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Anniversary prompts thoughts of Ruth Ann

Monday marks three years since my mother died. And such a date as that on the calendar physically and in my head and heart mentally and emotionally just naturally musters memories. Now that’s not to say I don’t think of her other times than on the anniversary of her death on Feb. 8, ...

There’s a lot of work for the Legislature

The West Virginia Legislature is getting back to work in the coming days, with lawmakers returning to the Capitol on Wednesday. We’re sure to be bringing you a great deal of detailed information on various pieces of legislation and other happenings thanks to our Charleston-based reporter ...

Keeping warm and safe this winter

All too often we hear that someone has lost his/her home to a fire. Approximately one third of all house fires are caused by space heaters. Let’s talk about how to safely heat your home this winter. First, if you need help paying for electric or natural gas heat, talk to your utility. ...

West Virginia has been betting big and losing out

Last week I wrote about a $25 million loan program managed by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority that lost more than $24 million over the last 19 years. The Legislative Auditor’s report on the whole affair is quite damning, but not surprising. I’ve had a couple readers ...

Fitting campaign slogan for what’s missing

If my dad would have ever run for political office, his campaign slogan might have been something radically reasonable like “Put Things Back Where They Belong.” I think that’s kind of catchy, actually — appropriate and applicable. He was sort of a stickler for a practice such as ...

The rise and fall of the stock markets

There has been a lot of attention focused on the stock markets in recent days in respect to GameStop, the company known for the sale of video games and various related accessories, and a few other businesses. Through various actions, people were able to push GameStop’s stock to higher ...

Finding the path to move our state forward

With a new administration in Washington, the end of the pandemic in sight and one of the toughest years in recent memory behind us, the question for national and state leaders is how do we heal? West Virginia has clearly shown we can respond to a crisis by leading the way on COVID-19 ...

West Virginia’s renewed fight against opioid abuse

As we enter a new year full of opportunity, I also embark upon my third term as your attorney general and do so with renewed commitment to fight against opioid abuse with more intensity than ever. Our office has had remarkable success over the past eight years, but we know now is not the time ...

Remembering the influence of ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron

My father was an Eddie Matthews and Milwaukee Braves fan. When the Braves played the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, he made it a point to take my older brothers to games. They became Braves fans. The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, but we continued to follow the Braves and went to ...

The unelected versus the elected

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

Having a drive-by event vs. the real thing

It’s not unusual to get asked to attend a baby shower. But I have to say, I was surprised by the request I got in recent weeks. It was for a drive-by one. Huh? A drive-by baby shower? How the heck do you have a drive-by baby shower, I wondered to myself as I read and re-read the ...

Admit, and learn from, our COVID mistakes

During his briefing Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice announced the state would be launching a new online system to assist West Virginians in scheduling their COVID vaccine. The state is contracting with a company called Everbridge to set up and operate the system, which will allow residents 65 ...

How to drive safely around big trucks

Big trucks are a lot less scary when you understand them. The PSC’s Transportation Enforcement Officers patrol the state’s highways and the turnpike to ensure that commercial motor vehicles, such as semis and buses, are in compliance with safety regulations. But that is only part of the ...

History in the Hills: Hancock County history

Any regular reader of my column will already know of my love for Williamsburg in Virginia. As a historian, Williamsburg was like Disneyland to me. The experience of visiting a place with so much history and a living sense of the past was captivating. Lucky for me, that feeling has generally ...

We can’t please everyone

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state’s vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor’s wrath. I’m the primary ...

Of chocolate peanut clusters, Steubenville stuff

Any real, imagined or threatened intent on my part to curb my caloric intake for the first time in 2021 came to a “sweet stop” after a knock on the door last weekend. Left behind was a belated Christmas gift from a creative friend who pays great attention to detail and desire when it ...

Reconnecting with the natural world

I’ve had a decades’ long enjoyment of the outdoors. It’s probably something that started in my youth when I would visit family in Wetzel and Tyler counties and go on walks through the woods with my maternal grandfather and great-grandfather. They would talk about the different types of ...

West Virginia voters are engaged in our democracy

President Lincoln said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” Faith in our American democracy depends on confidence in the election process and results. When confidence is shaken, so too is the confidence in our government and our leaders. Even during the pandemic, ...

Some thoughts on civil disobedience

What a year 2020 was for the people of America, the Ohio Valley and even the world. We have lost too many good men, women, boys, girls, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. Now we are looking at 2021, and by the sixth day there are challenges we never dreamed taking place in our ...

A terrible week for our state and nation

This past week will go down as one of the worst weeks, not only for what occurred in our nation’s capital, but also for our newspapers. Last week we lost Mike Myer, the executive editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer, an accomplished columnist, and a giant in West Virginia journalism. He ...