Opinion

Going into week two at the Capitol

Local Columns

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 ...

Keeping West Virginia public in the dark

Editorials

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Whatever the weather is today, so be it

Local Columns

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?

Local Columns

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 ...

Blass has done it the right way

Editorials

For many sports fans in our area, the image is as fresh as it was on Oct. 17, 1971 — pitcher Steve Blass leaping into the arms of first baseman Bob Robertson. It was a moment of pure joy and celebration that came in the seconds after the Pittsburgh Pirates had defeated the Baltimore Orioles ...

Stick with the Blue Laws

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Recently in the discussion proposing a Sunday brunch ordinance, it was stated the prohibition against serving alcohol before 1 p.m. on Sundays in restaurants was an antiquated Blue law. The Blue laws were in support of God’s Law, notably the Third Commandment to “Keep holy ...

The kind of love that we are to live

Local Columns

1 Peter 1:22-25 22) Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23) For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24) ...

Medical marijuana will only lead to trouble

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I have had a long time to think on how much negitivity this brings, from the dangers of driving and activities to behavior changes, it will make drunk driving look like Tiny Tim’s song “Tiptoe through the Tullips.” If any individual has not seen the havoc this bringsI ...

Use common sense in the cold weather

Editorials

The relatively warm winter has suddenly been replaced with the reality of the season. Lighter jackets were the norm during December. Heavy parkas and layers of clothing will be needed come Sunday and Monday, when the low temperature will dip near zero. Doctors say keeping warm in the bitter ...

Independent investigation of Brooke Schools needed

Editorials

It is unacceptable for a public official to attempt to intimidate a critic of government at any level, including a local school system. That’s why members of the Brooke County Board of Education need to get to the bottom of a complaint that such an attempt was made. Accomplishing that to ...

Update medicinal marijuana rules

Editorials

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

McKinley is correct, compromise is vital

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Avoid wishful thinking on budget

Editorials

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Week one at the West Virginia Capitol

Local Columns

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness ...

Helping youngest victims in West Virginia

Editorials

Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in ...

Memories of the coats we used to wear

Local Columns

A couple of weeks before Christmas, a big package arrived at the Kiaski household with two familiar names on it. There was my name, which made me excited, because that meant the package was for me, and there was my sister Linda’s name on the return address. That was exciting, too, because ...

Participation, communication are key

Local Columns

Participation is key in everything. Whether you are on a sports team, part of a community service project, hold an elected office or are a member of a church choir, it simply is not good enough to just show up and expect everyone else to do the work. We all must accept our roles in order to ...

Givens lived to serve others

Editorials

Roy Givens worked hard to improve the lives of residents of Brooke County and the Northern Panhandle. From serving as an elected official through his efforts on many other fronts, Givens, who died Jan. 3 at the age of 89, always followed a simple philosophy of putting the interests of others ...

Time for Hillary to stop whining

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Hillary Clinton has been whining since election night two years ago that she was cheated when she lost to Donald Trump. She thrusts her arms in the air, and with her weeping supporters, still tries to convince the public to sympathize with her as she screeches ...

Too desperate, too stupid

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Newly sworn-in Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (a Democrat, naturally) has publicly stated her intention to impeach President Trump, gleefully describing him in her speech by invoking a graphic sexual act involving mothers. Now, there’s a role model to which our ...