into trying to fully adjust to a new purse I got for Christmas from our son. My love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks” rages on, my quest for the perfect one a fruitless pursuit. Purses are too little, too big, never ...

It’s OK to accept some outside assistance

Local Columns

As has been reported in our publication, a group of students from West Virginia University have been in town to compile ideas to assist with future growth opportunities. They have been meeting with various people to seek input and will use their gathered information to organize a plan for the ...

Saving the youngest victims of drugs

Editorials

Many West Virginians view children as both our most important resource and our greatest responsibility. Yet by the thousands, their parents are letting them down, sometimes virtually abandoning them. It will come as no surprise that the drug abuse epidemic is to blame for a terrible spike in ...

Thrift, hard work and honesty

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Thank you, Steve Kopa for the additional push to get this administration to address the garbage collectors' employment issue. Hopefully your carrot will be more effective than my stick! I tend to be critical of people I have supported and thought would be great leaders but turn ...

True spiritual growth often is a messy process

Local Columns

Greenhouses are neat and clean. There are no bugs, birds or moles. Everything is tidy, well watered and gets just the right amount of sunlight. That's what the average church is, a greenhouse, a safe place from the bugs, birds, and moles of the world. People are like plants in a greenhouse, ...

A new way to prevent shingles

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Everyone has heard about shingles, but now there is new important information about the prevention of this disease. According to the CDC, about one in three people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. Shingles is caused by herpes zoster ...

Grotesque has become sublime

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Thirty-one years ago, Andres Serrano, an artist-photographer, urinated into a bottle. Then he immersed a crucifix in the brimming receptacle, and after taking care that none of the precious liquid overflowed the vessel, photographed his handiwork. Heralded by the liberal ...

Making use of the support, suggestions

Editorials

The Upper Ohio Valley is changing. Gone are the major manufacturers employing thousands. We are looking at smaller operations and more home-grown businesses as part of a new look and feel for our region. As we look for that new identity, there have been numerous efforts to formulate plans ...

Keep wellness initiative at PEIA

Editorials

Providing incentives for people to keep themselves healthier is an excellent way of holding down health insurance costs. Doing so is an absolute necessity for the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, which covers tens of thousands of active and retired state workers, including ...