Local Columns

Workman May Stay, Too

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker did not exactly hit a home run during her impeachment trial before the state Senate. Call it a walk; senators voted not to remove her, but to censure her and leave her in office. Next up to bat, Justice Margaret Workman. Her impeachment ...

Fall Festivals Finally Here!

Skip and Roseann’s tree is nearly at its most glorious fall splendor. It happened overnight. This perfectly shaped large oak tree sits at the bottom of my neighbors’ driveway. It is my barometer to when we experience full-blown autumn. When those leaves turn such amazing colors of red ...

Remember This in November

The Democrats have been committed to opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris announced their opposition before the nominee’s name was released. Almost immediately after his ...

Where Is Judicial Restraint in W.Va.?

As we start the first impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate this morning, I find it interesting the efforts some justices — on current and one former — of the state Supreme Court of Appeals are going to extract the court from the co-equal third branch of government it is supposed to ...

Lock Some Up, Throw Away Key?

Brylee West, who allegedly shot a 2-year-old girl and her mother last week in Steubenville, is no stranger to pulling a trigger on another human being. When West was 15 years old, he put a bullet in another teenager who was unarmed and walking down a sidewalk in Steubenville. The boy, whose ...

Reforms Working to Make West Virginia Better

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This oft-mentioned proverb is used to convey the idea that beauty, or value, is subjective. That which one person finds beautiful, useful or lovely, another may find plain, frivolous or even repulsive. That said, one could be forgiven for looking ...

Christian Church Celebrates 150 Years in Moundsville

Sixty years ago the congregation of the Moundsville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) moved into a new church as the membership had outgrown its location then at 700 Jefferson Avenue. It, too, had served the congregation for 60 years. Today the church membership will conclude a ...

Conspiracy Claim Ridiculous

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s all a vast, right-wing conspiracy. Where have we heard that before? In 1998 and again in 2016, from Hillary Clinton. Give Davis credit for coming up with a new and improved version. Davis has filed a federal lawsuit ...

Watching Out For Others

Admit it. You’ve done it. You’ve driven past your children’s school yard or day care center at lunch time, hoping to catch a glimpse of your kids at play. Maybe you’ve done something similar with your elderly parents. You pop in at their home during the middle of the day just to make ...

Help Is Wanted In State Government

Last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of John Myers, the secretary of the state Department of Administration, as the new director of the West Virginia Lottery. This is not a new role for Myers, who served as an interim lottery director earlier this decade and was ...

Pursuing a Second Tax Cut to Do Even More Good

Larger paychecks may be around the corner — yet again. Congress is working on “Tax Cuts 2.0,” which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But the recent tax cuts are never without their enemies, ...

Lions Hear Progress Report on Monarch Stadium Project

Moundsville Lions Club members were provided with an update on work being done at Monarch Stadium, along with other information dealing with the 20 sports programs and four club activities, by Athletic Director Rob Chavanak at this past Tuesday’s Lions meeting. Two undertakings expected to ...

Ford a Problem for Manchin

With friends like Joe Manchin’s Democrats in the U.S. Senate, who needs enemies? Sen. Manchin, D-W.Va., is involved in a reelection battle against Republican Patrick Morrisey, who is West Virginia’s attorney general. Morrisey’s strategy, a very wise one in this state, is to campaign as ...

What Are You Selling?

Branding. It’s a catch word heard more and more in all types of industry, especially in the retail field. As retailers work to find new and better ways to attract customers, they rely on branding. It’s a particular focus these days as businesses compete with online shopping. While that ...

Unpredictability In Charleston

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11, I was given a ...

Refusing To Protect Children

Perhaps the Roman Catholic Church finally is living up to its own teachings by protecting children from predator priests. Events last week may be evidence of that. Pope Francis met with a group of U.S. bishops to discuss the situation. And the church revealed it is investigating just-retired ...

Curb Upswing In HIV Locally

Six new cases of human immunodeficiency virus - HIV - in Ohio County this year is cause for alarm. Both public health and law enforcement officials should make dealing with it a priority. First, the good news: For now, at least, very few people have cause for worry. The new cases involve ...

Get Children Out Of Unsafe Homes

When people hear of outrages such as that involving two children removed from deplorable living conditions in Belmont County earlier this month, the reaction often is demanding that government do something to prevent similar problems in the future. Belmont County’s Board of Health is ...

Pats on the Back

- To the nearly 350 volunteers who turned out Wednesday for the Day of Caring, held by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. And to the more than 40 companies that allowed them to participate. Day of Caring, which kicks off the United Way’s annual fundraising drive, sends volunteers to ...

Persistence Often Is the Key to Getting to ‘Yes’

When I was in high school I rarely got turned down for a date. My secret was simple. I didn’t ask. I was afraid of rejection. The result was I didn’t have much of a social life. When I went to West Virginia University, I knew that if I wanted a social life I would have to get ...