Local Columns

Here’s What the Russians Were Not Able to Do

Imagine a geo-strategic judo match. All the power, strength, momentum, and confidence we have happens to be confronted by a failing, weak, corrupt regime. How does the weaker challenge the stronger? Use the mightier’s strengths against him. It’s classic judo. We are up against a ...

Good-Faith Effort Made, But Target Keeps Changing

Throughout the past couple of weeks in Charleston, and around the state, there’s been really only one issue that’s dominated the headlines and the conversation: Our state’s teachers and school service personnel are very unhappy. The hard part is that exactly why seems to be inconsistent ...

Starting on Task of ‘Fixing’ PEIA

Many of the public school teachers on strike Thursday and Friday are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust me on ...

Yes, Enough Is Enough

We didn’t have an in-ground or above ground swimming pool when we were kids. Maybe a few of those hard plastic kiddie pools indented the backyard lawn, but they were nothing to write home about. Or we made friends with the neighbor kids whose homesteads included a lovely cement pool. A ...

Co-Tenancy Not Forced Pooling

House Bill 4268 in the West Virginia Legislature is called the “Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act.” It is no secret that there has been a battle in West Virginia concerning the development of the natural gas industry. The players involved in the battle include the ...

Heroes We Can All Celebrate

Leading figures in the African-American history of our nation take the spotlight each February, during Black History Month. We learn more about people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and others whose names are in the history books. But what of the single ...

Wide Variety of Events Scheduled at Old State Penitentiary

While Major League baseball opens its season on March 29, a local attraction will be kicking off its 2018 season on March 30—day tours at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Also, there will be twilight tours, photo tours and paranormal investigations. The tours will take place ...

W.Va.’s Share Behind Others

If West Virginia legislators behind the sports betting bill were trying to ensure we can compete against surrounding states, they went way, way overboard. Should sports betting become a reality here, that could cost West Virginians millions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Under the ...

A Phone Call Away

By now my readers know about most of my fears and phobias. But have you ever experienced the type of fear that seizes you by the back of the throat? That type of panic that makes it hard to swallow or breathe? A few weeks ago at the end of a night shift, I was headed home just after midnight. ...

A Show and Tell Made Possible by ‘The Greatest’

When I was going to Clara Tag Elementary School in Miles Heights, a neighborhood in the Cleveland area, we had a show and tell in school. I was excited because I finally had something to show and tell. My mother and I went to pick up my father from the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. For those ...

Providing Teachers Substantial, Responsible Pay Raises

It seems that throughout the past few weeks, everywhere you turn — whether it be on television, social media, newspapers — that it’s nothing but numbers when talking about West Virginia teacher raises. One percent. Two percent. One-one-one-one-one. Three percent times three. Five ...

Things The Press Can’t Do

“I trust the media less than I do the government,” state Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, said during a legislative committee hearing the other day. Millions of Americans agree with him. Millions more would if a Democrat rather than a Republican was president. Some in the media, and that ...

Maximize Benefits From Natural Gas Development

West Virginia’s natural gas industry made tremendous strides in 2017. Natural gas production increased, interstate gas pipelines were approved, progress was made toward developing a regional gas liquids storage and trading hub and, incredibly, China Energy proposes to invest billions of ...

Give Lawmakers More Authority Over Court Budget

Earlier this year, there was some pretty disturbing news that came out of Charleston relating to our state’s Supreme Court of Appeals. An investigation by a local news station had discovered an outrageous amount of taxpayer dollars had been spent to renovate the private offices of the five ...

Plans Made to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of JMHS Opening

At the recent open house/business after hours event at John Marshall High School, fliers were distributed dealing with the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening, which was in August 1968. The observance will begin at this year’s graduation ceremony and conclude in May 2019. While ...

Courtesy Patrol Not Necessary

Once again, West Virginia legislators find themselves digging around the state budget, trying to find money for new initiatives. You know me. I try to pitch in and do my part, especially when government needs my help. Clearly, it does this year. So, I’d like to resolve a significant ...

The Best Love Offers

Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, I was exposed to the many “loves” in life. On the TV, there was “I Love Lucy,” with its sometimes silly and sappy storylines, and later “The Love Boat,” where bed jumping was the popular pastime. On the big screen, I cried buckets of tears when ...

Pipelines Help Hold Down Energy Costs

By Chris Ventura Midwest Director Consumer Energy Alliance Houston, Texas Nearly 360,000 West Virginians depend on food stamps to make ends meet — that’s 19.5 percent of the state’s population. For these households, paying for food and necessities like clothing and shelter is ...

Solving the PEIA Riddle Is Vital

Pay is only part of the problem, in the minds of many public school teachers in West Virginia. To them, PEIA is the very dirtiest of the dirty four-letter words. At two strokes, Gov. Jim Justice has both pacified some teachers and made matters worse regarding the Public Employees Insurance ...

Feed Us, And We Will Come

There is a much maligned myth among the media — local, state or national — that if you feed us, we will be happy to cover your event. Now true journalists pay no mind to the buffet table of select meats and cheeses at news events, nor do they knock people over for first dibs on the ...