Opinion

What if North Korea has a long-range plan?

Local columns

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...

China: Remain optimistic for energy deal

Editorials

When West Virginians were told last year of a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese that could mean an enormous investment in our state, there was great excitement. China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to invest $83.7 billion in the Mountain State, with money ...

Searching for knowledge

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Two stories crossing the wires last Thursday afternoon caught my attention and provoked very different kinds of sadness. First, I heard someone out in the newsroom say Koko, the western lowland gorilla who learned to communicate with humans using sign language, loved kittens and was a National ...

Religious right informing policy

Letters to the editor

I’ve written in this space before about the White House Bible Study group organized by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries, as well as the study groups in the U.S. House and Senate organized by Drollinger. Capitol Ministries’ unfettered access to the Executive Branch and Congress already ...

Not their Republican party

Letters to the editor

I am about to finish Jon Meacham’s book “The Soul of America, The Battle for Our Better Angels.” I would highly recommend it to Republicans and Democrats alike, as it lifts up the betters angels and some demons of all of them. As I was reading this book, I remembered that I was born and ...

Immigration hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

President Trump once generously offered to allow 1.8 million DACA recipients to remain in the U.S. and put them on a path to future citizenship. In exchange for his offer, Trump asked funding for a southern border wall, an end to chain migration and an end to the diversity immigration ...

Take care of your own corner

Letters to the editor

I run 4 or 5 mornings a week during the summer. I typically run a different route everyday. I don’t necessarily enjoy running, but I do enjoy exploring—so I use my morning run to explore the neighborhoods surrounding mine. I’ve done this for the past couple of years. I have to ...

Summer recipes for old-fashioned desserts

Local columns

Below are some recipes that I thought you might enjoy making and the descriptions for each. BLUEBERRY BUCKLE This wonderful recipe takes the best berries and is an old fashioned cake-like dessert with blueberries or even other berries may also be substituted. The topping of crumbled streusel ...

Giada De Laurentiis takes home cooks on her tour of Italy

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Giada De Laurentiis takes fans on a unique tour of Italy via food in “Giada’s Italy.” De Laurentiis, with photos and recipes, returns to native Rome to show how to live a la dolce vita. She shares her authentic Italian dishes with home cooks in a way that is accessible and easy to ...

Take time to relax, recharge and play

Local columns

A few years ago, I asked a close friend and client if he would be working Christmas week, he responded, “I may take a few days off but we’re just so busy. I have 2 weeks of vacation I won’t use this year. I’m always giving back vacation time” He had three young children at the time. ...

Variety in women’s fiction

Local columns

Women’s fiction offers a variety of summer reading! First is historical fiction set in the 1950s in “Lady Be Good” by Amber Brock. Kitty is the status-obsessed daughter of hotel mogul Nicolas Tessler, who is out to have a good time and spend her father’s money. That is until her ...

Summer hummers

Local columns

As is often the case, hummingbirds have me perplexed this year. A female returned to my feeders on May 3rd. Throughout the remainder of May, I saw a single hummer just four or five times. I feared it would be a dismal year for hummers here on the ridge. Suddenly about two weeks ago, hummers ...

Beverly McDonald’s getting an upgrade

Local columns

By now, people in the Beverly area have noticed the ‘upheaval’ at the Beverly McDonald’s. Renovations to the store began June 18 and will continue through this Saturday, June 30. The lobby will continue to be closed to patrons until the renovations are completed, but both lanes of the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the one-mile torch run in Marietta Wednesday, in preparation for today’s Special Olympics Ohio events. Though the local team was running with heavy hearts after the passing of team member Christie McClain, 42, of Barlow, they ran on with the aid of local law enforcement. Best of luck ...

Look Back: Cows, hogs and dogs run city streets

Local columns

The City Council says the old cow will have to go Farewell, our dearly beloved old sookey, the City Council decided last night that the ordinance against you must be enforced. Mr. Fischer moved that the committee on police and the City Sergeant be instructed to provide at once a pound or other ...

Biases: WalletHub ranking ignores reality

Editorials

A report released by a personal finance website calls West Virginia the least eco-friendly state in the country. In fact, WalletHub says the bottom five also include Alabama, North Dakota, Kentucky and Louisiana. Notice anything? Being “green” costs a lot of green, if you do it in the most ...

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 ...