Local Columns

Big Brother Version 2.0 On Horizon

For all the talk during recent weeks about privacy and the internet, I doubt all but a few people really understand how much Big Brother and his cousin, Big Brother Inc., know about us. George Orwell’s book “1984” and the film based on it scared a lot of people for decades after the ...

Passage of Bond Issue Would Make Schools Safer

There is nothing more important than the safety our children. This is the ideal time to ensure it. For that reason, Ohio County Schools has planned important security upgrades at all of our schools following the passage of the upcoming bond initiative. The security projects involve new ...

Highlights of Trip Included Learning About John Marshall

This past week while visiting my daughter and her family in Arlington, Va., I had the opportunity to choose a number of attractions in the Arlington/D.C. area to visit. From previous baseball trips, we had been up close to these attractions, but not to actually go through them. This time we ...

Pandora’s Box Can’t Be Closed

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

My Vessel Of Choice

It’s a funny thing, when I think about it. When I go to the cupboard to grab a glass when I’m hankering for some milk or iced tea, I find myself reaching for the same vessel each time. After so many years of household bliss, there are probably 12 or 14 mismatched glasses in the cupboard. ...

Admitting We Have A Problem

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Getting Across the Street at Downtown Wheeling Corner

Safe Crossing Pedestrians are happy to see that a missing “walk” light has been replaced with a new and improved model at the southwest corner of 16th and Chapline streets in downtown Wheeling. It’s a busy intersection where pedestrians need all the help they can get in crossing the ...

A Subsidy by Any Other Name …

Americans who rely on low-cost, reliable electricity from coal-fired power plants are trapped in what we might think of as subsidy wars. So are the miners and communities that rely on such generating stations as markets. Here’s the question about that: If you have to pay more for ...

Just Who Does That?

I’ve driven through South Wheeling hundreds or more times, but only recently really took notice of the American flags neatly lining some of the homes and storefronts on Jacob Street. Who does that? A drive through Elm Grove and I am greeted by a large welcome sign with lovely flowers ...

Holding Onto Your Dreams

If you’ve never seen the movie “The Right Stuff,” I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful film, not least because West Virginian Chuck Yeager plays a leading, if misunderstood, role in both the story and the film. But while you’re watching, take note of one of the most ...

Easter Lilies a Reminder of Power of Empty Tomb

Most authorities agree that a missionary, a Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems ...

Progress Being Made in Moving Museum to Old Penitentiary

Another step has been taken which will hopefully enable the Marshall County Historical Society Museum to relocate to the former West Virginia Penitentiary has been taken. The step was in the form of a document dealing with many facts pertaining to the WVP, a requirement needed before any ...

Bond Issue Is Investment in Our Community’s Future

An investment in our schools is an investment in our community. Ohio County Schools is proposing a $42 million bond initiative for necessary and important improvements in all of our schools. This is such an exciting opportunity to improve on infrastructure throughout our school system. We ...

Second Amendment Still Secure

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote many years before the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson allegedly added, “He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of ...

Easter in Germantown

Our dad loved Easter almost as much as Christmas. Holidays were special for the kid from Center Wheeling where the ornate Catholic church — St. Alphonsus — loomed larger than life over the neighborhood. For our dad I think the church and his faith were the center of every holy day and ...

Should Teachers Be Armed?

An informal public opinion poll I conducted last week netted mixed feelings about the idea of arming some teachers to protect schools against mass murderers. It wasn’t very mixed at all among educators, however. Every one of them I talked to worries about the idea. Think about this: ...

Legislature Putting W.Va. Back on Path to Prosperity

As we take some time to reflect upon the conclusion of the 83rd Session of the West Virginia Legislature, there is an opportunity to remember the accomplishments of the previous year, think about areas where we could improve, and look toward the long-term progress of our wonderful ...

Annual Spring Training Trip Included 36 Area Residents

Play Ball! I heard those words two weeks ago at Spring Training in Florida, along with 35 others from the Ohio Valley who spent the week of March 13-18 in the Sunshine State. That particular week was the fourth of the six weeks of Spring Training, and there were still a large number of ...

Thinking About Colorectal Cancer Could Save Your Life

“Everyone Poops.” That’s the title of a popular children’s book, but it’s also a good reminder for adults. “Bathroom talk” is often considered taboo for anyone older than age five, but when it comes to colorectal cancer, it may just save your life. March is Colorectal Cancer ...

Demographics Are Against Us

The good news is that West Virginia’s labor force participation rate has risen during the past couple of years. No longer are we the only state in the union where fewer than half the working-age residents actually hold down jobs. But the bad news, with enormous ramifications for state ...