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Opinion

Time to hit the ice

Editorials

Can it really be that nearly four months have passed? It was late in the evening of June 11 that Tri-State Area fans last had the chance to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play, and the memories of that late spring evening remain fresh in our minds. We still can see Patric Hornqvist scoring ...

Phase out state inventory tax

Editorials

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That is advice West Virginia legislators should embrace in regard to tax reform. This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely need something to help struggling families and give businesses an incentive to create ...

Hefner’s influence will be remembered

Editorials

Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner had a deep impact on the social direction of the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Though Playboy magazine has lost roughly 5 million in circulation since its peak in the 1970s, it was a pioneer at placing sex as a conversation topic in ...

Two decades of special stars shining

Local Columns

Two decades is a pretty good stretch for an event to endure. That’s been the case for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars program that started way back in 1998, hard as that is for many of us staffers to wrap our brains around. Great earth! Where have the years ...

Politics don’t have to be involved in everything

Local Columns

It used to be we didn’t know what elected officials’ thoughts on an issue were unless they issued some sort of statement in a press release or interview. Now, with social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are some politicians out there who feel it is necessary to comment on every ...

Dealing with PEIA challenge

Editorials

If you remember the last year that went by without talk of reducing benefits under West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency or increasing taxpayer subsidies — or both — you have a pretty good memory. The PEIA has been a financial problem for many years. Tens of thousands of ...

Honor our Polish Americans

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, October has been declared Polish American Heritage Month. In 1981, this national celebration of Polish history, culture, and pride was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, Polish people have been an ...

The problem with cable television

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A George Will column, "Steep cost of cheap speech." Forty-five words in the Constitution give one the privilege of freedom of speech to everyone, not to those groups that think they only have a right to it. How cable TV destroyed true journalism. Cable TV has created a ...

Family Connections appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Family Connections Auxiliary Committee would like to thank everyone who participated and attended our Quarter Auction at the Follansbee Community House. Our entire organization appreciates the support from the community and the many individuals who have always given so ...

Stand for the pledge

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I thought that this would be appropriate to post since we have somewhat no direction in this world of ours. I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the Republic, for which it stands. One Nation under God. Indivisible with liberty. And justice ...

Don’t give in to the fear

Editorials

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

Alter ACA piece by piece

Editorials

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this ...

Insurers also have a responsibility

Editorials

Many heroin users become addicted to opiates not out of choice, but because they became dependent on painkillers prescribed to them originally for legitimate reasons. Given the history of prescription opiates, it is no wonder many of their users got hooked on them. For years, drug companies ...

Rebuilding will be important for Puerto Rico

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

Vote yes on road bond

Editorials

For years, many West Virginians have complained about the sorry condition of many highways and bridges in our state. We wondered why someone didn’t do something about the problem. Now whether the challenge is addressed is up to us. It would be foolish not to seize the opportunity. A ...

That would be 71 years, not 51 years

Local Columns

Better Half and I were sitting on the back porch when I mentioned it was Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. It was Sept. 20th, I pointed out. They would have been married 51 years. He gave me that look — very similar to the look I get when he is reviewing the checkbook, trying to make ...

Celebrity chef understands West Virginians

Local Columns

There is a pride in the people of West Virginia. It’s born in back-breaking labor, a connection with nature and a hard-scrabble lifestyle which hasn’t always been looked upon in the best light by the rest of the nation. Even with all the changes of the last century, we still have ...

Stars shine over our communities

Editorials

The individuals who will be honored Monday evening as Community Stars have a very important thing in common — they have shown they are willing to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. That's what we hope you will take away as you read through the special section ...

Thankful for court project

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We are thrilled to see the City beginning renovation work at Starvaggi Park on the tennis/basketball court complex. We are also pleased to see that the new lighting will be included in the renovation. The existing lighting had many issues and contrary to what some have said, it ...

Fall in love with fall in West Virginia

Local Columns

In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our ...