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Local Columns

What Did You Say?

It’s OK. You can call me a fuddy-duddy. I’m not offended. What I am offended by is what I have to put up with — and you do, too — on a nearly daily basis. I was in dollar store the other day when I noticed the young man in front of me, dressed in a tie-dyed shirt. And when he turned ...

They’re Not Games Anymore

Sports may build character among athletes. Apparently it is less successful in that among spectators. Like so many other things, the situation seems to become worse with the age of competitors. This summer, it was my delight to watch a number of softball games in which little girls ...

Gun Control Plans Are Because Politicians Are Afraid

National Public Radio has been covering spree shootings in America, and the desire by Democratic presidential candidates to completely ban military-style firearms in the United States. Such legislation will effectively end the brutal bloodbath in our streets by immediately removing the very ...

Board of Education Hears Reports on Assessments, Attendance

Several presentations were made during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education. Mrs. Karen Klamut, the county’s director of state assessment, spoke on state assessment results in Marshall County schools. She stated that seven schools in the county met growth ...

Are Roads Unsolvable Puzzle?

In Washington, everyone knows the national debt is a disaster, at $22.6 trillion and growing by leaps and bounds. No one seems capable of building a bipartisan consensus to do anything about it, however. We have an equivalent here in West Virginia: the State Road Fund. Both it and the ...

Greetings to Start the Day

It never bothered me — in fact, it was pretty nice. Every morning when sports editor Bill Van Horne walked through the newsroom, he would smile and greet the female reporters with “Good morning, gals.” Always with a smile, he strode through the office to his den of desks piled high with ...

Paying a Lot of Money To Be Indoctrinated in College

I attended college from 1965 until 1989, acquiring three degrees as well as taking other postgraduate education courses. The total tuition for my undergraduate and graduate classes was approximately $10,000 during the “golden age” of a college education. Today, many parents have to ...

Pass W.Va. Resolution to Bring Our Troops Home

Some 1,600 years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shock waves throughout the Western world, triggering Saint Jerome to ...

Penitentiary Being Readied for Annual Dungeon of Horrors

More than 10,000 people are expected to come to Moundsville during the next six weekends in conjunction with the annual Dungeon of Horrors, along with the North (Hall) Walk, both held at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. The events will actually get underway on Tuesday, when a dress ...

Budget Going to the Dogs?

Four points about state Senate President Mitch Carmichael’s proposal, outlined in his op-ed elsewhere on this page: - I think Carmichael, R-Jackson, likes $14 million at least as much as he likes dogs. - By January, some other legislators will share his feeling about $14 million. - ...

Time to Stop Greyhound Subsidy

In recent years, our Legislature has placed an emphasis on moving West Virginia into the national mainstream. From legal reform to education reform, and everything in between, a common driver of our agenda has been to ensure that West Virginia is no longer ranked last in everything good and ...

A Series of Good Deeds, and a Bad Deed

It all happened very quickly. The other evening I was driving on Mount de Chantal Road near the exit from the Kroger store. A pickup truck in front of me suddenly stopped. No, I didn’t rear-end the truck if that’s what you’re thinking. I try not to tailgate when I’m driving. The ...

Eliminate Federal Breaks for Favored Big Companies

By Jason Huffman West Virginia State Director Americans for Prosperity Between the “good ol’ boy” system that held our state back for a century and the political attack on the coal industry, West Virginians know better than most the harm that comes when government is allowed to pick ...

Holding Mom, Dad Accountable

“Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Ms. Jones, your son’s fourth-grade teacher, here. This is your morning wake-up call to ensure that you get Johnny dressed and to the bus stop in time.” Ridiculous? Absolutely. It’s not the teacher’s job to get your child to school every day. It’s ...

Using Our God-Given Minds for Good Decisions

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and one of the former Republican presidential candidates, as well as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said, “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they’re still in their ...

Marshall County School Personnel Receive Honors From State

Jennifer Schwertfeger, West Virginia Teacher of the Year for 2020, was honored Friday morning at Cameron High School school by fellow teachers, school administrators, staff members, county school staff members, two family members and House of Delegate member Lisa Zukoff. The morning started ...

Tax Relief Will Be Difficult

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have big plans for the lawmaking session that begins in January. They hope to eliminate the property tax on business inventory. Then the report on August revenue came in. For the second month in a ...

Excuse Me For Staring

I could not help but stare, although I was taught from an early age that it was not polite. But sometimes I come across someone or, in this case something, that requires a longer look than the customary glance. The young woman was standing in front of me in line at Walmart. She looked ...

Immigrants on Our Border Treated Well

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...

Hospital Employees Are Angels

There are angels, too, hidden in plain sight. There are a lot more of them than the devils I wrote about last week. Sometimes, we fail to notice great evils in our midst, I wrote a week ago. Then, I was reminded they are greatly outnumbered. Hundreds of people have been displaced from jobs ...