Local Columns

A Mother Honored Very Well

A local mother and her young daughter were just about to finish their lunch at a restaurant last weekend when a man approached, wished her a happy Mother’s Day, and laid something on their table. It was one of those generic guest checks restaurants sometimes use. On the back was written, ...

It’s Time to Put the People of West Virginia First

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the Legislature has been working in Charleston on our state’s budget, and we’ve been talking a lot about tax reform. These are things I’ve talked about throughout the session, but I think as of late, it’s become a little difficult to follow. ...

Council Was Painted Into Corner

Imagine being a Wheeling City Council member explaining to the public why your vote cost the area 1,500 jobs. That gives you some idea of why the vote for a controversial agreement sought by Alecto Healthcare Services was 6-0. Council members are receiving a brutal education in the realities ...

Drivers, Pay Attention

Please stop, I silently beg the three drivers heading down the on ramp to Interstate 70 from Washington Avenue. I’m driving parallel to them at 55 mph with a line of traffic behind me. I have my turn signal on signifying that I’m getting off at the exit just west of that on ramp. I cannot ...

Lions Club Honors Retiring Moundsville Middle Teacher

Students at Moundsville Middle School graciously shared their Awards Day on Thursday with Mike Eskridge, the adviser of the school’s LEO Club, as he was presented with two Lions Club International awards, a Progressive Melvin Jones pin and a Humanitarian Plaque. Eskridge, who is retiring as ...

Ready To Give Up?

Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was 9 years old. For three years he was unable to walk. But he did not give up. Years later Davis became the Olympic high jump champion receiving the gold medal in the1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland with a leap of 6 feet 8 1/4 ...

Hearing-Aid Bill Bad Idea

The government has an abysmal track record of overseeing health care lately, with the failures of Obamacare and the ongoing effort to repeal it dominating the news. Sadly, it’s no surprise that another bad health care idea is moving through Congress, this time led by Elizabeth Warren. Her ...

Keeping a Promise to Coal Miners

Two weeks ago, we finally passed a permanent fix that secured health care for more than 8,400 retired miners in West Virginia. Although this in itself is a huge victory, we're still only halfway there to keeping the promise made to coal miners 70 years ago. Now, more than 1,600 retired miners' ...

Keeping a Promise to Miners

By U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Two weeks ago, we finally passed a permanent fix that secured health care for nearly 8,497 retired miners in West Virginia. Although this in itself is a huge victory, we’re still only halfway there to keeping the promise made to coal miners 70 years ...

Is Health Care A Bargain?

My father was killed by a heart attack at age 56. I have reflected often that had the advanced health care we have now been available in the 1950s and early 1960s, he probably would have lived to a ripe old age. That’s something we don’t think about enough in our debates over health ...

Honoring Mothers for Their Role as Evangelists

Years ago, I spoke about a woman who once fretted over the usefulness of her life. She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference in their lives. At times she got ...

Putting West Virginia on a Pathway to Prosperity

The Legislature’s special session will resume on Monday. The goal remains the same: pass a budget that will put West Virginia on a pathway to prosperity. But what we have to understand is there is something that is being terribly forgotten here. The political class is missing the point. I ...

Control Spending to Cut Taxes

Phasing out West Virginia’s personal income tax is a wonderful idea. It would attract more people and, even more important, businesses to our state. But the tax feeds about $1.9 billion a year into state government. That is nearly half the general revenue fund. So, what to do about that ...

What Did You Say?

It was just one line among dozens of police reports, but it caught my eye. Someone called police to complain that children were using foul language at a local playground. Wow. I didn’t think anyone cared these days. Bad language is in the music our kids listen to, the shows and movies they ...

Making W.Va. Children More Resilient

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As with any other public health campaign, there is emphasis on integrated services, early intervention, and prevention — all worthy ideas and all worthy of our full attention, especially for our kids. The future of West Virginia depends on the health ...

Relay for Life, Boys State Programs Are Coming Up in June

At Tuesday’s Marshall County Commission meeting representatives Karen Coffield, Lottie Durban and Howard Coffield, representing the Relay for Life of Marshall County, and Jim Davis and Gary Wolfe, director and assistant director, respectively of Mountaineer Boys State, appeared before the ...

Shake Hands, Make Up

Genuine disagreements of opinion exist over how much money state government should take from West Virginians and how it should spend the funds. In some ways, it’s a three-way argument, with Gov. Jim Justice, state senators and House of Delegates members are taking slightly — or sometimes ...

Education Secretary’s Role on School Policy Limited

Over the last several months, there has been considerable debate surrounding the nomination and confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Questions have been raised about her knowledge of education, management experience, policy positions on issues such as school choice, and willingness ...

How Are Good People Manipulated Into Wars?

For a long time, I have been sorely troubled in my attempts to understand how it can be that basically good people can be manipulated into supporting evil. ’Tis a dichotomy, indeed. As a pragmatic atheist, I interpret “good” simply as that behavior which increases man’s chances for ...

Refreshing Hustle and Bustle of a Busy Downtown Area

Main Street Filled With Excitement and Anticipation From the time one enters downtown Wheeling from the Interstate 70 interchange on Main Street, the rush of excitement and activity begins. Whether driving, walking or cycling down Main Street, the anticipation of new development is ...