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Catching Up On COVID-19

After covering the 60-day legislative session, I almost always need the week after to recover, decompress, and catch up on things. For example, I feel like I missed the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in the state. I didn’t. I did write about it even while covering the session, but ...

A Lesson From Lizzie

It was a silly, even prankish game we played in grade school. Actually, we were about middle school age at the time. As is the case in Catholic school, we lined up in silence and walked single file into school in the morning and after recess. The teacher, usually one of the habited nuns, ...

SBA Can Help W.Va. Small Businesses With PPP Loans

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its impact known on small businesses, employees, and Mountain State residents as a whole. There are many financial relief options available to help businesses remain open and employees to continue to receive their paychecks. The Paycheck Protection ...

Sen. Shelley Capito: Vanita Gupta Nomination Deserves Additional Scrutiny

President Joe Biden has nominated an individual who has advocated and advanced views to the left of most of the country to be the third most senior person at the U.S. Department of Justice. Whether it’s decriminalizing drugs, eliminating qualified immunity, rolling back the Second Amendment ...

Reflecting on a Rollercoaster 2021 Session

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with me. ...

Spring Enters an Open Window

I awoke to what sounded like the repetitive ringing of a telephone from half a century ago. When fully awake, I realized the sound I heard was that of an ambitious woodpecker at work on a tree in the nearby woods. This sound was complimented by the voices of numerous spring gobblers making ...

Marshall Memo: Commissioners Say Marshall County in Strong Financial Position

“We believe Marshall County is in a sound financial position,” county commission president John D. Gruzinskas, stated while presenting the county’s 2021-22 budget message. “We also want to thank all those who worked in the development of the budget, county clerk Jan Pest and her staff ...

Pie-in-The-Sky Policy Won’t Stop Climate Change

During the Vietnam War, an American general was paraphrased saying he had “to destroy the village to save it.” This phrase may be the motivation behind President Biden and the liberal left who want to eliminate fossil fuel use in America. Now President Biden’s stated goal is to ...

Time for Bold Action in W.Va.

Earlier this week, West Virginians witnessed something almost unheard of across this country: Leaders from both parties coming together for a constructive conversation about the future of this great state at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher. Rather than infighting, insults, and ...

Clock Ticking on Session — and Tax Deal

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Marshall Memo: Relay for Life, Adventures at Grand Vue Park, and Sonny Allen

Members of the Moundsville Lions Club were challenged to be one of the teams participating in this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Marshall County. The challenge was made during the program at the Lions Club meeting this past week, at which Trish Weinschenker was the ...

Empty Tomb a Monument to Victory Over Death

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...

Is a Special Session in the Cards?

CHARLESTON — We are less than two weeks away from the end of the 2020 legislative session at midnight April 10 and already there is talk of a special session in the air. Gov. Jim Justice is furious that his bills are not moving in the House and Senate to cut the personal income tax rate by ...

With Arms Wide Open

Two shots in our arms and time to let that immunity sink in have given way to brighter days. And not too long ago, there was a celebration of renewed life that included hugs after months without. As our grandchildren exited their front door to greet us, there was nothing more wonderful than ...

Marshall Memo: Haines Gets New, Four-Year Contract With Marshall Schools

Marshall County Superintendent of Schools Shelby Haines has a new four-year contract. Members of the Marshall County Board of Education this past week unanimously approved the new contact that will go into effect July 1. In addition, the board approved the 2021-22 operating levy that will ...

Opioid Abuse Has Become America’s Forgotten Crisis

Editor’s note: This piece by Rep. David McKinley originally appeared in The Hill. If parents understand one thing, it’s the importance of multi-tasking. Each day, parents are faced with a to-do list — getting Timmy to his soccer game, ensuring all the household chores are done, and ...

Hard Choices Will Help Grow W.Va.’s Future

As a fiscal conservative, I strongly believe government should strive to keep budgets in check, find efficiencies and use taxpayers’ dollars wisely in our efforts to keep tax burdens low. When governments act in good faith, markets can flourish, and the citizenry can be lifted into ...

Appalachian Coal Will Fuel America’s Recovery

Tens-of-millions of Americans are now vaccinated and millions more will be very soon. The U.S. appears to be turning the corner on the pandemic, and as we shift from just trying to hold the economy together to rebuilding and recovery, Appalachian miners are poised to take center ...

Conservative Agenda In Spotlight at Capitol

We are less than 20 days away from the end of the 60-day legislative session, or more than two-thirds through and what I predicted last week is happening. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s workshop. With really the only big agenda items left being Gov. Jim Justice’s tax ...