Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Three recent popes all, in one form or another, authorized the use of the Latin Mass in a liturgy dating to the Council of Trent (1545-1563), with an intent to promote unity in Catholic ranks. The three were Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Now Pope Francis has severely restricted the…

Monday, July 26, 2021
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Saturday, July 24, 2021
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Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021

A few weeks ago, Ryan Quinn’s article in this newspaper, “Proposals for online charter schools still on public comment” reminded readers they had less than a week to comment on West Virginia’s online charter schools, which were already decided by the Legislature. Some online charter schools …

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A popular movie called “Minari” received six Academy Award nominations and has been described as embodying “what it mean to be a family.” But, IMHO, reviewers have missed the deeper point. And this point (again in my opinion) it may have relevance to present-day West Virginia.

The village of Moscow, Ohio, population 185, sits along U.S. 52 about 18 miles from the Interstate 275 outer belt around Cincinnati. Standing at the post office parking lot and looking toward the skate park, you can’t miss the William H. Zimmer power plant. Its single smokestack and its cool…

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

En route into Washington, D.C., two weeks ago, I stopped to see an old friend and more recently an author of mine, Frank Joseph, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. Frank and I first met at the Associated Press bureau in Chicago, where we both were new hires.

Monday, July 19, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Syndicated investigative reporter Drew Pearson, lesser known than the Hall of Fame wide receiver of the same name, was part of history in a way that connects to today, as history frequently does, specifically, to Gov. Jim Justice and his tortured relationship with the press.

Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021

In my work as the Appalachia regional coordinator for a grassroots climate organization, I’m at ground zero of two of the most pressing challenges of the climate crisis. I work with coal towns like Madison, West Virginia, where livelihoods depend on the fossil fuel industry. I also work with…

Thursday, July 15, 2021

People with a “wanderlust” gene rarely stay put for more than a year, but COVID-19 kept us at home until our mini vacation last week. To celebrate Maury’s birthday, we decided to explore a part of West Virginia with which we were unfamiliar.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

As our country and state grapple with the economic aftermath of COVID-19 and businesses everywhere look for creative ways to encourage recovery, there is one universal constant for providing families with financial security. Paid family leave is a common sense answer to giving families the t…

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

No amount of money can undo the damage the opioid epidemic has caused this nation, this region and this community. Too many lives have been lost and too many people continue to struggle with addiction. Too many of their family members suffer, also.

For at least the last several election cycles I have been rankled by a political phenomenon that I am hard put to explain: the appallingly bad quality of Democratic Party messaging, especially in national campaigns. Republicans, clearly, have been winning the messaging wars, though at times …

Monday, July 12, 2021
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Writer, world traveler and Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner William Saroyan titled a memoir “Places Where I’ve Done Time,” which would be a suitable appellation for a summation of the lives of many newsmen, including this one. In “Places,” Saroyan dispenses with the wisdom typical of …

Saturday, July 10, 2021
Friday, July 09, 2021
Thursday, July 08, 2021

It’s not working. Our nation’s approach to immunizing Americans against COVID-19 did not reach the goal of 70% vaccinated by July 4th. Only about 53% are fully immunized. Providing free easily available vaccinations against a disease that killed over 600,000 Americans and almost 3,000 West V…

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As much as political leaders and pundits like to cite scientific consensus as unarguable fact, consensus can change. New classification schemes can emerge. New information can shake loose even the most firmly held beliefs as the scientific method is impartial to politics or patronage. This f…

As many states and Congress consider changes in how Americans vote, it is timely to consider the views of those who have devoted their professional careers to the study of democratic processes, especially to how the people choose their leaders.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ecumenical dialog among the churches, ways of identifying and combating racism and the question of prayer and its power: What could possibly be the connection among these three issues? Answer: My brief “summer residency” for the online master’s of catechesis curriculum at the Ca…

At first glance, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing college student-athletes to profit from their names, images and their likenesses allows high-profile athletes to sign endorsement contracts and make good money from their athletic endeavors.

Monday, July 05, 2021

I found out I was pregnant just as the pandemic was starting in 2020. As a sole proprietor, without any national paid leave program, that meant I had to plan for my business to take a hit for my maternity time, and then COVID happened. The confluence of a major economic downturn, with a new …

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