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Opinion

Cleaning up the voter rolls

Editorials

West Virginians and Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

Keep our river clean

Editorials

The Ohio River has been one of the area’s greatest natural resources. The development of town’s along the river depended upon its use as a means of drinking water, wildlife and transportation. An annual event set for Saturday morning will allow volunteers a chance to protect the ...

Corruption needs punished

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — who, ironically, wrote a book about political corruption — has been accused of 32 instances of misconduct himself. Among them are lying about previous allegations of misbehavior, then attempting to blame someone else. Loughry not only ...

Diagnosis: Company-is-coming anxiety

Local Columns

Him or her? Will he or won’t he? Should she or shouldn’t she? We’re playing the waiting game in the Kiaski casa. Better Half bought me a present the other day — an 8-foot ladder. Tough to gift wrap but very thoughtful. It’s the gift that keeps on giving — especially ...

It’s good to step outside of our box

Local Columns

As I absorbed the news of the death Friday of chef, television host and author Anthony Bourdain, I thought of some of the comments I’ve either heard of read from a man who worked to connect the world through food and friendship. One, in particular, stuck with me, and I think it sums up his ...

Congratulations Holtz honorees

Editorials

We congratulate the inductees of the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and those involved in making this program such a success year after year. Holtz, a Follansbee native, returned to the area Monday to recognize this year's group of honorees. Honoring Steeler great ...

Second Amendment rally planned

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, "Government goes to those who show up."— Unknown There is an upcoming event in Weirton for supporters of the Second Amendment. All are welcome. Our rights as law-abiding American citizens are being challenged. The time has come to push back, and to begin truly supporting ...

They have so much to offer

Local Columns

Recently, I've had several of the dear senior saints of our church on my mind and heart as well as in my prayers. Those moments brought to mind some humorous anecdotes I received over the years. Here are a few of them: She didn't know if her granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so she ...

Keep the expletives away

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It's not fake news, it's freedom of hte presses anything goes news. Adults pay to see comedians, knowing every other word is going to be an expletive of some kind from personal hygiene to racism. Samantha Bee's use of an expletive was used by every respected columnist in ...

Chester set to select its leadership

Editorials

There will be some new faces leading the city of Chester after July 1. That is apparent enough from looking at the ballot set to go before city voters on Tuesday, where they will choose Chester’s new mayor, member of city council and the city clerk. Only one of the races will be ...

Be realistic about North Korea

Editorials

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them next week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both ...

What else is being mismanaged?

Editorials

Precisely what the West Virginia Department of Commerce did incorrectly in mismanaging a gigantic program meant to help victims of June 2016 flooding remains unclear. Still, remarks by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday leave a trail of dots to be connected: • Justice revealed the RISE West ...

The great and noble undertaking

Editorials

Today marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches of ...

Development milestone reached

Editorials

As a result of our area’s industrial heritage, any future development is going to be complicated. None of us truly know what has been put into the land as a result of past industrial use, whether it be steel, tin, pottery or glass. That is why it was good news to hear in recent days the ...

PSC correct in decision

Editorials

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity ...

We still don’t need Hollywood

Local Columns

Several years ago, a television show known as “Buckwild” aired on MTV showing the zany antics of a group of young West Virginians. The “reality” show was promoted as showing the “wild” life of the state’s youth as they found various ways to have fun in their communities. I was ...

Play it safe and cool in the pool

Editorials

Pool season is here. But the laughing and screaming of kids playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 kids younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 go to a hospital emergency room after a near drowning. A ...

Colliers really supported school

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As the school year has come to an end and Colliers Primary School's doors have closed for the final time, I would like to thank the Colliers community for its support of our school. The Colliers community has always believed in and lived by the motto, "It takes a village to ...

The school year is winding down

Local Columns

With this week being the last week of school, life at Weir High is beginning to wind down. The baseball team lost regionals against Frankfurt at the third game. The softball team had an amazing season, with a sectional title and five girls selected for all state recognition. First team honors ...

Life lessons learned

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Last Tuesday, Mr. Mel Coleman was a guest speaker at the Mary H. Weir Library. He spoke of four topics. The four "Rs", as he called it, referred to some basics of everyday living in our complex world. Mr. Coleman started out with rules. You need these to follow everyday life. ...