Opinion

West Virginia owns a very proud history

Editorials

West Virginians are a determined, strong, hard-working sort of folk. From the state’s southern coalfields to the northern steel mills and everywhere in between, residents have always given it their all. The state was born of conflict, and it has faced numerous battles and difficulties ...

Juneteenth a day for remembering

Editorials

One special observance is gaining popularity across the United States and is well worth noting — and celebrating by every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed today. It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. According to tradition, Juneteenth is observed on ...

Media Donor Day a chance to help

Editorials

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act Wednesday. That’s when this year’s Jefferson County Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled to be held at the St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. The doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we hope ...

Actively promoting freedom of religion is worth a look

Editorials

Government’s role regarding freedom of religion often is viewed as a passive one, that it shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion...” That is, government is not to support any faith over others. But what if freedom of faith is threatened in the most fundamental way ...

Put safety first around trains

Editorials

Our region is criss-crossed with railroad tracks. We get used to the sights and sounds … sometimes the waiting in traffic. But a tragedy last week reminds us those trains that have become so much a part of the background cannot be forgotten. Last year alone, 21 pedestrians were killed by ...

Write it down in hopes of a future column

Local Columns

Write it down. This is a command I tell myself and hear from Better Half from time to time when something seems to be a potential tidbit, a theme or an idea for a future column. Truth be told, if I don’t write myself a note, the thought could well be history, lost in a haze of Janice this ...

Holtz makes impression

Local Columns

If you study the names of the men and women who have been inducted into the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame since it welcomed its first class on July 5, 1998, you will find there is at least one thing they have in common — they are people who have made a difference in the lives of ...

Today’s a chance to thank fathers

Editorials

Fatherhood is not a matter of biology. It’s a matter of dedication, attitude and a life’s choice to realize that, no matter what the world says, role models do matter. To be a father is about love. That’s a tricky subject in a world where men are portrayed as aloof, athletic or just ...

Baseball title helps Gem City sparkle

Editorials

Residents of Toronto take great pride in all aspects of their community. From the gazebo that’s the centerpiece of downtown, to the flags that proudly display the names and faces of those from the city who have served in the military, to the annual Fourth of July fireworks display to the ...

A few questions we need to ask ourselves

Local Columns

This is Trinity Sunday. We often use this Sunday to explain the “what” of the trinity. We may use resources like the Athanasian Creed in our worship service. There is a different approach to talking about the trinity. This focuses more on the “why” of the trinity. We teach that God is ...