Editorials

Brooke excess levy deserves ‘yes’ vote

Much controversy has swirled around the administration of Brooke County schools for many months now. Parents and educators have serious concerns, many of which are warranted. And that’s what makes the Feb. 23 election on the county’s five-year excess school levy come at an unfortunate ...

Brown not left enough to be a real contender

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour to New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, improved ...

Brooke makes a solid choice

Brooke County Board of Education members made a wise decision in hiring Jeffrey Crook as interim superintendent of schools. The choice is “an opportunity for a new beginning,” as Crook put it. Bringing in a superintendent not formerly part of the school system was a near-necessity, in ...

Reflections on black history

Black History Month 2019 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “Black Migrations” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the ...

Sometimes politics makes little sense

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like they are positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an ...

Program stresses power of reading

Weirton Elementary School continues to emphasize the importance of reading, both to its pupils and to the community. Monday saw the launch of this year’s reading program, now called “Read to Me Weirton,” with the announcement of “Charlotte’s Web” as this year’s book. Literacy is ...

Congratulations to our area champions

The calendar has rolled into February, and that means the seasons are winding down for area high school athletes. Already, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has crowned its champions in swimming and wrestling. The bi-state conference will decide its girls basketball champions Saturday, and ...

A clear question at next summit

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Oversight a must to ensure safety

We go to hospitals to get well, not to be killed by incompetence or worse. State and federal governments have a critical role in protecting us in that regard. Federal officials have notified Mount Carmel Health of Columbus that Medicare will cease paying for patients at two of the firm’s ...

Time for briefings to be resumed

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...