Local Columns

We’re two-thirds of the way through

As of Sunday, there are 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...

The refrigerator not just for storing food

I was talking on the phone to someone the other day, making a request for a phone number. The person on the other end didn’t hesitate to offer assistance. “Wait a minute,” she said. “It’s on my refrigerator.” And that got me thinking, once I realized the number I was about to ...

Living united and working for others

Those who give their time to the Weirton United Way received some good news Friday afternoon during what had been set as the organization’s final report meeting of the 2018 fundraising campaign. Receiving a standing ovation, officials announced $246,226.98 had been raised, just passing the ...

Making it past the half-way point

Last Thursday marked the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session, and this week is when things start to speed up. For example, Tuesday is the last day to introduce bills in the House of Delegates. Less than a week later, Feb. 18, is the last day for Senate bills to be introduced. The ...

A big solution to a little squinting situation

We’ve been watching TV lately as if we’re in the midst of a severe sandstorm. Eyes squinting to see programs and movies clearer, Better Half and I have asked each other a couple of questions with some frequency. Is it just me, or is this TV screen shrinking? Is it just me, or are you ...

Could we soon see another shutdown?

A bipartisan Congressional panel is continuing its efforts to find an agreement which would prevent a second partial government shutdown this year. According to an article from the Associated Press, those involved are optimistic about their efforts, but government has a tendency to get bogged ...

The Church is the Body of Christ

In 1 Corinthians 12, we are told that the Church is the body of Christ. When I think of a body, I think of my own, since I am most familiar with it. When the weather is somewhat cold, and it gets below zero, the air dies out, and my arthritis does not bother me. However, my skin also dries out, ...

You can’t always get what you want

Here we are at the beginning of February and we’re staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike eminent. But is it really all the similar? There are ...

With grieving, there isn’t any time limit

I read a post on Facebook the other day that caught my attention. It noted: “Those who think there is a time limit when grieving have never lost a piece of their heart.” Very true. And we all grieve differently. Also very true. I couldn’t help but think of my mother in a couple ...

The big game, United Way and pizza rolls

Tonight, millions will be tuning their televisions to one of the major networks to watch what is considered to be among the biggest sporting events of the year. It’s not the Hunger Games or the Tri-Wizard Tournament. It’s the Super Bowl, that annual battle on the gridiron to crown the ...

Dealing with anxiety through God

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” Most people deal with anxiety. It is prevalent in our society today. We lose sleep, we can’t eat, and we miss work and school because of ...

Spreading good Christian values in everything

Madonna High School and students always strive to spread good Christian values in every action we, as a school, do. In our sports, we play with humility, and in our extracurricular activities, we always keep Christ in mind. This past week, the Lady Dons were able to humbly defeat the Weir High ...

Investing in the future of West Virginia

One of West Virginia’s most pressing issues is its low work force participation rate, which is the measurement of those in our state who are above the age of 16 and are either employed or are actively seeking employment. Sadly, with only 53 percent of West Virginians employed or actively ...

Education remains a focus in Legislature

The third week of the 2019 legislative session finally saw the debut of the education omnibus bill, and the roll out could have probably been handled better. Rumors had been flying about the bill since the beginning of January. No one was sure what was in it, but the rumors reached a fever ...

Guess what you haven’t done in a while

“You know what you haven’t done for a while?” Better Half asked me the other evening. Sometimes questions between spouses can be tricky points of conversation. Understand that what you say and what you really mean often are two completely different things. I might tell Better Half, ...

Election season is under way in Weirton

The deadline to file for office in Weirton was at noon Saturday, and you may have already looked through our report on today’s front page, listing who currently is included. There still is time for changes, such as those who mailed in their application or those who may decide to withdraw in ...

The Eagle and the Prairie Chickens

Jesus said, in Matthew 4:17, in the bible; “The Kingdom of is here, it’s at hand!” The Kingdom of God is here, it’s available because the King of Heaven came down to show us what the Kingdom of God looked like, as Jesus modeled the Kingdom of God lifestyle for us. In Luke 10:25-37 in ...

Going into week two at the Capitol

We made it through the first full week of the session, several bills have already been passed and sent to the next chamber, and the two major pet projects of legislative leaders — broadband expansion and workforce development — will be up for votes next week. I won’t rehash a lot of ...

Whatever the weather is today, so be it

I don’t know what today’s weather has turned out to be like. I couldn’t predict it any better than anyone else commissioned to such a daunting task, and since this column gets written mid-week, all I knew for sure was that “scare-casts” (a.k.a. forecasts in some instances) were ...

Are term limits in Congress a good idea?

There is a movement forming in West Virginia, and apparently 12 other states, to seek a constitutional convention to establish term limits for members of Congress. Now, the chances of this actually going anywhere are pretty slim, so I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up. The question ...