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Local Columns

Why? It’s A Logical Question

Give the bigots credit for one thing: They don’t try to hide. Most of them seem never to have heard of the old saying about the devil convincing humans he doesn’t exist. Last week, we carried a story and an editorial about an event at Temple Shalom in Wheeling. It included a discussion of ...

Hope Comes in Persevering in a Life of Faith

Man is not made to live without hope. It’s like oxygen to him. Take oxygen away and death comes by suffocation; take hope away and death comes by despair. The major wars of the last generation and the men and women caught up in them underscore man’s inability to survive when hope ...

Still Battling Childhood Cancer in Marshall County

Marshall County Schools which has been a big participant in the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation and at the Marshall County Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines accepted a certificate and banner on behalf of the school ...

Encouraging W.Va. Prison, Jail Inmates to Read

On December 12, 2019, The Intelligencer reported the partnership between the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Global Tel Link. In this partnership, GTL will provide electronic tablets to inmates in state correctional facilities, and inmates may use the tablets to ...

Behind the Headlines, Things Got Done in Washington

Based on the cynical headlines in national newspapers, networks and cable news, most Americans probably think nothing productive was accomplished in Washington last year. Behind all of the blaring national headlines, there were notable bipartisan accomplishments that should not be ignored. ...

Confrontation May Be Coming

Nuclear war is avoidable, as humankind has proven since 1945 — but a confrontation between the West Virginia Legislature and the state Board of Education may be inevitable. Both sides understand that would provoke a major state constitutional crisis to be resolved by the West Virginia ...

Driving Woes Set To Double

First it was just one vehicle. Then another passed me by. Both of these vehicles, in the early morning hours, failed to have their running lights on. I’m not sure why people do not feel the need to drive with their vehicle lights illuminated when it’s barely daylight. The same occurs in the ...

History Class Vital

Upfront, I’ll admit that I’m a history nerd. It’s the subject I loved the most in high school and college. If Netflix had a documentary on the history of dirt, I’d watch it. That passion is one reason I was extremely disappointed to learn that the State Board of Education has ...

Becoming The New Boulder?

West Virginia’s eastern mountains are our secret economic development weapon. A strip of 10 to 12 counties running roughly southwest from Maryland includes some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. It offers many outdoor recreation opportunities, and House of Delegates ...

Seeing Light of Christ Shining More Brightly in W.Va.

For better or worse — mostly for worse during the past year and a half — the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been in the news. The media reports about former Bishop Michael Bransfield have gone national and international. Pope Francis, acting on a lay commission’s report, which he ...

Blue and Gold Christian Center Moves to New Site

After 13 years, Cameron’s Blue and Gold Christian Center moved into a new location a year ago, with the change providing to be quite successful, as the addition has enabled more programs which in turn has attracted more individuals. The center is now located at 7 Church Street on a site ...

Guilty Even If Not Proven So?

“How can they do that?” my friend used to ask me. “How can they set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner? Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’” It was all perfectly legal, I had to tell him. That didn’t make it right, I would add — but he knew ...

Bar Hopping Good Times

Someone professes to love Nora. I know this because I’ve seen it written on the side of a Jacob Street building in South Wheeling for quite a few years now. The Nora love graffiti is on the same street where age and abandonment have taken many buildings out of use. And there are several ...

Learning The Why Of History

Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...

Is This Some Sort of a Machiavellian Plot in Wheeling?

You know, no matter how much I think about writing these opinion pieces, I struggle to put into words the logic behind my deep-seated positions. Take, for example, the purchase of property on 19th Street for the construction of a new “public safety building.” According to Councilman ...

Groundbreaking for New City Building Is Expected

Groundbreaking for a new city of Moundsville Municipal//Public Safety Building is expected to be held this year. City officials have already chosen an architectural firm from 11 different companies to do the design work, with the next step being to enter into a contract with the firm. City ...

Putting Partisan Politics Aside to Help West Virginia

When I was sworn in as the U.S. senator for West Virginia, I knew I had big shoes to fill. Senator Robert C. Byrd was a giant in the Senate, known for his work on the Appropriations Committee to bring opportunities and projects to our state. Today, I am proud to hold the seat of the great ...

It’s Just Not Worth $375,000

If you work in Wheeling, I wish you a happy new ... user fee. With the new year came implementation of the city’s $2 per week — $104 a year — fee paid by anyone who works within municipal limits. It applies to full-time and part-time workers, and the self-employed. Not another ...

Reason To Celebrate

Many of us celebrated on Dec. 31. But it was not quite the typical New Year’s Eve celebration for many. Rather welcoming 2020 with great joy, many chose to celebrate the end of 2019. And with great reason. Some folks would rather forget the things that have torn this country apart last ...

2020 in Fast Forward

Wednesday is the start of a brand-new year, and if you thought 2019 went fast, expect the first half of 2020 to go even faster. There is a lot going on in a short amount of time, so I’m here to give you the important dates. Jan. 8: The start of the second session of the 84th Legislature. ...