Editorials

Cernan’s footsteps shouldn’t be the last

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, ...

Media blood day chance to help

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 remembered today

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, ...

Scanlan followed vision from God

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 ...

CAC works to help area people in need

The Jefferson County Community Action Council about two years ago was spiraling downward with the threat that millions of dollars of contracts could be pulled unless corrective action was taken. The Jefferson County commissioners questioned the stability of the private, nonprofit agency which ...

Obama looking for way forward

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 ...

Step up and file to run for office

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 ...

No easy answers in latest shooting

The killing of five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday points out some holes in the system. To be sure, there was a way to stop accused gunman Esteban Santiago from his date with violence. He had turned himself in to the FBI in Alaska in November claiming the federal government was ...

Foundation solid for planning agency

Domenick Mucci retired at the end of the year as the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission director. Under his nearly eight years as director, the agency was able to secure more than $9.7 million in grant money. But, most important, Mucci was able to bring the villages, townships and ...

Good decision on ethics situation

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 ...