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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 ...

Backsliding Into a Wave Of Death in West Virginia

Let’s hope the third time really is the charm, because we West Virginians have botched our first two opportunities to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears we’re at the crest of the third wave of coronavirus devastation in the Mountain State. We’re not handling it well. For a ...

Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws in West Virginia

For most of us, it would be wildly illegal to stop a vacationing, pregnant woman and her husband, search their belongings, and make off with more than $10,000 in cash plus their personal cell phone — but West Virginia’s civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to do just that. To stop ...

Lions, Mount Rose Cemetery Involved in Wreath Program

Members of the Moundsville Lions Clubs and officers of Mount Rose Cemetery will be involved in an undertaking which will also include individuals, businesses and organizations. It is known as “Wreaths Across America.” It is the same program that places wreaths in Arlington National ...

Think of Completing Census as an Act of Kindness

In my 13 years as the president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Honoring Gold Star Families

The Mountain State is home to some of the most patriotic Americans and as a result many West Virginians are called to serve our country resulting in one of the highest rates of military service in the nation. For the past six years I’ve participated in the Ride for Fallen Service Heroes to ...

Partiers Put People at Risk

Not many people worry about the expanding power of government as much as I do. As I’ve written, we Americans need to talk about that, especially in regard to public health measures, once the COVID-19 epidemic has passed. In the meantime, why can’t we give the Monongalia County Health ...

Ensuring Elections Are Safe and Efficient

By Mac Warner West Virginia Secretary of State “Follow the science” refers to following facts, not hyperbole and hysteria. It is taking West Virginia elections from good to great. Health and safety, absentee ballot applications, and timely results reporting became major focus areas ...

We Need to Talk About Power

Among freedoms granted by the First Amendment is that of “the people to peacefully assemble...” So why won’t Fort Henry Days be held this year? Why are some high school football teams in West Virginia being told to stay on the bench this weekend? Because public health officials, ...

Approve Loan Guarantee for Brooke Power Plant

By Steve Roberts I am writing today to support the proposed Brooke County 830-megawatt electric power plant that is facing an uncertain future. ESC Brooke County Power, the proposed plant, would utilize $177.5 million worth of natural gas each year, instantly becoming the largest user of ...

Innovating, Collaborating, Educating

By Sarah Tucker Innovating, Collaborating, Educating West Virginia’s higher education institutions are powerful engines of innovation. Faculty and students are constantly exploring, discovering, and solving some of the most pressing problems facing society today. They challenge each ...

Are We Really Better People?

Try explaining slavery to a 7-year-old. I tried, but she simply couldn’t understand any part of it. Maybe I’ll wait a few years before tackling women’s suffrage. She wouldn’t understand that, either. Why should she? Racial and gender bigotry shouldn’t make any sense to ...

Suffragists Paved Way, But Much Left to Accomplish

we’ve heard the names in documentaries or read about them in the history books. Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and so many others. Their deeds were certainly great, and the outcome, monumental. I’m constantly inspired by these women’s words ...

Outdoors Act Helps Keep W.Va. Wild, Wonderful

As West Virginians, we areblessed to live in one of the most naturally beautiful states in the nation. From our scenic rivers to our majestic mountains to our unspoiled wilderness areas, there truly is something for everyone in “wild and wonderful”West Virginia. With the recent signing ...

Emergency Services Personnel Changes Are Approved

Beginning on Sept. 2 there will be some position changes within the Office of Emergency Services. However, the individuals atthe OEM will remain the same. OEM Director Tom Hart informed the county commissioners Tuesday that Deputy Director Michael Muchek had submitted his resignation, and ...