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Opinion

Rediscovering all the wonders of duct tape

Local Columns

Less than a week into the new year, and I’ve discovered a few things or been reminded of what I already knew. That would include the wonders of duct tape. You might be inclined to give up things because it’s a new year, and that might be fine and dandy, but my advice is to never try to ...

Don’t count on many campaign stops

Local Columns

It’s 2020, which means many things to different people. For those of us in the news business, it means the presidential election season is in full swing. Of course, because of the nature of this beast, it seems as if the election has been taking place for at least the last year, but the ...

Stop the cycle of our nation’s debt

Editorials

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Urban Mission extends thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of the Urban Mission, its staff and board of directors, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Ohio Valley for the loving generosity it demonstrated toward the care of so many people throughout 2019. “Love Works” was the Urban Mission’s theme ...

Attracting tech jobs to West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginia House of Delegates member Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, will co-chair a new Legislative Tech Caucus, as was reported a couple of weeks ago. It is good that our area will be represented — and good, too, that the caucus is a bipartisan effort. The other co-chair is Republican ...

Transparency still lacking in Catholic Church

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Get a healthy start to the new year

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2020. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

The new year should be an interesting one

Editorials

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2020 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. There should be good things in the year ...

Resolve to not drink and drive

Editorials

New Year’s parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

A brand-new year means fast changes

Local Columns

Wednesday is the start of a brand-new year, and if you thought 2019 went fast, expect the first half of 2020 to go even faster. There is a lot going on in a short amount of time, so I’m here to give you the important dates. Jan. 8: The start of the second session of the 84th Legislature. ...

To those we’ve lost

Editorials

It’s likely that you lost a cultural icon who meant something to you during 2019, whether from the world of politics, art or sports. We were reminded this past year of the importance a single person can make through the loses of a couple of giants from the world of politics in U.S. Rep. ...

Hope bookends for the old year and new one

Local Columns

I end one year and welcome a new one in between bookends of hope. And this is in spite of realizing that I’m a chronic failure as I inch along these final few days of 2019, reminded anew that my journey from January to December has been another fast and furious one on warp speed. It’s ...

Reflecting and looking forward to some changes

Local Columns

I don’t like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, as many of you probably know. It puts too much pressure on us to make such a declaration around a holiday, and, statistically speaking, we tend not to last long in attempting to reach them. For me, setting goals should not necessarily be an ...

Women getting things done in West Virginia

Editorials

Eight female members of the West Virginia House of Delegates spent three days recently on a whirlwind “Women in Leadership Country Roads Tour.” Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, was among the eight. Their goal was to hear Mountain State residents’ concerns and take new ideas back to ...

Cable not worth the cost

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I sit trying to figure exactly what are we all paying for. I have seen our TV commercials go from three now up to seven while watching programing. Our bills don’t give us a break for wasted time. Yep, we are paying for stupid bird and animal commercials that are like the ...

Offering blessings for throughout the new year

Local Columns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. (First verse and chorus by Robert Burns, 1788) “Auld lang ...

Initiative will benefit college students

Editorials

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, often in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and Wheeling ...

Bowl season is a special time

Editorials

There was a time not that long ago when the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Years Day. That’s changed since the playoff system was established, but that doesn’t mean that this time of year is any less exciting — especially if you are among the thousands ...

Remembering the reason we celebrate

Editorials

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

Santa Claus lives forever through us

Editorials

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...