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Enact Drug-Sentencing Reform Bill in Ohio

Ohio has become ground zero in our national opioid epidemic. Just last month, in just one county, a staggering 10 people died in the span of 26 hours from drug overdoses. Until recently, Ohio’s response to the crisis consisted mostly of handing out lengthy prison sentences to both dealers ...

Severance Tax Crash Bad News

You aren’t encountering as many of those gas industry trucks on the back roads as you did for a long time, are you? That may make for a less stressful drive to work, but it’s a bad sign for West Virginia’s economy and the state budget. Once again this month, Workforce West ...

Beware the Black Cat

It shouldn’t have bothered me. After all, I don’t believe in superstitions. You know the one about the black cat crossing your path. But this time, it kind of had me worried. Why on this beautiful, barely dawn of a day would a black cat decide to make his or her appearance in front of my ...

Bailouts Cannot Continue

One obstacle in redeveloping downtown Wheeling is that the owners of some of the old buildings here have vastly inflated opinions of what their properties are worth. City government isn’t helping disabuse them of that notion. Consider three situations involving old buildings and the ...

Get a Team and Never Stop Chasing Your Dream

Some say she really did not do it. Others say no one can do it. Some say she must have cheated because it has never been done before in the way she did it. They are questioning her, investigating her, and condemning her all at the same time. I have no personal knowledge of whether she ...

Memorials to Veterans Set To Be Unveiled Wednesday

The unveiling of the new Veterans Plaza will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the Marshall County Courthouse in Moundsville. The plaza was established to honor Marshall County residents who lost their lives while serving our country. The Marshall County Commission was ...

Getting the Facts on School Staff Attendance

There were several points that need clarified regarding the article focusing on Ohio County Schools’ staff attendance. First, the number of total absences is misconstrued. The number of total absences of 9,572 during the 2018-2019 school year represents all positions in the school system ...

Blame Uncle Sam, Not Justice

Imagine that you own lots and lots of things, to the point that you’re classified as a billionaire. even though you couldn’t lay your hands on that much cash if your life depended upon it. Your phone rings. It’s a fellow from the federal government. He informs you, taking care to prove ...

Just Where Do We Go?

If you think the drug problems around the local area have subsided, think again. And you really do have to think before going into publicly shared spaces such as stores with shopping carts, stadiums, restaurants and more frightening — public restrooms. Thankfully many stores have placed ...

Going Pro At WVU?

Picture, if you will, an ad featuring a big picture of Austin Kendall and the large-type caption, “Before every big game, I rely on Acme Cleat Cleaners.” West Virginia University football team quarterback Austin Kendall getting paid to endorse a product? Not as ridiculous as you may ...

Ensuring Students Show Up to Benefit From Schools

Governor Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice were recently recognized by the National Communities In Schools organization for their role in expanding the program from three to 11 counties — the largest licensed expansion in the country. Their leadership means more children will have access ...

Extension Service Slates ‘Dining With Diabetes’ Program

The Extension Service committee for the West Virginia University/Marshall County Extension Service will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the WVU/MCES Office at 126 Barn Drive on Middle Grave Creek, Moundsville. The agenda will include at-large appointments, program presentations ...

End Vendetta and Find Solutions for Americans

Over the last year a million illegal migrants were taken into custody at our southern border — the highest level since 2007. A renegotiated trade deal with two of our largest trading partners — Canada and Mexico — is stalled. Skyrocketing prescription drug prices continue to increase ...

Will Voters Forgive Neely?

Richard Neely may be underestimating how angry West Virginians have become at arrogant government officials, especially those in the judicial branch. He also may not realize we have excellent memories. Now 78 years old, Neely announced this week he will run for a seat on the state Supreme ...

Making The Trip To Town

Admit it: We are creatures of habit. And that is not always a good thing, especially moving forward in and around Wheeling. For years, my parents routinely drove to and from our home in the suburbs of Wheeling to downtown via the National Road. Piling us kids in one of a long line of station ...

Think Far Outside The Box

Imagine the following conversation between an up-and-coming junior executive and his boss at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley: “Boss, you know that new plant you’ve been talking about? I’ve found a great place for it.” “Where?” “West Virginia.” “Have you been ...

Doing More for Homeless Children in West Virginia

Education is an essential part of our children’s lives. All of our students are expected to meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards, but a student’s environment outside of school has a profound impact on their ability to learn and achieve in the classroom. Every ...

Knowing How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We know so much more about breast cancer now than we did when Breast Cancer ...

Prison Was Site for Sports, Entertainment for Many Years

For those who grew up in Moundsville there was something that others places didn’t have — a maximum security state penitentiary. The prison over the years provided much to the economy of the city through jobs, items purchased from local businesses which were necessary to operate the ...

Is It North vs. South Again?

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...