Local Columns

Royalty in kingdom of order remorse

Better Half and I have a lot in common, including the fact that we’re very good at what I call “order remorse.” This is a condition that apparently is not very treatable, because we have yet to be cured. There’s no panacea, no anecdote for us. History teaches us lessons, but, alas, ...

The journey is as important as the destination

During a recent road trip through West Virginia, I thought I would use the opportunity to do a little exploring and check out a few state parks along my planned route. A few years back I enrolled in the Very Important Parks Person program, which encourages people to visit the state parks and ...

Our lives have great value to God

Let's take a few minutes and let God through the Apostle Paul teach us how valuable we are to our Lord. "Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. God raised us up with ...

Are impeachments a case of too swift justice?

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

Know what it says before the debate

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For those ...

To strike or not to strike, that is the question

After watching the video for last week's Public Employee Insurance Agency Taskforce subcommittee for public outreach, I reasonably believe rumors of a fall teachers' strike are true. The fall teachers' strike is probably one of the worst kept secrets in Charleston. I can't tell you how many ...

A ‘Deer Hunter’ day in Mingo Junction

When the “Deer Hunter” movie was being filmed locally in 1977, I had finished my freshman year of college and was back home in Richmond, working for the summer in the concession stand at the local drive-in theater. It really wasn’t on my radar then that something out of the ordinary was ...

Keeping an eye on our roadways

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice called a press conference to announce yet another new program he says will help the state and its residents. Armed with his requisite easels and colorful displays, Justice sat at a desk and announced not one, but two new websites focusing on West Virginia’s ...

Never stop finding ways to grow

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 ...

Some thoughts on Canterbury’s Tales

It was anticipated that Thursday’s testimony by Steve Canterbury, former administrator for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing would be a day for popcorn munching. While Canterbury, fired by then-Chief Justice Allen ...

Crepe making means no more dusting

We “borrowed” the crepe maker months ago. M-o-n-t-h-s. And there it sat on the kitchen bar for weeks and weeks and weeks to the point where it needed dusting, so that didn’t exactly endear it to me. Every time I looked at it I was reminded of two things: 1.) Better Half and I had ...

Work to chronicle our communities

One of the coolest things I’ve found in my various explorations of our local history — usually spurred on by assignments involving our area museums — has been the opportunity to see the various photographs of our Ohio Valley. There’s, obviously, not much beyond the early 1900s, ...

Kavanaugh fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

On July 9, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and in the coming months, the Senate will vote on this important nomination. As a senator, I take my responsibility to evaluate presidential nominees very seriously. That is ...

The impeachment process is not so peachy

CHARLESTON — Last week we wrapped up week two of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and the High Court is not making things easier. It all started last week with a letter from Barbara Allen, the interim administrator for the ...

A fresh perspective on life from little people

There’s nothing like some casual encounters with children to give you a fresh perspective on life. Little people can leave a big impression. I was pitching in at the concession stand at the Steubenville Saddle Club at its July show when I was reminded of this. Even though I have a ...

Provide input in your community

Over the last year, or so, there have been town halls, surveys and other means to collect information from residents and businesses as part of efforts to update Weirton’s comprehensive development plan. There have been hundreds of residents giving feedback on things would like to see, the ...

What is the purpose of anger? What is forgiveness?

We are told in Ephesians 4:26 to be angry but don't sin. In the Lord's prayer in Matthew 6, we are told that if we do not forgive others, we are not forgiven by God. Why does Paul tell us to be angry, and what is anger for, and what is forgiveness? I think that we can see a major problem in ...

Definitions of love can be varied and many

In a few days, we will be celebrating our first anniversary as a new married couple and a new family. We believe we have come together because of love. Have you ever thought of how the word love is really used? Why do we use the word “love” in tennis? If you’ve scored love, you’ve ...

Higher education equations don’t add up

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should, because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Planning doesn’t always make perfect

Planning is never a guarantee that everything proceeds without a hitch. I was reminded of that when my aunt came for a recent visit, flying in from Chicago’s O’Hare to Pittsburgh. My aunt is a very organized person, a do-ahead planner and plotter who actually mailed a box of clothing way ...