Local Columns

Don’t Divert Money From Public Schools in W.Va.

On Friday Jan. 25, the West Virginia Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 to pass what leadership is calling the “Education Reform Omnibus Bill.” It passed along party lines, despite many only seeing its final version hours before. In fact, the meeting had to be recessed in order for all ...

Leo Club Aids Moundsville’s House of Carpenter II

One of the undertakings the John Marshall High School LEO Club has chosen this school year is to assist the House of Carpenter II in Moundsville, and this past week four members of the club, President Kailey Filben, Whitney Coffield, Faith Corley and Dakota Wyatt along with adviser Dianne ...

We Need to Do a Better Job for Foster Children in W.Va.

West Virginia’s child welfare system is in crisis. The drug epidemic that’s plagued our state has pushed our current system well beyond its limits. To remedy the foster care crisis and ensure the health and well-being of nearly 7,000 little Mountaineers, the state Department of Health ...

At Least Show Some Respect for Our Anthem

At a time when the media are constantly pointing out social, political and ideological divisions in America, most of us can agree on uniting around the larger meaning of our nation and the sacrifices that made it possible in the first place. This is embodied in our National ...

Ensure Education Bill Is Not Harmful

We teachers stick together. Only a fellow educator understands the hours, the heart, and the dedication it takes to give everything of yourself to your students. Only a fellow educator can empathize with the late nights grading papers, the afterhours parent messages and phone calls, the long ...

How Will We Pay for This?

Remember the good old days when Republican politicians could argue that Democrats were spending like there was no tomorrow? Welcome to the new reality in West Virginia. Here, Republican Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a fiscal 2020 general revenue fund budget that is nearly $300 million higher ...

What Do You Have to Say?

For nearly 10 years during the 1990s, I was a city beat reporter. I attended scores of Wheeling City Council meetings and a series of public sessions on the city charter. During those years of covering city council, I got to know many good people. But time marches on, people change, and ...

SB 451 Will Harm Teachers, Kids

One year ago, tens of thousands of educators, parents, principals, students and other concerned citizens from all 55 counties marched on Charleston, demanding that teachers, students and schools be given what they need to do well—higher teacher salaries, more classroom resources and respect ...

Week Three At the Capitol

The third week of the 2019 legislative session finally saw the debut of the education omnibus bill, and the roll out could have probably been handled better. Rumors had been flying about the bill since the beginning of January. No one was sure what was in it, but the rumors reached a fever ...

Auditor’s Office Focusing on Fraud Prevention

While the state Legislature is debating and setting budgets for the coming fiscal year, it’s important for West Virginia citizens to know the State Auditor’s Office has been, and continues to implement modern and improved accounting practices to track the spending of your taxpayer dollars. ...

City Manager Outlines Plans for Future of Moundsville

When new Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy spoke Tuesday at the Moundsville Lions Club his first words were, “As I look around the room I see many friends and associates from the past.” Rightly so, as Healy has lived in the Moundville-Glen Dale area his entire life, with one exception ...

Helping More West Virginians Get Training for Jobs

One of West Virginia’s most pressing issues is its low workforce participation rate, which is the measurement of those in our state who are above the age of 16 and are either employed or are actively seeking employment. Sadly, with only 53 percent of West Virginians employed or actively ...

Informing, Including the Public

More and more, public officials at all levels are adopting the opinion that people are either for them or against them. The corollary to that, in their minds, is that if you’re against them, you must be not just wrong, but mean-spirited. Even asking questions about what they do and ...

Revisiting a Bright Idea

Attention automakers. I have a beef with you. Whatever possessed you to remove the bright light button from the floor of vehicles? Since summer turned to fall and darkness came earlier every day, it became very apparent to me that many drivers of today just can’t seem to find that dimmer ...

Bipartisanship In The Early Going

We made it through the first full week of the session, several bills have already been passed and sent to the next chamber, and the two major pet projects of legislative leaders — broadband expansion and workforce development — will be up for votes soon. I won’t rehash a lot of that, as ...

Don’t Push Children to Start School Too Soon

At or near the start of every school year, I used to get calls and notes from parents demanding a waiver in order to get their children into kindergarten early, even though the children were too young to meet the age cut off. Grandparents often add their weight to the parents’ request to ...

Ensuring West Virginia Has Best Schools Possible

There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children. Thomas Jefferson felt so strongly about the importance of public education that he wrote the following: “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the ...

Lions Club Continues Record of Successful Blood Drives

In 2006, the Moundsville Lions Club was contacted about sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive, with member Eugene Lough agreeing to chair the event. This past Thursday was the club’s 14th year being a part of this community service. While Lough remains the chairman, there have been ...

Light of God’s Love Needed Most When It Is Darkest

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

‘Severability’ Is the Question

No member of Congress in his or her right mind is going to allow 20 million people covered by Medicaid to lose their health insurance. And each and every one of the lawmakers can visualize the attack ads that would result from a wave of insurance company rejections of coverage applications ...