Local Columns

Don’t Shelve Ethics Bill

Incredibly — or, if you have followed politics for a few years, perhaps not — an important ethics law in West Virginia exempts state legislators and other elected officials. Most state employees are banned from having financial interests in public contracts. That is, they cannot steer ...

Repairing W.Va. Secondary Roads

Secondary roads in many areas of West Virginia, including ours, are near-disasters. Some are unsafe. Already, a few serious accidents have been blamed on them. State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, is right that, as he told our reporter, legislative action is needed to get the Division of ...

Provide Details On Garage Plan

For more than a year, Wheeling city officials have been talking about construction of a new downtown parking garage. Yet, other than the concept, it appears few details have been firmed up. What is known is this: An Ohio company plans to invest $30 million to rehabilitate the old ...

Bishop Bowers Was a True Black History Hero

February is Black History Month. There are so many people, black and white, male and female, who could be considered heroes of Black History. I want to tell you about one of my heroes. How his life was flipped — turned upside down, and how he penetrated, influenced, and saturated the ...

History of Marshall County 911 Center Dates to 1992

In reference to last week’s column concerning Larry Newell’s upcoming retirement as Marshall County 911 director, I came across some 50 newspaper clippings dealing with the start-up of the E911 system. It was in October of 1993 that Larry D. Newell, a lifelong Moundsville resident, became ...

Setting Record Straight on W.Va. Education Bill

In response to, “Don’t Divert Money From Public Schools in W.Va.” on Feb. 3, where do I begin? Jenny Craig makes several claims in her opposition to Senate Bill 451, the comprehensive education reform legislation that recently passed the state Senate, that I take issue with. First, ...

Giving Veterans Second Chances They Earned

On July 11, 2011, I returned back home to Wellsburg after a nearly 10-month long deployment in southeastern Afghanistan with the Air Force. That morning, I pulled up to my parents’ house to see my family, friends, and my dog Winston, all eagerly awaiting my return. And just a few hours after ...

There’s a Reason for Rules

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Patiently I Will Wait

I was not born with the virtue of patience. I’ve had to learn that trait by trial and error over a lifetime. But sometimes my patience falters. For example, others often point out that I eat too fast while they like to savor each bite and linger over their linguine. I eat to fulfill a ...

Protecting Natural Treasures in W.Va.

Whether it is the forests of Monongahela or the winding waters of New River Gorge, the lands and waters of West Virginia create and define our history, our character and our way of life. The wild and scenic spaces that surround us here are more than just land and waterways; they are an ...

Legislative Session Picking Up Steam

Last Thursday marked the halfway point of the 60-day West Virginia legislative session, and this week is when things start to speed up. For example, Tuesday is the last day to introduce bills in the House of Delegates. Less than a week later, Feb. 18, is the last day for Senate bills to be ...

Holding Parents Accountable

Except for requiring that children attend school until they reach 17 years of age, West Virginians don’t ask much of parents and guardians in regard to the intellectual health of their sons and daughters. Unless the kids are given enough to eat, the state may come and take them away. But ...

Students Deserve Better Than ‘Omnibus’ Bill

I have been told on more than one occasion that kindergarten teachers are all sunshine and rainbows. There may be some truth to that statement, although I am sure my own children would disagree. I do consider myself to generally be an upbeat, positive person. Most days, I try my best to ...

County 911 Director, City Recreation Head Leaving

While the Marshall County Board of Education last week filled the position of superintendent of schools on an interim basis, two others, the Marshall County Commission and the city of Moundsville, will each have a vacancy this month. The County Commission will need to replace 911 director ...

Bill May Help Some Counties

The “omnibus education bill” that has made Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate so many enemies during the past few weeks isn’t what it used to be. House of Delegates members are tinkering with a new and improved version — and there may be a lot for some area educators to ...

Don’t Forget To Show Love

I was searching for something on the shelf in the bedroom closet, but as usual things came tumbling down as I tried to extract one small container. As I picked everything up to put back in place, there sat an empty shoe box. For some reason, I like to keep a shoe box around. They make a good ...

Our Children Deserve World-Class Educations

Providing a world-class education for our children is a moral responsibility. A world-class education system is the single-most important factor for a bright future of economic development and high-paying jobs. All four of my grandparents were raised during The Great Depression and knew ...

Same Situation, But New Circumstances

Here we are at the beginning of February and we’re staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike imminent. But is it really all that similar? There are ...

Not at All Funny Or Acceptable

Imagine responding to the doorbell some Halloween night, opening the front door and finding in front of you a youngster dressed as a Native American from the late 1700s, holding a doll smeared in blood. “So, who are you?” “I’m a Shawnee warrior” he might respond, holding up a ...

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 ...