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Opinion

It was cheaper than a locksmith

Local Columns

It always seems that the Long Suffering Husband calls me with an emergency when I am on assignment. I’m sure he calls at other times; I just remember it better when he calls when I’m doing something else. It flusters me, and I want to run off and rescue him, but I have to be an adult and ...

Tax proposal not workable

Editorials

Give state Senate leaders and Gov. Jim Justice credit for attempting to make West Virginia’s tax system more attractive to potential new residents and businesses. But the proposal they devised is both too little and too much. It offers too little reduction in the state’s personal income ...

A century of Greek heritage

Editorials

This weekend will mark a major milestone for part of the Weirton community as All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. A variety of worship services, social events and other activities are planned, with much in the works for the last two years, but the ...

Be pessimistic about revenue

Editorials

As West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice discuss compromises that will be needed to adopt a new budget, they will need to be vigilant to avoid a mistake that has plagued the state for several of years: over-optimism. Revenue collections for the general fund have been below what ...

Keep it clean

Editorials

While the focus the past few weeks has been on big cleanup projects by volunteers or cities conducting annual bulk pickups of large items, the chore of cleanliness isn't something that should just be done for all of us. We all have a responsibility, and it glares at us as winter turns to ...

School volunteers appreciated

Editorials

Area school districts again are taking the time to honor a couple of groups of people who do not always find themselves in the spotlight, those who volunteer their time to enrich the educational experience and those students who excel in the classroom. Both groups are worthy of praise. It's ...

Working the bugs out of health care

Editorials

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

‘Doctoring’ food a kitchen tradition

Local Columns

There are times when the Kiaski kitchen transforms itself into a “medical express” area. This was evident the other evening when I was fixing dinner, which — no surprise to me or longtime readers of this Sunday stuff — never falls in the top 100 things I love to do. If anything, ...

We must learn to think on our own

Local Columns

With today’s 24-hour news cycle, we are sure to be overloaded with a variety of information. Whether from newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, the internet or even just neighborhood gossip, we are inundated with words, sounds and images throughout our day. News media — well, a ...

Don’t drive while intoxicated

Editorials

West Virginia’s law enforcement officers and Division of Motor Vehicles are noticing what should be a positive trend: The number of drunk-driving fatalities in the state is dropping. Approximately 26 percent of highway fatalities in the Mountain State involve alcohol, which means, “It’s ...

It’s time to think outside the box

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Every year, Hancock County Schools cut their budget for the next year. Of course, they start at the bottom with the aids, teachers and service personnel. These are the very people that have daily interaction with Hancock County children. Getting rid of some of these employees ...

Branching out to learn about trees

Local Columns

I learned much about the trees that are part of the Ohio landscape, blooming or sprouting seeds in the spring and turning magnificent colors in the fall. This lesson in horticulture was given by Randy Clum, the 2017 Ohio tree farmer of the year, at the Harrison County Farm Bureau Farm-City ...

Taking back Sundays

Local Columns

Sundays belong to God! Sundays are a day to Worship God together with other Christians! Sundays are a day to hear an anointed, inspiring message from God! Where has the church gone? Why are the pews or seats half full on Sundays? Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and his ...

Spring Fling a great thing for Weirton

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Today it seems like the news is concentrated on bad news. I would like to bring attention to some good news. For some 36 years, Duke Horstemeyer and the Kiwanis Club of Weirton have sponsored a special day for the challenged people in our area. We serve them, feed them, ...

A look at the problems in the medical field

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Businesses desire stable government rules and regulation because they make economic decisions based on them. So if the rules are unstable, that makes their investment more risky. For example, I bought a van in July 1986 because there was a 10 percent investment tax credit for ...

Debate continues over animal shelter

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Having read both the Carol Village Letter to the Editor dated April 23 and the Jane Mehaffey letter dated April 30, many county residents are probably wondering what is going on at the county animal shelter. Having received hundreds of public documents related to the Hancock ...

Event will help cats

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It's spring and hundreds of kittens are being born to feral or abandoned stray cats that were not spayed. There are many good-hearted individuals throughout the area who are feeding these cats, yet they lack the financial resources to have them spayed and neutered, thus the ...

A conversation with the children

Local Columns

When I can’t think of a column idea, I turn to the children. Not in the sense that I commoditize their childhoods for your consumption — I do that, too — but I ask them what I should write about. They usually have ideas. They’re not always good ideas, but they are better than no ideas. ...

Legislation shouldn’t be rushed

Editorials

Hurry-up politics seems to be the order of the day in both Charleston and Washington. In Congress, that means a health insurance bill most Americans know little or nothing about is being pushed forward. At the West Virginia State Capitol, legislators are under pressure to approve a budget, ...

Local teen shows knowledge in contest

Editorials

We have a high-ranking national competitor here in the Ohio Valley, for those who don’t know it. Chad Durante, a Follansbee teen and sophomore at Weirton Madonna High School, deserves many pats on the back after his recent accomplishment. This young man placed third in the American Legion ...