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Opinion

It’s about more than Antonio Brown

Editorials

The Pittsburgh Steelers are more than wide receiver Antonio Brown. The team surely knows that. We’re pretty sure after the chewing-out he delivered, Coach Mike Tomlin knows that. We hope Steelers Nation figures that out before Sunday evening, when the Steelers face the New England ...

Cernan’s footsteps shouldn’t be the last

Editorials

When astronaut Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon after a very active Apollo 17 lunar expedition in 1972, he knew he was the last man on the moon, at least for awhile. He didn't suspect he'd be the last man on the moon for the rest of his life. Cernan, who died Monday at age 82, ...

Nothing should be forever at the EPA

Editorials

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Give the gift of life

Editorials

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act on Monday. That’s when this year’s Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled to be held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we urge everyone who is eligible to ...

King’s dream remembered

Editorials

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Happy Sunday and come back next week

Local Columns

Happy Sunday. And here you are, bless your hearts. Getting the paper. Thank you. Reading this column. Thank you again. And here I am, part of a page waiting to line a bird cage, to embrace your heaps of coffee grounds or await a trip to the recycle bin. Or if you’re old-school like my ...

The pendulum cannot continue to swing this hard

Local Columns

Battle lines are very obviously being drawn no matter which political arena you may be observing. Whether viewing all of the news, non-news or whatever leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, or you’re focusing a little closer to home, it would seem there are those ...

Scanlan showed true leadership

Editorials

The Rev. Michael Scanlan, TOR, a Franciscan friar who rose from the driven life of an East Coast lawyer to a life of leadership in Catholic education and church renewal, has, at last, ended his journey on Earth. Scanlan, "Father Mike" to all who knew him best, died Jan. 7 at the age of ...

Demand accountability

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Six months ago county commissioners and designated employees seized operation of the Hancock County Animal Shelter. Before that, the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation successfully managed the shelter for nearly 20 years, and during its tenure it gained the confidence ...

Odds and ends in a nonsocial month

Local Columns

With January being one of least social months of the year, I had to search my picture files to find photos I had not presented in columns before. ----- The Cadiz Lions Club is getting quite skilled at flipping pancakes, with not one falling to the floor in the process. They hold pancake and ...

Being real while sharing the gospel with others

Local Columns

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

Progress being made at Weirton museum

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As we enter a new year here at the museum, it brings to mind a saying often quoted by my old boss, who was somewhat younger and much wiser than me. In our team meetings, as we improved our engineering standards and designed new projects with shorter deadlines, he would ...

Many questions about Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The shame of a station —Fox News — to prod President-elect Trump into keeping promises — or should I say chatter —he made on the campaign trail is ludicrous. Trump slipped in his first press conference. He mentioned Nazi Germany's propaganda machine, leaving his ...

The dangers of politically-minded children

Local Columns

I was never interested in politics when I was younger. I was busy calculating how many black pieces of clothing I could rock at once without turning into a literal black hole, perfecting heavy cat’s eye liner — never did nail that one down — and listening to music consisting mostly of ...

Smoking law changes should be studied

Editorials

Hancock County officials have said they will look into a proposal to make adjustments to the county’s Clean Air Act, which prohits smoking in all public places. The proposal was brought forward earlier this month by Ted Arneault, the former CEO of MTR Gaming Group, who has noted some of the ...

Making the nation the priority

Editorials

The nation is witnessing the liberal left go through the stages of grief on the national stage. In the immediate aftermath of the Trump victory on Nov. 8, there was shock and disbelief. That quickly turned to anger, a constant stream of gallows humor at best and hurtful comments among ...

It’s time to run for office

Editorials

In order for our system of government to work, we need our residents to actively participate. That requires people to get out and vote, but it also means we need individuals interested in holding public office and willing to seek election. Some of our local communities are offering such an ...

Refine, don’t repeal grading system

Editorials

West Virginia’s new A-F system for grading public school performance is disliked virtually universally by educators. Many would love to see it go away. In truth, the program has many flaws. Assigning grades based on a bell-curve system may be justifiable by statisticians, but it makes no ...

Remember those who pay taxes

Editorials

Some West Virginia legislators seem to have decided already that they have no option but to increase taxes if they are to balance the state budget. But the very revenue reports they point to in support of that contention are evidence West Virginians are struggling, many of them more than ...

Keeping an eye on Congressional ethics

Editorials

In an era when the population has shown its ability to foist its discontent on political leadership, regardless of how actions match words, the word “ethics” might seem a lost piece of terminology. Except it shouldn’t be. And that's why the about-face on what to do with the Office of ...