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Reporter’s Notebook: Lawmaking in the time of COVID

Happy new year everyone. It’s now 2021, and with a new year comes the beginning of Gov. Jim Justice’s second term and a new legislative session with two Republican supermajorities. The first thing to happen will be the start of the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature starting ...

Time to investigate the voting process

On Nov. 3 and during the weeks leading up to it, 155,507,248 ballots were cast in the presidential election. And each and every one of them was voted honestly and counted accurately. Some politicians want us to believe that. As a fairy tale, “Cinderella” pales in comparison. One thing was ...

Looking ahead to 2021

It is difficult to know what to hope for, what to resolve to do, in this new year. The one we leave behind isn’t really done taking its toll on us. Nor is it done pushing us toward being better versions of ourselves. Can we take what we have learned and become better for it? Step one is ...

Look Back: Wells offer cure-all

COOPER’S WELL [leading to the name of Mineral Wells], or Buena Vista, owes its principal notoriety to some late cures of Dropsy and Dyspepsia. These were truly wonderful, and so perfect as ought to establish the fame of this water at once. He who tastes must be convinced that this contains ...

Reflections on 2020 and the year to come

The year 2020 has finally left, but it has left us with many bad memories and difficult times. The year 2020 started out bad from day one for me. It all started with a phone call January 2nd from my brother in Athens, Greece, that my sweet loving 97 year old mother had passed away. This ...

Get retro with fondue

When you think of fondue, you might think of retro parties, or restaurants that serve a delicious concoction of melted cheeses and wine that give you pretzels to dip in it. You might be me and think of that time you got a fondue pot for Christmas, and didn’t know what to do with it. Or you ...

A fresh start!

Successful people have told me “You need to have a dream in order to make a dream come true.” In the Old Testament of the Bible, Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This was written several thousand years ago. 2020 is over. Nothing we do or say can change ...

Downtown PKB Partner Program, get involved this year

When you invest in Downtown PKB, you are investing in your entire community. It has been said that a community’s main street is the heart of the community. To strengthen a community, you must take care of and strengthen the main street. It takes many people with a mutual interest to ...

Domestic thrillers, historical mysteries abound

Several new thrillers and mysteries go to new places to twist up the reader. With a story vaguely reminiscent of “Rebecca” and plenty of suspense, “The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins is a great read. Years ago, “Jane” left her old name behind with a foster family and is ...

Life Through the Lens: Netflix and watershed moments

“They don’t care nothing about me. All they want is my voice.” *** To me, Moses is as cool as it gets. From beginning to end, his story is unparalleled. Hidden at birth, strategic basket-floating ... this secret-Hebrew becomes the Pharaoh’s adopted-grandson — life is luxurious! ...

Shining brightly in the darkness

If ever something unthinking such as a virus could be thought of as evil, COVID-19 is it. It has taken from us so many good people, among them, just this month, one of the very best men I’ve ever met. Some readers will know immediately who I mean. So it is impossible to think there could be ...

Op-ed: One World — the wisdom of wholeness

“We won’t be in a position to make permanent progressive changes until the bad governments are changed permanently into good governments. And all governments are bad governments now and will remain bad governments until we have a global humanity.” The words are those of Mark Haywood, in ...

Always moving forward

What do you say to wrap up a year like this one? Little of what made 2020 feel so tumultuous has actually been resolved. There is hope. There is a plan. But blowing up a giant “2020,” as is planned in Las Vegas, or dropping a ball and setting off fireworks won’t really change anything. We ...

Energy, climate innovation a building block to W.Va.’s future

People love to say United States Senate is incapable of doing much of anything these days, least of all tackle tough issues like climate change. And yet, here we are, with the Senate passing the most significant climate and energy package in more than a decade. This is legislation that will ...

Look Back: Merry Christmas in the MOV

Little Hocking letters On Christmas numerous presents were given and exchanged by friends, from the well crammed goodies in the youngster’s stockings, to gifts of exquisite elegance and value. Speaking of Santa Claus giving presents, why what do you suppose he done for the best boy in town. ...

What is your Why?

My wife’s mother lived with us for over 10 years after she had a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side. In spite of her paralysis she was amazing. She could get dressed, get her own meals and even cook dinner for our entire family and have it ready when Lynnda and I got home from work. ...

Mysteries — cozy and thrilling

A fire at an Amish market ends in one man’s death in “Courting Can Be Killer” by Amanda Flower in her latest series, ‘Amish Matchmaker.’ Millie’s quilting circle was selling their wares at the market, but the fire takes more than that. Ben, a sort of nephew to Millie, was found ...

Life Through the Lens: When bad things happen to good people

“You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.” *** Here are some tough-lessons parents must teach their children: * Your tastebuds are the enemy of health. Darn you, squash! * No matter how much you rake those leaves ... ...

Live Christmas more than one day a year

After the presents have been opened and the festivities of Christmas day are over, most of us pack away our Christmas spirit with the decorations. Our Christmas spirit — you know, that extra cheery, smile and be nice to everyone vibe that we embrace in the holiday season. It’s time to tuck ...

Santa will come, he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...