Making a difference by voting


Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Continue support for sheltered workshop


For 28 years, the voters of Hancock County have supported the operations of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop through the passage of an operational levy. The levy, which provides $250,000 each year to the workshop, is up for renewal this year, and we encourage that support to ...

Resist the attempts to divide us


Very soon after he took office nearly four years ago, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner warned about foreign government attempts to influence U.S. elections and foment divisiveness among Americans. Since then, Warner on occasion has reminded us of how online evildoers, including but ...

Just another bag of political potpourri

Local Columns

With just over a week from the general election on Nov. 3, early voting has continued apace with lines and enthusiasm. You still have until 5 p.m. Saturday to cast an early vote. You can still request an absentee ballot until Wednesday. I don’t want to say it is too late to mail in an ...

For leadership, re-elect Justice


Each and every one of the 422 fellow West Virginians we have lost to COVID-19 has been a precious life, as Gov. Jim Justice points out. But just seven states have done better to save lives. Our epidemic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 is one-third of the national average — and lower than 42 ...

Shining some light on light bulb pet peeves

Local Columns

I hate being in the dark. And that explains why I’m out of my well-lit comfort zone when a light bulb stops doing its job. That’s a big pet peeve of mine — burned-out light bulbs that don’t get changed in a timely fashion, like right now or better yet, yesterday. Some people can ...