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Local Columns

A Tax by Any Other Name …

Politicians have wised up during the past several decades. They have found new and improved ways to empty our pockets without us even realizing we've been had.Occasionally, thoughtful people wake up to what's going on and protest. It happened this month at West Virginia University. More on that ...

Plowing Evil Out Of the Way

"Pure evil," my friend said to me. "I looked straight into the eyes of pure evil," she repeated.More than ever, I am personally convinced that there is a hell. This affirmation was reinforced by my friend's belief that truly evil people exist in our world, and that hell can be their only ...

Sometimes, We Do Disservice By Attempts to Help Others

I, like many in my generation, were blessed with parents from America's greatest generation. They taught us wholesome values: knowing right from wrong, taking responsibility for our actions and working hard to succeed in life. They were the men and women of all races, nationalities and ...

Wild But Not So Wonderful?

Apparently, West Virginia is far from almost heaven. That's how some folks from WalletHub, a company that offers various types of financial advice, feel.WalletHub has released a list of the best states for summer road trips. West Virginia is the third worst state in the country, they ...

A Star Encounter and the Rebirth of Centre Market

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' ...

Another Major League Baseball Multi-Trip Is in the Books

Another Major League Baseball season is history, or at least those multi-trips involving the Uniglobe Baseball Club have ended for the season.The final multi-trip of the year, which included 2,100 miles on a motorcoach, was over a six-day period which began in Columbus and ended in ...

Republicans Unable to Admit America Has Changed

Republicans often ask, "Why do Democrats hate America?" That question is usually based on the interpretation that policies that Republicans disagree with are socialist, or maybe even Marxist or communist, and thus un-American. To be fair, Democrats can ask the same type of question but with ...

Youth Vote Not Critical in W.Va.

You know the candidate who can sway younger voters wins the election, right? You know wrong if you're in West Virginia.Convincing young people you're God's gift to politics is one thing. Translating that to votes is something else.During the 2012 primary election in our state, only 13,030 of ...

Life Less Cluttered

It had to happen sooner than later. It was long overdue. After 30-plus years, it was time to tackle the attic. I actually thought I've heard it whispering in recent years as if to say "enough is enough already."With hubby at the top of the stairs and me at the bottom, we began. First came the ...

Highlands Needs A Tamarack

Cabela's pulls an enormous number of travelers off Interstate 70 to spend money, sometimes lots of it, here in Ohio County. Quite a few people come here specifically to visit the giant outdoors store. It's a tourist attraction.Imagine how much more business could be pulled into The Highlands ...

Frustration With Government Increasingly Prevalent

Who will voice what many Americans are thinking today? Is fear of an oppressive central government reaching a tipping point? These questions were at least partially answered for me during a recent visit to my barbershop. All I was expecting was my usual high-and-tight trim. As I waited my ...

Discount Package Being Offered

The "Adventure Begins Here!" promotion spearheaded by the Marshall County Tourism committee is doing very well.Eight major attractions in the Moundsville-Glen Dale area have joined in to offer reduced admissions in the hopes of attracting more visitors to the area. In addition, discounts are ...

Obama Favorite Backs Tennant

One wonders how Natalie Tennant could have put herself in a worse position.Her support for President Barack Obama in 2008, then again in 2012 - after he began his war on coal and affordable electricity - was enough to scuttle her hopes of winning a U.S. Senate seat from West Virginia.Now ...

Concrete Pillows For Their Heads

The usual drive into downtown Wheeling takes me down Main Street where I turn west onto 12th Street and head toward the Ohio River. I particularly love seeing the newly risen sun spreading its light across the river, bouncing its beams off the waves and that glorious piece of architecture known ...

Teen Made Very Big Difference

Michael Carroll, just 17 years old, died last week. People of compassion everywhere should mourn his passing.I don't believe I've ever written a sentence like that one. But it's true. Carroll was both a very brave and a very kind young man. When people like him grace us with their presence, ...

‘Invisible Patriot’ Critical to Independence, State of Ohio

The 56 brave patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence did far more than sign a document; they identified themselves to the British government for all to see. One man in particular, John Hancock, who, along with Samuel Adams, led the revolutionary group, was excluded from repeated ...

World Cup Fever, Concerns With Staffing, and Baby Ducks

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' ...

‘Zombie Prison Break’ Is Planned

Plans are underway for a 5K run/walk through the streets of Moundsville on Sept. 20. The event will be known as the "Moundsville Zombie Prison Break 5K Run Walk."The event will start at 9 a.m. from the former West Virginia Penitentiary, with the finish line on Jefferson Avenue in front of the ...

More Political Mavericks Needed

Good for Phil Remke! And good for Fred Marsh, Terry Weigel, Shane Mallett, Gary Kestner, Joe Manchin and public officials like them.Politics often is a go-along-to-get-along situation. Because most people don't like confrontations and unpleasantness, they don't rock the boat.Sometimes that ...

Free To Shop Anytime

Shopping is not my favorite pastime.There. I admitted it.It's not something normally heard out of a woman's mouth, I know, but you can ask my Mom or sisters.However, when Stone and Thomas would have their too-good-to-miss night sales, we were there. It was sort of a sacred ritual, a pilgrimage ...