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Local Columns

Clearing Up A Few Matters

It’s fitting as I celebrate three years running the state government bureau for this newspaper in Charleston and my return to journalism after a brief sabbatical in state government that I confess to some unintentional mistakes in last week’s column. If you recall, I wrote about some of ...

Marshall Memo: Marshall County Fair Making Its 2021 Return on July 18

It’s July which means that the Marshall County Fair will be taking place this month. It will be held from July 18 through July 24. Of course, everyone should know that last year’s scheduled fair was canceled due to COVID-19, although the youth were able to sell their different market ...

Paid Family Leave Economic Issue, Not Partisan Issue

As our country and state grapple with the economic aftermath of COVID-19 and businesses everywhere look for creative ways to encourage recovery, there is one universal constant for providing families with financial security. Paid family leave is a commonsense answer to giving families the ...

Predicting The Predictable

As predicted, Democrats in the U.S. Senate did not have the 60 votes needed to even begin consideration of their massive voting, election regulation and campaign finance overhaul. It was always predictable, but annoying nonetheless. Not because I supported the bill or opposed the bill, but ...

Marshall Memo: Community, Commission Respond to Flooding in Cameron

Cameron City Council members, Marshall County Commissioners and Gov. Jim Justice wasted little time this past Tuesday in declaring a State of Emergency for Marshall County after flooding in Cameron caused considerable damage in the city. Cameron Mayor Greg Galentine called a special meeting ...

Biden Financial Transaction Tax is Misguided Policy

President Joe Biden has pledged repeatedly that, while he intends to raise taxes on wealthy individuals to fund wide-ranging infrastructure projects, he will not raise taxes on Americans with incomes of less than $400,000. But that won’t be true if Congress passes Senate Bill 817, also known ...