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Local Columns

Everyone has to pay the piper eventually

If I were the Governor, I don’t know if I’d be constantly promoting my dog. It only raises the value of the dog if one day Jim Justice’s assets are auctioned off on the courthouse steps. As I and others have reported last week (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal), Gov. Justice may owe ...

Should we need an incentive to get a vaccine?

Vaccines for the COVID-19 virus have been available for about six months now, and it would at least appear as if it is helping to cut down the number of cases across the country. I understand the desire to push a vaccine in an effort to fight against a virus, especially one with such massive ...

‘Do you have pantyhose on? Guilty as charged

I was walking toward a female acquaintance/friend in recent weeks, meeting her to take a photo to run with a story I was writing. I was wearing a casual dress that day, mainly because I was weary of wearing pants and had opted instead for a figure-forgiving alternative in these ...

West Virginia should be smart about the future

What is the “the future of West Virginia”? Each year government leadership offers a new economic plan in hopes of improving the future of West Virginia. New ideas are good. West Virginians should hope everyone running for elected office thinks they have the answer, or at least a new ...

Unrealistic agenda transforms daily life, devastates W.Va.

President Biden could shut down every coal plant, cut natural gas electricity generation in half, replace 100 million passenger cars and retrofit millions upon millions of homes and commercial buildings to electric heat, and he would still fall short of his promise to eliminate 2.18 billion ...

Today is a day for us to remember

The following, with a few minor edits to keep it current, was published in 2019 and 2020. The sentiment, however, remains the same. Last year, we were just starting to open back up after executive orders requiring people to stay at home except for essential business. COVID-19 had taken some ...