Opinion

Democrats back in Jefferson County

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am proud to be a part of the “reboot” of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. Last month, I took an oath to serve, along with many others, as we were appointed to the party’s central and executive committees. Many of us will represent the citizens of the precinct in ...

BreastCare center helps area women

Editorials

Weirton Medical Center added to the area’s options for women’s health care needs in dedicating its BreastCare Center on Tuesday. The multimillion-dollar investment represents the culmination of a multi-year effort aimed toward providing a health-care area directed specifically at the ...

Let process work in issue of PEIA

Editorials

Short of writing a blank check to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, it is impossible for West Virginia legislators to comply with one demand by many public school employees who began a strike last week. In other words, it can’t be done. Yet a substantial number of the strikers continued ...

We must enforce our laws first

Editorials

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

North Korea must fear something

Editorials

With the Winter Olympics in South Korea history, the process of counting the medals has begun. Give Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump a gold medal for trying. But recognize, too, that they had no competition: North Korea’s “team” didn’t show up for the event. South ...

Bidell shipment a positive sign

Editorials

A flatbed tractor-trailer heading down Main Street with the output of the hard work of local hands is not an unusual site in Weirton, where drivers are used to following steel coils around. What moved through the city Feb. 19 was not only unusual but worthy of note. A truck carrying the ...

Spaying, neutering part of owning a pet

Editorials

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 ...

Hasta mas tarde, mom, Senora Hout

Local Columns

I picked my mother up earlier this week — her ashes, that is — and off we rode home together for the first time in a long time. I anticipated being very emotional about this, this being yet another part of the journey since the Feb. 8 death of Ruth Ann Scherrer Hout in which my siblings ...

Of baseball and speakers

Local Columns

It might be tempting to think that spring is going to come early, especially after the highs reached the into the 70s across our region last week. Even a look at the calendar reminds us that winter will officially come to an end in a little less than a month. With the longer temperatures ...

Simple lessons still relevant

Editorials

It was a simple message delivered sweetly and directly to children. Be a neighbor. Fred Rogers first delivered the message Feb. 19, 1968, 50 years ago, on National Educational Television, the forerunner to PBS. Along the way, the world learned from live characters such as Pittsburgh jazz ...