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Opinion

Oversight: Homeland Security’s lapses should be studied

Editorials

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the riot and breach of the U.S. Capitol complex Jan. 6. Before a Senate Homeland Security, and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing this week, the people who were in charge of security ...

Wasteful: Lawmakers trying to solve wrong problems

Editorials

Most conservative lawmakers at one time branded themselves as being in favor of small government, particularly when it came to the federal government meddling in state matters. In fact, plenty of state lawmakers across the country still bristle when they believe Congress or the executive branch ...

Back Issues: ‘WandaVision’s’ supporting cast

Local columns

Along with excellent performances by leads Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) and Paul Bettany (Vision) and fantastic use of the conventions of sitcoms from throughout the decades, one of the best things about “WandaVision” is its rich supporting cast of characters. Monica Rambeau was introduced in ...

Caution: We’re not out of the pandemic yet

Editorials

West Virginia is at its lowest level of COVID-19 cases since November. We are, according to NPR, ranked among the highest vaccination rates in the world. The Mountain State is making great strides in fighting back the pandemic. It is wonderful news, and cause for celebration. But let’s not ...

Regulations: Texas energy fiasco shows need for oversight

Editorials

By now, most Americans understand something went very wrong in Texas last week. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations that had been frozen by an unusually harsh and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Gov. Jim Justice, for easing pandemic regulations and rules for restaurants, bars, businesses, grocery stores and schools in our state. Without taking his foot fully off the brakes, Justice appears to have given some hopes to business owners working to stay afloat after nearly a year ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week two at the West Virginia Legislature

Local columns

As the headline states, it is week two here under the gold dome, but it feels like it’s the final two weeks based on how long floor sessions are going, as well as the tone. Already this week the House of Delegates passed two education reform bills, legislation dealing with states of ...

Carmichael: WVDO head must rise to challenge

Editorials

Lawmakers are being asked to consider whether West Virginia needs two new cabinet positions as the state aims to diversify and jump-start its economy, and attract new visitors who might one day become residents. House Bill 2019 would make the West Virginia Development Office and the Division ...

Finding a wage formula

Local columns

Our United States are not a one-size-fits-all operation. Never have been. That’s why the discussion about minimum wage is so frustrating. Talk in Washington, D.C., of a $15 per hour federal minimum wage by 2025 raises hope in some, fear in others, as the balance between employee and employer ...

Op-ed: What do we expect from elected officials?

Local columns

What do city councilmembers, mayors, state representatives, governors, members of Congress, and the president all have in common? They are all elected, in one manner or another, to represent the people who live in the areas they serve. That means all of the people — even those who voted ...

Op-ed: Addressing the political divide

Local columns

It is no secret that our country is suffering from a serious ailment of political division. A few facts provide vivid testimony to this diagnosis. There is a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans—from 1994 to 2014 Democrats have become more consistently liberal and Republicans more ...

Look Back: From library to retail center

Local columns

Editor’s note: This item is comprised of historical excerpts gathered by Bob Enoch, president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. *** Events involving the Carnegie Library continue: The high bidder at the auction held on the steps of the Carnegie Library building in July ...

Are Biden voters happy now?

Letters to the editor

I realize that letters to the editor are pretty much pointless now, but I felt compelled to write one anyway. Both sides of the political spectrum have their heels dug in and I really see no bridging this divide in America. The first few executive orders President “Unity” Biden signed ...

Confirm Haaland nomination

Letters to the editor

To continue to enjoy the wild places we love, we need to conserve these places and the wildlife they support. That’s why I support the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary, to ensure that our public lands and waterways are safe and healthy for our families to enjoy ...

Keep personal income tax

Letters to the editor

After hearing that Governor Justice and many of the legislators in Charleston want to eliminate personal income taxes, I am very upset. I do not mind paying my taxes when the money is used for us — like good roads, schools, parks etc. According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and ...

New court would waste money

Letters to the editor

Small states with populations of less than two million people do not have intermediate courts because their populations and case loads do not justify the costs. West Virginia and eight other states have no intermediate court. We don’t want a useless experiment like North Dakota. In 1987 the ...

Feeling buyer’s remorse yet?

Letters to the editor

Some political adversity for those who voted this new administration into office? Biggest. Idiot. Democrats. Ever. Nominated. Why? 1) Future gas prices will soar over $3 a gallon soon. 2) Open borders idea! Drug traffic will enhance, equaling more overdoses; destroying people’s lives ...

Cheese, wine the secret to a long, proactive life

Local columns

Honestly, I did not make that statement up myself but rather heard it on the national news one day last week. I have always heard that a little red wine daily is good for your heart but I have never heard that about cheese? I have always heard that cheese is bad for a person’s cholesterol. ...

Fiction, biographies and true crime for history fans

Local columns

Historical fiction can introduce readers to new time periods, while true crime and biographies can introduce history making people. The Great Depression and the Dustbowl is the backdrop of a story of one woman’s search to find love and worth in “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. Elsa ...

The cold, hard facts we can see in Texas

Local columns

This week I was talking to a friend in Houston, Texas. We are helping his company with a project in “The Crescent.” He was telling me how cold it is and how bad the roads are. Suddenly while on the call he lost power. He is worried about water pipes freezing. My wife has relatives in Dallas ...