×

Local Columns

Children’s Deaths Raise Questions

Children being abused or neglected severely in their own homes need to be taken out of there - immediately. But that doesn't always happen, as The Associated Press revealed in a report we published about 10 days ago.AP investigators found that nationwide during a six-year period, 786 children ...

On Being Color Blind

"Someone call the cops!" "Help, please send the police ..." "Someone's breaking into my house, please, I need the police."Time after time we've heard those types of calls for help. And time after time, someone wearing a badge and carrying a gun hurries to answer the cries for help. Not all of ...

God Bless Them All, Every One

Welcome to my Christmas list, Noah Grigsby. And congratulations. You're the youngest person on it.My Christmas list has nothing to do with gifts, cards or holiday dinner invitations. It's a list I began years ago of the people who are one of the primary reasons I love the Christmas season.Noah ...

Other Wise Man’s Quest Was Success

As a child, my favorite Christmas story was a little volume, a gift from my mother, Henry Van Dyke's "The Story of the Other Wise Man."As Van Dyke related the story there were four Magi, not three, who set out to find the newborn King of the Jews - Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar and Artaban. Each ...

Even the Depression Could Not Keep Santa Claus Away

And finally it's Christmas.A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future.Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

Moral Superiority Has a Price

What if you were reasonably certain that by inflicting some pain, physical and psychological, on certain people you could keep children from being murdered? You would not injure anyone permanently.Would you do it? Many Americans would not. They consider that attitude a sign of moral ...

Make Someone’s Fondest Dream Come True

Christmas is an event that has emerged in bits and pieces from out of the mists of antiquity. The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time dates back to a practice in vogue in pagan Rome. Each year, on Dec. 17-18, ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, the god ...

Actor’s Hometown Bears Some Similarities to Moundsville

Indiana, Pa., is like many communities whose permanent population is in the 10,000 to 15,000 range with one exception - that it is the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart.There are some similarities to Moundsville, including both being the county seat. In fact Indiana has two courthouses, as when ...

Christmas is Here; Changing Landscapes; and Parking

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' ...

Try Savings Accounts Where You Can Win Big

In a rare display of bipartisanship this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the American Savings Promotion Act (HR 3374), following passage in the House in September. The legislation removes legal impediments that currently prevent federally chartered banks and thrift institutions from ...

Lessening Lack of Trust In Criminal Justice System

From the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, to the heavily militarized police response, to the protests in the wake of Brown's death, to the failure of the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting, the events in Ferguson, Mo., have turned up the ...

Government Size, Power Hamper Economy

There is a growing body of evidence that bigger government means slower growth of real GDP. Once the level of total government spending as a percentage of GDP reaches a tipping point, estimated to be from 15 percent to 25 percent of GDP, additional expansion crowds out private productive ...

Pressure Chinese to Stop Targeting Foreign Firms

Trade summits come and trade summits go, but the recent meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade or JCCT in Chicago, may have been unique. It might be the first time the United States government directly confronted China on its unprecedented assault on foreign-owned ...

Bring Us Budget Surpluses, Santa

Eric Holder has promised me he will not attempt to force me to divulge my source, leaving me free once again this year to reveal the contents of some of the many letters received by Santa Claus.I'm told many missives came from folks all over the Ohio Valley, telling Santa, strangely enough, ...

A House Full Of Children

My father loved Christmas. He may not have loved the mounting cash register receipts in my mother's pocketbook, but he enjoyed the excitement of the little kids when they unwrapped that new baby doll or football helmet.The House of Children, as my Dad would call it, was at best chaotic the ...

What Does He Think Of W.Va.?

One suspects MIT?economist Jonathan Gruber did not advise state officials that West Virginians are stupid.But exactly what did he tell them in exchange for the more than $121,000 Mountain State taxpayers paid Gruber?Gruber may be the most despised person in America. He was on the hot seat in a ...

Moundsville Gathers for Tree Lighting by Miss West Virginia

MOUNDSVILLE - City residents were joined by Miss West Virginia Paige Madden last week as the Gold, Khourey and Turak offices celebrated its 12th annual Christmas tree lighting.Santa Claus joined in the fun, riding in on a Moundsville fire truck.Madden, who lit the tree just as the sun set, ...

Dealership Collecting Gifts For Veterans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Thomas Auto Centers is teaming up to honor local veterans this holiday season. Thomas is accepting donations at the dealership in St. Clairsville under its Freedom Tree for local veterans needing assistance providing for their families during the holidays.Donations may include ...

Show Some Respect for Land of Free, Brave

At a time when the media are constantly pointing out social, political and ideological divisions in America, most of us can agree on uniting around the larger meaning of our nation and the sacrifices that made it possible in the first place. This is embodied in our National Anthem.Throughout ...

Writing Class Is Part of ‘Paws for a Cause’ at High School

John Marshall High School this year is offering for the first time a professional writing class, and in addition to writing press releases, creating pamphlets, brochures and newsletters, the 17 students have spearheaded other school/community endeavors one of which is "Paws for a ...