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Local Columns

Political Spending Law Ignored

There ought to be a law, you may have said while perusing reports of independent organization expenditures in West Virginia elections this year.After all, knowing that "X" group spent money in a race involving "A" candidate is of limited use without being told whether the funds were spent to ...

Redefining Hometown

It sounds like a good idea. There are some young up-and-comers who are working to "re-invent" Wheeling. While I didn't know the Friendly City had lost its identity, I have noticed that it needs a little help around the edges.Already in place are the natural and man-made wonders of the city - ...

Improving Big-City Ohio Schools

It's a shame none of the candidates for Ohio Board of Education from the East Ohio district is local. All are from the northern area of the district, which stretches from Mahoning County down to Meigs County.Still, thoughtful local residents should have a favorite in the race, for a reason that ...

Americans Have Duty to Use Votes to Save Nation

Before you cast your ballot, remember the great historic leaders who were instrumental in creating this beautiful country we are living in. First, Benjamin Franklin said, "Here is my creed. I believe in, one God, the Creator of the Universe that he ought to be worshipped."Second, Thomas ...

Marshall County Voters Face Variety of Choices on Tuesday

There are 22,286 registered voters in Marshall County, which is 323 more than were on the books prior to the May primary.The breakdown of voters is 10,853 Democrats, an increase of 100 from May; 6,312 Republicans, up 107 from May; and 5,067 under the category of "others," which is 115 more ...

Local Republicans Are Targeted

And the winner is ...West Virginia House of Delegates member David Evans of Marshall County.Evans beats Hancock County House of Delegates candidate Pat McGeehan by a nose.And House candidates Dolph Santorine of Ohio County and Ryan Weld of Brooke County finish solidly, not far behind.Election ...

Help Is Wanted Tuesday

You've seen them, I'm sure. They are just about everywhere you shop or eat lately. "They" are the help-wanted signs.Retailers and businesses of all sorts are posting signs on their doors and advertisements in the newspaper want-ads for workers. This has been occurring long before the call for ...

Ebola a Walk In the Park Beside AIDS

Worried about Ebola? Well, you should be, for several reasons. But if you want to talk about a real mass killer, HIV/AIDS ought to be on your mind.That's old news, right? We have better drugs to fight HIV/AIDS and better ways of preventing it, right?Indeed we do. They're helping. But mortality ...

Approve Ballot Measure to Benefit Boy Scouts, State

West Virginia is fortunate that the Boy Scouts of America chose this state over more than two dozen others for the site of the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). I was proud to see how the SBR in Fayette County showcased West Virginia for outdoor sports and natural beauty when it hosted its first ...

‘Adopt an Artifact’ Slated for Nov. 5 at Cockayne Farmstead

The Cockayne Farmstead on Nov. 5 will hold an "Adopt an Artifact" initiative, a program which will enable individuals and businesses help conserve and restore works of art and other objects from the Cockayne House.When an individual or business "adopts" an item in the Cockayne collection with a ...

Pipeline Progress; Lack of Information; and Ziplines

Editor's note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don't make it into the daily newspaper.This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters' ...

Discovering the Main Idea a Critical Skill in Reading

Since their elementary school days, all students have been exposed to the concept of "main ideas." In my professional opinion, recognizing main ideas is the most important ability your child can acquire in school. As a matter of fact, understanding main ideas is a skill needed in every subject ...

When Opportunity Knocks, EPA Slams Door Shut in W.Va.

Workforce regulations. Tax regulations. Safety regulations. Environmental regulations. Sometimes I feel like Washington bureaucrats are completely out of touch with the working men and women of West Virginia.Week after week, the Environmental Protection Agency ushers in new policies - and the ...

Mud Slinging Serves No Purpose

Here's a rule of thumb in politics: Never anger anyone you don't need to alienate for a good reason. The election campaign variant is: Never engage in last-minute, desperation tactics such as mud slinging unless there's a chance it could turn the tide and win an election for you.Glen Gainer ...

A Tiny Bundle Of Love

I fell in love again this week. I didn't think it was possible to love anyone else as much as your own child, but it is. A tiny, pink bundle placed in my arms is all it took for the love bug to bite again.Our baby granddaughter, Hannah June, was born Tuesday while most everyone else in the fine ...

Don’t Shed Any Tears For the CDC

Would it surprise you to learn that one of the functions of the Centers for Disease Control is to prevent "teen dating violence"? The CDC also battles bullying.Preventing injuries - outside the workplace, the CDC stresses - uses up $138 million a year.And you thought the CDC was supposed to be ...

Pouring Ice Water on ‘Awareness’ Campaigns

Americans have long been vulnerable to fads, those odd behaviors that suddenly become all the rage. Back in the 1970s, streaking became the fad du jour, and it involved running naked through public places. I lost my enthusiasm for streaking when I found myself in a briar patch one time, with ...

A Different Type of Scenery, Rain, and Deep Freeze

Editor's note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don't make it into the daily newspaper.This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters' ...

Legionnaire C. William Harris Being Honored in Cameron

Although C. William Harris has never lived in the city of Cameron, the name Bill Harris has been synonymous with that community for many years.Harris, who grew up in Glen Easton, did go to Cameron High School for three years and graduated from CHS in 1943.Harris, who will observe his 90th ...

Government Mistrust Is Epidemic

By Friday, nearly 30 countries had established bans on travel to and from the three countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. Most of the ban nations are in Africa, where experience with Ebola goes back decades.President Barack Obama says the U.S. will ...