Local Columns

Diversity Not Always Respected

One puzzling aspect of America’s emphasis on diversity is that we still allow class action lawsuits. They assume we’re all exactly the same as each other. Every so often, I get a class action lawsuit settlement notice in the mail. You know the drill: Someone has filed a lawsuit over, ...

Finding the Money to Extend I-68 to Marshall County

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the Federal Highway Act of 1956, the goal was to create a connective route of interstate highways for national defense and security. Since then, the Eisenhower Interstate Highway system has become one of the most critical components of the American ...

Annual Home & Business Expo Scheduled at Penitentiary

The 12th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Home & Business Expo will take place Friday and Saturday at the Training Center inside the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Some 90 vendors will occupy the 120 booths at the facility. The vendors will include those in home ...

Funding for the Arts Not a Luxury in W.Va.

Let this be an open letter to our obviously less-than-enlightened Gov. Jim Justice to remind him that not all of his subjects are as indifferent to the value of the arts as his proposed funding cuts to the Division of Culture and History might suggest. The governor’s lack of concern for ...

Privatizing Doesn’t Mean Closing It

It shouldn’t surprise me anymore, I suppose, that there are people who believe the only way to get something done is to have government do it. One might think Gov. Jim Justice, who’s made more than a billion dollars in the private sector, wouldn’t have that opinion. But apparently he ...

Big Tax Increase Not the Way to Save Our State

If there’s one thing the people of West Virginia can take away after just over a month of Governor Jim Justice’s term, it would be that he’s got a tremendous gift for asking people for one thing, while doing the opposite. Back in early January, Senate President Mitch Carmichael proudly ...

We Need Those Expressions of Love From Others

When I was growing up there was a famous song that came out with words that went something like this: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love “It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of “What the world needs now is love, sweet love “No, not just for some but ...

Voters Asked to Support Levy for Marshall County Schools

Registered voters in Marshall County will be going to the polls on March 25 to cast their ballots for the renewal of a five-year Marshall County Board of Education special levy. The current levy expires in 16 months, thus the new levy would not go into effect until July 1, 2018 and would ...

Marshall County Schools to Make Buses Cool

Seeking a Cool Ride to School Administrators have responded to the observations of students and drivers of Marshall County Schools, approving a bid to install air conditioning on 25 buses in the district’s fleet. Transportation Director Dave Smith said the buses, which could reach upward of ...

Where Did All of West Virginia’s Money Go?

The West Virginia Capitol is a crime scene. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen. So where are the cops? Have they got any leads? When will the perpetrators be brought to justice? It’s not some kind of brilliant caper we need to solve. Thieves took the money in broad daylight ...

Saving Money in Charleston

What if West Virginia state government could get by with less than Gov. Jim Justice wants legislators to give him? It can. We don’t need the $400 million to $450 million in tax increases the governor is seeking. Suggesting that government spend less is a sure-fire way to elicit this ...

Words Worth Repeating

The vistas are very different these days. Standing on Chapline Street looking down 12th Street, there is an optical illusion of the Ohio River being at eye level. A passing barge appears to be sailing along Water Street. It’s the flagpole sitting atop a concrete base at Heritage Port that ...

Defining ‘Local Control’

Among Gov. Jim Justice’s first concrete initiatives involving West Virginia public schools is a proposal to defund regional education service agencies. Yet Justice says he wants more local control over public education in our state. It brings up a question: Just what do the governor ...

Thank You, Teachers, for Your Fingerprints

I am an educator. No matter where I wander or roam, my “teacher-ness” stays faithfully by my side. But I often wonder how life has brought me to this place: teaching in a development department at an Ivy-plus, Midwestern university. I have taught high school, I have taught middle school, ...

Big Spending Cuts Absent Again

About a week ago, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael pledged that Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature would not leave Gov. Jim Justice “out on a limb” in making major state spending cuts. Well, someone got left out on a limb, but it wasn’t the governor. It was ...

Right Form Of Protest

It happens. Every once in a while I will write a column only to have my editors put the red grease pencil to it. Sometimes the editors politely and adamantly disagree with me and that’s OK. Because on occasion I will write something in the heat of the moment that deserves a second look by a ...

Learning to Live Within Our Means in West Virginia

It was no secret that this was going to be a challenging session for the West Virginia Legislature, but following Governor Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday, it became dramatically more difficult. According to the Constitution of the state of West Virginia, the governor is ...

Lupe Hewitt Honored for Work on Daddy/Daughter Dance

Six years ago the city of Moundsville’s Parks and Recreation Board decided to sponsor a Daddy/Daughter Dance which has continued to grow in numbers, with nearly 500 daughters and their dads in attendance at the Feb. 5 event. One of the co-organizers of the dance in 2012 was Lupe Hewitt, ...

The Contributions Of Black Americans

What do Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and many other NBA stars owe a special thanks to the Ohio Valley and West Virginia during this Black History Month? Many people know the name Jackie Robinson the first Black man to play in professional baseball and break the color barrier. ...

Reviving W.Va. Coal Mines

Last November’s election of Donald Trump as president and a new class of leaders on the state-level represents a defining moment for our great state and for the West Virginia coal industry. This new leadership recognizes our natural resources as valuable assets, and they have pledged to ...