Local Columns

Never Enough Ice Cream

I lean back against the wall, welcoming contact with the cold concrete. I find the heat stifling in the hallway but then, I am not one of the frail residents confined to a bed or wheelchair. They are swaddled in blankets to ward off a chill that may take to their aged limbs. As I briefly ...

You Just Can’t Please Everyone

Sometimes we want too much from government. We want it to be compassionate, as long as it does so in someone else’s backyard, with someone else’s money. When it doesn’t do the impossible, we decide rascality must be to blame. Pity the poor Wheeling city officials who have to decide ...

Sunday School Christian II

“[F]or I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for your sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared … to more than five hundred brothers at ...

Allegiance Belongs to Nation, Not to Government

Often, in criticizing my own country as I currently perceive it, I have been accused of being unpatriotic to the point of treason. I have been called any number of unkind names and been told, “If ya don’t like it, leave it.” Treason is not a charge to be taken lightly, and I am pressed ...

Grants Make Feasibility Study on Traffic Feasible

Traffic Study To many longtime Wheeling residents and visitors, the idea of opening Main and Market streets in the city’s downtown area to two-way traffic may seem downright absurd. Spending $1,000 per day on a study to determine if this is a feasible idea could seem even more ...

Remembering Moundsville’s Businesses of the Past

The Moundsville Historic Landmarks Commission has been discussing ways to recognize businesses/industries which no longer exist, and that hopefully the MHLC will be able to place some type of a remembrance in the vicinity of their former locations. Most of these remembrances would be along ...

Dodging The Real Problem

Lewis Wetzel was a bloodthirsty murderer of native Americans, it has been said. If Wetzel saw an Indian, he tried to kill him, in cold blood, if possible, according to some of his critics. So, should we hop in our cars and drive to Morgantown, there to tear down or at least shroud the ...

Politics Could Affect Hub Site

There was good news for Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents last week, when West Virginia University researchers released a study regarding sites for an ethane storage hub. There’s been a lot of hype regarding ethane storage hubs during the past several weeks. Having one in your ...

Was That Thunder?

What is it about Labor Day weekend that sends a nervous shiver down my spine? Why do I pay extra attention to the weather forecast? The answer is: water. Just the hint of rain over the Labor Day holiday starts a quiet panic inside. The Ohio Valley, with it majestic hills and deep valleys, ...

Stupidity On The Upswing?

Apparently, federal officials do not believe they can spare enough money to help Ohio County individuals and business people who suffered losses in the July flash floods. That form of assistance has been approved for some counties, but not ours. But Uncle Sam does have enough in the bank to ...

Vote for Bond Issue to Improve Route 2 in Our Area

After multiple years of cuts to the Road Fund, West Virginia’s legislators have finally done something to bring in money to repair our current roads and fund new road projects. Supplemental to this new revenue stream, West Virginians will be asked to vote in October to allow the state to ...

Changes Occurring at Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

During the past three months, several changes have taken place at the Salvation Army in Moundsville, one being there are no longer religious services and there is no longer a full-time officer assigned to the facility, while other differences deal mainly with name changes. One thing that ...

What Not To Wear?

Sorry, Ford Springer, you went too far. Either you don’t have children of your own or you are simply someone who finds fault with everything and everyone. Springer, a columnist with The Daily Caller, took jabs this week at Barron Trump for wearing Bermuda shorts and a shark logo T-shirt ...

Road Bond Plan May Be at Risk

Take a drive around West Virginia. Any questions about whether we need to spend a lot of money repairing and improving highways and bridges? But it may not happen. Why? Taxes and toll roads. For a while after Gov. Jim Justice and legislators set the stage for sale of $1.6 billion in ...

Let’s Stop And Think About This

You could write a book. Perhaps someone should. A “conversation” we Americans should have had years ago is occurring now. Trouble is, we’re not talking with one another. We’re not pausing to consider the other person’s point of view. Instead, we’re screaming epithets at ...

Real Patriotism Means ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

Americans buy at least $20 billion worth of counterfeit goods annually. Unless you’re an unusually suspicious shopper, chances are that you, too, have at one time or another purchased an item that was really a shoddy — maybe unsafe — copy of what you meant to buy. Fast-buck rip-off ...

State Firefighters Convention Being Hosted by McMechen VFD

The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the 89th annual state convention Wednesday through Saturday. Although the McMVFD has hosted the convention several times previously — the last time being 10 years ago — this will mark the first time that all of the activities will be ...

Admitting Truth Cuts Both Ways

Whatever happened to the news? These days, it seems most people believe much of what is printed, broadcast and posted is “fake news.” What is, or should be, troubling is the dichotomy regarding what constitutes “fake news.” One faction of Americans, tens of millions strong, ...

Worries Of a Child

My great-nephew Colton celebrated his seventh birthday this week. A celebratory lunch of his choice and a visit to Baskin Robbins for ice cream — a family birthday tradition — capped the day. He called it the best day of his life. But several days before his birthday, Colton told his ...

After Charlottesville

In the aftermath of the recent events in Charlottesville, Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America issued the following brief but important statement. She said: “White supremacy has no place in the Kingdom of God, only the love and healing of the ...