Local Columns

Post-Election Observations

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the state Supreme Court elections — among the first under the nonpartisan category — it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial ...

Honoring Those Who Serve Us

One hundred years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Alter St. Clairsville Schools Proposal

A proposal for new taxes to improve St. Clairsville-Richland School District facilities was crushed by voters last Tuesday. More than 72 percent of the 6,800 votes cast were against the request. School district officials sought nearly $80 million through a 37-year property tax levy. Nearly ...

Festival of Lights Is World-Class Event

Oglebay Park’s 33rd annual Winter Festival of Lights kicked off last Thursday — and it is a case in which the overused “bigger and better” description is accurate. About a million light bulbs make the festival’s nearly 100 displays glow brightly, in more ways than one. The event ...

Veterans Attend Signing of New ‘Patriots and Heroes’

Fifteen military veterans were among those present Thursday for the book signing of the Ninth Volume of “Marshall County Patriots and Heroes” at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library. This year’s book brings to more than 1,000 the number of Marshall County veterans whose ...

Higher Severance Tax Could Cripple Growth

Thanks to shale development, the Northern Panhandle and Upper Ohio Valley is undergoing an economic revolution not seen since the birth of the steel industry. I recognize that’s an incredible statement, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask any economic development ...

Despite Flood of Facts, Climate Change Deniers Persist

West Virginia has always been schizoid in its attitude toward the natural beauty of its landscape. We celebrate our Wild and Wonderful mountains and waterways even while we destroy and pollute them. Our country roads may indeed take us home, but look in those roadside ravines and you will ...

Time Is Running Out for Us

On this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we have no living veterans of that conflict to tell us what it was like. The last doughboy, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. I’m reasonably certain that were he alive today, Buckles would be urging us to talk to every ...

Activist Court Gone in W.Va.

For years, activist appeals court judges and justices have made a mockery of the separation of powers to which they lay claim in preservation of their own authority. But just before the general election, our state Supreme Court signaled those days may be over in West Virginia. Separation ...

One Scoop At a Time

I think butter pecan or black walnut were mom’s favorite ice creams. Anything with nuts caught her eye. She was a true connoisseur, which was a benefit for a house full of kids sharing a common sweet tooth. We were exposed to all kinds of ice cream flavors from spumoni to rocky road. ...

Final Countdown To Election Day

Tuesday is the big day. If you haven’t voted early, Tuesday is Election Day. I really need you to vote, because my poor mailbox just can’t handle the load of mailers. In one day, my wife and I received over 12 pieces of campaign mail for most congressional, statewide, legislative and even ...

Lists May Not Tell Full Story

He was a teenager during the 1960s, my caller said. He had a driver’s license and access to a car, so friends sometimes asked him for rides. One asked every week. They would drive to a Roman Catholic Church in our area, during the early evening. The friend would get out and go into the ...

PEIA a Better Deal Than Most Private Insurance

Part of the statewide discontent this spring centered on the rising premiums borne by state employees who have PEIA as their primary health insurance. Headlines amplified this sentiment, and ongoing discussions have focused on what should be done to curb these increases. Nonetheless, these ...

Cooper Blair To Be Grand Marshal of Christmas Parade

In less than two weeks the annual Moundsville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will be taking place. The Nov. 17 parade will begin at 6 p.m. from Second Street and Jefferson Avenue and proceed southward, and will end at Seventh Street and Jefferson Avenue. This will mark the first ...

Temple Shalom Congregation Full of Gratitude

Thank you. On behalf of our Jewish congregation, Temple Shalom, we want to say thank you to the wider Wheeling community for the overwhelming love and support you have shown us this past week in the wake of the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday. All of us at Temple ...

Deficit Spending in W.Va.

It’s been said money is the root of all evil. Not really. Real evil, at least in government, is spending money you don’t have. Here in West Virginia, our constitution doesn’t allow us to do that — technically. There’s a way around it, to which we’ll get in a moment. Mountain ...

A Look Inside

I grew up Catholic in middle-class America at the height of the baby boomer era. It was a time when the number of churches in town rivaled the number of bars and beauty shops. Downtown Wheeling streets were crowded with shoppers at holiday times or on Saturdays, but not on Sundays. That day ...

Don’t Cry, Sheriff, She Said

Sometimes I worry about activities such as “Boo at the Zoo” at Oglebay Park and the annual Dungeon of Horrors at the old penitentiary in Moundsville. Too much for little children? Will ghoblins leaping out of the shadows scar them for life? No. Even really small children seem to enjoy ...

Salvation Army Receives Gifts From Moundsville Church

The Moundsville Salvation Army Service Unit received an early Christmas present this past week. Three representatives from the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Moundsville, Pastor Wesley Howsare, Allen Rutter, chairman of the the church’s 150th celebration committee; and church ...

Remember Past 5 Years, Too

Assume for a moment that your family has had five really bad financial years in a row. Every year, you’ve taken in far less money than you’d hoped. You’ve had to dip deeply into your savings account to keep your head above water. You’ve had to reduce your spending. What would you ...