Local Columns

Get Recovery Funds Flowing

Gov. Jim Justice is absolutely right to insist that nearly $150 million in federal flood relief money be spent appropriately and effectively in West Virginia. But every day of delay in doling the funds out to victims of flash floods nearly two years ago is a serious problem. That is ...

Require Club 106 To Follow the Rules

How private enterprises are run usually is none of the government’s business. When they threaten the public’s health and/or safety, however, that is another story. In late April 2017, the Club 106 in Steubenville was closed for a year, by court order. The establishment was a public ...

Memorial Day Activities Scheduled Throughout County

Two outstanding organizations — the Moundsville American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 3 and the Moundsville Veterans of Foreign Auxiliary No. 437 — will receive this year’s Marshall County Veteran’s Community Service Award at the annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday in the ...

Take Steps to Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Are you doing enough to protect yourself from skin cancer? May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s time to take steps to reduce your risk. Skin cancer is dangerous, but in most cases, you can prevent it. Skin cancer is the most common cancer ...

Paving the Way for Joe Manchin?

Don Blankenship and some of the West Virginians likely to support him in his Don Quixote-style bid for the U.S. Senate may well be thinking that because President Donald Trump proved much of the conventional wisdom about politics wrong, there is a chance the retired coal baron can win in ...

Sawing Off Americans’ Chair Legs

What happens when someone calls you an idiot? You become angry. You react suspiciously to anything he might say. You lump others with the same opinions or even presenting the same facts with your original enemy — because that’s what he’s become. He’s no longer just someone with whom ...

Table For One, Please

We’ve had an odd visitor to the homestead as of late. She comes and goes by herself, sometimes lazily walking about and other times running through the yard when we approach. A lone turkey hen appears to have been left out of the group of turkeys that regularly pecks about the yard. ...

Question Is, What Will Don Do?

Former coal baron Don Blankenship spent a lot of his own money in a futile attempt to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The question now is whether he will continue spending and, if so, how. If he makes the wrong choice, he could become the best thing his arch-enemy, incumbent Sen. Joe ...

Sharing W.Va. Stories With Senator

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

Mothers Always No. 1

Many men are competitive in much of what we do. But most of us have become resigned to finishing second-place in the greatest endeavor of life, parenting. Think about it. One stereotype of tough guys is that many of them have tatoos reading, “Mother.” Ever seen one that paid tribute to ...

‘No’ Votes Ought To Be Concern

Years ago, when approval of tax levies for public schools required 60 percent of voters to say yes, the $42.2 million bond issue for Ohio County schools would have squeaked through — barely. Under the new rules, requiring only a simple majority of votes, the bond issue won handily, ...

Mom Was A Rocker

Mom was right. It’s not always easy to admit that Mom did know better on certain subjects. But she was absolutely correct when she said every home needs a good, solid rocking chair. I can’t remember a time in my youth that there was not someone in the living room, rocking away. And there ...

Politics Can Be Funny

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of ...

Say No to Higher Electricity Prices

Since former President Barack Obama began his war on coal and affordable electricity, power prices for West Virginians have soared. Now, apparently taking up where Obama left off, a major utility serving our area apparently wants to sock it to us some more. Between 2008, when Obama was ...

Keep Tight Rein On W.Va. Spending

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice can be pardoned for being in a boastful mood on Friday, when he revealed figures from the April report on revenue collected by state government. He and Revenue Secretary Mike Hall took the opportunity to chastise some journalists for what they consider to be ...

Bond Issue Will Make Ohio County Schools Better

Ohio County Schools students will soon benefit from the most important improvements in the school system’s history. In just two days, on May 8, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in favor of safety, science, fine arts, and facilities. The upgrades voters will decide ...

Legionnaires Are Aiming for 500 ‘Honor a Veteran’ Flags

A year ago Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 decided to “Honor a Veteran” (past or present) on Memorial Day Weekend by displaying small American flags and name plates in the Veterans Plaza, which is located adjacent to the old freight station. Family members and friends of veterans were ...

Are Democrats More Energized?

The new conventional wisdom in politics, thanks to President Donald Trump, is that Republicans are more energized than Democrats. Maybe not. Of West Virginia’s 1,227,600 registered voters, 42.76 percent declared themselves to be Democrats, while 31.99 percent registered as Republicans. ...

I Made A New Friend

It was an up and down kind of day, with highs and lows despite the warm sunshine. Then I met Leslie. She greeted me immediately with a broad smile and a cheerful “hi.” Reaching out, she took my hand in hers. It was cold and yet warm at the same time. She was excited to make a new friend ...

Let’s Find A Solution To Bigotry

I’ve told the story many times, but it seems appropriate to repeat: Several years ago, I was standing in line at a bank walk-up window. I noticed a sign advising patrons the bank would be closed the following Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The man in front of me ...