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Local Columns

New Economic Crisis May Be in Our Future

It may be that COVID-19 is not the greatest threat to our region’s economy, after all. That distinction may belong to the intensifying national bias against anything related to fossil fuels. First, the environmentally correct crowd came for the coal industry. Having devastated it and ...

Making What’s Legal and What’s Right the Same

For the last 17 years, I have been blessed to take 60-75 kids, not including adults and junior counselors, camping. Most of these kids are from kindergarten to the 6th grade. A number of them have never left the city and it is their first time camping. We enjoy seeing their first experiences ...

East End Playground, Valley Fork Park Are Upgraded

When I’m on my daily walk at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville with my dog, it always seems like I come up with something, the majority of which deals with the past. Well, it just so happened this past Wednesday morning thatmy thoughts dealt with what I’m always referring to as the East End ...

Avoid Shortsighted Mistakes Regarding Energy

Over the past few months, people have become acutely aware of the problems with relying on foreign countries for vital products. The global pandemic has demonstrated that America depends on foreign suppliers far too much for products vital to our health, from masks to testing swabs to ...

Blame Younger Generation

At times of national peril — wars, mostly — we Americans have always been able to rely on great generations of young people. How ironic it is, then, that the greatest of these generations is being let down by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is not one of those rants ...

This Is No Time To Be a Rebel

There is no way Gov. Jim Justice can force West Virginians to wear face masks. Those who balk at the idea of the government telling us how to live our lives are right about that. The governor, in issuing a face-mask order this week but adding there will be no penalty for disobedience, ...

West Virginia’s Kenna Was No Robert E. Lee

Most West Virginians probably don’t know the name John Kenna, but they will soon if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets her way. The statue of Kenna that represents the Mountain State on Capitol Hill is among the 11 she wants to figuratively topple because of Confederate ties. Never mind that ...

Healy Highlights Moundsville’s Response to COVID-19

Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy was the Moundsville Lions Club’s speaker Tuesday, and he presented an update of the city’s operation during the past 18 months, along with future plans. An issue he addressed was COVID-19, pointing out that financially, the city was looking good midway ...

Ensure We Never Have A Whitmer in W.Va.

Whitmer Elected Governor After Moving to W.Va. Imagine that headline showing up in the paper sometime in the future. For many Mountain State residents this Independence Day weekend, it isn’t a pleasant thought. After seeing how Gretchen Whitmer has handled her duties as governor of ...

We Really Need To Be Talking

Talking with someone of a different race about bigotry is difficult. I’ve done it, though not as many times as I should have, so I know. It’s a whole lot tougher than, say, demanding that your state remove from the capitol building a bust of a Confederate general. It’s more ...

July Revenue Won’t Be Predictor for Fiscal 2021

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will have an ace up their collective sleeve when the new fiscal year begins Wednesday. My guess is the card will be worth $105 million to $140 million. State personal income tax collections for the first five months of 2019 totaled about $932 ...

Coal Will Remain Major Part of W.Va. Economy

Everyone knows the important role that West Virginia coal has had on our daily lives and the overall health of our state. The coal industry has always accounted for an abundance of good paying jobs, a reliable revenue stream and funding source that supports a myriad of education and ...

Groundbreaking Set for Gold Star Families Monument

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Marshall County Gold Star Family Monument will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Plaza on the northwest corner of the county courthouse. It was some 15 months ago that Marshall County resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” ...

Adapting Higher Education to Online Learning

In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic upheavals has been in the way students learn in schools and colleges at every level. In higher education, the traditional model of classroom-based, face-to-face instruction ...

What About the Lives Saved?

About 70 unarmed people are shot to death each year by U.S. law enforcement officers, deputies, troopers and agents, to judge by a Washington Post database. It would not surprise me if officers here in Wheeling have saved that many lives during the past few years. Digest that for a ...

Protecting Children From Drug Abusers

As we celebrate our state’s birthday this weekend, West Virginians can take some pleasure in how well we’ve handled the COVID-19 epidemic. Though it has been bad here in several respects, we have escaped the horror experienced by many of our fellow Americans. Too bad we can’t say the ...

Senate Makes Landmark Investment in Nature

In times of trouble and uncertainty, humanity has always turned to the natural world for solace. In West Virginia, this is no different. West Virginia is a place encompassed by beautiful landscapes, sprawling mountain ranges and endless outdoor recreation opportunities for both residents and ...

Coping With Being a Parent During Unusual Time

This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day articles over the past 20 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. One year it was unique because my father and my grandfather died, making me the oldest male in my immediate family. Then ...

Baseball, Softball Teams Cleared to Begin New Season

Play ball! Baseball and softball teams in Moundsville will be permitted to begin their seasons, although the actual first pitches will depend on the different league officials. One thing which is certain is that the 13 playing fields are in readiness. The Moundsville Recreation ...

Disease Can Discriminate, Too

Now seems as good a time as any to talk about the most deadly racial disparity in America. It’s disease, not how racial minorities are treated by law enforcement personnel. Early in the COVID-19 epidemic, it became clear the coronavirus was hitting black Americans significantly harder ...