Opinion

Recognize and stop child abuse

Editorials

West Virginia legislators, some probably shocked by Gov. Jim Justice’s comment about sexual abuse of children, seem eager to do something about it. If you missed it, Justice said during his State of the State speech that one in 10 Mountain State children will suffer sexual abuse before ...

State officials will forget frugality

Editorials

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

On my way to putting best feet forward

Local Columns

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...

Looking to satisfy a growing wanderlust

Local Columns

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in my life. Much of it has been through family vacations, but there has been the occasional work-related weekend trip through West Virginia, as well. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities. Even if I visit somewhere familiar, there’s ...

True heroes set the example

Editorials

The word "hero" has a few connotations. Before Sept. 11, 2001, sports figures often were lauded as heroes for what they did on the field. As such, when someone from your hometown earns a World Series ring after decades in Major League Baseball, he could qualify as a hero to many. ...

Treatment questioned

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Malcolm Gladwell claims there are no more than six degrees of separation among any individuals on earth. Pick any person, and one can trace a connection to that person through six distinct relationships — someone who knows someone, who knows someone, etc. For every member of ...

Find real growth through prayer

Local Columns

While I was browsing in a couple of book stores, shortly before Christmas, my desire was to find a book I knew my wife would like. (No, that's not all I bought for her, but let's continue this thought). During my search, to my amazement, I found large sections of books dealing with "self ...

‘Global warming’ still a hoax

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My favorite news stories feature hipster environmentalists trekking to the poles "to study the damage climate change has done to the ice cap," ending up trapped in ice that's not supposed to be there. We keep hearing about the ongoing dangers of "climate change," which was, of ...

Trump has delivered during his first year in office

Local Columns

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Peace, love can bring great power to mankind

Editorials

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...