Local Columns

Getting Spending Under Control

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of the budgeting process in West Virginia is that, year after year, very few people in state government seem to find ways to economize. Even more unsettling is the appearance that after they leave state agencies, budget proposals don’t get much analysis ...

Something About Mary

Good morning. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mary. That’s right, Mary Heather to be exact. There are few among you who know me by any other name than Heather. I can count on one hand the number of times anyone has ever called me Mary Heather. Not even my mother or father ever called me ...

‘Boots’ Was A Good Teacher Of Life

For a long time now my Uncle John has wanted me to tell you about our farm dog, Boots. Boots was a typical hound with brown droopy ears and a cheerful greeting that made all visitors to the farm smile. Boots had that innate ability to trot up and make you smile whether you were having a good ...

Resolving Their March for Freedom Was Not in Vain

By Adam Kelly Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of the forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of ...

Really Teaching Students

As they sent students on their way and neatened up their classrooms for the summer during the past several days, I hope every teacher in the Ohio Valley read a story we published last week. It was about graduation ceremonies at John Marshall High School. The guest speaker was Chris ...

People in Many Countries Healthier Than Americans

Does our health care system actually result in a longer life? Ask most Americans and they’ll tell you proudly that health care in our country is the best in the world. After all, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, and the world’s wealthiest patients come here for their healthcare. Indeed, ...

C. William ‘Bill’ Harris To Be Honored for Years of Service

This year’s third annual Marshall County Veteran’s Community Service Award recipient will be C. William “Bill” Harris, a World War II Veteran who served with the United States Navy in both the European and Pacific theaters aboard a destroyer escort for two years. The 92-year-old ...

Why Is Wheeling Hospital Interested?

Editor, News-Register: Why Wheeling Hospital’s acute interest in the sale of Ohio Valley Medical Center to Alecto? When the sale was announced, Wheeling Hospital asked for a hearing on the Certificate of Need with the West Virginia Healthcare Authority (HCA), and a hearing was scheduled. ...

Bringing More Tourists to W.Va.

A fair number of out-of-state visitors to West Virginia go home from vacation babbling about how wonderful our state is. You ought to go there, they tell their friends. It’s much more than just woods. Which brings us to something on which I agree 100 percent with Gov. Jim Justice: We need ...

More Than Just a Picnic

On Monday, they will get up early, maybe have a bite of breakfast. A picnic load of food in the refrigerator awaits the grill. The coolers are stocked with assorted beverages and the horseshoe pit is ready for action in the backyard. But first things first. Some will don their military ...

Spiritual Migration

In April of this year, I was able to attend the annual Oeron E. Scott Lectures at Bethany College. The lectures were given by one of my favorite religious authors, Brian McLaren. McLaren’s lectures paralleled his recent book titled “The Great Spiritual Migration.” I found both the ...

WVU Alumni Making World Better Place

For 150 years, West Virginia University has been the spark that ignites the flame of its alumni’s success. Wherever I go and to whomever I talk, a common theme arises: the important role WVU plays in all they achieve. If there is one thing I’ve learned in leading our Alumni Association, ...

A Mother Honored Very Well

A local mother and her young daughter were just about to finish their lunch at a restaurant last weekend when a man approached, wished her a happy Mother’s Day, and laid something on their table. It was one of those generic guest checks restaurants sometimes use. On the back was written, ...

It’s Time to Put the People of West Virginia First

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the Legislature has been working in Charleston on our state’s budget, and we’ve been talking a lot about tax reform. These are things I’ve talked about throughout the session, but I think as of late, it’s become a little difficult to follow. ...

Council Was Painted Into Corner

Imagine being a Wheeling City Council member explaining to the public why your vote cost the area 1,500 jobs. That gives you some idea of why the vote for a controversial agreement sought by Alecto Healthcare Services was 6-0. Council members are receiving a brutal education in the realities ...

Drivers, Pay Attention

Please stop, I silently beg the three drivers heading down the on ramp to Interstate 70 from Washington Avenue. I’m driving parallel to them at 55 mph with a line of traffic behind me. I have my turn signal on signifying that I’m getting off at the exit just west of that on ramp. I cannot ...

Lions Club Honors Retiring Moundsville Middle Teacher

Students at Moundsville Middle School graciously shared their Awards Day on Thursday with Mike Eskridge, the adviser of the school’s LEO Club, as he was presented with two Lions Club International awards, a Progressive Melvin Jones pin and a Humanitarian Plaque. Eskridge, who is retiring as ...

Ready To Give Up?

Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was 9 years old. For three years he was unable to walk. But he did not give up. Years later Davis became the Olympic high jump champion receiving the gold medal in the1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland with a leap of 6 feet 8 1/4 ...

Hearing-Aid Bill Bad Idea

The government has an abysmal track record of overseeing health care lately, with the failures of Obamacare and the ongoing effort to repeal it dominating the news. Sadly, it’s no surprise that another bad health care idea is moving through Congress, this time led by Elizabeth Warren. Her ...

Keeping a Promise to Coal Miners

Two weeks ago, we finally passed a permanent fix that secured health care for more than 8,400 retired miners in West Virginia. Although this in itself is a huge victory, we're still only halfway there to keeping the promise made to coal miners 70 years ago. Now, more than 1,600 retired miners' ...