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Local Columns

Looking Forward to Becoming Part of Wheeling

To the residents of Wheeling: As interested buyers of the 1400 block buildings, and prospective Wheeling residents, we want to share a little bit about our story with you. Typically, a move across country for a family would either be to be closer to family or for a new job with some big ...

Charging Inmates To Read

Reading improves the mind. We know that. The interesting thing is that reading just about anything is good for us, though, clearly, certain types of material are better than others. A number of benefits accrue to those who read. We learn how to use the English language better. We pick up ...

Flexibility To Be Uneducated

Well, heck, World War II was a long time ago. Why do we even need to know about those “Nazi” people? Ask the 30 or so West Virginia prison guard trainees who are in trouble after touching a raw nerve regarding the Nazis. Some of them probably wish they’d learned more about the horror ...

Stores Left Their Imprints

I miss G.C. Murphy’s. Now before all you mayors out there start groaning, bear me out. I am not lamenting the loss of major retail in your downtowns. I am not dissing the way you and your elected cohorts run your cities and towns today. I realize that times and cities change with the ebb and ...

Fault Is Ours, Not Trainees’

Reaction to a prank by some W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees says much about our state — more of it good than bad. The question we need to face up to is about the trainees, however. What does it say about their generation? You may have heard about a prank, ...

Let Public Comment Before Votes Are Taken

Apathy? I noted in the last election, which happened to be for the Ohio County School Bond renewal levy, that fewer than 10% of the registered voters in Ohio County participated in the election. This fact was pointed out by the news media, and was mentioned to me on more than one occasion by ...