Editorials

Talks with Korea remain essential

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

We can’t allow violence to grow

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Police aren’t to blame for Saturday

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Many questions about Saturday

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Time running out to nominate a star

If you have been waiting to nominate a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2017 Community Star, here’s a reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That’s when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

Jefferson County fair an annual rite

While the speed of our lives seems to increase with each passing day, it’s reassuring to know there are some traditions that help to connect what was good about days past with what’s good from today. Count the Jefferson County Fair in that group. It’s a good, old-fashioned piece of ...

Marland Heights event helps area

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. The Marland Heights 5K Classic is a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year’s race is set for today at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned runner, a beginner or ...

Peach festival a taste of summer

Homemade peach treats, but with some other savory fare thrown in, will be on the menu for Saturday’s 54th-annual St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Peach Festival. Tri-State Area residents wanting a favorite taste of summer can enjoy peach shortcakes and peach pie from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the ...

Mingo comes alive for community days

Mingo Junction will have something to sing about come this weekend’s annual community days. Organizers have added an Idol Singing Contest, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with two age groups of young people who will compete for cash prizes. Each contestant will sing one family friendly ...

Think carefully about punishment

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...