Opinion

Words that start with ‘M’ in my thoughts

Local Columns

Why I think what I do I don’t know, but I do. The other day I’m heading from Steubenville to Follansbee, for instance, and it occurs to me I’m thinking about a lot of things, all topics that start with the letter “M.” Hmmm. For one thing, I’m driving across the “M”arket ...

Traditions an important part of the holiday

Local Columns

Whatever holiday you may be celebrating this time of year, chances are there is something you always do to make it special. Traditions often vary by culture, religion, geography or by family groups. They develop over the years, being passed on through the generations. A tradition these days ...

The meaning of Christmas

Editorials

The simple greeting, "Merry Christmas," has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, "Happy Holidays." That, ...

Democrats do care

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In response to the 12-18-16 letter titled, "Clinton backers ignore the obvious." This letter is simple proof of hate with a passion. If Mother Teresa was a Democrat, she'd be wrong with anything she did. I asked the 12-18-16 letter writer quite a time back to mention one ...

Festivities include holiday tea, parade

Local Columns

There is nothing better to start the Christmas season then bringing together neighbors, old friends and family, and I’m trying to start this tradition by hosting a second holiday tea. Last year, it involved wearing of hats. This year, it was aprons. It was nice to hear the history and ...

The magic still exists

Editorials

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Training center will benefit many

Editorials

On Wednesday, the Weirton Fire Department officially unveiled a new facility which, we believe, will benefit residents throughout the region. The dedication of the new fire training center is the culmination of a project more than a year in the making. Built at the city’s County Road fire ...

Be cautious with parking rule

Editorials

The City of Weirton is proposing some changes to its regulations concerning vehicles being parked in yards, but we would urge council to consider all of their options before moving forward. On Dec. 12, council voted unanimously on the first reading of a pair of ordinances relating to parking ...

Hacking didn’t cause the damage

Editorials

The opposition to Donald Trump has portrayed him as a master showman, capable of diverting attention away from real issues through his daily antics. We would contend his opponents are as guilty of the same sort of tactics, evidenced of late by the near-constant narrative about how Russian ...

Holiday lights show community spirit

Editorials

Look around your neighborhoods, the holiday spirit is alive and well. Twinkling, and even laser, lights, as well as animated holiday characters can be seen on the outside of homes and business this time of the year, fostering a creative and often competitive spirit among homeowners and ...

Be an intelligent information consumer

Editorials

Did a Santa Claus in Knoxville, Tenn., hold a terminally ill child who died in his arms as he made a Christmas wish or not? Depends on who is asked. The tale surfaced in a column by a newspaper writer in Knoxville who since has been unable to independently verify the story. But, by the time ...

The children’s pageant in mom’s words

Local Columns

My mother was a good writer. I never gave her verbal credit for that, but I did quietly appreciate her way with words and respect for the language. And her wit. Mom put her writing skills to use in her role as a teacher but also in her capacity serving as a publicity person for different ...

Promoting our educational offerings

Local Columns

The last few years have seen a growing focus on the availability of higher education in West Virginia. Several of our state’s colleges and universities are seeing growth and attracting students from across the country, and even around the world. One of the things large companies look for ...

Be cautious with online activity

Editorials

The 2013 breach of massive amounts of data reported by Yahoo! in recent days should call to mind the issue of protecting ourselves as much as possible on the Internet. Security experts have been warning for years that people are too lax with passwords and links to personal information and ...

Clinton backers ignore the obvious

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The election is over; Donald Trump won. Why are so many still griping about Hillary? Well, for me it's simple outrage, because Hillary is crooked. Terribly, obviously crooked — she's been dogged for decades by charges of corruption and malfeasance, and has been caught ...

Remembering toys and traditions

Local Columns

How is your shopping going? Are you done with all but the stocking stuffers? I liked the gift suggestions written by Oren Arnold, an American writer and editor who died in 1980. These suggestions still hold good today and forever. Christmas Gift Suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness, To ...

The one, true gift of Christmas

Local Columns

Like most of us, I treasure in my heart precious memories about Christmas that evoke warm fuzzy feelings, and on occasion cause a few tears to flow. Our mental and emotional hard drives are filled with data about Christmas plays, shepherd boy costumes, angel's wings, choir music, bags of candy, ...

Thoughts here and there

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Two thoughts on Trumpmania: Hopefully, Trump removes all sanctions on Cuba and builds a beautiful hotel there partnering with Vladimir Putin. Cuba is no threat to America, but if Putin gets a foothold there, it will be. Remembering Janet Reno's Waco, Texas: Hopefully, ...

The battle over broken cookies

Local Columns

Let me get you up to speed: My mother refuses to eat broken cookies. At least, so she claims. You may have tried — like I did — to forget about the whole cookie incident of 2016. In short, my mother wrongly accused me of breaking her cookie. I didn’t do it on purpose, but she ...

Opportunities continue to develop

Editorials

Opportunities continue to grow in Hancock County. Recently, Frank Six, the founder of Haydall Redevelopment, purchased the former Newell Porcelain property with the hope of cleaning it up and making it available for future business. Six was inspired by the ongoing project at the former ...