Local Columns

How to Live A Good Life

I didn’t know “Ed” Lowe, but he sounds like a good neighbor. Ed died Sunday at the age of 87. He was born and raised in Pine Grove, West Virginia. His parents had a pretty sizable family as Ed had five sisters and a brother who preceded him in death. Ed was the last of the siblings to ...

Guard Against Overzealousness

The health care industry, ranging from pharmaceuticals companies down to physicians, certainly has contributed to the substance abuse crisis. Overwhelmingly, however, health care practitioners did so involuntarily. They believed drug company assurances that there was only a minuscule risk of ...

Providing New Pathway to Higher Education in Ohio

What do iTunes, Amazon and Paypal all have in common? They entered longstanding industries —music, retail and banking — and used technology to lower prices, expand consumer choices and fundamentally transform the user interface. Consumers quickly embraced these changes, and others in the ...

Seven Days of Baseball and Attractions Highlight Trip

I doubt if anyone has ever heard of an association between baseball, curling and a bird cage (a giant one). Well it happened, and it involved a total of 53 individuals, the majority of whom were from the Upper Ohio Valley. The makeup of the group of baseball enthusiasts on a Uniglobe ...

Manchin-Murkowski Mining Bill Is Important

As the recent trade war with China has escalated, Beijing has implied that it may retaliate by withholding rare earth minerals. Such a strategic vulnerability — and America’s alarmingly high reliance on imported minerals and metals — is now in the spotlight for all the world to see. ...

Doing July 4 Right

Somehow, the fact that we had to pick the seeds out of our watermelon didn’t make the Fourth of July any less enjoyable when I was a kid. Matter of fact, watermelons seemed to be sweeter then. Independence Day was never intended by the Founders to be a day of somber reflection. They’d ...

Red, White, Blue Days

It began with talk about the snakes. If you’re thinking of the warm slithering kind of reptiles, you’d be wrong. Recent talk in the newsroom was about the Fourth of July and those fat, round tablets that you light on fire and they erupt into long, black curls of snakes. They were as fragile ...

A New Era Dawns For West Virginia Education

This week, something happened in your state Capitol that many people predicted never would: Our Legislature passed a comprehensive education reform bill, including measures that provide educational choice in our state. For decades, many have proposed and tried to pass legislation enabling ...

Preventing Attacks On Religion

We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme Court justices — seven of the nine, anyway — may be heading toward the ...

Park Leaving Marshall County for Post in Petersburg

The opportunity to work just 20 hours a month isn’t very attractive! However, Suzanne Park agreed to such an offer 21 years ago, which brought her to Moundsville in 1998 to work for the Moundsville Economic Development Council, which was in its infancy. Her duties then were that of ...

Making Progress in Battle Against Drug Abuse

Is there anyone in West Virginia who hasn’t experienced the effects of our state’s opioid epidemic? The lives ruined and deaths from addiction have devastated every community in every county. Even so, when many understandably may feel a sense of hopelessness, I believe there is reason for ...

Funding Fossil Fuel Research

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Fearing A Familiar Sound

Enough already. I’m sitting at my home computer hearing the ominous sound of thunder in the distance. My phone is blowing up messages left and right from the various weather apps. These messages, too, are ominous. Flood watches, then flood warnings. Storm watches and then warnings. I don’t ...

Potpourri

Today the House of Delegates resumes the education special session, breaking into four select committees to consider legislation from its members, the Senate’s Student Success Act and accompanying education savings account bill, and some additional bills. That’s right, Gov. Jim Justice is ...

Repenting, Forgiving In Cards?

So, what about Monsignors Frederick Annie, Anthony Cincinnati and Kevin Quirk? Are demotions enough punishment? The three were, for years, vicars in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, under former bishop Michael Bransfield. They enabled some of his misbehavior, according to a ...

Taking on the Sharks of Life — Because You’re a Dad

This year is a unique year for me because it is not that unique. It has been the same old thing. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over the last 20 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. First, it was unique because my father and my grandfather ...

Can Justice Block Session?

Will members of the West Virginia House of Delegates convene as scheduled on Monday? I think so — though it may be within the power of Gov. Jim Justice to stop them. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, has called delegates back to a special session in Charleston, pursuant to a call issued ...

Sharing Joys Of Fatherhood

None of them claims to be perfect, but each has had an interesting story that included pride, joy, and at times, sorrow and regret. I’m talking about fathers, of course. I have met many fathers over my 40 years working as a newspaper journalist. Most times, fatherhood is the only common ...

How’d He Get Away With It?

To judge by the report investigators submitted on Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, he didn’t exactly measure up to what most people like to see in a high-ranking church official. Bransfield, who oversaw West Virginia’s Catholics for ...

What’s Controversial About Better Schools?

While some opponents of comprehensive education reform cheered its defeat during the 2019 regular legislative session, students, parents, and rank-and-file teachers have little reason to celebrate. West Virginia’s education system remains mired in dysfunction, near the bottom of states in ...