Local Columns

Fathers — All Kinds — Are Important to Children

This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over that last 10 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. First, it was unique because my father and my grandfather died, making me the oldest male in my family. Then it was unique ...

Mound Complex Schedules Events for West Virginia Day

Visitors to the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville on Wednesday will be able to participate in several events in conjunction with West Virginia Day. West Virginia was formed on June 20, 1863, thus this year’s marks the state’s 155th birthday. Visitors to the Mound ...

Is Kim Playing the Long Game?

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed ...

Wetting A Line With Dad

There was nothing fancy about going to that pond in Wellsburg. It was all about fishing. There weren’t many activities that we did as a large family, but going fishing offered some memorable times. We were invited to wet a line in the water on Joe Funk’s property where he and his wife ...

Can We Place Trust In Anyone?

Not long after Allen Loughry’s book came out, he was in my office discussing it. The title is “Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia.” It’s fascinating reading, all the more so because of ...

We Need to Talk About Public Education in W.Va.

In February this year, teachers and school service personnel in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties left the job for 13 days over issues of teacher pay and the rising costs of health insurance available through W.Va. Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). Before the 2018 Legislative ...

Libraries in County Schedule Summer Reading Programs

The Marshall County Summer Reading Program, involving the Moundsville-Marshall County, Benwood-McMechen and Cameron libraries, begins this week. The programs are free and open to the public. In addition there will be special events at the libraries in conjunction with the reading programs, ...

Picking Winners and Losers

I agree 100 percent with some of my friends, liberal and conservative alike, who have been objecting during the past few days that the government should not be picking winners and losers in the private sector. But where have you been for the past few decades, especially the past nine ...

Sing Me A Song

I have a grandchild story. I’ll be brief but to the point. My 3¢-year-old granddaughter Hannah June “read” me a story book the other evening. With her 2-year-old brother dozing off to sleep next to her, she opened the book. It was titled “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” Just about ...

New Law Will Help Banks Serve Communities

For those who feared that partisanship and politics always trumps policy in Washington, I have good news! Thanks to the power of grassroots advocacy and the support of pro-community bank elected officials, including every member of our West Virginia Congressional delegation (Sens. Capito ...

Senior Citizens Center May Have Major Upgrade in Store

Some 40 years ago members of the Mound City Senior Satellite wanted to build a structure of their own and began holding events such as bake sales, dinners, and a variety of other fundraisers. As it turned out, finding a new location which would meet all the needs without putting the ...

What’s Wrong With Us?

What’s wrong in America? Try this: There’s a new video game called “Active Shooter.” It allows participants to pretend they are armed assailants who have invaded schools. I’m not certain how score is kept. Perhaps by the number of children “shot.” When word about the game ...

Retiring Firefighter, Police Officer Sign Off for Last Time

Last call for firefighter City Editor Matt Saxton was putting the Saturday paper to bed Friday when Ohio County 911 was doing its 10 p.m. radio test. Radio tests or roll calls happen every night, so he and the staff usually tune them out. But it became obvious quickly that Friday’s test was ...

Why Was ‘Pause’ So Lengthy?

Your home has been destroyed in a flash flood. Your family needs help, desperately. Because enough people were affected by the disaster, federal aid is available. You apply for some money. You wait, wait some more, make a few phone calls and are told to be patient. Then you find out that ...

Kicking Off My Shoes

I just read a startling piece of information. Some might call it trivia and it may be a question on “Jeopardy!” some day. It seems that 55 percent of U.S. workers fail to use all of their allotted vacation time each year. My question is why? If you are fortunate enough to have a job that ...

Beyond Astronauts and Engineers

I was thrilled to be at West Virginia University (Tuesday) to announce an exciting collaboration between Mylan and the university. Not only is West Virginia my home state, but it’s where Mylan was founded nearly 60 years ago. The city of Morgantown also is home to more Mylan ...

Honored Dead Marching Onward In Our Memories

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of the forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as ...

It Really Must Have Been Hell

It was cold. Colder than you can imagine. That’s all an old friend has ever been willing to tell me about serving in combat during the Korean War. Saying more was, in a very real way, too painful for him. What we know about the cold is that it was so bad some Americans froze to death on ...

Get Recovery Funds Flowing

Gov. Jim Justice is absolutely right to insist that nearly $150 million in federal flood relief money be spent appropriately and effectively in West Virginia. But every day of delay in doling the funds out to victims of flash floods nearly two years ago is a serious problem. That is ...

Require Club 106 To Follow the Rules

How private enterprises are run usually is none of the government’s business. When they threaten the public’s health and/or safety, however, that is another story. In late April 2017, the Club 106 in Steubenville was closed for a year, by court order. The establishment was a public ...