Editorials

Sometimes criticism is nothing but absurd

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Market plan makes sense

A large amount of space will become open in the next few weeks when the Steubenville Police Department moves from its longtime headquarters into the new City Building. While having a large part of a building become vacant anywhere is never good for the community, 6th Ward Councilman Bob ...

Sunshine Week offers important reminders

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine ...

Don’t forget your smoke detectors

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

Weirton’s downtown will have different look

The basic oxygen plant constructed by Weirton Steel Corp. has, for decades, been a landmark in Weirton, dominating the skyline with its easily recognizable “claws” reaching into the sky. Dubbed the “mill of tomorrow” when it was designed, it became a focal point of the steel-making ...

Tomlinson Run plans good for our region

A series of improvements could be on its way to Tomlinson Run State Park, and that would be good for residents and visitors alike. The announcement was made last week by Hancock County commissioners, who said they have been working with the state Division of Natural Resources during the last ...

When all else fails, turn to compromise

Telling constituents it is going to cost them $2-$4 more every time they fill their gasoline tanks is not a prospect likely to appeal to many Ohio legislators. So it is no wonder there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggestion that the state increase its tax on ...

Old-fashioned skills can still be effective

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, Calif., Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search during the weekend. It seems that on Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, and her ...

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 ...