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Manchin Should Vote to Confirm Judge Barrett

One of the most important votes that any senator can take is on the confirmation of a justice to the Supreme Court. In the weeks ahead, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will cast a vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. It is clear based on her experience, her qualifications, and ...

Screening Can Help Women Beat Breast Cancer

Women often put the needs of their loved ones before their own. That may be truer than ever this year, as mothers juggle working from home, virtual learning and child care along with the usual everyday responsibilities. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families ...

Lives Being Saved Are Fellow West Virginians

Most of us have been dealing with numbers. It’s easier, that way. Thursday’s number was 370. For Gov. Jim Justice and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch, the numbers have been fellow West Virginians. Thursday’s was a 78-year-old man from Kanawha County. ...

Did Red-Haired Woman Leave?

Many days on my way home from work, I’d see her at an intersection. Almost always, she displayed one of those “anything helps” signs. She had reddish hair and looked to be between 20-50 years old. Living outside will do that. She always had a look of despair on her face, as if it had ...

It’s Going to Get Worse, Folks

Editor's Note - The original version of this column contained an editing error in stating it is being predicted that nearly 1% of West Virginians may die of COVID-19 by Jan. 1. The correct number is 0.1%. By Jan. 1, nearly 0.1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio ...

Forcing Officials to Pay For Cover-Ups — Or Not

Someone should pay for what Ohio State University did to alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill, who has said he was one of the victims of the late Dr. Richard Strauss many years ago. While serving as a physician for some OSU athletic teams, Strauss allegedly abused hundreds of male students ...

It’s the Place Where We Belong

In some places, “George Washington Slept Here” is used to pull in the tourists. Here in West Virginia, the more appealing claim might be that John Denver sang “Country Roads” here. Time flies, doesn’t it? This year is the 50th anniversary of the song. “Country Roads” is ...

What Can We Do? What Should We Be Doing?

We can’t solve every problem. Ask the families and friends of the nearly 940,000 human beings killed by COVID-19. But we ought to ask whether we’re doing all we can for people who need help. Are we? Could we do more to help the homeless people who have taken up residence in Wheeling? ...

Relying on Truckers to Deliver What We Need

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the grocery store, some to their place of work, and some are the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America. These are the hard-working professional men and women who deliver the ...

‘Dungeon of Horrors’ Ready to Kick Off at Old Penitentiary

A number of businesses in the Moundsville area are looking forward to the annual “Dungeon of Horrors,” which takes place at the former West Virginia Penitentiary. That event will be taking place this coming week on Friday and Saturday. Overall, this attraction will be playing over six ...

Wildcats Won Where It Counts

I’ve never been entirely sold on criticism of the “participation trophy” concept. Young people do need to know the difference between winning and merely participating a contest, whether that’s on the playing field, in the classroom or on the job site. Still, there’s something to be ...

Backsliding Into a Wave Of Death in West Virginia

Let’s hope the third time really is the charm, because we West Virginians have botched our first two opportunities to emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears we’re at the crest of the third wave of coronavirus devastation in the Mountain State. We’re not handling it well. For a ...

Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws in West Virginia

For most of us, it would be wildly illegal to stop a vacationing, pregnant woman and her husband, search their belongings, and make off with more than $10,000 in cash plus their personal cell phone — but West Virginia’s civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to do just that. To stop ...

Lions, Mount Rose Cemetery Involved in Wreath Program

Members of the Moundsville Lions Clubs and officers of Mount Rose Cemetery will be involved in an undertaking which will also include individuals, businesses and organizations. It is known as “Wreaths Across America.” It is the same program that places wreaths in Arlington National ...

Think of Completing Census as an Act of Kindness

In my 13 years as the president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Honoring Gold Star Families

The Mountain State is home to some of the most patriotic Americans and as a result many West Virginians are called to serve our country resulting in one of the highest rates of military service in the nation. For the past six years I’ve participated in the Ride for Fallen Service Heroes to ...

Partiers Put People at Risk

Not many people worry about the expanding power of government as much as I do. As I’ve written, we Americans need to talk about that, especially in regard to public health measures, once the COVID-19 epidemic has passed. In the meantime, why can’t we give the Monongalia County Health ...

Ensuring Elections Are Safe and Efficient

By Mac Warner West Virginia Secretary of State “Follow the science” refers to following facts, not hyperbole and hysteria. It is taking West Virginia elections from good to great. Health and safety, absentee ballot applications, and timely results reporting became major focus areas ...

We Need to Talk About Power

Among freedoms granted by the First Amendment is that of “the people to peacefully assemble...” So why won’t Fort Henry Days be held this year? Why are some high school football teams in West Virginia being told to stay on the bench this weekend? Because public health officials, ...

Approve Loan Guarantee for Brooke Power Plant

By Steve Roberts I am writing today to support the proposed Brooke County 830-megawatt electric power plant that is facing an uncertain future. ESC Brooke County Power, the proposed plant, would utilize $177.5 million worth of natural gas each year, instantly becoming the largest user of ...