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Life Through the Lens: Finding beauty in broken people

“Broken people save broken people.” Ashikago Yoshimasa was a shogun in 15th century Japan. Although the position came with immense power, Yoshimasa found the misery surrounding him impossible to correct. The starvation and poverty gave him a feeling of helplessness. Instead of being sucked ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Playing the waiting game

When the special session for redistricting started last Monday, I figured both the House of Delegates and Senate would quickly come to an agreement on a congressional redistricting map. I figured there would be heartburn over the delegate district map, but it would easily pass. And I figured ...

Giving wildlife its space

I talk all the time about the natural treasures in West Virginia — and how often we take for granted the wonders in our own backyard when others travel from far and wide to see them. But news from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources last week reminded me: There just really is ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Manchin involvement with coal a real problem

Sen. Joe Manchin III really likes throwing around the word “entitlements” lately. The senator keeps emphasizing when the media catches up with him that he doesn’t want our society to become an “entitlement society.” Sen. Manchin, to quote Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride,” ...

Op-ed: Pass plan to support home care workers, seniors

Throughout this pandemic, home care workers like me have been risking our lives on the front lines to keep our clients safe and healthy. COVID has shined a harsh light on a growing crisis facing West Virginians. We now have the third-oldest population in the nation, and even though demand for ...

Look Back: New courthouse impresses

Beautiful Work Is the Decoration in the New Court House Wood County’s new court house is nearly ready for occupancy. The furniture is nearly all placed, and practically all that remains to be done to make it complete in every detail is the placing of several ornamental lamp posts at the main ...