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Editorials

Smoking still an issue in W.Va.

We have known for decades that tobacco use can lead to all sorts of health risks, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease. Yet more than one-fourth of adult West Virginians still smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest percentage in the ...

Spay Day sends an important message

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 ...

Proceed carefully with new systems

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

A positive trend in city crime numbers

Steubenville residents received some very good news during Tuesday’s City Council meeting when they learned that the city’s crime rate has continued to decline. According to numbers released by Police Chief Bill McCafferty, the city again experienced a decrease in the total number of ...

Buggy light law should get OK

Ohio is home to a substantial number of Amish residents, more than 76,000 of them. All too frequently, we have to report accidents in which motor vehicles have struck horse-draw buggies operated by the Amish. Ohio already has laws on the books intended to safeguard the Amish, but ...

Ohio’s bond ratings could be at risk

Ohio state legislators may be coming to understand the truth of an old warning: No good deed goes unpunished. Some lawmakers have been considering a proposal that the state constitution be amended to make it more difficult for the General Assembly to increase taxes. On the face of it, that ...

Imagination Library an asset to region

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is taking a page out of Dolly Parton’s book and working to establish the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in all 88 Ohio counties. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is already working with the United ...

Please take a moment to reflect

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask the last three men who have served as our president — Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. And, while your perception of whoever the ...

Don’t overlook heart health

This month is American Heart Month, and we’re reminding Ohio Valley residents to be heart-smart not only this month, but all year long. Unfortunately, the Tri-State Area continues to lead many parts of the country in illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, and heart disease ranks at the top, ...

Reading program a boost for area

A literary journey over the last few weeks will come to an end Friday at Weirton Elementary, and we hope it has been an enjoyable experience for the youth, faculty and families who have taken part. This year’s Read With Me Weirton program kicked off at the school Jan. 31, with the more than ...