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From the Pulpit

Who can remember times like this? With the rioting, anarchy, lawlessness and political climate filled with vitriol, it makes the turbulent 1960s and 1970s seem like a Sunday School picnic. And all of the above are taking place in the midst of a major pandemic. And I am sure that many are ...

Guest column/“Follow the science” in West Virginia election process

“Follow the science” refers to following facts, not hyperbole and hysteria. It is taking West Virginia elections from good to great. Health and safety, absentee ballot applications, and timely results reporting became major focus areas during the Primary. As for health and safety, West ...

Guest column/Suffragists paved way, but much left to accomplish

We all know the history and we’ve heard the names in documentaries or read about them in the history books. Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and so many others. Their deeds were certainly great, and the outcome, monumental. I’m constantly ...

Wearing face masks has its many challenges

Sometimes I forget that we’re living in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic and that life is weird and very different. This is, however, until I realize I now leave the house for work with an expanded checklist of everything I must take with me for a successful day. Yes, it still includes ...

History in the Hills: All Saints in the North End

I always have been fascinated by stories of the North End of Weirton. I knew that the city started there, after all, in its earliest years by Weirton Steel as a settlement to provide the necessary manpower the mill would require. This was our version of the company town, like those one reads ...

Better communication needed on project

A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter sent by Byrd White, West Virginia’s secretary of transportation and commissioner of highways, concerning the proposed realignment project of a portion of state Route 2 in New Cumberland. This is a project promoted by the people of Hancock County ...

Reporter’s Notebook/An education on the biology of reopening

I shoehorned education issues and COVID-19 into the end of my column last week, but I’d be remiss in not diving into this contentious issue a bit more in light of recent union comments and last week’s West Virginia Board of Education meeting. I received some pushback last week, and by ...

Vacation — an apples, oranges comparison

When you share vacation stories, it’s an apples-and-oranges kind of comparison. This occurred to me yet again during a recent conversation with one of my sisters with whom anticipated over-the-phone what’s-new updates are met with a standing response from Better Half. When he knows ...

Whose responsibility is our future?

In recent days, I’ve noticed several exchanges on social media on ways to build a future for West Virginia. Much of the discussion has focused on whether it is the responsibility of our younger generation to stay in the state in order to set us on a particular path, or leave for better ...

Guest column/Don’t get ripped off at college

College presents students with a multitude of decisions: choosing a major; whether to live on or off campus; whether to participate in Greek life; and, perhaps most consequential, how to manage one’s time and money. Never before will many students experience as much freedom as they will in ...

Who will be the next to fight for justice?

This month will be the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington that took place on Aug. 28, 1963. It is believed that between 200,000 and 300,000 people participated in the march. The last speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was not on the original program, but because of his recent ...

Letting go of bitterness and forgiving others

Ephesians 4:30-32 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in ...

Reporter’s notebook: Being both concerned and unconcerned

In this day and age, it seems that it is frowned upon to have competing thoughts in one’s head. You either must think one way or the other, but Heaven forbid you see things both ways. For example, I can believe the COVID-19 pandemic is serious, and it is, while also believing some people ...

Let’s focus on getting kids an education

We are edging closer to what is supposed to be the beginning of the new school year in West Virginia. During one of his briefings this past week, Gov. Jim Justice confirmed his plan to have public schools return to session on Sept. 8. He also mentioned the introduction of some sort of ...

Guest column/Diversification still needed in West Virginia

West Virginia is once again facing uncertain economic times as COVID-19 threatens our everyday lives and major projects, such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project shutdown. Both serve as stark reminders of how suspectable economies focused on singular industrial giants are to an economic ...

What’s the problem with a new normal?

We hear the phrase often, “A New Normal.” In our papers, on the radio, on the TV and from the lips of those we love and trust. Our world today doesn’t set a very good picture of what that phrase means unless it is used with their idea in mind. Of course, how you view the statement ...

Some perspective on aging, passing of time

I’ve been thinking of things from the perspective of age and the passing of time, especially as I was about to flip my desk calendar page from July to August, which occurs with a healthy mix of resistance and reluctance on my part. No summer, no! You must stick around, I issue out loud the ...

The election differences are continuing

We’re now about three months away from the general election. A great deal of attention, and rightly so, is being paid to the presidential race between incument Donald Trup and anticipated challenger Joe Biden. Remember neither of those candidates become official until their respective party ...

A rallying cry for rural broadband expansion

Despite its tragedies, the COVID Pandemic has been an unexpected catalyst for change. Businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and others have had to adapt at breakneck speed, moving much of what we do online. Now policymakers have to step up and make sure everyone, particularly rural ...

God is always present, merciful, and loving

By PASTOR JUDI BARTLETT-TOMES First Baptist Church Jonah: 2:10 “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Life is often full of storms and crazy ups and downs. Even in the worst of storms God is present, merciful and loving. For Jonah, the storm was ...