Opinion

Annual breakfast looks to the future

Editorials

Faith in the Future is driven by a simple concept — hat prayer can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live. That spirit, that belief that faith can move us forward, will be renewed Friday when the organization holds its annual breakfast. The ...

Be mindful of deer

Editorials

Drivers need to be careful this time of the year to avoid deer crashes. But the odds are against you driving in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, especially, in West Virginia. The odds of a Mountain State resident having an insurance claim because of a deer collision are 1 in 41. In Pennsylvania, ...

Limiting damage from Obamacare

Editorials

President Barack Obama and supporters insisted a few years ago that passage of his signature health insurance takeover would cure much of what ailed Americans regarding health care. Obamacare is the law now — and it made most of the problems worse. With a new open enrollment period for ...

Get out and vote

Editorials

The most unpredictable, entertaining, disturbing and one of the most important presidential elections is finally here. Voters who haven’t cast early or absentee ballots will head to the polls on Tuesday. Polls will be open in Ohio and West Virginia from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters have ...

‘Fern fight’ time in the Kiaski household

Local Columns

This time of year Better Half and I have what I call “the fern fight.” Or maybe it’s “plant politics” despite the absence of casting a vote or petitioning a cause. Either way, there’s no bloodshed involved here, and at the end of the day no one comes away with a medal or ...

The need to learn from our history

Local Columns

Every four years, the people of this nation step forward to let our voices be heard and select the next individual to take the highest elected office in the land. The election of 2016 has divided us unlike any election in recent memory. Granted, I am only 37, but I do not remember of any ...

Will there be any healing after the vote?

Editorials

With violence and claims of paid violent actors taking part in political rallies, increasingly angry chants against opponents, the rise in broadcast ads that either stretch the truth or insult the character of those seeking office, the 2016 election has been something to draw in the entire ...

A challenge for the future

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Let's talk sense in an imperfect world. As a good Democrat, I believe in a strong, central form of government which provides for a person from cradle to grave and dispenses justice in the form of "government knows what is best for the populace," is as close to lunacy as ...

The three important words

Local Columns

Psalm 62:1(NASB) "My soul waits in silence for God only; …" Within this simple declarative statement are three words that soothe my soul and provide a framework for my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They are: Wait, Silence and Only. In our natural lives we often find it ...

Seminar will look at cats

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The management of free roaming, stray and feral cats is a serious issue facing our communities. On one hand, there are those people who love and care for these cats; on the other are those who hate the cats and want them eliminated. No matter which side of this issue you are ...

West Virginians explore their postsecondary options

Local Columns

Friday marked the close of West Virginia’s seventh annual “College Application and Exploration Week,” a statewide initiative to help our students evaluate their options to pursue higher education. Students at nearly 450 schools across the state, from preschools to adult learning centers, ...

VFW fundraiser a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I'd like to thank each and every one of you separately, however; the list would be too long and if I forgot one business or person I would truly feel bad. Therefore, I am thanking every individual and every business that donated, worked and participated supporting ...

A ruined day

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We visited the Hancock County Animal Shelter around September 19 and found a dog there named Dozer. We brought our dog Ziggy with us to see if they would get along and there was no issue between the two. We were told that Dozer had been hit by a car and that he had ...

The power of hockey gnome ju-ju

Local Columns

Y’all remember the hockey gnome, right? It sits right above the television on the entertainment center, mystically beaming good luck to the Team That Shall Not Be Named. I’m not 100 percent certain how this works, but I know that it does — I’ve seen proof. Now, other people might ...

Ensure pre-K quality in West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginians can be proud of one important aspect of our public school system. In comparison to many other states, we have done an excellent job with pre-kindergarten programs for children. So successful is our pre-K program for 4-year-olds that, during a visit to the state, U.S. Secretary ...

Check your clocks and batteries

Editorials

As you make your way around the house this weekend changing clocks back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer reminders to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be replaced at ...

Friday’s the day to say four words

Local Columns

A day of great commemoration will be taking place Friday, when Veterans Day services will be held in many villages, cities and counties. Putting into effect a time to honor veterans of the past and present will be observed for many on the 11th hour, 11th day and 11th month. Those who find it ...

Morrisey right in Mylan objection

Editorials

In late August, the news broke that Mylan Pharmaceuticals was reaping big profits from sales of its EpiPen devices. Just weeks later, in early October, it was announced the U.S. Department of Justice had reached a deal with the company, to settle allegations it had overcharged the Medicaid ...

Reissued Elvis includes ‘necro-duets’

Local Columns

This week I take a listen to some newly reissued Elvis material from RCA/Legacy along with three vinyl reissues featuring neo-soul artists Maxwell and Sweetback. — Elvis Presley — “The Wonder of You” Most readers of my column know I’m not a big fan of “necro-duets,” where ...

Negligence amounts to intent with Clinton

Editorials

In July, FBI Director James Comey reported that while secretary of state, Hillary Clinton illegally used private e-mail servers for official communications, putting national secrets at risk of being discovered by our nation’s many enemies. His reason for not recommending she be prosecuted ...