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Local Columns

We’re Not Doing Enough to Help the Homeless

Youth Services System Inc. is seeking input from the local homeless population with the goal of bringing some of them to the table alongside representatives from local nonprofits, government agencies and offices, law enforcement, churches and the public for a restorative justice event in 2021. ...

Are We Following in British Empire’s Footsteps?

More than 1.1-million American have moved to China to keep their jobs with American firms. They are, like millions of Mexicans in America, victims of globalization. Just as the China Trade Relations Act sent millions of American jobs overseas, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ...

Holding Students Accountable

If COVID-19 persists, even intensifies, it may be early spring by the time many Americans feel safe sending their children to school. For millions, that would mean a full year of classes missed. So when do public schools resume holding students and parents accountable? As schools reopened, ...

Following the Rules And Pursuing Justice

We’ve read and heard a lot lately about how U.S. Supreme Court justices are supposed to abide by the Constitution, the law and precedents in their rulings, regardless of how they may feel personally about an issue. The same is true of the West Virginia Supreme Court. But that doesn’t ...

If You See Bullying, Say Something to Stop It

A few months ago, I was honored to be asked to be apart of a youth organization that helps build good character in boys and girls. They later informed me that I would not be allowed to serve unless I took some classes on how to work with youth, how to treat youth, how to handle youth. At ...

‘Orange’ Designation Prompts Special COVID-19 Testing

For the past three days traffic on Court Avenue from Seventh Street to Sixth Street in Moundsville has been bumper-to-bumper at times. The reason for the influx of vehicles is at the end of the one- way street was that Marshall County Health Department staff members have been doing the COVID ...

Working With Law Enforcement for Reforms

For over 80 years, the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police has worked to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession, and thus “more firmly establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.” Today, the WVFOP ...

Neighbors You Can Count On

Strange, isn’t it, that when many out-of-staters think of West Virginia, the Hatfield-McCoy feud, with all its senseless brutality, pops into their minds? That isn’t who we are. Ask the people in 252 households in some of our southeastern counties. They know who their fellow West ...

Awarding of Cannabis Cultivation Permits Is Progress

Recently, the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis awarded 10 successful companies with permits to cultivate cannabis as a legal medicine in the state. It was a long-awaited step for the state program created by the 2017 Medical Cannabis Act, which restored the right to use cannabis and its ...

Manchin Should Vote to Confirm Judge Barrett

One of the most important votes that any senator can take is on the confirmation of a justice to the Supreme Court. In the weeks ahead, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will cast a vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. It is clear based on her experience, her qualifications, and ...

Screening Can Help Women Beat Breast Cancer

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and child care along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families ...

Lives Being Saved Are Fellow West Virginians

Most of us have been dealing with numbers. It’s easier, that way. Thursday’s number was 370. For Gov. Jim Justice and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch, the numbers have been fellow West Virginians. Thursday’s was a 78-year-old man from Kanawha County. ...

Did Red-Haired Woman Leave?

Many days on my way home from work, I’d see her at an intersection. Almost always, she displayed one of those “anything helps” signs. She had reddish hair and looked to be between 20-50 years old. Living outside will do that. She always had a look of despair on her face, as if it had ...

It’s Going to Get Worse, Folks

Editor's Note - The original version of this column contained an editing error in stating it is being predicted that nearly 1% of West Virginians may die of COVID-19 by Jan. 1. The correct number is 0.1%. By Jan. 1, nearly 0.1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio ...

Forcing Officials to Pay For Cover-Ups — Or Not

Someone should pay for what Ohio State University did to alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill, who has said he was one of the victims of the late Dr. Richard Strauss many years ago. While serving as a physician for some OSU athletic teams, Strauss allegedly abused hundreds of male students ...

It’s the Place Where We Belong

In some places, “George Washington Slept Here” is used to pull in the tourists. Here in West Virginia, the more appealing claim might be that John Denver sang “Country Roads” here. Time flies, doesn’t it? This year is the 50th anniversary of the song. “Country Roads” is ...

What Can We Do? What Should We Be Doing?

We can’t solve every problem. Ask the families and friends of the nearly 940,000 human beings killed by COVID-19. But we ought to ask whether we’re doing all we can for people who need help. Are we? Could we do more to help the homeless people who have taken up residence in Wheeling? ...

Relying on Truckers to Deliver What We Need

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the grocery store, some to their place of work, and some are the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America. These are the hard-working professional men and women who deliver the ...

‘Dungeon of Horrors’ Ready to Kick Off at Old Penitentiary

A number of businesses in the Moundsville area are looking forward to the annual “Dungeon of Horrors,” which takes place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. That event will be taking place this coming week on Friday and Saturday. Overall, this attraction will be playing over six ...

Wildcats Won Where It Counts

I’ve never been entirely sold on criticism of the “participation trophy” concept. Young people do need to know the difference between winning and merely participating a contest, whether that’s on the playing field, in the classroom or on the job site. Still, there’s something to be ...