Local Columns

Use Tax Relief to Create New Jobs in America

By Joe Eddy It’s been decades since America said goodbye to cassette tapes and mullet haircuts. But the tax policies of the 1980s are still with us. We all know change is long overdue. October 6, was Manufacturing Day, when 600,000 students, parents, teachers and others visited local shop ...

Feeling Good While Not Doing Good

By all means, let’s have an Indigenous Peoples Day observance in the United States. It’s long overdue. OK. Now, let’s move on to the next politically correct cause, raise hell about something else, and pat ourselves on the backs for — you guessed it — resisting. Oops. Forgot to ...

Are We Out of Ideas in W.Va.?

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

Scared Of My Shadow

It was the scariest place on earth when you were 10 years old. Even with your big brother and sisters walking next to you, it was the kind of experience that made for nightmares. Haunted houses are all the rage these days with one of the neatest ones located at the former state penitentiary ...

Admitting True Evil Does Exist

Some experts in investigating crime have speculated we never will know why Stephen Paddock decided to go on a killing spree last Sunday night. They’re missing what at one time would have been the obvious answer. The atmosphere of politics in our country has been poisoned to such a depth ...

Ensure Tax Reform Helps Small Businesses, Too

Policymakers in Washington have begun the debate over how to transform the nation’s tax code. But while there is widespread support for some reform to bolster investment and hiring, the question is how to balance the often-competing interests of the nation’s largest corporations with those ...

Blankenship’s Career Detailed at Wall of Fame Program

The John Marshall High School 2017 Wall of Fame induction was different this year! During the past 12 years, an average of four individuals per year were inducted. However, this year for the first time, one person, Stanley Blankenship, was inducted. Of course with only one inductee, ...

Deciding Whether We’re Born Good or Evil

Doom and Gloom seem to be the norm with today’s pundits and prognostics when it comes to the survival of mankind in a world and at a time when a simple flick of a switch could annihilate all but the most rudimentary forms of life. The question of survival of the race has become a most urgent ...

Stopping Killers Like Paddock

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock last Sunday night would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats ...

Beauty And Our Beasts

The bright moonlit sky has been a blessing on recent dark mornings. It makes me stop and reflect on its beauty. There is something awe-inspiring about looking into the face of that very full moon and believing that someone is looking back. Just the other morning as I left for work, the ...

At Least The Japanese Understand

The Japanese are renowned for their work ethic. They don’t impress easily on that score. But some of them have been impressed by the work ethic of a select group of Americans — right here in West Virginia. It can only be supposed that, a few years back, executives in the Toyota and ...

Let’s Keep Ours a Nation With Flag Worth Saluting

During the Civil War, flags on the battlefield had enormous tactical and strategic importance. Regimental flags allowed soldiers to know the position of their units, and which direction they should be moving to keep up with them. Flag bearers carried them at enormous risk to their lives. Since ...

Moundsville Fostoria Museum Featured in Publication

The most recent issue of “Facts of Fostoria,” the official publication of the Fostoria Glass Society of America Inc., includes several matters relating to the the Museum in Moundsville. One of the items in the publication dealt with the arrival of eight display cases. It is noted that the ...

Vote for Road Bond — It’s What W.Va. Needs

West Virginians have an opportunity on October 7 to approve a state road bond referendum that will spur development without increasing taxes, setting a stage for growth and a new direction for our state. Investing in infrastructure is a safe and necessary investment, creating thousands of ...

‘Taking a Knee’ May Have Dire Consequences

A butterfly flaps its wings in New Mexico causing a hurricane in China — so goes “the butterfly effect.” It’s a dramatic example of chaos theory wherein our world goes non-linear. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes results are bad. We are now in the midst of a national chaos ...

An Investment Worth Making

Republican legislators, along with a few Democrats, were leery of handing Gov. Jim Justice $105 million on what amounted to speculation. Justice billed his request as the Save Our State fund, but he had few details as to how the money would accomplish that. After being turned down flat on ...

Did You Know?

While the rest of the country was hell-bent on beating to death the issue of kneeling or standing for the national anthem, let me tell you what else has been happening. Yes, there are other things worth reading about. - In Columbus, Ohio. a police officer who only took one sick day in his ...

Just Who’s The Bad Guy, Here?

What would Charlie Chaplin do? Would he make a movie? Would he, perhaps, title it “Rocket Man”? Chaplin, who died in 1977, is one of the icons of the entertainment industry. In addition to his talent and money-making skill, he is admired by many in Hollywood for his courage in making ...

Using Right to Work to Sell W.Va. to Job Creators

Finally. Nearly 15 months after the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, we can finally say that West Virginia is a “Right to Work” state. Frivolous and drawn-out legal challenges have proven fruitless, as the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ...

Moundsville Middle School Recycling Program Recognized

Moundsville Middle School is one of this year’s four recipients of the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia Inc.’s Recycling Champions program and at Tuesday’s meeting of Marshall County Board of Education, school personnel will be in attendance to be honored with a certificate of ...