Local Columns

Happy Days Not Yet Here Again

If you’re Gov. Jim Justice or a member of the West Virginia Legislature, you may be really excited about 2018. In contrast to the past couple of years, lawmakers’ regular session and budget deliberations ought to be a breeze. Indeed, there has been some good news lately: ∫ ...

Goodbye, House Of Children

It got to be funny. Silly, in fact. My sister swore she cleaned out Mom’s rolltop desk, readying it for a move from the homestead of 60 years. Then I pulled out the empty bottom drawer only to find a large pile of letters, newspaper clippings, photographs and greeting cards that had fallen ...

Helping Firefighters Who Get Cancer on the Job

Last month, we observed the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and that brings a fresh reminder that the devastation from that fateful day continues to take a toll on the brave emergency service men and women who served their communities. On Sept. 11, 2017, as I came off shift as ...

Heroes We See Every Day

My route to work takes me past Woodsdale School, which is just a few feet off busy Route 88. Every morning, I see a Wheeling police officer there. His car is parked on the sidewalk, blue lights flashing. He has the look of a fellow with whom, as we used to say, you don’t want to ...

Legislators, Governor Work Together to Get Things Done

One of the most reliable things in life, oddly enough, is change. And, what a change the state of West Virginia has experienced in just a few short months. The first time the Legislature found itself called back to Charleston, it was after an acrimonious regular session that ended in a ...

Protecting Local Residents From Domestic Violence

It seems like every day’s news includes at least one story about domestic violence. But for every story that’s reported by the news media, there are a thousand other stories that never make the daily headlines: a wife or child beaten by a partner or parent. A teen threatened, raped or ...

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Conducted at New Boat Dock

A ribbon cutting for the new boat dock at Riverfront Park in Moundsville took place this past Thursday, with Mayor Eugene Saunders Sr., having the honor of cutting the ribbon. The cost of the dock was some $700,000, according to Brett Preston, assistant chief of the state Division of Natural ...

Checks, Balances Not Working

We Americans may have a problem far worse than the drug abuse epidemic. What if one of our vaunted checks and balances on governmental abuses took itself out of the game? What if another one — and there are only three — went AWOL on occasion? You may have heard about the flap involving ...

Something In Red

There was always something about the color red. Growing up, I remember my aunt crocheted red mittens for me that kept my fingers warmer than store-bought gloves. There was usually a long, red scarf to go with the gloves. One Christmas, Mom got the idea to buy matching red flowered dresses for ...

Use Tax Relief to Create New Jobs in America

By Joe Eddy It’s been decades since America said goodbye to cassette tapes and mullet haircuts. But the tax policies of the 1980s are still with us. We all know change is long overdue. October 6, was Manufacturing Day, when 600,000 students, parents, teachers and others visited local shop ...

Feeling Good While Not Doing Good

By all means, let’s have an Indigenous Peoples Day observance in the United States. It’s long overdue. OK. Now, let’s move on to the next politically correct cause, raise hell about something else, and pat ourselves on the backs for — you guessed it — resisting. Oops. Forgot to ...

Are We Out of Ideas in W.Va.?

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

Scared Of My Shadow

It was the scariest place on earth when you were 10 years old. Even with your big brother and sisters walking next to you, it was the kind of experience that made for nightmares. Haunted houses are all the rage these days with one of the neatest ones located at the former state penitentiary ...

Admitting True Evil Does Exist

Some experts in investigating crime have speculated we never will know why Stephen Paddock decided to go on a killing spree last Sunday night. They’re missing what at one time would have been the obvious answer. The atmosphere of politics in our country has been poisoned to such a depth ...

Ensure Tax Reform Helps Small Businesses, Too

Policymakers in Washington have begun the debate over how to transform the nation’s tax code. But while there is widespread support for some reform to bolster investment and hiring, the question is how to balance the often-competing interests of the nation’s largest corporations with those ...

Blankenship’s Career Detailed at Wall of Fame Program

The John Marshall High School 2017 Wall of Fame induction was different this year! During the past 12 years, an average of four individuals per year were inducted. However, this year for the first time, one person, Stanley Blankenship, was inducted. Of course with only one inductee, ...

Deciding Whether We’re Born Good or Evil

Doom and Gloom seem to be the norm with today’s pundits and prognostics when it comes to the survival of mankind in a world and at a time when a simple flick of a switch could annihilate all but the most rudimentary forms of life. The question of survival of the race has become a most urgent ...

Stopping Killers Like Paddock

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock last Sunday night would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats ...

Beauty And Our Beasts

The bright moonlit sky has been a blessing on recent dark mornings. It makes me stop and reflect on its beauty. There is something awe-inspiring about looking into the face of that very full moon and believing that someone is looking back. Just the other morning as I left for work, the ...

At Least The Japanese Understand

The Japanese are renowned for their work ethic. They don’t impress easily on that score. But some of them have been impressed by the work ethic of a select group of Americans — right here in West Virginia. It can only be supposed that, a few years back, executives in the Toyota and ...