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Local Columns

Agency Right: Coal Competitors Have Unfair Advantage

West Virginia has long been a coal state. And there are understandable reasons why many in the state view the rise of alternative sources of power with concern. The loss of much of the nation’s coal fleet has at times been met with frustration and confusion. Are renewable sources of power ...

Bullying Small Towns

Is Wheeling City Council pondering an ordinance requiring all city employees to be Roman Catholics? Are they asking the Methodist Church to collect taxes for them? Have they decreed that only Jews can vote in municipal elections? Have they ordered the police department to double overtime ...

Angling for More Fish Stocking in Our Area

I read articles urging adults to take kids fishing, and it’s a great idea. But here in the Northern Panhandle, the question looms: Where to fish? For a long time, our fishing opportunities have been diminishing, and the dismal trend looks like it will continue. Specifically, in the last ...

Gold Star Families Monument Will Be at Courthouse

A number of Marshall County residents in the past couple of weeks received letters pertaining to a Marshall County Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, while others will be receiving the same letters in the near future. The letter explains the monument and the need for money to undertake ...

Talking About the Other Children’s Health Crisis

What do the West Virginia foster care, child welfare, public education, and court systems have in common? They are systems in crisis, because the children they serve — casualties of the drug epidemic — are in crisis. Child neglect, death of a parent or sibling, having a parent in jail, ...

Here’s How They’ll Take Over

Those who have fallen for the “Medicare for all” promises, and there are millions of them, ought to have a talk with Robert D’Anniballe. He and his family operate a private ambulance company — at least for now. Little by little during the past half-century, the federal government ...

Beware Of Scammers

In my days, they were called cheaters. You know who I’m talking about — those folks who took advantage of others. Today, they are scammers. And they are an everyday occurrence if you own a computer, cellphone, tablet or any other modern device connected to the world wide web. This week, ...

Why? It’s A Logical Question

Give the bigots credit for one thing: They don’t try to hide. Most of them seem never to have heard of the old saying about the devil convincing humans he doesn’t exist. Last week, we carried a story and an editorial about an event at Temple Shalom in Wheeling. It included a discussion of ...

Hope Comes in Persevering in a Life of Faith

Man is not made to live without hope. It’s like oxygen to him. Take oxygen away and death comes by suffocation; take hope away and death comes by despair. The major wars of the last generation and the men and women caught up in them underscore man’s inability to survive when hope ...

Still Battling Childhood Cancer in Marshall County

Marshall County Schools which has been a big participant in the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Corporation and at the Marshall County Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines accepted a certificate and banner on behalf of the school ...

Encouraging W.Va. Prison, Jail Inmates to Read

On December 12, 2019, The Intelligencer reported the partnership between the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Global Tel Link. In this partnership, GTL will provide electronic tablets to inmates in state correctional facilities, and inmates may use the tablets to ...

Behind the Headlines, Things Got Done in Washington

Based on the cynical headlines in national newspapers, networks and cable news, most Americans probably think nothing productive was accomplished in Washington last year. Behind all of the blaring national headlines, there were notable bipartisan accomplishments that should not be ignored. ...

Confrontation May Be Coming

Nuclear war is avoidable, as humankind has proven since 1945 — but a confrontation between the West Virginia Legislature and the state Board of Education may be inevitable. Both sides understand that would provoke a major state constitutional crisis to be resolved by the West Virginia ...

Driving Woes Set To Double

First it was just one vehicle. Then another passed me by. Both of these vehicles, in the early morning hours, failed to have their running lights on. I’m not sure why people do not feel the need to drive with their vehicle lights illuminated when it’s barely daylight. The same occurs in the ...

History Class Vital

Upfront, I’ll admit that I’m a history nerd. It’s the subject I loved the most in high school and college. If Netflix had a documentary on the history of dirt, I’d watch it. That passion is one reason I was extremely disappointed to learn that the State Board of Education has ...

Becoming The New Boulder?

West Virginia’s eastern mountains are our secret economic development weapon. A strip of 10 to 12 counties running roughly southwest from Maryland includes some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. It offers many outdoor recreation opportunities, and House of Delegates ...

Seeing Light of Christ Shining More Brightly in W.Va.

For better or worse — mostly for worse during the past year and a half — the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been in the news. The media reports about former Bishop Michael Bransfield have gone national and international. Pope Francis, acting on a lay commission’s report, which he ...

Blue and Gold Christian Center Moves to New Site

After 13 years, Cameron’s Blue and Gold Christian Center moved into a new location a year ago, with the change providing to be quite successful, as the addition has enabled more programs which in turn has attracted more individuals. The center is now located at 7 Church Street on a site ...

Guilty Even If Not Proven So?

“How can they do that?” my friend used to ask me. “How can they set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner? Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’” It was all perfectly legal, I had to tell him. That didn’t make it right, I would add — but he knew ...

Bar Hopping Good Times

Someone professes to love Nora. I know this because I’ve seen it written on the side of a Jacob Street building in South Wheeling for quite a few years now. The Nora love graffiti is on the same street where age and abandonment have taken many buildings out of use. And there are several ...