Local Columns

Celebrating WVU’s 150th Birthday

Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing the cake for the 90th birthday of the WVU ...

Providing Accessible, Affordable Higher Education

April is National Community College Month and West Virginia Northern Community College joins more than 1,100 community colleges across the nation in acknowledging the contributions these institutions make to the students and communities we serve. “Nearly half of all undergraduates in the ...

Path Open to Creation of New Manufacturing Jobs

During his presidential campaign, President Trump championed domestic job growth with a focus on slashing red tape and investing in our nation’s infrastructure. Manufacturers were hopeful, but wondered if the campaign promises would amount to more than political rhetoric. Thankfully, ...

Record Number of People Reached by Holiday Blessings

Dreams Come True for Many North Wheeling Community Dream Center, operated by Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, was the scene of a record number of people turning out for the annual Easter food basket giveaway last Saturday. The Rev. Darryl Cummings, pastor, said 1,375 people signed in to receive ...

‘Operation Pride’ Disposal, Recycling Services To Be Offered

Beginning this coming Saturday and continuing for seven of the next eight weeks (Friday or Saturday), Marshall County residents will have the opportunity to participate in “Operation Pride,” which enables the disposal of unwanted items at no cost to the citizens. The Marshall County ...

Why Do We Put Up With It?

If you were planning to attend conservative Ann Coulter’s speech on the University of California’s Berkeley campus this week, you may want to ask for a refund on the airline tickets. UC officials have canceled the Thursday event. Republicans at UCB had invited Coulter to speak about ...

Cutting the Budget Gradually

You haven’t heard a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the folks who run scores of fairs and festivals throughout West Virginia during the past few years, have you? Ditto for the Public Broadcasting crowd and the fine arts folks. But all of them — and we’re talking ...

What Really Matters to Us

There’s only so long I can stare at it before I know I have to do something about it. Sure I can continue to close the door and pretend all is well inside my closet, or I can pull up my bootstraps and tackle the mess that lies within. Just because I recently acquired a larger closet than I ...

Having Faith In Our Post- Resurrection World

Now that the Easter holiday is behind us, we are all looking to warmer weather, vacations and summer fun-time. I want to share some thoughts, in retrospect, of how we Christians, really view the Resurrection of Jesus. First is a simple realization which most Christians don’t quite get: ...

Mistakes Shouldn’t Be Fatal

It may be that one of our public opinion polls seemed particularly disturbing to me because it appeared just a few days before Easter. We asked, “Should governments spend more money on helping residents battling addiction?” Just 42 percent of respondents said “yes.” Fifty-eight ...

Improvements, Hazards and Trimming Trees

Improvements Could Be Around the Corner In St. Clairsville A building that has been an eyesore for several years could soon see new life. At times during the last decade, the former Prime Time Video building at the corner of Main and Sugar streets in St. Clairsville has featured visible ...

Fix Budget Without Tax Hikes

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

He Walked The Walk

You might not have known his name, but you probably noticed him on more than one occasion. Alvin F. Weidman died this week at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife Josephine of 65 years, their 13 children and more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than space allows me to name. I knew ...

The Possibilities for Prosperity in W.Va.

The economic situation in West Virginia is troubling from a personal as well as business perspective. At the same time, the bases for improving the situation are in front of us, if we choose to see them and act accordingly. The boom in oil and gas production in the state is ongoing and the ...

Praying We Get It Right This Time

As usual, West Virginia legislators let any number of important, good bills fall through the cracks of their chaotic last week in session. But they did find time to get marijuana done — sort of. For years, compassionate Mountain State residents have urged legislators to approve use of ...

Rein in Excessive Regulation of Community Banks

With policymakers in the nation’s capital reconsidering reforms to financial services regulations implemented after the 2008 crisis, the local communities in the Ohio Valley have a lot at stake. While community banks, including local banks headquartered in numerous West Virginia and Ohio ...

Plans Being Made to Alleviate Flooding at Valley Fork Park

The first phase of the clean-up of Valley Fork Park is currently underway and today the Sam Shaw Walking Trail will be closed as employees of the the city of Moundsville Street Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department will be burning piles of debris. Valley Fork Park ...

Battling Medicaid Fraud Vigorously in W.Va.

Waste, fraud and abuse are rampant nationwide and West Virginia certainly is no exception. This reality harms safety net programs, such as Social Security, Disability, and Medicaid. The unlawful taking from any of these programs wastes tax dollars, deepens deficits, and jeopardizes the very ...

Is the Revolution Going Too Far?

It may be time to call off the revolution. It certainly is time to reflect that the person who recommended we “question everything” didn’t say “change everything.” Jim Justice is governor of West Virginia and Donald Trump is president of the United States because discontent with ...

Color Me Confused

I made it a point this week to pick up a package of food dye to color a few eggs for Easter. I probably should have stuck to the food coloring found in the baking aisle. You know the kind — the package of basic colors in little plastic squeeze bottles. You can mix the blue and yellow and ...