Local Columns

Trump: Let’s Tackle Black Lung

Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...

Play Ball, Not Politics

It was not easy to find, but it found me. This week, while taking some time off work, I sought out a little respite from the political strife that has consumed our country. Just a day after we watched Air Force One leave the air space over the Ohio Valley, I found myself heading north to watch ...

We All Have To Dream

“You have to dream. We all have to dream.” — Christa McAuliffe. Fifty years ago Saturday night, between 600 million and 650 million people were watching on television as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. What did they say to those watching with them? Something about ...

County Fair, Back-to-School Event Scheduled This Week

Two annual Marshall County events — the Marshall County Fair and the Back to School Fun Fair — will be taking place this week. The MCF will be a week-long attraction at the fairgrounds off 12th Street in Moundsville. The Back to School Fun Fair will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on ...

Making Something Legal Doesn’t Make It Right

For the last 16 years, I have been blessed to take 60 to 75 kids, not including adults and junior counselors, camping. Most of these kids are from kindergarten to the 6th grade. A number of them have never left the city and it is their first time camping. We enjoy seeing their first experiences ...

Scouting Teaches Leadership Qualities Valuable for Life

As a young boy in West Virginia, I loved being outside whenever I had the chance. Being a Boy Scout gave me the freedom to spend time outdoors and while I was there, I learned new skills, leadership qualities and gained friends and mentors that helped shape me into the United States senator, ...

Student Success Act Overdue, Worth Defending

Led by conservatives in the West Virginia State Senate, the entire legislature passed The Student Success Act that provides much needed reforms to the state’s public education system. The Student Success Act will help improve outcomes for students all across this state. It gives parents ...

School Establishment Shunned

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...

After 50 Years, Still Moonstruck

One of my favorite old songs — really old — was “Moon River” by Andy Williams. Whenever I chance to hear the song, it reminds me of the times we watched the “Andy Williams Show” on TV during the 1960s. It was pretty simple family fun with songs and sometimes silly ...

Why I Remain Catholic: A Defense of Faith in a Time of Challenge

Recent revelations related to the tenure of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston have outraged the Catholic community and shaken the faith of even its most devout followers both within the state and nationally. Evidence concerning financial ...

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 ...