Editorials

Weirton should add firefighters

Some Weirton City Council members seem to agree with Fire Chief Jerry Shumate that the community needs more paid firefighters. The question, as Councilman George Ash put it last week, is “how are we going to pay for it?” “We have been quite grossly understaffed for years,” Shumate ...

Spay Day offered a big reminder

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Facts needed in Hancock County

No wonder Hancock County Board of Education members have delayed voting on whether to renew school Superintendent Tim Woodward’s contract. A number of serious allegations have been made against him. They include “targeting and harassment of teachers.” Before any action can be taken on ...

Kim’s strategy not successful

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump — trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Court should let cross stay in place

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the graves of ...

Home show a sign spring’s getting close

With spring right around the corner, many area residents likely are beginning to think about which projects they plan to tackle, inside and outside of their homes, this year. If you find yourself in that group and are looking for some new and innovative ideas, you’ll want to attend the ...

Brooke voters put schools first

Brooke County residents have shown once again that they are willing to put the needs of their children first. They overwhelmingly voted to approve the five-year excess levy that generates about $7.8 million a year for the Brooke County School District. That money is significant — it ...

DeWine’s proposal has some appeal

Because nearly everyone who votes also drives a car or truck, most politicians are afraid to suggest increasing taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. Give new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for having the courage to do just that. DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per ...

Our area potholes require patience

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the Tri-State Area: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Lovers Lane and they’re found in parking lots at ...

Area United Ways need your support

We sometimes forget that each of us has at our disposal a very easy way to lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors. Simply by making a donation to one of the United Ways that serve our region, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents around the Tri-State Area. Their ...