Columns

Policeman Says Mom Using Him Against Kids

DEAR ABBY: The media give us stories of racial conflict and the shooting of police officers almost daily, and every reporter and news anchor proposes solutions. As a Hispanic police officer in a small city, I have an observation. I was having lunch the other day with two other officers. ...

Err on Side Of Caution When Power Goes Out

When storms knock out the power, what’s the best way to handle refrigerated or frozen foods? Err on the cautious side. When in doubt, throw the food out. “Food can be very expensive to throw away but not as costly as food-borne illnesses, which can cause lifelong health effects as well ...

Family Is Split By Predator

DEAR ABBY: A number of years ago, it came out that my brother-in-law had raped and molested his two daughters and two granddaughters. It tore our family apart. Although my sister said she intended to divorce him, she never did. She also didn’t report it — so he was never convicted of the ...

Baby Plays Favorites At Day Care

DEAR ABBY: I am a child care provider working with infants. Two of us work in the nursery and share responsibilities. One baby has become extremely attached to me, to the point that I can’t take a break or go to lunch without him screaming until I return. I feel guilty taking lunch breaks ...

Workout Friend Feels Spurned

Dear Annie: I have a friend in her early 60s who has been my workout partner for about 10 years. We usually meet up three times during the week for a 5:30 a.m. workout because we are both employed. I also belong to another facility, which I attend two to three times per week for group training ...

A Life Filled With Love And Purpose

I’m pretty certain my mother-in-law never bothered to read “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren. She didn’t have to; her purpose was evident. And anyway, she never read non-fiction. Jane McFarland’s purpose was twofold: to love and to work. There is no question she was driven by ...

Cause of Family’s Separation ‘Nunya’

DEAR ABBY: As a child, I suffered a lot of abuse from my parents until I finally, at 13, opened up to a teacher. I was removed from my house and spent the remainder of my youth in various foster homes. I never felt like I had a home or family until I was an adult and made my own. I have cut ...

‘Y’all’ Explore Austin

If you hear me utter an uncharacteristic “Y’all,” there is a logical explanation: I’ve just returned from nearly two weeks in Austin, Texas! I had the honor of serving as a lay deputy to The Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention, held at the Austin Convention Center July 3-13. ...

Ohio Summers And a Sense Of Belonging

There is nothing like summer in the Ohio Valley. Corn on the cob, watermelon and garden tomatoes warmed by the sun. Evenings by the fire roasting marshmallows for s’mores and watching the mesmerizing blinks of lightning bugs to a droning soundtrack of dog-day cicadas. Refreshing dips in your ...

Pittsburgh Dad Will Entertain

Attendees at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, set for Oct. 4, are in for a rollicking good time. The guest speaker for this year’s event is Pittsburgh Dad, the alter ego of actor Curt Wootton, who creates hilarious videos and offers wry commentary on a variety of ...

Best Way to Stop a Snoop Is to Get the Scoop

Dear Annie: I have a friend who I think is a snoop, though she’s otherwise a very nice person. She has admitted to looking in her sister-in-law’s closet when said sister-in-law was not home. I haven’t actually seen her looking through my stuff, but I once found her with her hand on the ...

School Supplies Up For Grabs In Marshall County

Whether you love it or hate it, back-to-school shopping season has arrived. Last week, Amazon announced the opening of its Back to School and Off to College stores, and Staples unveiled its 2018 back-to-school collection. Browse the aisles of Walmart and Target and you will find notebooks and ...

Basis of Diabetes Treatment? Diet and Exercise

I once had a physician mentor who taught me in medical school the top three treatments for diabetes were: 1) diet and exercise, 2) diet and exercise and 3) diet and exercise. Despite the advances in medical therapies and an explosion of oral and injectable medications for diabetes, the basis ...

It Was The Summer of ’85

As my daughter enters the rocky fray of adolescence, I find myself reminiscing constantly about that period of my life. Memories from my childhood mostly are culled from snapshots and oft-repeated family lore. Unlike some of my favorite memoirists, Frank McCourt and Jeannette Walls for ...

Harshman To Share Expertise at Writers’ Workshop

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling will be an instructor for the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop this month. The workshop, in its 22nd year, will be held on West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown July 19-22. Harshman and author Leslie Pietrzyk will ...

Mourning a Loss, Welcoming Heroes

She had been breaking through the wireless fence with more frequency. She would patrol the neighborhood, meet some friends and normally return as soon as I opened the garage door to go find her. On Sunday night Hershey didn’t come home. The girls stayed close to home in case she returned, and ...

We Are Annapolis

I was sitting in the downtown Wheeling newsroom Thursday afternoon when the reporter sitting at the desk to my left, Joselyn King, uttered the words “newsroom shooting.” She had glanced over at the TV tuned to a national news outlet. She turned up the sound. My stomach plummeted and I held ...

Byrd Calls Gardeners To Compete

Gardeners, pick up your trowels and get to work! With the summer growing season in full progress, the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance is making plans for its fourth annual “Golden Trowel” competition for South Wheeling residents and businesses. Brother John Byrd, a founding organizer ...

Grafting Into New Family Tree Threatens To Destroy Roots

Dear Annie: My mother had a workplace affair back in the 1960s that lasted for approximately 10 years. My dad knew about it, but God rest his soul, he remained with my mom and our family until he died. The affair resulted in the fourth child in our family, with a 10-year gap between me and the ...

How to Fertilize Your Garden Organically

In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived ...