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Local Columns

Focusing On The Picture

Every once in a while, I think I hear it. In one of those rare moments, when the newsroom is devoid of chatter or a screaming police scanner, there’s a sound that echoes in my head. For anyone younger than maybe 50, it would be a sound very foreign to them. But for anyone who ever visited a ...

Anti-Social Media A True Puzzle

I wonder how many religious leaders scratch their heads on occasion, wondering why they cannot instill in their followers the kind of faith so many of them seem to have in the internet. The difference is that while most Christians do think about our beliefs, many “social media” followers ...

‘Medocracy’ May Be the New Form of Government

The Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, and gas prices shot up about 20 cents on June 20. If we are to believe the oil and gas officials, that spike in prices did not happen because fracking has made America energy independent. If we are in the midst of a frack boom, why have Wheeling and so many ...

Let’s Work Together to Find Solutions in W.Va.

I was blessed recently with the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. The trip, sponsored by the American Israeli Education PAC (AIEP), was an opportunity for me and 18 other political and religious leaders from across America to meet and learn from our friends in Israel. A trip to this region ...

Effort Is Being Made to Honor Sonny Allen in Virginia

A full-blown effort is under way in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in an effort to have Moundsville native Sonny Allen become a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Retired sportswriter Harry Minium is spearheading this undertaking, and a couple weeks ago had an article published in the ...

State GOP Chair Stifling Justice Critics’ Freedoms

You don’t really think a lot about your right to free speech, until you lose it. Or until someone tries to take it from you by force. And that’s the very crux of why I’ve spent so much of the last month entrenched in our state’s political news. It’s a complicated story. It’s ...

Trump: Let’s Tackle Black Lung

Much of what President Donald Trump had to say during a fundraiser at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling pleased the nearly 1,000 people in the crowd immensely, because Trump was talking to them, not a national audience focused on the Mueller investigation or “the squad.” His audience here wanted ...

Play Ball, Not Politics

It was not easy to find, but it found me. This week, while taking some time off work, I sought out a little respite from the political strife that has consumed our country. Just a day after we watched Air Force One leave the air space over the Ohio Valley, I found myself heading north to watch ...

We All Have To Dream

“You have to dream. We all have to dream.” — Christa McAuliffe. Fifty years ago Saturday night, between 600 million and 650 million people were watching on television as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. What did they say to those watching with them? Something about ...

County Fair, Back-to-School Event Scheduled This Week

Two annual Marshall County events — the Marshall County Fair and the Back to School Fun Fair — will be taking place this week. The MCF will be a week-long attraction at the fairgrounds off 12th Street in Moundsville. The Back to School Fun Fair will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on ...

Making Something Legal Doesn’t Make It Right

For the last 16 years, I have been blessed to take 60 to 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 ...

Scouting Teaches Leadership Qualities Valuable for Life

As a young boy in West Virginia, I loved being outside whenever I had the chance. Being a Boy Scout gave me the freedom to spend time outdoors and while I was there, I learned new skills, leadership qualities and gained friends and mentors that helped shape me into the United States senator, ...

Student Success Act Overdue, Worth Defending

Led by conservatives in the West Virginia State Senate, the entire legislature passed The Student Success Act that provides much needed reforms to the state’s public education system. The Student Success Act will help improve outcomes for students all across this state. It gives parents ...

School Establishment Shunned

In both our states, something interesting has occurred regarding public schools during the past year or so. Whether it is good or bad is a matter many may dispute, but it marks a sea change in attitudes among policymakers. Ohio legislators are considering a change in the requirements to ...

After 50 Years, Still Moonstruck

One of my favorite old songs — really old — was “Moon River” by Andy Williams. Whenever I chance to hear the song, it reminds me of the times we watched the “Andy Williams Show” on TV during the 1960s. It was pretty simple family fun with songs and sometimes silly ...

Why I Remain Catholic: A Defense of Faith in a Time of Challenge

Recent revelations related to the tenure of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston have outraged the Catholic community and shaken the faith of even its most devout followers both within the state and nationally. Evidence concerning financial ...

Spineless Stupidity Encouraged

I have a confession to make: I understand how the fellow in the Starbucks in Tempe, Arizona, felt. Sometimes I, too, am seized by an almost uncontrollable fear of police officers. It makes me very uncomfortable. Usually, it happens when I notice a police or sheriff’s cruiser parked near the ...

Plans Are Made for Salvation Army Unit in Moundsville

The Salvation Army Service Unit in Moundsville will hopefully become more active in not only Marshall County but also, Wetzel and Tyler counties, under the direction of Captains Mark and Jennifer Van Meter who are the new officers of the Ohio County Salvation Army Headquarters in Wheeling, and ...

Living by the Golden Rule in West Virginia

We come from different political parties, represent two different parts of the state and sometimes vote differently as a result.  As two of the youngest members of the West Virginia State Senate, however, we hold much in common.    Both of us have seen too many of the people we grew up ...

Facing Up to Road Funding

Secondary roads are a lot like the weather. Lots of people in West Virginia talk about them, but no one ever seems to do anything. Actually, that isn’t quite accurate. During the past decade, we have done something: We’ve reduced the Division of Highways budget. Yes, reduced. During ...