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Opinion

Black Lung: Manchin should use border vote to secure measure

Editorials

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians and Ohioan who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal ...

Child Care: Ohio right to set standards for spending

Editorials

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk, if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

PEIA: Lawmakers have time to find fiscal solution

Editorials

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia got a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them whose health ...

Santa will come, he always will

Local columns

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 ...

Christmas: Remember the reason for the season

Editorials

Today, as we gather around Christmas trees and food-filled tables, perhaps spending time with family and friends we have not seen in far too long, let us take just a moment to remember we are not doing so to celebrate shopping, or complicated but festive recipes. We are not celebrating reindeer ...

Population: West Virginia must reverse declining numbers

Editorials

Mountain State officials have quite a challenge ahead as they must look for ways to stop the bleeding when it comes to our population numbers. Again this year — from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 — the state lost a significant number of residents. There are 11,216 fewer West Virginians than ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Christmas in New York City

Local columns

I recently discovered something that many people know, but I always thought was a bit exaggerated: Christmas in New York City is magical. I’ve always wondered how New York City and Christmas became so intertwined. Some of it is borne of pop culture. Movies such as “Miracle on 34th ...

Bureaucratic waste and mistakes still doing damage

Local columns

Wondering why the West Virginia Division of Highways doesn’t seem to have enough money to fill in more potholes? Perhaps you can blame technology. Buried in Gov. Jim Justice’s report on state revenue collections for November (they continue to exceed expectations) was a disturbing report on ...

Problems: Lawmakers must stop avoiding our problems

Editorials

It is difficult to fathom, but during the same era in which one federal agency was aggressively targeting the citizens of Appalachia who depend on the coal industry both for employment and for affordable electricity, another federal agency was turning a blind eye — ignoring its own rules and ...

Finding Christmas spirit

Local columns

As I sat down to write this week, the headlines streaming across the screen in the newsroom included “Trump says the chances of a partial government shutdown are ‘probably very good,’” and “Justice Ginsburg undergoes surgery.” Talking heads were still talking about the exit of ...

Christmas leaves me speechless

Local columns

It seemed most fitting that this week I would write about Christmas spirit. I thought I could talk about all of the beautiful icons of Christmas that envelope our community and set the backdrop for a most joyous season. It started for me when Marietta Mainstreet put out an all-call several ...

U.S. is a nation of immigrants

Letters to the editor

I would like to reply to Gene Jakubik’s letter of Dec. 2, 2018. Mr. Jakubik questions the motives of migrants coming to this country. Mr. Jakubik considers the statement that the migrants are coming for a better life “a line of crap,” but does not provide an alternative motive. Over the ...

Kindness at Christmas

Letters to the editor

Although I believe in kindness all year long, it came to me in a special way last week by one of God’s heartfelt angels. I was facing a financial burden as I was hospitalized twice in November and my car was in the shop for much-needed repairs. My granddaughter went to pick up and pay for the ...

Home for the holidays sounds good

Local columns

Ready or not Christmas is now only two days away, the day that all the little ones have patiently have waited for — the arrival of Santa. You can see the excitement in their eyes and actions, especially if you have small children or grandchildren around the house and if not, you can go to the ...

Baking all year with new cookbook

Local columns

New York Times bestselling author and YouTube star Rosanna Pansino returns with a new cookbook, “Baking All Year Round.” With 85 recipes that bridge from Valentine’s Day to New Year’s Eve, this collection will inspire home bakers to get in the kitchen for the next holiday and bake up ...

Downtown PKB ready for 2019

Local columns

Downtown PKB would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, sponsors, partners, board and committee members, downtown businesses, collaborative partners, volunteers and the community for making 2018 a great year. One of my duties as the executive director of this organization is to ...

The best way to increase tourism

Local columns

I was visiting with a banker friend of mine this week. He was telling me about a local company that was interviewing young people with college degrees for some high-level jobs. Many of the applicants were from out of state. One of the applicants’ first questions was, “Is there anything to ...

Last-minute cozy mysteries

Local columns

Time is ticking down for holiday shopping and perhaps a cozy mystery might be a good gift idea for those still on your list! A housecleaner whose family runs a funeral parlor runs into another dead body in “Deceased and Desist” by Misty Simon. Tallie is starting over after a bad divorce ...

Lots of winners named

Local columns

Beverly-Center Elementary School held their annual school spelling bee Thursday, December 13, in the elementary school gym. Students in grades 1-6 participated in grade-level contests, with the winners in 5th and 6th grade advancing to the district spelling bee scheduled for Jan. 17. Winners ...

Dunder and Blixem?

Local columns

During a Christmas party a few years ago, a group of revelers broke out in song: “You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen. But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all …?” The answer, of course, is Rudolph, the red-nosed ...