Local Columns

Joining the Youth to Stop Gun Violence

As the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, I participated in the gathering of the House of Bishops earlier this month in Texas. The assembly of bishops from across the United States and beyond came upon the heels of the school shootings in Florida and before the shootings this ...

The Cries Of a Child

There are times when I want to walk across the newsroom and pull the plug on the police scanner. Wednesday night was one of those times. Over more than three decades of reporting, I have seen and heard the kinds of reports that send chills up my spine. I have listened to the breathless ...

Protesting While Class Is in Session

One wonders what would happen if high school students throughout the country decided to walk out of class to stage a protest against abortion — or against restrictions on it. My guess is that not a single such demonstration would occur. High school principals throughout the nation would ...

School Issues Not Only Matters Handled by Legislature

The second session of the 83rd Legislature of West Virginia concluded on March 10, and while the session was dominated by the teachers strike, there were several important pieces of legislation passed to benefit the citizens of West Virginia. In the fall of 2017, the West Virginia Supreme ...

Providing a Pay Raise — and Doing It Responsibly

Now that the dust has settled, and the static has quieted a little, I think there’s an opportunity to reflect a little bit about the past couple of months in terms of wins and losses for our state’s taxpayers. Earlier this month, the Legislature passed a balanced budget during the regular ...

Moundsville Church Planning to Observe 150th Anniversary

Plans for the 150th anniversary of the Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have reached the halfway point. A committee headed by A.D. Rutter has been collecting history dealing with the church, along with arranging for the celebration, which will be taking place from Sept. ...

A Marine Thing to Do

One by one, the Marines rose to their feet as the stretcher carrying a wounded fellow Marine passed them on the way to a waiting ship. It was a simple and moving sight to see that kind of respect doled out to one of their own. Was it because he helped saved their lives or was it because they ...

Tariffs On Steel Overdue

Imagine it is 1942. You are in President Franklin Roosevelt’s Oval Office. He is on the telephone and has a worried look on his face. “But Emperor Hirohito, we need the steel to build some new aircraft carriers. “Yes, we do plan to use them to sink your ships. But we thought we had ...

Don’t Cut Back on Programs Vital to West Virginians

West Virginia is in the grips of a series of crises that threaten our families and communities, including an out-of-control opioid epidemic and increasing hunger. Unfortunately, rather than confronting these issues responsibly, West Virginia lawmakers, President Trump and some in Congress are ...

Grant Is Sought to Upgrade Four Seasons Pool in Moundsville

The city of Moundsville hopes to come full cycle when it comes to upgrading the Four Seasons Swimming Pool! When Four Seasons Pool was built, the United States Land and Water Conservation Fund was one of the three funding sponsors, the other two being the the city of Moundsville itself, and ...

W.Va. Strike a Model for Others

It wasn’t even a battle, really. But if you want to look at it that way, think Custer at the Little Bighorn. He never had a chance. Leaders of West Virginia’s three school employees’ groups, from the top on down to the county level, have provided organized labor in the public sector a ...

A Plate Of Comfort

When the 6 p.m. dinner bell rang in my childhood home, we didn’t dawdle or we didn’t eat. Mom made sure that we got to watch an episode of “Superman” before she called us to the table, however. But being late to dinner might mean you ate a bowl of cereal rather than a hunk of meatloaf ...

Collecting Mine Safety Fines

American drivers understand that if they go over the speed limit and receive a ticket from a police officer, they must pay the fine that has been issued, or their driver’s license will be suspended. The laws for drivers, and the consequences of not paying fines, are clear to ...

Seeing Value In Education

Here are four tidbits of information. See if you can spot what’s wrong with the picture they form: 1. West Virginia has the lowest education attainment rate in the nation. 2. Throughout the nation, just 40 percent of people responding to a Pew Research Center survey said higher ...

Benefits of Tax Cut Becoming More Clear to Americans

2018 is off to a roaring start. Unemployment is down, good jobs are being created every day, and the economy is humming. And thanks to the landmark tax cut passed in December by Congress, things are only going to get better from here. That’s especially true in our state. It’s why Vice ...

Annual Ham, Bacon and Egg Show Scheduled for Wednesday

It was 40 years ago this month that the first Cameron High School Future Farmers of America ham, bacon and egg show and sale took place. The site was the Glen Dale Motors showroom. After two years at the Glen Dale facility, the show and sale moved to the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville and ...

Worry About Run-Amok Capitalism, Not Guns

While I have little sufferance for the NRA, I find some truth in its claim that “Guns don’t kill, people do.” The Chinese discovered gunpowder centuries ago, and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. The furor over the latest school shooting in Florida brings out the same ...

Making PEIA Worse, Not Better

Striking teachers and school service personnel are demanding West Virginia legislators “fix the PEIA.” To many of the education employees, that seems more important than pay raises. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance Agency, and it provides health insurance for nearly 80,000 ...

Why Did It Take These Kids?

One thing about the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that has struck many people is how articulate and appealing — made for TV, you might say — so many of them are. Sad, isn’t it, that the kids from Columbine weren’t better in front of a camera? Or that the first ...

Home and Business Expo Set at Old Pen on Friday, Saturday

The 13th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Home & Business Expo will be taking place Friday and Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday and starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Local ...