Opinion

Guest column/Health care has a lot to lose

Local Columns

As jobs keep getting harder to come by in Jefferson County, more and more residents are finding work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and directly in the homes of patients who need care. So much so, that in 2015, 23 percent of Jefferson County’s work force held private ...

Prescription drugs are monitored well

Editorials

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

History made by Indian Creek team

Editorials

Saturday’s final day of the 2017 Ohio Track and Field Championships was very special for Indian Creek High School. Its girls 4x400 relay team won the Division II state championship, the first state title in any sport in the school’s history, an accomplishment we congratulate them ...

Herald-Star still fulfills its mission

Editorials

It’s becoming increasingly likely that you are reading this editorial on a tablet or smartphone. Some are looking at it on a computer. And others are seeing these words in our print edition. The formats in which we receive information are changing, and we are sure that the ability to ...

Remember the sacrifices of D-Day

Editorials

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches of ...

Internet access problem in W.Va.

Editorials

As West Virginians discuss the funding needed to repair and improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, there is another kind of infrastructure that is almost as vital to our transitioning economy. It, too, needs continuing attention. Fortunately, the Federal Communications Commission ...

Valuable lessons learned

Local Columns

Now that we’ve almost reached the end of this year’s graduation season — Burgettstown Junior-Senior High School will be the last of the Tri-State Area’s schools to hold commencement ceremonies when its seniors become graduates on Wednesday — it’s nice to be able to sit back and ...

Patriotic clothing worn by a ma’am

Local Columns

Over the Memorial Day weekend when I walked into a store, I heard a girl’s voice, but didn’t have reason to think she was talking to me. “Excuse me, ma’am, I know this is going to sound funny, but ….” It took me a minute or two to realize the young lady really was trying to get ...

Some people are hypocrites

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Kathy Antinone, representing Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Coalition, in a May 14 column, wants to know why Democratic values have disappeared and why progressives lost big in past (“Coalition believes in Democratic values.”) She begs to know if it’s ...

Farewell and thanks for the memories

Local Columns

Someone once said, “Windshields are bigger than rear windows so we can see where are going and not where we have been.” Sometimes we don’t see through those windshields as well as needed and get a jolt from looking forward as well. This will be my last column after working 37 years in ...