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Local Columns

Christmas is Here; Changing Landscapes; and Parking

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Try Savings Accounts Where You Can Win Big

In a rare display of bipartisanship this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the American Savings Promotion Act (HR 3374), following passage in the House in September. The legislation removes legal impediments that currently prevent federally chartered banks and thrift institutions from ...

Lessening Lack of Trust In Criminal Justice System

From the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, to the heavily militarized police response, to the protests in the wake of Brown's death, to the failure of the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting, the events in Ferguson, Mo., have turned up the ...

Government Size, Power Hamper Economy

There is a growing body of evidence that bigger government means slower growth of real GDP. Once the level of total government spending as a percentage of GDP reaches a tipping point, estimated to be from 15 percent to 25 percent of GDP, additional expansion crowds out private productive ...

Pressure Chinese to Stop Targeting Foreign Firms

Trade summits come and trade summits go, but the recent meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade or JCCT in Chicago, may have been unique. It might be the first time the United States government directly confronted China on its unprecedented assault on foreign-owned ...

Bring Us Budget Surpluses, Santa

Eric Holder has promised me he will not attempt to force me to divulge my source, leaving me free once again this year to reveal the contents of some of the many letters received by Santa Claus.I'm told many missives came from folks all over the Ohio Valley, telling Santa, strangely enough, ...

A House Full Of Children

My father loved Christmas. He may not have loved the mounting cash register receipts in my mother's pocketbook, but he enjoyed the excitement of the little kids when they unwrapped that new baby doll or football helmet.The House of Children, as my Dad would call it, was at best chaotic the ...

What Does He Think Of W.Va.?

One suspects MIT?economist Jonathan Gruber did not advise state officials that West Virginians are stupid.But exactly what did he tell them in exchange for the more than $121,000 Mountain State taxpayers paid Gruber?Gruber may be the most despised person in America. He was on the hot seat in a ...

Moundsville Gathers for Tree Lighting by Miss West Virginia

MOUNDSVILLE - City residents were joined by Miss West Virginia Paige Madden last week as the Gold, Khourey and Turak offices celebrated its 12th annual Christmas tree lighting.Santa Claus joined in the fun, riding in on a Moundsville fire truck.Madden, who lit the tree just as the sun set, ...

Dealership Collecting Gifts For Veterans

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Thomas Auto Centers is teaming up to honor local veterans this holiday season. Thomas is accepting donations at the dealership in St. Clairsville under its Freedom Tree for local veterans needing assistance providing for their families during the holidays.Donations may include ...

Show Some Respect for Land of Free, Brave

At a time when the media are constantly pointing out social, political and ideological divisions in America, most of us can agree on uniting around the larger meaning of our nation and the sacrifices that made it possible in the first place. This is embodied in our National Anthem.Throughout ...

Writing Class Is Part of ‘Paws for a Cause’ at High School

John Marshall High School this year is offering for the first time a professional writing class, and in addition to writing press releases, creating pamphlets, brochures and newsletters, the 17 students have spearheaded other school/community endeavors one of which is "Paws for a ...

Let’s Look at Horse Racing, Too

Some West Virginians may have been cocking their heads from one side to the other - like dogs puzzled at human behavior - earlier this month. A study by the state Lottery Commission might prompt that reaction.By Dec. 31, the commission is expected to receive results of a study on the impact of ...

Taking The Right Steps

I saw them for the first time last summer. They were walking to a church festival. Two young parents with four children in tow - one in a baby stroller. The children were neatly dressed and clean, a compliment to any parent with four little kids living on a shoestring budget.Not long after ...

Making A Child Smile

Those of us blessed with children and, perhaps, grandchildren know we'd do anything for them. Anything.What if we couldn't?Most of us know that Christmas morning will be a bonanza for the little ones in our families. All we have to hear is that Santa Claus has been asked for a certain toy and, ...

Capitalizing on Wheeling’s Many Unique Assets

A recent newspaper headline read, "Cleveland Takes on Silicon Valley," an item that has been a principal element in our vision for the future Wheeling, a, subject discussed with a few others since our retirement from AEP and return to Wheeling. With public comment requested on the ...

An Award-Winning Acting Job; and Buying Local

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Tree Gala One of Many Christmas Events in Marshall County

While the Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be sharing proceeds from the annual Tree Gala Auction organization held Thursday night at St. Jude Parish Hall in Glen Dale, another organization, the John Marshall High School "Paws for a ...

December 7 a Reminder of Who We Are as Americans

Seventy-three years later, America still remembers the "date which will live in infamy." It was the first phrase pronounced to the world by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the wake of one of America's greatest tragedies, which has since engraved itself in history forever. December 7, ...

Political Litmus Tests Unwise

Republicans could do far worse than naming Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as their nominee for president in 2016. But they won't have that option.Portman revealed this week that, despite national speculation he may run for president, he will not do do. Instead, he will focus on the Senate as a place ...