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Let’s Stop And Think About This

You could write a book. Perhaps someone should. A “conversation” we Americans should have had years ago is occurring now. Trouble is, we’re not talking with one another. We’re not pausing to consider the other person’s point of view. Instead, we’re screaming epithets at ...

Real Patriotism Means ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

Americans buy at least $20 billion worth of counterfeit goods annually. Unless you’re an unusually suspicious shopper, chances are that you, too, have at one time or another purchased an item that was really a shoddy — maybe unsafe — copy of what you meant to buy. Fast-buck rip-off ...

State Firefighters Convention Being Hosted by McMechen VFD

The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 89th annual state convention Wednesday through Saturday. Although the McMVFD has hosted the convention several times previously — the last time being 10 years ago — this will mark the first time that all of the activities will be ...

Admitting Truth Cuts Both Ways

Whatever happened to the news? These days, it seems most people believe much of what is printed, broadcast and posted is “fake news.” What is, or should be, troubling is the dichotomy regarding what constitutes “fake news.” One faction of Americans, tens of millions strong, ...

Worries Of a Child

My great-nephew Colton celebrated his seventh birthday this week. A celebratory lunch of his choice and a visit to Baskin Robbins for ice cream — a family birthday tradition — capped the day. He called it the best day of his life. But several days before his birthday, Colton told his ...

After Charlottesville

In the aftermath of the recent events in Charlottesville, Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America issued the following brief but important statement. She said: “White supremacy has no place in the Kingdom of God, only the love and healing of the ...

Craft Beers Mean Economic Development Brewing in W.Va.

Craft brewers in West Virginia are doing more than creating the perfect beer; they are creating new economic opportunities and bringing people to the state. In celebration of West Virginia’s Craft Beer Week (which takes places through Saturday, which also is the date of Mountaineer ...

Being Selectively Correct

Protesters confronting each other this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., may have been in the wrong place. Their demonstrations, both pro and con, were focused on a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in a city park. Charlottesville officials have decided the statue has to go. Like ...

Governor Needs to Learn to Work With Legislators

The first half of 2017 was certainly a unique time in West Virginia politics. West Virginians inaugurated a Democrat governor (now a Republican) who followed the Trump wave and campaigned as a successful CEO and political outsider. Meanwhile, a new Republican-majority Legislature was sworn ...

Slim Lehart Coming Out of Retirement for a Special Show

Slim Lehart is coming out of retirement for at least one musical performance, two years after the Marshall County native announced that he would be hanging up his guitar after some 60 years. However, it was this past January when a friend with whom he was visiting in Florida convinced him to ...

Time for New Beginnings

In a few days students will begin school. Some students will begin the new school year as they return to a familiar building, but to a new classroom. Others will start something new; going to school for the very first time. While the new school year is only days away, the anxiety about going to ...

If It’s Good for West Virginia …

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. ...

Criticism? Bring It On

My critics — yes, I have quite a few — will let me know that they think I am stuck in the past. Maybe I wear bell bottomed slacks on occasion, but I still believe my mentions of the past have merit. I have written many times about various events in downtown Wheeling when the streets were ...

Smelling The Roses Editorially

Shop talk the other day with a fellow Mountain State editor turned to editorials. Unless you write for a handful of national newspapers, the more local, the better. But about what? We swapped a few tips about identifying and writing about important matters at the local level. You know: ...

Are Competitive Electric Rates a Thing of the Past?

It’s time to talk turkey about what should be a major concern to all West Virginians, increasing electric rates. In his July 1 commentary, Mike Myer (Wheeling Intelligencer) asked “What’s Up With Electric Bills,” and then proceeded to use the appropriate term “skyrocketed” to ...

Members of Community Step Up During Times of Need

McMechen residents Mike and Roseanne Ferro were a three-hour drive away from home last weekend when they received word that flooding was taking place in not only their community, but in Benwood and other local areas. Delegate Ferro said, “As we traveled along Interstate 70 from Dayton, ...

Change Under Trump in the American Coal Industry

Do you remember the song, “What a Difference a Day Makes?” Well, what a difference a year makes. In 2016, I appeared on national television news programs, which I have always detested, 51 times. Each time, I explained the regulatory rampage which was being waged by the Obama Administration ...

Almost Culinary Heaven

Sweet, juicy Romney peaches may be one of the reasons we West Virginians view our home as almost heaven. Or perhaps sweet corn from the Ohio Valley, roasted within minutes of being picked, wins the mouth-watering award. Unless, of course, you have a friend who grows those wonderful ...

Health Care Debate of Critical Importance to W.Va.

Like many of you, I have been following closely the national dialogue about healthcare which has occupied the Senate throughout these summer months. We are witnessing one of the greatest debates of our time going on in Washington, D.C. as our elected representatives try to address the problem ...

Stop Whining, Governor

Time to stop the whining, start governing It’s been one month since the Legislature passed a balanced budget for the state of West Virginia, concluding an extraordinary budget session in which lawmakers made the difficult decisions necessary to prioritize our state’s spending, live within ...