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They Can Be Child’s Best Friend

As I urged a little tyke dressed as a superhero to scoop more candy out of the large bowl I held out to him on Halloween night, I assured him my dog, Maggie, meant no harm.I felt I had to say that because Maggie, standing beside me at the front door, was growling.Then I looked at Maggie. She ...

Obama: 15.8 Million Insignificant

I suppose liberal politicians have to operate by the philosophy that if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.But 15.8 million of them? That's a lot of broken eggs - even through the White House spin masters don't want you to look at it that way.During the past few weeks, ...

Finding The Correct Word

The morning in the office started with a discussion about whether "Dutch treat" or "Chinese auction" were politically correct terms and progressed into a polite war of words, I mean, discussion.For most of us in the news business, there are guides we use to produce readable, cohesive stories. ...

‘Best Friend’ Can Become A Nightmare

One day in August, I opened my front door and was nearly bowled over by my dog, which had spotted a fawn at the edge of the yard.Within no more than five seconds, the 80-pound dog had brought the fawn down. As I ran toward them, the little fellow bleated in terror.Maggie, perhaps the gentlest ...

Bullying Needs To Be — Can Be — Stopped

Bullying used to be viewed as something of a normal part of school, from the earliest years to fraternity hazing. Research, though, reveals bullying causes damage and sometimes death. Virtually every school shooting in America can be traced to bullying. Hundreds of thwarted shootings contained ...

Christmas Tree Gala Planned in Glen Dale

Two weeks from today will be the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Tree Gala setup at the St. Jude Parish Hall in Glen Dale.Light-Up Night will take place on Nov. 14, along with the Business After Hours event to be hosted by Reynolds Memorial Hospital.The Tree Gala committee for the past ...

There’s a Gun to Our Heads

It's interesting that during the standoff over the federal government "shutdown," liberals never mentioned the people who really have a gigantic gun pointed at our heads. That's us, the taxpayers who are dealing with the toxic fallout from a $17 trillion national debt.It's also our ...

He Had To Say It

He had enough. He was at the end of his rope and didn't know any other way to pull his friend from the escalating situation. So he exploded in a fury of words because he knew they were sometimes stronger than fists. He let loose with an expletive that shocked even himself.Those around him were ...

Don’t Blame The National Park Rangers

Some really good people have been getting a bum rap during the past few weeks.President Barack Obama's administration did all it could to make the government shutdown as painful as possible for Americans.One of the administration's actions was to shut down national parks and monuments.Because ...

Don’t Fall for Scams Involving Obamacare

On Oct. 1, health insurance exchanges opened in West Virginia and throughout the nation to sign people up for insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This is a significant change because for the first time ever, every American citizen will be required to have health ...

Fall Clean-Up Program Concluding

During the past several weekends, Marshall County residents have had the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items as part of the Fall Clean-Up program sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority.This coming weekend residents will have a final ...

McKinley, Capito, Manchin Right

No doubt a few staunch conservatives will be unhappy with Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Capito, both R-W.Va., for voting in favor of legislation to end the government "shutdown" and raise the national debt limit.I invite those folks to visit the alley beside the newspaper building. There, ...

Count The Children By The Big Tree

We tried. We really did. Every October when we were kids, my brothers and sisters and I would come home from school with coloring books, plastic fire helmets and those safety stickers you put on bedroom windows to let the fire department know where people are sleeping.We always had to ask for ...

Protecting Wild Places In W.Va.

Millions of Americans who love the outdoors are accustomed to using the national parks as portals to nature. Government officials who closed the parks during the "shutdown" know that. They plan to score big political points by denying us access to our parks.Silly politicians. You just don't get ...

Central Government Coming for You Next?

To paraphrase the late German pastor Martin Niemoller, who will be left to speak up when the Central Government comes for you?Our own Central Government is inexorably coming for us, dividing us group by group, and will continue to do so until someone speaks up. State and local governments are ...

Lions Hear About New County Building

Plans for the Marshall County Public Service Building were outlined to members of the Moundsville Lions Club on Tuesday by Marshall County Commissioner Brian Schambach.The actual start of renovation of the structure, formerly the Jozabeth Building, has yet to be announced, Schambach said.Once ...

Real Money Is in Drug Policy

Drug pushers can make big money, but for most of them, $25,000 in a single transaction is the stuff of dreams. Maybe they ought to get into a different line of work - holding meetings to discuss how the government can curb drug abuse.It happens. According to a published report, the Food and ...

Churches, Bouffants And Bars

First it was bars. Then it was beauty salons. Now churches are running neck-in-neck with the two previous categories.When the Ohio Valley was teeming with population from the 1950s through the 1970s, you could walk down any street in any town and have your choice of hairdressers or ...

Balancing Beauty With Tourist Boom

For generations, we West Virginians relied largely on coal to fuel our economy. At about the time many of us decided the experts were right to advise us to diversify, along came the natural gas boom. Fossil fuels will continue to put food on many of our tables, directly and indirectly, for ...

Wake Up and Demand Alternatives to Fossil Fuels

According to the Sept. 11 "The Intelligencer," Ohio's government got a windfall of $350,000 in fines from two fracking companies. In one case, the toxic brine leaked through a ripped containment pond liner. In another incident, dangerous flowback was dumped on a farm for convenient disposal. ...