Local Columns

Dems’ Energy Plan Bad for Ohio, W.Va.

It’s no secret that the 2020 Democrat candidates have been sprinting further to the left in their embrace of big-government policies. But, their recent debates in Detroit should set off alarm bells throughout Ohio, West Virginia, and the entire Midwest that they will stop at nothing to ...

Preventing Mass Murder In America

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...

JMHS Class of 1969 Will See Many Changes at Their Alma Mater

The first senior class at John Marshall High School will holding a get-together this Friday and Saturday in observance of the 50th anniversary of their graduation. The class of 1969 graduated 450. These class members attended JMHS for only one year, having spent their previous high school ...

Mandated Wind, Solar Power Makes Electric Bills Soar

California continues to lead the nation in mandating the deployment of wind and solar power. Unfortunately, that translates into rising electricity costs that are now poised to climb higher. It’s a development that should concern families in every state. Since 2011, electricity prices in ...

Finding New Uses For OVMC

One door closes, another opens, a wise man once suggested to me. Let’s hope that can be the case with Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry. There isn’t much time to find that new door and open it. California-based Alecto Healthcare ...

Police Department Facility Inadequate, Needs Replaced

I have read several articles or editorials recently regarding a proposed public safety facility in the City of Wheeling. In my opinion, these articles contain quite a bit of conjecture and miss the point entirely. As a public servant in the law enforcement profession, I can no longer sit idly ...

Penitentiary in the Running for ‘Best Haunted Destination’ 2019

The former West Virginia Penitentiary has been nominated as a Best Haunted Destination 2019 by USA Today’s 10Best. The Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC), which oversees the operation of the former WVP, is hoping that it receives a sufficient number of votes to receive the ...

Breaking Too Many Eggs?

It has been said that you can’t bake a cake without breaking a few eggs. But breaking too many of them into the mixing bowl results in a cake that doesn’t taste very good. Some people in Wheeling worry that city officials are ready to break too many eggs — half a million dollars’ ...

21st Century School List

What a difference 59 years can make. It was 59 years ago that I stepped over the threshold to my first grade classroom. I didn’t hesitate to enter that crowded room of more than 30 students. I wanted to go to school and learn to read and write like my older siblings. This was going to be ...

Sometimes, ‘Experts’ Are Wrong

The problem with people who say things that make us scratch our heads — we call them “intellectuals” — is that too often, we accept their ideas simply because they are credentialed members of the deep-thinker community. It helps if they hold doctorates and have been published. They ...

Convincing More Young People to Stay in the Valley

As students get their minds around returning to school this time of year, here at the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, we are concluding one of our favorite programs — the Community Leader Internship Program. Established in 2012, the program, formerly known as the Civic Leaders ...

Cook Named Marshall County Health Department Administrator

Glen Dale native Thomas Cook is the new administrator at the Marshall County Health Department. Cook has been in the medical field at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and since 1989, the first three years as staff respiratory therapist/acting manager, and as clinical service ...

Cleaning Up Voter Rolls to Keep Elections Secure

There is much concern over election integrity as we approach the 2020 election. However, West Virginians can rest assured that as our state’s top election official, I have been working diligently with county clerks and other officials throughout the state to secure our elections, and to ...

Road Bidders Have Edge

Well, surprise, surprise! Bids for a major Interstate 70 Bridge project have come in very close to state estimates. Either West Virginia Division of Highways engineers are very good at estimating the cost of complex construction work or ... I’m not accusing anyone of anything nefarious. ...

Focusing On The Picture

Every once in a while, I think I hear it. In one of those rare moments, when the newsroom is devoid of chatter or a screaming police scanner, there’s a sound that echoes in my head. For anyone younger than maybe 50, it would be a sound very foreign to them. But for anyone who ever visited a ...

Anti-Social Media A True Puzzle

I wonder how many religious leaders scratch their heads on occasion, wondering why they cannot instill in their followers the kind of faith so many of them seem to have in the internet. The difference is that while most Christians do think about our beliefs, many “social media” followers ...

‘Medocracy’ May Be the New Form of Government

The Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, and gas prices shot up about 20 cents on June 20. If we are to believe the oil and gas officials, that spike in prices did not happen because fracking has made America energy independent. If we are in the midst of a frack boom, why have Wheeling and so many ...

Let’s Work Together to Find Solutions in W.Va.

I was blessed recently with the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. The trip, sponsored by the American Israeli Education PAC (AIEP), was an opportunity for me and 18 other political and religious leaders from across America to meet and learn from our friends in Israel. A trip to this region ...

Effort Is Being Made to Honor Sonny Allen in Virginia

A full-blown effort is under way in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in an effort to have Moundsville native Sonny Allen become a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Retired sportswriter Harry Minium is spearheading this undertaking, and a couple weeks ago had an article published in the ...

State GOP Chair Stifling Justice Critics’ Freedoms

You don’t really think a lot about your right to free speech, until you lose it. Or until someone tries to take it from you by force. And that’s the very crux of why I’ve spent so much of the last month entrenched in our state’s political news. It’s a complicated story. It’s ...