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Opinion

Trump should take Manchin’s suggestion

Editorials

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump's plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead the ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

Local Columns

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...

Promoting literacy community-wide

Local Columns

In today’s world, being able to read is needed more than ever. It goes far beyond just being able to enjoy a book or magazine, or even this newspaper, for example. Reading winds through so much of our lives, from writing to use of computers to traveling to shopping and many other ...

Obesity prevention is common sense

Editorials

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

Seeing is believing

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, "Weirton…is ill-suited to survive the transformation of globalization and the information economy…inability has not only slowed their recovery…it bodes ill for the future…" of our area. This is a powerful statement from Eduardo Porter, a journalist for the New York ...

Good news, bad news in state’s business climate

Local Columns

There's good news and bad news in West Virginia's business climate. First the good. The Department of Commerce, West Virginia University, and Marshall University just released their findings from McKinsey and Company's extensive analysis of the state's economy and future. The project, known ...

Halloween tale with a local twist

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Emma Frances Higgins Craft tells the tale of Daniel Higgins Sr., the American revolutionary soldier buried in Warrenton Cemetery in Warren Township in Jefferson County, whose great-granddaughter, Nina Higgins, was born in Warren Township, and who married John McConnell in ...

Let’s not be judgmental

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Now that gay marriage has become well-established as law of the land, may the bigotry and hatred shown gays vanish entirely and may their unions prosper. We, the public, have learned much from their battles, only to be recognized as our brothers and sisters and gays have ...

Trump throws out the lies

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Donald Trump will undoubtedly be recorded in the annals of history as the most colossal liar to ever occupy the White House. The president often is referred o as the commander in chief, but in the Donald's case, it would be more suitable if he were called the grifter and ...

Coping with our own terrorists

Editorials

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Defense of free speech is critical

Editorials

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

Bergdahl was the problem

Editorials

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Making sure the promises are met

Editorials

Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area. Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to state Route 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock ...

Standards lower for government

Editorials

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Reacting slowly to the drug crisis

Editorials

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Looking for a few good community leaders

Local Columns

It’s a good idea to get an infusion of new blood into the fabric of a community every once in a while. New people can bring a fresh perspective, with new ideas and opinions on the direction we are going, a particular project or even just the way things are done in general. If you don’t, ...

Small-town America is still alive

Editorials

Anyone living in the Weirton-Steubenville area who read the New York Times Economic Scene column by Eduardo Porter, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones Are Being Left Behind,” should be angry at its tone and tenor. First, because it portrays the local metropolitan area as being mired ...

What is more important?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There is an online petition to fire the superintendent of Brooke County Schools because she "overreacted by apologizing" to Pittsburgh Perry for a banner that read "Trump Perry." The petition — which allows people to sign anonymously — claims that she politicized the banner, ...

The myth of good people

Local Columns

I frequently run into people who think that they are good, and then they talk about "those" people who are bad. They frequently follow this with the idea that there should be sermons against those people. The first problem with this is that such sermons would not help the person making these ...

Flood worries remain

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It has been more than a year now since the flood in Follansbee, and every time it rains hard, I worry about another flood. We still have inquiries about if we had closed or retired because of that flood. We want people to know we are still in business with a remodeled ...