Editorials

Spirit of sharing shines in our area

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

Parades herald Christmas season

Streets in communities throughout our region will come to life with the magic of Christmas during the next several weeks, as parades are held to welcome the holiday season. The annual events bring smiles to the faces of children and adults who get caught up in the holiday spirit. Parades ...

Region lights up for the holidays

Communities throughout the Tri-State Area will take on that special glow that comes with the Christmas season during light-up night events. Weirton opened the festivities Sunday, when its community Christmas tree was lit. The event included the unveiling of a commemorative tree ornament, which ...

Honorable best described Powell

Two words come to mind when thinking of Richard Powell, Steubenville’s Municipal Court judge for more than 25 years: Wit and gentleman. Powell died at the age of 89 Nov. 10. A native of Brilliant, he often quipped that he was “the Brilliant judge.” His knowledge of the law was on ...

Talking remains the best solution

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Weirton is poised to shine brightly

The holiday season will be kicking off in Weirton Saturday with the lighting of the official Community Christmas Tree. A ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, where the tree will reside during the holiday season. A tradition in the ...

Faith plays big role in our future

What started as an idea put forth by former Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon has grown into an event that annually helps to inspire residents from across our region. Conlon’s premise in 2004 was that prayer can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the communities they live ...

Smokeout offers a reason to think

This Thursday is a good day to stop smoking. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit that could lead to dire ...

Trade speech hit all the right notes

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Existing laws serve a purpose

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church on Nov. 5 might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick ...