Opinion

Spending: Recission bill will free up funding

Editorials

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Back Issues: Misty Knight is nobody’s sidekick

Local columns

The show may be called “Luke Cage,” but Misty Knight will get her share of the spotlight when season two drops Friday on Netflix. The NYPD detective was a big part of season one and had her moments in “The Defenders,” particularly (spoiler alert) when she lost her arm in battle against ...

W.Va. Day: Celebrate our state’s history

Editorials

When the Terre Haute Express advised, on an 1851 editorial page “Go west young man, and grow up with the country,” the author was encouraging adventurous young people to follow their destinies, even to the Pacific Ocean. More than a century earlier, the kinds of folks who were making their ...

Jobs: Current imbalance cannot be sustained

Editorials

Noble County, Ohio, presents a perfect example of the complexity of the unemployment challenges faced by our communities. It ranks third in the state in unemployment — at 6.4 percent in April — yet is experiencing a labor shortage. “The McDonald’s sometimes doesn’t open mornings ...

Verification: North Korea has made these promises before

Editorials

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un appeared to establish some level of trust with each other during their meeting last week in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened Tuesday ...

Government picks winners and losers

Local columns

I agree 100 percent with some of my friends, liberal and conservative alike, who have been objecting during the past few days that the government should not be picking winners and losers in the private sector. But where have you been for the past few decades, especially the past nine ...

Truth Seeker: Unusual activity at Bee Bops

Local columns

In the world of the paranormal you may never know when or where something could happen. Recently, my wife and I made a trip to Owensboro, Ky., for two different reasons. One, she was receiving her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The other we planned on stopping in Cincinnati to spend our ...

Tourism: West Virginia feeling sense of renewal

Editorials

This week, the Mountain State will celebrate its 155th birthday. It is a milestone, of course, but the walkup to this year’s celebrations feels a little different. There is a buzz in the air. West Virginia is making national news as the backdrop for the newest entry in a wildly popular video ...

Appreciating Dad and books

Local columns

In a couple of days, I will get a chance to participate in an event that combines some of my favorite things: Mountain State trivia and reading. Judy Parrish is the state education chairman for the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs West Virginia, and asked if I would be among the readers ...

A son’s happy memories

Letters to the editor

Let me tell you about my dad. He was 5’ 7” and 140 lbs. his whole life. When he dressed up with hat and pipe, he looked like the singer/actor Bing Crosby, and when he had on his work clothes and Mail Pouch chew, he looked like Festus Haggen on “Gunsmoke.” My dad had a great sense of ...

Lost chance at fatherhood

Letters to the editor

How many men are waking up today along with the millions of dads and grandfathers who will enjoy this special day of the year honoring them, with a guilty conscience, remembering how they pressured a young woman years ago into an abortion of their little boy or little girl? It takes two to ...

Civility will be missed

Letters to the editor

I just want to add my voice to that of Lawrence J. Wilson in his tribute to the late Don Lowe of Vienna (Sunday, June 10). My situation is much the same as Mr. Wilson’s: I don’t believe I ever agreed with Mr. Lowe’s postings. But I admired his steadfast determination to express his ...

Even smallest life is precious

Letters to the editor

It has been said, “If you don’t like abortion, then don’t have one.” The question isn’t do we like or dislike abortion (I cannot imagine why anyone would like it), but the question is: Is abortion murder? When a pregnant mother is killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, the baby is ...

Pain sufferers need ally

Letters to the editor

I am writing this letter to those who can make a difference. I am disabled and suffer from chronic pain after three failed back surgeries, two broken vertebra and degenerative disc disease. I currently see a pain management doctor and I take pain pills. I have tried the back injections with ...

Cheers to cherries with sweet recipes

Local columns

Celebrating the foods of the summer with sweet and cool recipes using three different types of cherries. Cherries are something light, refreshing and that most people like. You all have heard the saying, “Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries.” You may can cherries, make jam from cherries and ...

Launch next great idea

Local columns

By now most of the civilized world has seen an episode of “Shark Tank.” An entrepreneur is launching a new business or posing the next great invention to a panel of judges, hoping one of them will approve of the concept and invest in the venture. What if you had the chance to do that ...

How do you make people happy?

Local columns

We all make people happy. Some people do it by entering a room. Other people do it by leaving a room. You probably know both types of people. Which type are you? It is a choice. The difference between the two types of people is their attitude. There are those people who seem to always have a ...

Mysteries to read for beach days

Local columns

There are several mysteries waiting to be solved in new books! Readers are swept into a world of unreliable narrators in the lives of two sisters and the man between them in “Guilt” by Amanda Robson. Zara and Miranda Cunningham have always been close, with Miranda looking out for her ...

School’s out, gear up for nature now

Local columns

Now that kids are home from school, get them outdoors and away from their electronics. Make this the summer of nature. Exploring fields, woods, and streams is a great way to spend quality time with your children. It just requires a few simple tools. First, and most important, bring far away ...

Safetytown 2018 comes to an end

Local columns

“This is fun. I love it!” These were heard from a ‘Safety Town kid’ as he climbed out of the emergency squad at the end of his group’s visit during Muskingum Valley’s Safety Town. This ‘kid’, along with 90 others, participated in the program held at Beverly-Center Elementary ...