Local Columns

Putting West Virginia on a Pathway to Prosperity

The Legislature’s special session will resume on Monday. The goal remains the same: pass a budget that will put West Virginia on a pathway to prosperity. But what we have to understand is there is something that is being terribly forgotten here. The political class is missing the point. I ...

Control Spending to Cut Taxes

Phasing out West Virginia’s personal income tax is a wonderful idea. It would attract more people and, even more important, businesses to our state. But the tax feeds about $1.9 billion a year into state government. That is nearly half the general revenue fund. So, what to do about that ...

What Did You Say?

It was just one line among dozens of police reports, but it caught my eye. Someone called police to complain that children were using foul language at a local playground. Wow. I didn’t think anyone cared these days. Bad language is in the music our kids listen to, the shows and movies they ...

Making W.Va. Children More Resilient

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As with any other public health campaign, there is emphasis on integrated services, early intervention, and prevention — all worthy ideas and all worthy of our full attention, especially for our kids. The future of West Virginia depends on the health ...

Relay for Life, Boys State Programs Are Coming Up in June

At Tuesday’s Marshall County Commission meeting representatives Karen Coffield, Lottie Durban and Howard Coffield, representing the Relay for Life of Marshall County, and Jim Davis and Gary Wolfe, director and assistant director, respectively of Mountaineer Boys State, appeared before the ...

Shake Hands, Make Up

Genuine disagreements of opinion exist over how much money state government should take from West Virginians and how it should spend the funds. In some ways, it’s a three-way argument, with Gov. Jim Justice, state senators and House of Delegates members are taking slightly — or sometimes ...

Education Secretary’s Role on School Policy Limited

Over the last several months, there has been considerable debate surrounding the nomination and confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Questions have been raised about her knowledge of education, management experience, policy positions on issues such as school choice, and willingness ...

How Are Good People Manipulated Into Wars?

For a long time, I have been sorely troubled in my attempts to understand how it can be that basically good people can be manipulated into supporting evil. ’Tis a dichotomy, indeed. As a pragmatic atheist, I interpret “good” simply as that behavior which increases man’s chances for ...

Refreshing Hustle and Bustle of a Busy Downtown Area

Main Street Filled With Excitement and Anticipation From the time one enters downtown Wheeling from the Interstate 70 interchange on Main Street, the rush of excitement and activity begins. Whether driving, walking or cycling down Main Street, the anticipation of new development is ...

Changes Planned in Memorial Day Observance in Benwood

Memorial Day services have been held in the five municipalities in Marshall County for decades with little, if any, change in format. The cities of Cameron, Glen Dale and Moundsville have had services at which local residents have been the speakers, while in Benwood and McMechen in addition ...

Reform Faces Many Obstacles

Lots of people who didn’t have access to health insurance before the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — was enacted in 2010 do, now. Trouble is, many of them are finding that the “affordable” in the bill title was a lie. About the only large group of people delighted with the law ...

Holding On For Years

Seventy years is a long time to spend with one person. Yet Robert and Alice Romick say it feels like yesterday that they said their “I do’s.” The local couple can be seen together, most always — in the churches where Robert, at 91, still preaches on occasion — or at a Wheeling Lions ...

Funding Bill Should Benefit W.Va.

By U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communities. In February, I sent a letter to President Trump describing the specific priorities I believe will benefit our state and ...

‘Consolidate’ Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word

Marshall County Board of Education members have talked, off and on, about a new football stadium for John Marshall High School. Ohio County board members, facing a bill of at least $700,000 for repairs at Wheeling Island Stadium, may be wondering how long the 1927 facility will ...

Tax Health Care Professionals, Insurance Firms

We are well into the 21st Century, but if you are still afraid of the truth, it is time you woke up or go back to your safe place. The newspaper noted in an April 21 editorial that, “Just before Christmas, Congress approved stopgap action to bail out the health insurance program” that, ...

Simulated Workplace Program Gives Students Experience

Fifty individuals had the opportunity on Wednesday to learn about Simulated Workplace, which is part of the curriculum at John Marshall High School, and also view the renovation at the school over the past four years. Simulated Workplace is a program the West Virginia Department of Education ...

Cutting Employees — Or Not

Last week, members of the Brooke and Hancock County boards of education had to tell about 43 men and women they will not have jobs during the next school year. Declining enrollment and uncertainty about state funding were cited. Throughout West Virginia, many school boards either have done ...

Let’s Just Go Out To Eat

Where do you want to go for dinner? I don’t care. Yes, you do. What do you feel like eating tonight? No, really I don’t care, whatever you want. Aghh! This frustrating conversation is repeated about once a week when a few of my siblings and I want to take Mom out to eat. Because there ...

To Be Good Enough Can Be Perfect, Practically

There is a saying that goes, “Perfection is the enemy of the ‘good enough’” and that is worth remembering. None of us does anything perfectly every time, nor do we need to. Sometimes I find myself stuck in a mode of working toward perfection, when really, all that is required is “good ...

Celebrating WVU’s 150th Birthday

Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing the cake for the 90th birthday of the WVU ...