Local Columns

Turning Backs On Children

You can’t beat our sense of timing here in West Virginia. In one respect, it has been perfect — in a catastrophic sense. Children by the thousands are the innocent victims of the drug abuse crisis. Yet at a time when they need a certain kind of help the most, many in the Mountain State ...

Keeping W.Va. Highways Safe

Nearly $3 billion in state and federal funds are to be used in what Gov. Jim Justice touts as a “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. Much of the funding is earmarked for construction of new roads and bridges. We need to be thinking more about another campaign involving highways. We’ll ...

Improve School Attendance Rates

Here in the Northern Panhandle, we sometimes like to boast that our public schools are better than the state average. That’s nice — but it is not enough. Last week, state school Superintendent Steve Paine told the West Virginia Board of Education that student absenteeism is a serious ...

Your Vote Counts

Hancock County residents have new evidence of the importance of getting to the polling place on Election Day. There, on the night of Nov. 6, it appeared incumbent county Commissioner Jeff Davis had been unseated by challenger Tommy Ogden, by just eight votes. A more formal count, ...

Why Not Try Thanks-Living All Year Long?

Friends and family gather to show respect. The sobs of the husband drift through the funeral parlor. Irma, the oldest daughter, is greeting each new arrival with fresh outbursts of tears. Dora, prostrate with grief, is helped to another room. Ellen, the youngest, has to do the million and one ...

Number of Lions Clubs in County Dwindles to Three

Now there are three! Over the years there have been as many as 10 Lions Clubs in Marshall County.However, with the loss of the Washington Lands Lions Club earlier this month the number of clubs in the county has been reduced to three — Dallas, Mount Olivet and Moundsville. Previously, ...

An Open Letter to Those About to Serve in W.Va.

The election is over, and to the victors go the spoils. To all who ran, thank you for putting your name on the ballot because you helped keep our democratic traditions alive. Each cycle everyday citizens, like those who just campaigned, step up and put their reputations on the line just for a ...

Scandals Linked Over Years

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico more than a year ago, West Virginians probably were among those shaking our heads over the situation. Inefficiency and corruption are bad enough in the U.S. territory that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had to put special rules in place to ...

Taking Back Our Churches

Sorry, Catholic clergy, attending Mass is not and never should be about you. I had this discussion with a fellow Catholic the other day and it inspired me to put down on paper what has been bouncing around inside my head for the past couple of years. Talk seems to be all that we’ve done ...

Post-Election Observations

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the state Supreme Court elections — among the first under the nonpartisan category — it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial ...

Honoring Those Who Serve Us

One hundred years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Alter St. Clairsville Schools Proposal

A proposal for new taxes to improve St. Clairsville-Richland School District facilities was crushed by voters last Tuesday. More than 72 percent of the 6,800 votes cast were against the request. School district officials sought nearly $80 million through a 37-year property tax levy. Nearly ...

Festival of Lights Is World-Class Event

Oglebay Park’s 33rd annual Winter Festival of Lights kicked off last Thursday — and it is a case in which the overused “bigger and better” description is accurate. About a million light bulbs make the festival’s nearly 100 displays glow brightly, in more ways than one. The event ...

Veterans Attend Signing of New ‘Patriots and Heroes’

Fifteen military veterans were among those present Thursday for the book signing of the Ninth Volume of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. This year’s book brings to more than 1,000 the number of Marshall County veterans whose ...

Higher Severance Tax Could Cripple Growth

Thanks to shale development, the Northern Panhandle and Upper Ohio Valley is undergoing an economic revolution not seen since the birth of the steel industry. I recognize that’s an incredible statement, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask any economic development ...

Despite Flood of Facts, Climate Change Deniers Persist

West Virginia has always been schizoid in its attitude toward the natural beauty of its landscape. We celebrate our Wild and Wonderful mountains and waterways even while we destroy and pollute them. Our country roads may indeed take us home, but look in those roadside ravines and you will ...

Time Is Running Out for Us

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every ...

Activist Court Gone in W.Va.

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation ...

One Scoop At a Time

I think butter pecan or black walnut were mom’s favorite ice creams. Anything with nuts caught her eye. She was a true connoisseur, which was a benefit for a house full of kids sharing a common sweet tooth. We were exposed to all kinds of ice cream flavors from spumoni to rocky road. ...

Final Countdown To Election Day

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...