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Wonderful Stories In A Sentence

He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, I read. Another man and his wife opened a store during the Great Depression. Still another woman had been a card-carrying member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. What fascinating, wonderful stories, I thought as I read about these ...

Public Can Participate in Meeting by Teleconferencing

While the Marshall County Commission’s special quarterly meeting on Tuesday will be restricted to staff only, the Marshall County Board of Health’s scheduled meeting for Wednesday has been postponed until May 13. The public is welcome to participate in the commission’s meeting by ...

Manufacturers Adapt to Help West Virginians

A new hashtag is making its way around some social media circles: #CreatorsRespond. This is identifying the growing population of stories about American manufacturers that are transforming their operations to help meet the need for a variety of health and safety products in the fight against ...

Fifty People With All the Power

Those who would sacrifice their freedom for a little safety deserve neither, it has been said. But we do it all the time, and the civil libertarians don’t seem to have a problem. Every time you buy a car, you have sacrificed the freedom of paying less in exchange for safety equipment ...

What Is Important To You

I’m not sure how it happened, really. The connection was instant and somewhat surprising. Some years ago my son and his wife introduced a tiny ball of fur to their household. Her name — Winnie. To say she was a tiny thing would have been an understatement. She was definitely the runt of ...

Protecting U.S. Energy Industry, American Workers

The hardworking men and women in America’s energy industry not only power our homes and fuel our cars and trucks across Ohio and the nation — they also play a powerful role in maintaining America’s leadership on the world stage. As the COVID-19 pandemic depresses economies around the ...

Supporting Those Who Help Others

There are no atheists in foxholes, it has been said. As many people remain holed-up at home on the COVID-19 battlefield, one wonders how many thoughts have turned to houses of worship. You ought to be thinking about them, even if you’re an atheist or an agnostic. And you ought to be writing ...

With God’s Help, We’ll Make It Through This

Easter used to be a big holiday for the Serrentino family. Anthony and Sarah Serrentino and their three children celebrated by attending Sunday services and then preparing and eating a lavish family dinner at their home in Freeport, New York. March 30 marked the anniversary of Anthony’s ...

Marshall County Schools Is Working to Assist Students

Twelve members of the Marshall County Schools Pride and Progress Committee, along with Marshall County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines, took part in a conference call this past week. The PPC, which was started some 15 years ago, is comprised of community members including several ...

Beating COVID-19 Not Optional

Surely it is apparent that the COVID-19 emergency is not a case of a little boy crying wolf. At this writing, the coronavirus had killed more than 90,000 people worldwide. About 15,000 of them were in the United States. It is fair to ask whether we have overreacted to COVID-19, however. Did ...

In Whom Do We Trust?

Don’t forget the butter. That was our Dad’s advice when Easter Saturday rolled around and eggs were to be colored. You’re probably wondering where butter comes into the picture of dyeing eggs in an assortment of mismatched coffee cups. Well, after you color your eggs and they are ...

Yes, Hail To Pitt!

You heard it first from this staunch supporter of the West Virginia University Mountaineers: Hail to Pitt! Calm down. As we reported last week, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers think they may have come up with a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. It has only been ...

Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers, Price Gouging

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in state government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus epidemic. For us, that means enforcing the state’s consumer law, maintaining the ...

Cameron’s ‘Field of Flags’ Still Planned for May 20-27

Plans are under way for the fourth annual “Field of Flags” in Cameron. The display of flags will be held at Cameron’s Veterans Park. The event will again be held in conjunction with Memorial Day, which this year will be on May 25. The flags will be on display from May ...

It’s Time to Look at Single-Payer Health Care System

If you are reading my new op-ed, Mark Medicine will have to diagnose you as being pre-dead, and you can find your 10,000 reward points for your next purchase on your four-foot long receipt, but you’ll still owe me a copay. Here are the side effects of continued reading after four shots a year ...

Keeping Government Afloat

West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have a big budget problem — but to look at the state’s March revenue report, you wouldn’t know that. Even as Mountain State residents were altering our lifestyles to battle COVID-19, March receipts for the nearly $4.7 billion general ...

‘Happy Birthday’ From The Sidewalk

There are some things that I was willing to let go of these past weeks — hugging, praying in church, eating out and shopping on a whim, to mention a few. But when it comes to grandson Deacon’s fourth birthday, I thought my heart would break for him that we and his other grandparents and ...

Give the Standardized Tests

It has been suggested that because of COVID-19 upheaval, America’s students and educators should be given a break from standardized testing this year. That is precisely why the tests should be administered this year. Before you begin calling friends to join the mob demanding my head ...

Embracing New Way Of Living

This has been a week and a half of firsts and lasts. For the first time in my 40-plus years in this newspaper office I have worked part of my time at home. Imagine doing interviews and finding the news from the comfort of one’s home. But modern technology has allowed that to happen. Not ...

Protecting the Greatest Generation — Or Not

While Congress is in session, lawmakers ought to pass one more bill related to COVID-19. It would alter the application for college student financial aid, both grants and loans. Financial aid applications from individual colleges and universities could copy the language. Question 1 would ...