Local Columns

Employ Caution On W.Va. Budget

With less than a week remaining in their regular session, West Virginia legislators are being called upon to dust off their crystal balls. They need an answer to the question of whether the good times will continue to roll for the state treasury. Let us hope they do. Otherwise, at about ...

Increase Pay For Teachers, Troopers

West Virginia House of Delegates members have approved a bill that would increase pay by about 5 percent for public school employees and State Police troopers. State senators should approve the raise, too. With lawmakers in the final week of their regular session, there is some concern ...

Battling New Scourge

Last week, in the process of arresting three people, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department made the largest seizure of methamphetamines in county history. A total of 14 grams of the illegal drug was found. Depending on the amount taken, that is enough for between 560 and 1,400 ...

Bill Aimed at Repairing W.Va. Secondary Roads

Almost every day, I hear from concerned residents of the First District regarding the conditions of the roads in the Northern Panhandle. “The people who live along this road fear it will be completely gone by spring if this wet weather keeps up. It’s barely hanging on.” “When is ...

Cameron Post Celebrates American Legion 100th Birthday

Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 will observe the 100th birthday of the American Legion with a party at the C. William (Bill) Harris annex building on Saturday. There will be a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.. The dinner will be catered by Dianne’s Catering ...

Poisoning Children Even Before They Are Born

Editor's note: The tag line at the bottom of this story has been updated to correct a mistake. Terry Wallace, the author of this opinion piece, is a participant with the Cardinal Institute, not the CATO Institute. Would you knowingly and deliberately poison your own child? Would you allow ...

Festivals, Fairs Seem To Be Safe

Relax, fellow Mountain Staters. The Annual Ruddle Park Jamboree in Pendleton County and Bruceton Mills Good Neighbor Days are safe. So are the Elbert/Filbert Reunion Festival in McDowell County and the Moon Over Mountwood Fishing Festival in Wood County. So are the scores of other ...

Cut Costs, Try a New Vote

If you are among those who last fall voted against a tax levy to construct a new public safety building in Wheeling, I have a question for you: What would it take to change your mind? A 10 percent reduction in the cost of the proposed structure? Twenty percent? Thirty? Forty? Even ...

Ironing Out Your Stress

In times of stress, it’s not unusual for folks to reach for a glass of wine or perhaps a box of Oreo cookies with a side of Dairy Queen. Some people resort to nicotine while others take a more healthy approach and walk off the stress of the day. Local gyms are full of people slam-dunking ...

Sen. Mike Maroney: SB 451 Would Have Benefited Counties

Senate Bill 451, aka Comprehensive Education Reform Bill and aka the Omnibus Education Bill, was defeated by a procedural motion in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Let me explain why I supported that bill and why the defeat of the bill was so bad for my district, Senatorial District ...

Just What Is Problem In Schools?

West Virginia state Senate Bill 451, called by many the “omnibus education bill,” was no such thing. Had it been enacted, it would neither have destroyed public schools nor reinvented them. Both claims were made. Like so much of the discussion about how to offer better educations to ...

Home and Business Expo Will Include 20 New Vendors

Some 20 new vendors will be occupying spaces at the 14th annual Marshall County Home and Business Expo, to be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The Marshall County Chamber of ...

Believing in Rights for Both Gays, Property Owners

State Delegate Eric Porterfield has recently called the LGBT community “terrorists” and also likened us to the KKK. He made these comments in the context of a legislative debate on local “anti-discrimination” laws. Well, I’ve got three responses both to him as well as to many who ...

Benefiting From Positives, Coping With Negatives of OCD

“Son, you can always do better.” Those were the words from my wonderful father when I was just a very young child. And those words were ingrained in my psyche to this very day. For obsessive-compulsive individuals, such statements produce loose ends —that never end. I have had OCD my ...

No Incentive to Compromise

Officially, West Virginia state Senate Bill 451 died Wednesday afternoon, when the House of Delegates left it “tabled indefinitely.” But in reality, it — and much about it that is good — perished at about 6:25 p.m. Monday. It was at about that time that leaders of three public school ...

Nothing to Laugh About

When I was a day camper back more years than I can count, we used to play a game that made us giggle — and think. I’m sure you’re familiar with the game. We would sit in a circle on the ground. Then the first girl would whisper a sentence in the ear of the girl next to her. That girl ...

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

As of Sunday, there were 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...

Really Knowing Our Nation

Is it really important to know precisely what year the Constitution was ratified? Probably not. On the other hand, believing climate change was the cause of the Cold War could be a problem. Only about 36 percent of Americans can pass a multiple choice test on citizenship, the Woodrow Wilson ...

Don’t Shelve Ethics Bill

Incredibly — or, if you have followed politics for a few years, perhaps not — an important ethics law in West Virginia exempts state legislators and other elected officials. Most state employees are banned from having financial interests in public contracts. That is, they cannot steer ...

Repairing W.Va. Secondary Roads

Secondary roads in many areas of West Virginia, including ours, are near-disasters. Some are unsafe. Already, a few serious accidents have been blamed on them. State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, is right that, as he told our reporter, legislative action is needed to get the Division of ...