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Opinion

Resources: Funeral assistance sadly necessary

Editorials

Perhaps the most unsettling recent reminder of the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic came Monday when the Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled its new funeral assistance program hotline. More than 1 million callers tried to get through, creating busy signals and “technical issues” as ...

Science is awesome

Local columns

I love science. Don’t get me wrong, I did not take easily to studying covalent bonds or the force required to overcome friction to move an object...but I sure love reading about the amazing things other people are doing with all that stuff that went over my head in high school. Last week I ...

Op-ed: Gun law proposals unnecessary, don’t make sense

Local columns

In an article by Todd Ruger posted 3/21/21 at 12:23 p.m., Senator Schumer said, “No more hopes and prayers, thoughts & prayers. A vote is what we need.” Senator Schumer went on to say HR 1446 would require background checks between private individuals and licensed gun dealers at gun ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Bigfoot and the big lie

Local columns

I write a lot about climate change, given that it’s one of the greatest existential threats ever faced by humanity. But my first true love has always been for the art of cinema, and animation in particular. And so it was with great interest that I recently stumbled across an animated ...

Look Back: Bridging the city’s gap

Local columns

He got wet! Frank Phillips, second miller at the Novelty Mills, who lives in Lauckport, while coming to work this morning slipped off the apron of the draw bridge over the Kanawha River and went “kerslap” into the ice-cold water. He was pulled out just in time, taken to the mill and put ...

Support THRIVE

Letters to the editor

On Sept. 10, 2020 the THRIVE Resolution was introduced in Congress by Democrats. This resolution simultaneously tackles three separate but inextricably intertwined crisis: pandemic recovery, climate change and systemic social injustice. Over 100 members of Congress as well as the Green New ...

Job well done

Letters to the editor

I am writing to give a shout out to Easy Rider Bus service (MOVTA) for their perseverance through this global pandemic. I know myself and others were concerned about a potential disruption in service. Your willingness to remain open and running has enabled me to continue getting to and from ...

Time for common sense

Letters to the editor

Congressmen David McKinley and Marc Veasey’s Bill “Scale Act” supporting a carbon capture infrastructure was puzzling. Today’s dynamics preclude the need for any carbon capture. Coal is on a fast track to oblivion, the exceptional characteristics of gas fueled systems makes them the ...

Educate yourself on threats

Letters to the editor

Today’s socialist Democrats know they can’t win, in the 2020 election and beyond, based on their position, on issues. Open borders, higher taxes, the Green New Deal are losing issues. They are pushing these issues while they have the presidency and legislative majorities. Socialist ...

Healthy eating

Local columns

When was the last time someone asked you what was your favorite food and what was your reply? We develop a taste and likes and dislikes for certain foods from a very early age. It all depends on the likes and dislikes of each individual family and what they are accustomed to eating and ...

Zoe Francois book takes the cake with fresh recipes

Local columns

If you are like me and actually enjoy baking cakes from scratch (please, step away from the boxed cake, world!) then find some new flavors to add to your repertoire with “Zoe Bakes Cakes” by Zoe Francois. Bestselling author and baker Francois collects more than 85 delicious recipes ...

True crime stories in the past, present

Local columns

Hot jazz, cool liquor. Flappers and bad boys with guns. Crime. Passion. There is all that in more in the biography of Margaret and Richard Whittemore, aka, “Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid” by Glenn Stout. Set in the decadent excesses of a world post war and post pandemic, Margaret is one ...

A faster way to bring back jobs

Local columns

This week Shale Crescent USA virtually presented to a large audience on Plastics News Ask the Expert, a luncheon program seen by processors who make the thousands of products we use every day. We were able to share our region’s opportunity for greater profitability, reliability and ...

Dream big, work hard

Lifestyles

As I was visiting Van Devender Junior High School to watch my granddaughter Athena cheer at a basketball game, I couldn’t help but notice the sign in front of the school that caught my attention that said, “Dream Big - Work Hard”. How inspiring for all the students coming into the school ...

Seven Dragons a colorful game for whole family

Lifestyles

Out now from Looney Labs is “Seven Dragons,” a colorful dominos-like card game featuring the artwork of Larry Elmore. The goal of the game is to get a chain of seven of the same color of dragon. At the beginning of the game, each player is secretly given a Goal card, which shows the color ...

Jobs: Change may be needed to keep working

Editorials

Some of those who have read the news about unemployment rates dropping and business booming — even right here in West Virginia — might be forgiven for wondering when the rebound will reach them. According to the numbers, our state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped ...

Coming-of-age in the Kirkmanverse

Lifestyles

Recommended Reading: • “Invincible” Vol. 1-3 – The first 13 issues of the series lay the groundwork with a fresh take on a classic story, then pull the rug out from under you. • “Invincible Universe” – Set after major events surrounding Invincible’s 100th issue, this ...

Agriculture: Training programs good for W.Va.

Editorials

Though a few politicians would like us to believe West Virginians are by and large coal miners, the Mountain State has always been an agricultural state, too. We don’t often do enough to encourage young people to explore those career opportunities. To that end, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Adventure: Don’t waste recruitment effort

Editorials

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards. But people from across the country do; and state Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby wants to take advantage of that love for our state’s ...

Education: Lawmakers sending the wrong message

Editorials

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...