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America and Great Britain Are Forever Linked

The melodies of four popular American patriotic songs owe their origins to the British. Did you know that a British doctor wrote “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to poke fun at the “inferior” American colonists? The Americans at that time turned the tables and adopted the tune as a proud marching ...

Capitalizing on a (Properly Implemented) Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Editor’s note: This commentary from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito first appeared in The Washington Times. Last fall, Congress passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that made record investments to address, upgrade, and expand our nation’s core infrastructure. It ...

Marshall Memo: Fall Clean Up; a Busy Saturday; Model Trains; and Ag Day

There will be eight Marshall County Fall Dumpster Clean-Up locations, the first of which will be in two weeks. In addition there will be a one-day E-Recycle clean-up which will be on Oct. 1 at the John Marshall High School North Parking Lot. All Marshall County residents will be welcome to ...

Affordable Coal Continues To Fuel West Virginia, the Nation

West Virginia historically has enjoyed among the lowest cost electric rates in the country, a trend that continues today despite universal higher energy costs. The fact that West Virginia relies heavily on coal-based electric generation is the primary reason West Virginians have a lower base ...

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

As the saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished." A recent good deed has turned into an internet meme in a way that I don't think makes West Virginia look good.A picture of several coal miners pushing an electric car that went dead on a coal access road near Corridor H in Tucker County back ...

The Untold Story of Wheeling University’s Struggles

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission holds the Sword of Damocles over Wheeling University. The commission has required the college, early in the current academic year, to provide enrollment estimates, financial audits and progress reports. If the reports are favorable, Wheeling ...