Local Columns

Alter Out-of-State Insurance Limits

Public employees who rely on the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency for health care coverage should not be penalized for obtaining medical treatment outside the state. Often, there are excellent reasons for them to do so, especially if they live in counties bordering other ...

Provide an Update On China Energy

It has been several months since the West Virginia Department of Commerce had a permanent leader. Former Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher was fired in June, amid the scandal over how a flood relief program was handled. But, come January, that will change. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice ...

Ensuring Those Addicted to Drugs Get Treatment

No state should we be more aware of substance use disorder than West Virginia. The Mountain State continues to lead the nation in the overdose death rate and the statistics are overwhelming. At last count, 1,014 West Virginia residents lost their lives due to overdoses in 2017. A tragic ...

Candlelight Tours, Caroling Set at Cockayne Farmhouse

The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will welcome the Christmas season with caroling and candlelight Christmas tours on Dec. 17 at the historic site in Glen Dale. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., when all are invited to gather at the Visitor Center adjacent to the Farmstead, before ...

Exposing Corruption in W.Va.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is running out of time to pave the way for re-election or — assuming this is important to him — for another Republican to succeed him. After a short break in the wake of Nov. 6 balloting, the 2020 election season will be upon us before we know it. Sorry. I ...

Finding a Very Faithful Friend

Her name was Louise. Her family called her “Lou” for short. She had a long, sweet face. Only in her recent senior years did a touch of gray begin to show. Her shiny red fur coat would sway a little when she trotted over to greet you. When you sat down, she would come over and request a ...

Taxpayers Have A Right to Know

Something is badly wrong when a taxpayer asking a county board of education what a school employee does and how money is being spent is told, in effect, “Can’t talk about that.” It happened last week during a Brooke County Board of Education meeting — though, in fairness, it has to ...

Keep Problems From Recurring

Sometimes, it does make sense to cry over spilled milk, so to speak. Knowing what caused the spill to occur in the first place can keep it from happening again. State officials, especially legislators, find themselves in that position regarding the scandal over RISE West Virginia. How ...

Pats on the Back

- To members of the Moundsville Police Department, who mounted a fund drive in October to help Central Elementary School’s Weekend Backpack program. It sends food home with children from about 28 families, but had to be discontinued because of a lack of funds. It is back in operation ...

Take Precautions to Keep the Holidays Merry

The holidays are a time for shopping and charitable giving, and while this is a time for sharing with family and friends, be careful not to inadvertently share your personal information with strangers who may be identity thieves. Just as consumer activity ramps up around this time of year, so ...

Commissioners Told of Plan for Water Line Project

Representives from the Moundsville Water Board and Marshall County Public Service District No. 4 appeared Tuesday at the Marshall County Commission meeting to present a proposal which would upgrade water service to PSD customers. Brad Varlas, vice chairman of the Moundsville Water Board, and ...

Energy Companies Working to Protect Environment

America’s natural gas industry has the responsibility to protect our environment and improve the communities where we work and live, a charge we take seriously. Our industry knows it’s on us, as we develop our abundant resources, to get this right today and for generations to ...

User Fee Not a Good Idea

Telling nearly half the people who voted in the most recent election that they were wrong and, as a result, you’ll be going over their heads is never a good idea for a public official. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t heard talk of a user fee in Wheeling since early last month. On Nov. 6, ...

Melodies Of My Life

Her voice was soft and soulful. I used to play her albums more times than I’d like to admit — and sometime still do. The other night I came across a PBS show about singer Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard. I paused to listen as Karen sang, rushing me back to times and places in my ...

Keep Tax Dollars in W.Va.

Health care and the health of West Virginians has an integral role in the economic comeback of our state that’s happening right now. Under the superior leadership of Governor Jim Justice, the state has already made financial history, including: n The largest first-quarter tax revenue ...

Keep Politics Out Of High Court Pick

I’ve heard of Christmas miracles, but I think West Virginia was witness to a Thanksgiving miracle of sorts. Last Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals told the state Legislature that there would be no reconsideration of its decision to stop the impeachment trials of Chief ...

Elves With Coal Dust On Faces

I wouldn’t be surprised if Santa Claus sometimes goes home from the toy workshop with coal dust on his face. I know for a fact some of his elves do. John Miller, who lives in Mount Olivet, is an officer of Local 1473 of the United Mine Workers of America. One day five years ago, he was ...

Special Performances Scheduled at Strand Theatre

Five special performances will take place during the month of December at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. The dates are Dec. 1, 8, 15-16, 21 and 26. These attractions include: Dec. 1 — A concert will feature the talents of several local performers in the Ohio Valley. The unique ...

Corporate Greed, Inequality Leading Us to an Abyss

This December, “Schindler’s List” will be re-released to theaters for its 25th anniversary, and in schools around the nation students will begin reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Both works recount the Holocaust that my father survived. Rabbi Richard Rubenstein would later write about ...

Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

Many of those involved in West Virginia’s impeachment summer seem to just want to put it all behind them and move on. That isn’t a bad idea, even though a critical question remains unanswered. It may come back to haunt us. Three of the five people who were state Supreme Court justices ...