Opinion

Good news and bad news

Local Columns

We’ve received good news and not-so-good news during the past few weeks about the annual fundraising campaigns conducted by United Ways that serve our region. First, the good news: The Weirton United Way announced a few weeks ago that it had reached the goal that had been set for the most ...

Leave the snowman decorations alone

Local Columns

“How long are you going to leave that snowman on the porch?” The question posed by Better Half the other day, when we were in the midst of enjoying unseasonably warm and wonderful weather for February, kind of threw me. Snowman? What snowman, I’m thinking. Then I realized, oh, ...

Improving education an important goal

Editorials

For years, West Virginia has looked to encourage its youth to attend some form of higher education, whether it be a college, university or technical school. Finding a way to improve graduation rates among high school students and provide incentives was key. Now, state officials want to do ...

Questions about mail service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I put out mail in my mailbox to go out and the letter carrier didn’t stop to pick it up. I was told that if you don’t have mail to be delivered they don’t have to pick it up. They got a raise, plus stamps have gone up. I feel that if people have mail in their box it ...

Guest column/Ohio’s local governments put transparency first

Local Columns

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C. I’m a believer in making government small and ...

A mixed bag of thoughts this week

Local Columns

Robyn E. McClintock, district OH3 governor, paid a visit to the Brilliant Lions Club at its Feb. 16 dinner meeting in the club meeting room above the Brilliant branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. She was accompanied by her husband, Mike, on the trip from ...

Will pastor fire his gun?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is what I believe as a pastor: If I am killed, I am going home to be with my Lord. I saw a recent story about a pastor who packs a gun while preaching. If I may ask, where is your trust — in that gun or in the Lord? Your mind will be watching who does what, and not ...

We’re entering a different dimension

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let’s talk about something other than Donald Trump. Come with me to the time when Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” filled the television airwaves. The year was 1964. The day was Feb. 25. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated fewer than 100 days earlier, and the mob ...

Reaction to Trump adds to appreciation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I think many pro-Obamacare people are going to be rudely awakened this tax season, as Obamacare’s strictures really begin to descend. We’re already hearing about people getting caught in the net of expensive fines, for being unable to afford their own health care but making ...