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Opinion

More development is coming

Editorials

City government, economic development officials and local private investors are working together to bring even more business opportunities to Weirton, and, while it will take time, we are sure it will pay dividends for the community. As we recently reported, the Business Development Corp. has ...

Marketing state on two fronts

Editorials

West Virginia needs to be seen as both “wild and wonderful” for tourists and “open for business” for job creators. A new marketing campaign envisioned by state officials should have both aims. Legislators are being asked to approve $20 million in funding for the state Tourism Office, ...

Don’t demand less from our students

Editorials

If they have a choice, local public school officials in the Northern Panhandle should not go along with the state Board of Education’s move to water down high school graduation requirements. West Virginia students already lag behind those of many other states in performance on some ...

Be patient on area roadways

Editorials

Motorists had a rude awakening to driving in ice and snow during the past couple of weeks. After two relatively mild winters, drivers had to remember some basic winter driving skills. And there are still at least five more weeks of winter. Law enforcement reports driving too fast for ...

Multitasking while shoveling some snow

Local Columns

So Better Half and I were shoveling snow out of the driveway last Saturday, two human plows, each of us with our own way of approaching the job. It was our “couples-out” highlight of the weekend, truth be told, two lovebirds flinging the white stuff into what became montrous mounds of ...

A lack of leadership caused the shutdown

Local Columns

I awoke Saturday morning pretty certain of the headlines I would be reading. We have been hearing for several days there was a possibility of a government shutdown. Meetings were held, and with every report it appeared those involved in “negotiations” were growing farther apart in finding ...

Giving the gift of life

Editorials

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act on Monday, and all in the name of one Ohio Valley volunteer who was known at blood drives for her smile and a sweet treat. This year's Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled Monday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The ...

Supporting our veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The auxiliary to the Panhandle Post 2716 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Weirton recently held an auction to support our veterans. In addition to the the vendors and members who worked so hard to make our event a success, we'd like to thank the following individuals and ...

Use our words to build, not destroy

Local Columns

It wasn't all that long ago that I recognized the years behind me are more than the years ahead of me. During my remaining time on the planet I want my life to count. I want my words to count. I want to speak and write in such a way that is honoring to Jesus Christ, thoughtful in nature, ...

Weirton is moving forward

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Go, go Bubba! It's all over town. A lot of good things are happening in Weirton. Most seem to be with your choice of City Manager Travis Blosser. The big one is yet to come. Blosser is working on a grant to replace the much-needed Lee Avenue Bridge in case of an ...

It really does take a community to feed an Army

Local Columns

During the fall of 2015, at the request of park administrators, officials from the Army 336th Engineer Company of Weirton made a visit to Brooke Hills Park. The purpose was to meet with officials to discuss potential work they could perform to assist in the parks expansion and improvement ...

Finding strength through compassion

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Isolation and shutdown are so familiar to the addict and all too common with their support system. Many addicts may feel this more than others due to strictly the tough love approach. Whether it be they remain cold on the streets, inside of a dirty prison or worse, this one ...

Legacy costs an obstacle to progress

Editorials

The Business Development Corp., it recently was reported, was fined $75,000 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection because of some remaining contamination at the Beech Bottom Industrial Park. The BDC has owned the site — previously the home of Wheeling Corrugating — ...

Take precautions with the flu

Editorials

Like it or not, the flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most regions of the United States, including our Tri-State Area, are reporting widespread activity. There's good news however — indications are that the season might already have peaked, The ...

Maintain our state’s parks

Editorials

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided. West Virginia’s state parks are the crown ...

Avoid catastrophe at prisons, jails

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a 1 percent pay raise for all state employees. That may not be enough to forestall a catastrophe at one or more state prisons or jails. As has been reported, the shortage of corrections officers for state prisons and regional jails has grown so ...

Recognize and stop child abuse

Editorials

West Virginia legislators, some probably shocked by Gov. Jim Justice’s comment about sexual abuse of children, seem eager to do something about it. If you missed it, Justice said during his State of the State speech that one in 10 Mountain State children will suffer sexual abuse before ...

State officials will forget frugality

Editorials

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

On my way to putting best feet forward

Local Columns

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...

Looking to satisfy a growing wanderlust

Local Columns

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in my life. Much of it has been through family vacations, but there has been the occasional work-related weekend trip through West Virginia, as well. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities. Even if I visit somewhere familiar, there’s ...