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Learning The Why Of History

Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...

Is This Some Sort of a Machiavellian Plot in Wheeling?

You know, no matter how much I think about writing these opinion pieces, I struggle to put into words the logic behind my deep-seated positions. Take, for example, the purchase of property on 19th Street for the construction of a new “public safety building.” According to Councilman ...

Groundbreaking for New City Building Is Expected

Groundbreaking for a new city of Moundsville Municipal//Public Safety Building is expected to be held this year. City officials have already chosen an architectural firm from 11 different companies to do the design work, with the next step being to enter into a contract with the firm. City ...

Putting Partisan Politics Aside to Help West Virginia

When I was sworn in as the U.S. senator for West Virginia, I knew I had big shoes to fill. Senator Robert C. Byrd was a giant in the Senate, known for his work on the Appropriations Committee to bring opportunities and projects to our state. Today, I am proud to hold the seat of the great ...

It’s Just Not Worth $375,000

If you work in Wheeling, I wish you a happy new ... user fee. With the new year came implementation of the city’s $2 per week — $104 a year — fee paid by anyone who works within municipal limits. It applies to full-time and part-time workers, and the self-employed. Not another ...

Reason To Celebrate

Many of us celebrated on Dec. 31. But it was not quite the typical New Year’s Eve celebration for many. Rather welcoming 2020 with great joy, many chose to celebrate the end of 2019. And with great reason. Some folks would rather forget the things that have torn this country apart last ...

2020 in Fast Forward

Wednesday is the start of a brand-new year, and if you thought 2019 went fast, expect the first half of 2020 to go even faster. There is a lot going on in a short amount of time, so I’m here to give you the important dates. Jan. 8: The start of the second session of the 84th Legislature. ...

Birds Are Telling Us Something

If you are an area resident 60 years of age or older, chances are you’d never seen a Canada goose in the wild until after you left high school. And bald eagles? We see them in pictures but, except for those lucky enough to have visited Alaska in their youth, not in the flesh. Now, the Ohio ...

It’s Not too Late to Give Child The Greatest Gift

An investment in a Linsly education may be the greatest gift you ever give your child. Benjamin Franklin reminded us: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” As head of school at The Linsly School in Wheeling, I’m frequently asked why parents should consider sending their ...

Commission Declares Kammer Plant ‘Blighted’ Area

The Marshall County Commission has signed a resolution stating that the commission finds that the former American Electric Power Kammer Facility and adjacent areas have been deemed to be ‘‘blighted and economically distressed’’ areas, and that by their action, the current property ...

Pay Attention This Holiday Season to What Unites Us

Pay attention this Holiday Season! Realize there are almost one thousand West Virginia National Guardsmen deployed around the globe to keep our Nation safe and free. They have thousands of other brothers and sisters at arms also deployed during the Holiday Season. They represent less than ...

W.Va. Coalfields Shift Politically

The Democratic Party’s Solid South lasted much longer in West Virginia than in the nation as a whole. For generations, Democrats could count on winning in the southern coalfield counties. Voter registration numbers made their dominance obvious. A political operative remarked to me ...

Where Did Decade Go?

Just a week ago, winter began. No one noticed as it has been unseasonably warm. My husband noted the start of winter with his usual bright attitude. He remarked that the days will now begin to get longer, even if only by a minute or two each day. Those minutes, however, add up and truly make a ...

You Are the Christmas Miracle

It aggravates newspaper people terribly when we cannot get our questions answered. But today, one of my greatest joys is not having been able to get an answer to one question I’ve been asking for years: How many children are happy today because of people like you? I started some years ago ...

Joy To The World In Lights

With all due respect to Oglebay Park and its million or so LEDs in dozens of beautiful displays, the reason for the season is on glorious, if private, display elsewhere. Take a drive this evening, virtually anywhere in the valley. At some point, you’ll be nearly blinded by a private home ...

A Story of Relationships, Along With Redemption

A few weeks ago, I was at a Rotary meeting where John Moses, the CEO of Youth Service Systems, was the speaker. I was so impressed with it, I asked for permission to share it with you. It is a story about the power of relationships. This story as a drama, so let me tell you the cast of ...

Health Department, Church Surprise Youths With Gifts

The three sons of Mike and Traci Miller of Moundsville got an early glimpse of their Christmas presents on Thursday when they arrived at the Marshall County Health Department, where some 36 gifts awaited them. The staff of the health department was recently made aware that the three boys ...

Dreaming of a Little Boy in Martins Ferry at Christmas

This is my Christmas dream, which was born when I was a six-year-old boy growing up on Indiana Street in Martins Ferry. My Christmas dream returns every Christmas. The year was 1957. It was the last day of school before Christmas break. I sat in Miss Wood’s first grade class at Elm School ...

All They Want for Christmas …

Some people in West Virginia may hope Santa Claus hands out lots of lumps of coal this Christmas. At least that would get some of the mines working. But jolly old St. Nick has a habit of bringing nice things to good little boys and girls, sometimes even to politicians. With that in mind, ...

Recalling Christmas In the Past

For weeks, I had been looking for it. Day in and day out, I passed by the houses decorated for Christmas. I listened to the preaching in church and sang “Come, Come, Emanuel.” I braved the shopping trips to fulfill the wish lists of others. I contributed to the Angel Tree and other ...