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Opinion

External angsting better with company

Local Columns

We all angst. It’s just that we angst about different things that seem terribly important at the time. And we angst with distinction, often to a different drummer, in our own unique ways. I tend to think of myself as an external angster, meaning there’s no mistaking that I’m ...

Whatever happend to family game night?

Local Columns

A few days ago, a news alert caught my attention, announcing Hasbro would be replacing the classic Monopoly game tokens of the thimble, wheelbarrow and shoe with a penguin, rubber ducky and Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s a continuing effort to “update” the board game, which previously has ...

Signs of growth continue locally

Editorials

The Ohio Valley received yet more good economic news recently when it was announced that Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Total Energy Services Inc., would be locating its U.S. headquarters in Weirton, with plans to eventually create close to 130 new jobs. Bidell ...

It’s about community and teamwork

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Bidell, why here? It's the little things…It was a proud day in Weirton this past Friday. The W.Va. Secretary of Commerce announced another international company entering the U.S., and Weirton was its platform. Its new home. Why? While our public officials, residents, and ...

Many honored at annual Cadiz event

Local Columns

An event I enjoy attending each year is the Cadiz Business Association Recognition Banquet. It honors individuals, a business, an award voted on by the public, a beautification program, Sally Buffalo Park improvements, a community service award and the Lions Club citizen of the year. All ...

The third Sunday in Lent

Local Columns

We have a story about a woman at a well. She is a Samaritan woman, drawing water at midday. As a Samaritan, she would have been rejected by Jews. Since she was drawing water at noon, we also know that she was also rejected by the other women in the town. Women got their water either early in ...

Concert was true blessing

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We were privileged in our small community to have exceptional artists give a concert. Kathy Troccoli and Michelle Margiotta performed for a capacity crowd at St. Paul's Church in Weirton on Feb. 2. Tickets were given out ahead of time at no cost. I wondered how it was that an ...

The opioid epidemic: We’re making a difference

Local Columns

Addiction impacts every West Virginian. Whether it’s a child who lost a parent to an overdose or a friend who found himself addicted to pills after a routine surgery, the opioid epidemic has infiltrated every community and every household in our state. My office identified the issue early ...

Later start times needed

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Schopenhauer's three stages of truth: "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." At this point of time the Hancock County Board of Education is strongly anchored at ...

March 4 rally was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On March 4, a roadside rally was held in Weirton supporting President Trump and his polices. This rally was part of a nationwide effort, Spirit of America, of approximately 80 such rallies, and an effort to counter opposition to Trump in the Democrat (and some GOP) "leadership" ...

Trump really digressing

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Journalism 101: Don't mess with the press. Opinionators and analysts are just busy-bodies who feed off the hard work of journalists. President Trump is digressing rapidly without help from an inept transition team that seems to be babying him instead of calling time out and ...

Random thoughts inspired by family members

Local Columns

Sass sidled up to me. She had a revelation. “Hey, mom?” “What?” I was trying to do a load of laundry while also doing the dishes. Operative word: Trying. There were more water and suds on me than in the sink. Now I know why Harriet wore an apron; it wasn’t a fashion accessory, it ...

Cooperation is key among law enforcement

Editorials

There are a lot of fish swimming in the sea of drug trafficking. There are the small fish, the users, and varying sizes of drug-dealing fish. Law enforcement, like a fisherman, tries to catch the big fish, but it is the most elusive. Drug dealers work hard not to get caught. They learn from ...

Celebrate our cultural heritage

Editorials

Our region has a rich cultural heritage, spanning its history. From its original American Indian population, to the first European settlers, to the influx of immigrant steelworkers in the early 1900s, the Ohio Valley has a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that should be recognized and ...

Budget discipline overdue

Editorials

In some politicians’ minds, the essence of a good government budget is that it contains goodies for just about everyone. Work up the courage to take some of them out — off taxpayers’ backs — and you can be in big trouble at election time. Republican leaders in the West Virginia ...

Give flexibility to higher education

Editorials

Public colleges and universities in West Virginia should be permitted to fill specific jobs with the best people to perform the work. Should they have to lay people off, they ought to be permitted to dismiss those contributing the least. That seems like common sense. But under current state ...

Reversing our state’s decline

Editorials

West Virginians have faced one of those chicken-or-the-egg questions for many years. It’s time to answer it. Ours is the only state that has lost population during the past 50 years. Reversing that decline is the most critical challenge facing our state. But how? What do we need to do to ...

Slashing red tape at FDA

Editorials

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Paging Al Dente to the kitchen area

Local Columns

I call him a lot of different names, which makes him a man of many monikers. Better Half. Ki (rhymes with hi and sigh, not key). Don. Al Dente. Mr. Wonderful. You’re Something Else. Sweetums. Papa Bear. The Voice of Reason. The Egg Man. Mr. Know It All. Barn Boy. And ...

Learn about government access

Local Columns

Today begins kind of a special week, not just for journalists, but for all of our nation’s citizens. This week is recognized as “Sunshine Week.” It’s a time when a major focus is place upon government accessability. This often is a time when news agencies across the country find ...