Local Columns

Salvation Army Set for Red Kettles in Marshall, Wetzel

The Moundsville Salvation Army Service Center, which serves Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, began its Red Kettle collections this past week at six locations, with the final two sites to be manned this coming Friday. Bell ringers are manning kettles at Big Lots, Coen Oil, Kroger and ...

Educating Low-Income Children

Ask any teacher which student, all other things being as equal as possible, does better in school: the child from a middle-class family or the one whose parents are poor. Educators see it every day. Children from low-income backgrounds face enormous obstacles to success in school and as a ...

Taking Some Risks in W.Va.

West Virginians have two qualities that even some of our detractors admire: We have a pull-ourselves-up-by-our-own-bootstraps attitude. It’s necessary. Seldom do we have any reason to look for knights in shining armor to give us a hand. We tend to take care of our neighbors. Now, ...

Me and My Shadow

See something, say something. How many times have we heard that saying since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States? But do we take it seriously all these years later? It’s not just about terrorism — domestic or otherwise. There are other threats or potential ports of ...

Hey, Republican Big Spenders, Keep the Spending Caps

Why would a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican president repeal the best weapon against runaway federal spending in 30 years? That may happen later this year if Congress doesn’t extend the Budget Control Act of 2011, which includes spending caps and sequester spending ...

Learning How To Be Americans

It’s tempting to suggest that high school social studies could be eliminated entirely, except for two lessons hammered into students’ heads over and over again: 1. Two plus two never equals five, no matter how many times a politician tells you it does. 2. Regarding anything a ...

Investing in the Future of Your Community

Marilyn (Lyn) and Joe Fraker were long-time residents of New Martinsville. Lyn was a strong advocate for stray animals in Wetzel County, working to establish the Humane Society of Wetzel County and instrumental in assisting the Wetzel County Animal Shelter during her lifetime. When she and ...

Christmas Trees Ready for Viewing at Old Penitentiary

Twenty-two decorated Christmas Trees were unveiled Thursday night at the 24th annual Tree Gala sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Actually, there were two events at the Training Center of the former West Virginia Penitentiary, the other being a Business After Hours event ...

Tax Reform Plan Gives Us a Chance to Prosper

Last year, American households spent more on taxes than they spent on food and clothing combined. Meanwhile, 72 percent of Americans told pollsters they believed the economy was rigged in favor of the rich and powerful. It is — due, in part, to our broken tax code. Ordinary Americans are ...

A Second Chance to Get It Right

Christmas has come early to the mountains. We West Virginians have been tossed a lifeline from, of all places, China. The question is, will we use it as a rescue — or merely a reprieve? Thursday’s announcement that a Chinese company will invest $83.7 billion in natural gas and related ...

Giving The Final Salute

There is something very humbling about breaking bread among heroes. Most of these men and women have seen and done things I can only imagine or read about. Sometimes they talk openly about their experiences. Others sit quietly, listening intently. Their eyes glisten with tears they need to ...

Limiting Damage Caused by Abusive Class-Action Lawsuits

Manufacturing is essential to West Virginia’s economy, providing tens of thousands of jobs and more than $4 billion a year in exports. But there’s an import that threatens these West Virginia companies: Class action lawsuits. This profit-driven litigation frequently sprawls across state ...

Rights Of Accused Also Important

Most of the time, there is nothing we as a society can do to repair the harm criminals do to their victims. Judges can order restitution be made, but that frequently doesn’t happen. And in the worst offenses — rape and murder come to mind — the harm cannot be undone. What we can ...

Iran Is Cheating on Nuclear Arms Agreement

On Oct. 19, The Intelligencer printed a column by Patrick Buchanan entitled, “War with Iran Inevitable?” In it Buchanan made several inaccurate statements. Early in the column he states, “After decertifying the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security ...

David Dalzell Jr. Honored for Years of Service to Libraries

Members of the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library Board, along with staff personnel of the Moundsville, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron Public Libraries, honored long-time library board President David B. Dalzell Jr., at a recent reception hosted by the three libraries at Alexanders on 7th ...

Coping With Opportunity, Challenges of Tourism

The phrase “the world is flat” is now part of today’s lexicon. In an interview given more than a decade ago, journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman, explained how he came up with the idea and wording. “I was in India interviewing Nandan Nilekani at Infosys. And he said to ...

How to Win Big in War on Drugs

The most dangerous drug pushers don’t operate on street corners. They don’t use disposable cellphones and, except on “Dressdown Friday,” they wouldn’t think of going to work in jeans and T-shirts. You’ve already guessed I’m referring to drug companies, distributors and ...

My Stars Of Hollywood

I don’t care if a person is gay or straight. It’s none of my business what two consenting adults do behind closed doors. And the sexual antics of today’s stage and screen stars, directors and producers are fodder better left unprinted. But Hollywood — that sometimes cesspool and ...

Going To Bat For The Babies

Just two weeks before her husband declared drug abuse a national public health emergency, first lady Melania Trump was in Huntington, W.Va. After the president announced his action on Thursday, some in his administration outlined a few specifics of what he hopes to do to battle substance ...

Grand Vue Park Wins State Association’s Family Award

Grand Vue Park was the recipient of this year’s James L. McClelland Public Parks and Recreation Family Award, presented at the 45th annual Convention of the West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association (WVRCA) held Oct. 17-19 at Canaan Valley Resort. GVP general manager Craig White ...