Editorials

The face of labor continues to change

It might be tough to believe that the traditional end of summer has arrived, but today is indeed Labor Day. More than a day off that punctuates the just-begun school year, it’s a day to think about the contribution of working Americans to the nation, and of workers to the support of their ...

Teacher earns special honor

Educators fill an important place in all of our lives. Without them, we would not have many of the skills we need in our life. We would lack the knowledge to do our jobs, to tackle life’s challenges and even follow our dreams. A good educator inspires his or her students to continue ...

Take care with prostate health

Heading into September, we are reminded of an important awareness campaign to help bring an end to the “silent killer.” Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s the leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer. In fact, one in seven men will ...

Festival of Arts shines in Toronto

Focus in Toronto is to be congratulated for keeping the annual Toronto Festival of Arts alive to see its 39th run, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. and continuing through the day on Sunday. Centered around the city’s Gazebo Commons area at the center of town, more than 100 craft vendors, ...

OSU looking to protect money

On the surface, Ohio State University’s call for alumni organizations to pledge to keep disparaging comments about the university to themselves smacks of a free-speech intrusion. But it’s more nuanced than that. It’s about the big business of being a big university with a brand ...

Gene Wilder made us smile

Most of the time nowadays, the words “comic genius” connote a person who started as a stand-up performer and landed a television show, and maybe a movie every now and then, or an ensemble performer who breaks out to the big screen. Gene Wilder, who died Sunday of the complications of ...

Mylan only part of the problem

Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation’s health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving device. EpiPens, the devices used by many with life-threatening allergies, cost consumers $93.88 for a pack ...

Program changes would be harmful

Imagine an issue on which all four U.S. senators from West Virginia and Ohio — two Democrats and two Republicans — are in complete, cordial agreement. You can stop scratching your head. There is such a coalition, and it includes 43 other senators of both parties. Sens. Rob Portman, ...

Service recognized today in Weirton

For many years, our area has strived to find ways to recognize those citizens who find a way to contribute toward its growth and successes. Such a recognition will take place today with the induction of the 2016 class of the Weirton Hall of Fame. The hall was created eight years ago ...

Summer concerts made area smile

The summer season is coming to an end, and with it the end of local summer concert series. Both Steubenville and Weirton once again put together successful series, featuring a variety of music and entertainment for residents of the Upper Ohio Valley. Whether gathering at the Louis and ...