Local Columns

The kind of love that we are to live

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) ...

Week one at the West Virginia Capitol

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 ...

Memories of the coats we used to wear

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

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 ...

The calm before the legislative storm

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year’s legislative session to be calm. After last year’s ...

Being so predictable no matter the year

I am so predictable this time of year. No sooner does the clock strike midnight and usher in a new year than I resort to a very familiar pattern. I embrace much of it for the most part, except for that first time I stand on the scales to see how much ho-ho-ho has caught up with me and ...

It appears to be a busy legislative session this year

There will be a lot of attention on Charleston over the next two months. The state Legislature will be kicking off its regular session in a few days, and there are many “big ticket” items already on the agenda. On Friday, journalists from around West Virginia gathered for the annual ...

Is Christianity dead in America?

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully, your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

State lawmakers preparing for 2019

As we head into 2019, things are very quiet, as both the executive and legislative branches prepare their bills for the 60-day general session starting Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters from around the state will get a sneak preview of some of the proposed legislation during the West Virginia Press ...

Winding down to welcome a new year

I like this mini stretch of days we’re in — the days after the busyness of Christmas and the calmer days leading up to a new year beginning. It’s unwind time. I can finally kind of sit back and take in a deep breath, really relax a little and mentally assess not only how Christmas ...

Reflecting on life’s lessons for the year

The year 2018 will come to a close Monday night and we’ll turn our calendars over to 2019. The celebration of New Year’s is a time of celebration, with festivities around the world reflecting uncounted traditions. It also is a time of reflection as we look back on the previous year and ...

Stay in the past or move forward into the future

Do you want to “stay” in the past or “live” in the future? This time of year, as it draws to a close, we are granted a unique opportunity by these two choices. This past year, for me, has been valley and mountain top experiences. Like many of you, I have said goodbye so some wonderful ...

Christmas in New York City

I recently discovered something that many people know, but I always thought was a bit exaggerated: Christmas in New York City is magical. I’ve always wondered how New York City and Christmas became so intertwined. Some of it is borne of pop culture. Movies such as “Miracle on 34th ...

The ‘gift’ of an ordinary day is beautiful

Just an ordinary day. Now that certainly doesn’t describe Christmas, at least not in my book given we celebrate the greatest gift of all with the birth of a savior in Jesus Christ and gather to enjoy food and festivities with family and friends. It’s a special day to be sure to make new ...

Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams

Christmas often is referred to as the Season of Perpetual Hope. Hope can mean a lot of different things to people. In many ways, it was what helps to drive us forward. Our hopes can motivate us as we work toward the goals we set for life. Among the definitions of “hope,” according to ...

Sports, exams and the Christmas season

The life of every Catholic involves sacrifice. Madonna students understand the idea of sacrifice well, especially during this time of year, not only due to Christ’s coming celebrated during the Advent Season, but also because this past week was dedicated to taking exams. Any Madonna student ...

What will you do to have a ‘Right’ Christmas?

We are all familiar with Bing Crosby’s Song, “White Christmas.” Listen to these words…. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen. To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. ...

Christmas miracles in West Virginia?

With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, December tends to be a big news month for state government. It’s typically when deadlines are placed for various projects. Specifically, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education and the PEIA Task Force are supposed to ...

Christmas in Peru was always an option

Sometimes at Christmas my mother would threaten to go to Peru. I never quite understood this as a child, oblivious as I was to the heightened stress the holiday can bring. I just assumed everybody was as crazy about Christmas as I was, and that any “disagreements” my parents were ...

Get involved in your election process

Elections are always an interesting time for communities — or nations for that matter. It can be just as interesting for journalists, who are tasked with tracking down and following candidates, reporting on their backgrounds and plans, as well as their activities on the campaign trail. It ...