Editorials

Day of Prayer chance to reflect

Americans of all faiths will gather Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation. The annual event has been held nationally ...

Portman, Brown stand up for Ohio

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

Keep your guard up for campaign promises

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Trip lets world learn about area

Pat Ford knows how to tell the story of the Upper Ohio Valley. He has been doing so for about a decade now, taking it not only to other parts of West Virginia, or even various corners of the country, but also around the world. The executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the ...

WVU keeps increase low

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, this week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Wells Township deserves support

Wells Township, like several communities in the region, found itself too dependent on one industry to pay the bulk of the tax bills. Just to the north, Mingo Junction found itself struggling to make ends meet when the steel mill shut down. Wells Township trustees are asking voters on May 7 ...

Stay safe, have fun at the prom

Preparations have long been under way for this year’s proms, as area high schoolers are anticipating a truly memorable evening. We hope each and every student has a magical night of friends and fun to long remember, as they don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, ...

Area volunteers deserve thanks

Area schools districts again are taking the time to honor a couple of groups of people who do not always find themselves in the spotlight, those who volunteer their time to enrich the educational experience and those students who excel in the classroom. Both groups are worthy of ...

Jefferson County right study choice

Jefferson County’s drug overdose death rate is among the highest in Ohio. Belmont County is not far behind. Hundreds of East Ohio residents have perished as a result of the substance abuse epidemic sweeping this region of the country. It was good news, then, that Jefferson has been selected ...

Thursday a time to remember

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when steel mills on both sides of the Ohio River were the driving force behind our region’s economy. At one point, there were as many as 30,000 men and women employed by the area’s two largest steelmakers, the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. and ...