Local Columns

Spineless Stupidity Encouraged

I have a confession to make: I understand how the fellow in the Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, felt. Sometimes I, too, am seized by an almost uncontrollable fear of police officers. It makes me very uncomfortable. Usually, it happens when I notice a police or sheriff’s cruiser parked near the ...

Plans Are Made for Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

The Salvation Army Service Unit in Moundsville will hopefully become more active in not only Marshall County but also, Wetzel and Tyler counties, under the direction of Captains Mark and Jennifer Van Meter who are the new officers of the Ohio County Salvation Army Headquarters in Wheeling, and ...

Living by the Golden Rule in West Virginia

We come from different political parties, represent two different parts of the state and sometimes vote differently as a result.  As two of the youngest members of the West Virginia State Senate, however, we hold much in common.    Both of us have seen too many of the people we grew up ...

Facing Up to Road Funding

Secondary roads are a lot like the weather. Lots of people in West Virginia talk about them, but no one ever seems to do anything. Actually, that isn’t quite accurate. During the past decade, we have done something: We’ve reduced the Division of Highways budget. Yes, reduced. During ...

‘Pie Crust’ Was Right

I received a phone call from a faithful reader this week. She goes by the pen name of “Pie Crust.” Several years ago she sent me her recipe for the perfect pie crust, and ever since then we have shared some thoughts and observations about life in general. It’s always good to hear from her ...

Collecting Walks As A Hobby

There’s a reason it’s called Cathedral State Park. I’ve been in some beautiful places of worship, but I’ve never felt nearer to God than among Cathedral’s giant hemlocks. With the sun low in the sky, beams of light pass through their centuries-old branches to create a beauty beyond ...

Marshall County Commission Appoints 911 Director

There will be a mass movement today at Grand Vue Park! Rowe family members, all 62, will be going home after spending a week at GVP. This marked the 38th straight year the family had spent their vacations in the Ohio Valley. The get-together started in 1981 when 21 members of the family ...

Cracker Plant Will Be Safe, Good for Our Area

A recent edition of The Intelligencer featured a column criticizing an industry that is leading job creation in the Mid-Ohio Valley and has saved families and businesses across the Valley over $75 billion on our utility bills in just the past 10 years. The article focuses on the proposed ...

What Would Jesus Say About Crisis on the Border?

It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4. “When the lawyers saw the 2-year-old boy, he wasn’t wearing a diaper and had wet his pants, and his shirt was smeared in mucus. They said at least 15 children at the ...

Think of Financial Independence

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George ...

How to Live A Good Life

I didn’t know “Ed” Lowe, but he sounds like a good neighbor. Ed died Sunday at the age of 87. He was born and raised in Pine Grove, West Virginia. His parents had a pretty sizable family as Ed had five sisters and a brother who preceded him in death. Ed was the last of the siblings to ...

Guard Against Overzealousness

The health care industry, ranging from pharmaceuticals companies down to physicians, certainly has contributed to the substance abuse crisis. Overwhelmingly, however, health care practitioners did so involuntarily. They believed drug company assurances that there was only a minuscule risk of ...

Providing New Pathway to Higher Education in Ohio

What do iTunes, Amazon and Paypal all have in common? They entered longstanding industries —music, retail and banking — and used technology to lower prices, expand consumer choices and fundamentally transform the user interface. Consumers quickly embraced these changes, and others in the ...

Seven Days of Baseball and Attractions Highlight Trip

I doubt if anyone has ever heard of an association between baseball, curling and a bird cage (a giant one). Well it happened, and it involved a total of 53 individuals, the majority of whom were from the Upper Ohio Valley. The makeup of the group of baseball enthusiasts on a Uniglobe ...

Manchin-Murkowski Mining Bill Is Important

As the recent trade war with China has escalated, Beijing has implied that it may retaliate by withholding rare earth minerals. Such a strategic vulnerability — and America’s alarmingly high reliance on imported minerals and metals — is now in the spotlight for all the world to see. ...

Doing July 4 Right

Somehow, the fact that we had to pick the seeds out of our watermelon didn’t make the Fourth of July any less enjoyable when I was a kid. Matter of fact, watermelons seemed to be sweeter then. Independence Day was never intended by the Founders to be a day of somber reflection. They’d ...

Red, White, Blue Days

It began with talk about the snakes. If you’re thinking of the warm slithering kind of reptiles, you’d be wrong. Recent talk in the newsroom was about the Fourth of July and those fat, round tablets that you light on fire and they erupt into long, black curls of snakes. They were as fragile ...

A New Era Dawns For West Virginia Education

This week, something happened in your state Capitol that many people predicted never would: Our Legislature passed a comprehensive education reform bill, including measures that provide educational choice in our state. For decades, many have proposed and tried to pass legislation enabling ...

Preventing Attacks On Religion

We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme Court justices — seven of the nine, anyway — may be heading toward the ...

Park Leaving Marshall County for Post in Petersburg

The opportunity to work just 20 hours a month isn’t very attractive! However, Suzanne Park agreed to such an offer 21 years ago, which brought her to Moundsville in 1998 to work for the Moundsville Economic Development Council, which was in its infancy. Her duties then were that of ...