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Rushing to the dark ages

It’s been a busy week —the kind during which so many noteworthy things crossed my screen it seemed impossible to whittle any one thing into a column. So I won’t. Instead, here is a sampling of what’s been rattling around my brain: * If you are unfamiliar with the label “Christian ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Failed promises of the natural gas industry

Residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley have been presented with several myths about the benefits of the natural gas industry. These myths have resulted in unfulfilled promises that have left the Valley and greater Appalachia in a chronic state of economic stagnation and population decline. First ...

Op-ed: Revive federal tax credit program

In 2017, the United States finally made the federal corporate tax rate competitive with the rest of the world when it was dropped from a punishing 35% down to 21%. But this only represents the tax burden that the United States federal government charges before state corporate tax rates are ...

Op-ed: Christian nationalism is a threat

As I write, the state legislature of West Virginia is in special session with the Republican majority trying to ram through legislation that constitutes nothing less than a total ban on abortion. Attempts are being made to split hairs about how to define a medical emergency for the pregnant ...

Op-ed: Biden is one dangerous blunder after another

The world sees Joe Biden as a weak leader. There is international disrespect and derision for the American president. As they watch his disjointed actions, listen to his jumbled attempts at reading a teleprompter, witness his inability to make a coherent statement of his own; they surely ...