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Sacrifices Not Always Shared

Shared sacrifice was on display during the session of the West Virginia Legislature that ended Friday night.But greed was there, too.As you may know, times are tough in state government. Revenue is below expectations.To balance the state budget for the year beginning July 1, Tomblin and ...

Living Life to the Fullest, Even When It Is Cut Short

Last year around this time I wrote about a young man who had gone through a physical test that had ultimately cost his life. Some would say he lost the test physically. I am not sure I agree. One thing I know, from all the evidence left after his physical departure, he won the test ...

Park Plans Summer Hiring

Grand Vue Park will be hosting its annual Summer Job Fair from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Banquet Hall.It is anticipated the park will employ between 50 and 60 individuals from the applicants, which in the past have been 150-200.The Job Fair will enable those seeking summer jobs to ...

Ohio County Schools Calendar Process Questioned

On the evening of Feb. 24 Ohio County Schools held their second of two public forums on the school calendar for the 2014-15 academic year. A group of about 15 Wheeling Park High School students dominated the first part of the comment period and advocated for an early start date to the school ...

Capito Far Ahead in Senate Race

U.S. Rep. Shelley Capito will have every reason to be smiling broadly when she speaks in Wheeling next week. She has a tight lock on the race to succeed Jay Rockefeller in the Senate - and the outlook will get better and better for her as the spring and summer wear on.Capito, the Republican ...

Do Not Feed Their Addictions

Marleah Donahie is passionate when it comes to helping her fellow man. In addition to holding down a couple of jobs and raising a family, she volunteers her time at the Freeze Shelter in Wheeling. That is where this woman with a heart of gold hears the stories of the homeless who elect to rest ...

Don’t Vilify the Wealthy

There are certain politicians in our country who are trying to pit middle class Americans against those who are rich. They're attempting to vilify the wealthy.Let's get one thing straight before I begin: There are bad or evil people in all walks of life, be it the impoverished, middle class or ...

Taking Secrecy Personally

While we were discussing one of the problems we at the newspaper sometimes have in obtaining public records, another journalist advised me, "Don't take it personally."Well, sorry, but I do take it personally. I can't for the life of me understand why you don't, dear reader.Think of information ...

Education, Success Simply a Matter of Hard Work

During a recent conversation with public policy makers about the advantages of year-round education (not necessarily year-round schools), my thinking went almost immediately to traditional Asian rice farming, athletics and the process of teaching intelligence. All are connected.Intelligence is ...

Spring Clean-Up Schedule Released

With spring just around the corner, hopefully, Marshall County residents should begin getting ready for the annual Spring Clean-Up effort which will begin April 5 and continues through June 7, with Dumpsters to be located at 14 sites.In addition, Marshall County residents will be able to take ...

Lawmakers Don’t Trust Selves

Some of the amendments legislators have suggested for state Senate President Jeff Kessler's Future Fund bill have interesting undertones. The unspoken plea of some lawmakers seems to be, "Stop me - before I spend!"Kessler's bill is worthwhile (see the "Keep Future Fund Proposal on Track" ...

Call The Police

I don't know who the "concerned citizen" is but he or she gets a gold star for their actions on Feb. 23 in Fairmont, W.Va. It seems that the "concerned citizen" was at a Fairmont grocery store and noticed a 2-year-old child with severe bruising on his head and face. The child was with his ...

Debt Owed To Wounded Warriors

Somewhere in Afghanistan a couple of years ago, a young American on patrol with a platoon of other U.S. Army troops was looking forward to the end of his tour of duty. Back home, a young wife and the most beautiful little girl in the world waited for him.He woke up in a field hospital, still ...

‘Silent Cal’ Spoke Loudly With Pro-Growth Action

A couple of weeks ago, near Presidents Day, a couple of cronies and I were sharing a libation in a local tavern and, at one point in our conversation, we began to discuss who we believed to be the country's top 10 presidents. My friends put forward the usual names: Washington, Jefferson, ...

Benwood Native Honored in N.Y.

Benwood native Travis Tellitocci has been named a Dutchess County New York Regional Chamber of Commerce Forty and Under honoree.Tellitocci, the Marist College Senior Associate Athletic Director, grew up on Boggs Run. He was the salutatorian of the 2000 Bishop Donahue High School graduating, ...

Perfect (Fiscal) Storm Coming?

The proverbial perfect storm may be bearing down on West Virginia, but you wouldn't know it to watch what's going on in the state Capitol. There, some people probably are making contingency plans for dealing with the snowfall predicted for Sunday night.All the while, they are ignoring storm ...

Keeping Fingers Crossed

My fingers are sore beyond words. Tiny crevices have developed, split open by the biting cold of winter and the excessive hand washing meant to ward off the flu bug making the rounds of the office.Well-meaning family and friends have offered every possible solution to my finger malady but to no ...

Keeping Our Water Safe

Sometimes we don't learn from the lessons of others; we must have our own experiences in order to begin our understanding of how actions affect our environment and our children. A lesson of the past shows a course being repeated:"As illustrated by this spill, research needs to be conducted to ...

Passing The Obamacare IQ Exam

It has become clear within the past couple of weeks that universities such as Harvard and Yale ought to be sending legions of recruiters to West Virginia. They are after the brightest of Americans, aren't they?It's true that in terms of "book learnin'," young West Virginians lag behind their ...

Learn Better by Understanding Textbook Organization

This Sunday I want to talk about the various textbook organizational patterns. You would be wise to carefully read the following and share this information with your children.Imagine you must learn how to drive a car with a stick shift. There is nobody to assist you, and you have no idea where ...