Local Columns

Seeing Value In Education

Here are four tidbits of information. See if you can spot what’s wrong with the picture they form: 1. West Virginia has the lowest education attainment rate in the nation. 2. Throughout the nation, just 40 percent of people responding to a Pew Research Center survey said higher ...

Benefits of Tax Cut Becoming More Clear to Americans

2018 is off to a roaring start. Unemployment is down, good jobs are being created every day, and the economy is humming. And thanks to the landmark tax cut passed in December by Congress, things are only going to get better from here. That’s especially true in our state. It’s why Vice ...

Annual Ham, Bacon and Egg Show Scheduled for Wednesday

It was 40 years ago this month that the first Cameron High School Future Farmers of America ham, bacon and egg show and sale took place. The site was the Glen Dale Motors showroom. After two years at the Glen Dale facility, the show and sale moved to the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville and ...

Worry About Run-Amok Capitalism, Not Guns

While I have little sufferance for the NRA, I find some truth in its claim that “Guns don’t kill, people do.” The Chinese discovered gunpowder centuries ago, and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle. The furor over the latest school shooting in Florida brings out the same ...

Making PEIA Worse, Not Better

Striking teachers and school service personnel are demanding West Virginia legislators “fix the PEIA.” To many of the education employees, that seems more important than pay raises. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance Agency, and it provides health insurance for nearly 80,000 ...

Why Did It Take These Kids?

One thing about the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that has struck many people is how articulate and appealing — made for TV, you might say — so many of them are. Sad, isn’t it, that the kids from Columbine weren’t better in front of a camera? Or that the first ...

Home and Business Expo Set at Old Pen on Friday, Saturday

The 13th annual Marshall County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Home & Business Expo will be taking place Friday and Saturday at the Training Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday and starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Local ...

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 ...