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Opinion

Artists: Visiting officials can see what W.Va. offers

Editorials

Several months ago, a couple of Kentucky lawmakers suggested the Appalachian Regional Commission move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to a location in the region it serves. It was a good idea — bureaucrats need to get outside the swamp once in a while to best serve taxpayers in the ...

Backyard Gardener: Swiss Chard

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. The muddy waters of the Ohio River I see crossing the Memorial Bridge remind me of the massive amount of rain we have received over the last week. We definitely could use some dry weather as we head into July for all our gardens and cropland. The ...

PEIA: Officials should not misrepresent challenge

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

Good Intentions: Ohio State correct to start over with program

Editorials

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why the university was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Checkups: Schedule students for health exams

Editorials

Beginning with this past school year, West Virginia public schools required new students entering pre-K or kindergarten, and students entering 2nd and 7th grades to show proof of a dental examination and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examination before entering school. This is in addition to ...

Standards: Ohio regulations will help end puppy mills

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are to be applauded for their passage of a bill that significantly “strengthens the standard of care for breeding dogs,” according to the Humane Society of the United States. In fact, the Humane Society was so satisfied with the language of the bill that it put an end to its ...

What if North Korea has a long-range plan?

Local columns

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...

China: Remain optimistic for energy deal

Editorials

When West Virginians were told last year of a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese that could mean an enormous investment in our state, there was great excitement. China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to invest $83.7 billion in the Mountain State, with money ...

Searching for knowledge

Local columns

Two stories crossing the wires last Thursday afternoon caught my attention and provoked very different kinds of sadness. First, I heard someone out in the newsroom say Koko, the western lowland gorilla who learned to communicate with humans using sign language, loved kittens and was a National ...

Religious right informing policy

Letters to the editor

I’ve written in this space before about the White House Bible Study group organized by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries, as well as the study groups in the U.S. House and Senate organized by Drollinger. Capitol Ministries’ unfettered access to the Executive Branch and Congress already ...

Not their Republican party

Letters to the editor

I am about to finish Jon Meacham’s book “The Soul of America, The Battle for Our Better Angels.” I would highly recommend it to Republicans and Democrats alike, as it lifts up the betters angels and some demons of all of them. As I was reading this book, I remembered that I was born and ...

Immigration hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

President Trump once generously offered to allow 1.8 million DACA recipients to remain in the U.S. and put them on a path to future citizenship. In exchange for his offer, Trump asked funding for a southern border wall, an end to chain migration and an end to the diversity immigration ...

Take care of your own corner

Letters to the editor

I run 4 or 5 mornings a week during the summer. I typically run a different route everyday. I don’t necessarily enjoy running, but I do enjoy exploring—so I use my morning run to explore the neighborhoods surrounding mine. I’ve done this for the past couple of years. I have to ...

Summer recipes for old-fashioned desserts

Local columns

Below are some recipes that I thought you might enjoy making and the descriptions for each. BLUEBERRY BUCKLE This wonderful recipe takes the best berries and is an old fashioned cake-like dessert with blueberries or even other berries may also be substituted. The topping of crumbled streusel ...

Giada De Laurentiis takes home cooks on her tour of Italy

Local columns

Giada De Laurentiis takes fans on a unique tour of Italy via food in “Giada’s Italy.” De Laurentiis, with photos and recipes, returns to native Rome to show how to live a la dolce vita. She shares her authentic Italian dishes with home cooks in a way that is accessible and easy to ...

Take time to relax, recharge and play

Local columns

A few years ago, I asked a close friend and client if he would be working Christmas week, he responded, “I may take a few days off but we’re just so busy. I have 2 weeks of vacation I won’t use this year. I’m always giving back vacation time” He had three young children at the time. ...

Variety in women’s fiction

Local columns

Women’s fiction offers a variety of summer reading! First is historical fiction set in the 1950s in “Lady Be Good” by Amber Brock. Kitty is the status-obsessed daughter of hotel mogul Nicolas Tessler, who is out to have a good time and spend her father’s money. That is until her ...

Summer hummers

Local columns

As is often the case, hummingbirds have me perplexed this year. A female returned to my feeders on May 3rd. Throughout the remainder of May, I saw a single hummer just four or five times. I feared it would be a dismal year for hummers here on the ridge. Suddenly about two weeks ago, hummers ...