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Sunday, June 26, 2022

One reason Brad D. Smith was hired to be Marshall University’s 38th president was his experience in the corporate world. As CEO of tech company Intuit, he was expected to foresee trends and allocate resources so the company could prosper through changes in market conditions.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

I travel the globe each day through YouTube. Not all day long mind you, just when I sit down to relax. A live webcam (or cam) on my TV screen gives me a gateway to another world. I become a person in the crowd.

Friday, June 24, 2022

My river contact and social media friend C.R. Neale, whose family-owned business near Vienna, West Virginia, moves barges around on the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, gave us the Facebook post of the year this week.

Over the past two years both of us made the decision to organize our teams with local trades unions. We did this because we do not view unions as a problem to be managed but rather as an opportunity to be leveraged. Too often in the past 40 years, business development has become a race to th…

Thursday, June 23, 2022

A year ago, gasoline was selling for $2.759 in Huntington. This week, the price averages about $4.899 with little relief in sight. Have we seen the last of $3 gasoline for a while? The CEO of ExxonMobil won’t say we have, but this week he dropped some pretty strong hints we may have.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Cabell County is blessed to have cities filled with economic opportunity, respected institutions of higher learning and a wide variety of athletic and entertainment options from which to choose. It is undeniably a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. However, what makes me most pro…

Monday, June 20, 2022
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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022

Recently, The Herald-Dispatch (and also, I believe, the Charleston Gazette-Mail) carried a passionate but misguided message to “graduates, students et al” by Lee Wolverton, executive editor of both newspapers. The tone of this message was unrelievedly negative; the graduates et al were told …

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Law enforcement officers can project an air of intimidation when they walk up to a person. The fact an officer carries a firearm, a taser and other equipment that can subdue, injure or kill a person combined with a sometimes overly aggressive attitude means the officer bears a large responsi…

Many things were learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the importance of “essential workers,” that our nation’s health care system needs updating and that school children benefit greatly from personal contact with peers and teachers. Virtual schooling illuminated this last point.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

This weekend I took delivery of some prints I had made. My order included three 8-by-10s of the grandkids, one of the lunar eclipse, one of a rainbow and one of my son with the school bus he owns (long story). There were lots of 4-by-6s of family, nature and river.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

If Gov. Jim Justice can contract Lyme disease from a tick bite, so can any of the rest of us mortals. And remember: Unless caught early enough and treated properly, this disease is potentially a killer. So is another tick-borne malady, Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

About 20 people were on hand at 10:30 a.m. Friday to watch the passenger boat American Countess tie up at Harris Riverfront Park. They were curious about the boat and the three coach buses arriving to take passengers on tours of the city.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The older I get the more I appreciate country food. I like my cornbread simple— little or no salt, sugar or butter. It’s healthier than refined white bread, there being a bit of fiber and extra nutrients in cornmeal.

Friday, June 10, 2022
Thursday, June 09, 2022

The daily news is usually depressing. Lately it seems even more so, possibly because of our two strange years of COVID-19. We constantly hear about the devastating war in Ukraine, frequent senseless shootings in schools and public places, inflation, drugs, extreme political conflicts and mor…

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

We live in what has been called the “Hell No” Culture. Public discourse becomes more tribal than rational. Compromise is deplored, and only winning is acceptable — not just winning but humiliating and destroying any opposition. Consider three current issues.

Tuesday, June 07, 2022
Monday, June 06, 2022
Sunday, June 05, 2022

Those younger than 18 have little cause to heed the exhortations and admonitions of someone older than 55 whom they’ve never met, but nonetheless, this one’s for the kids.

Saturday, June 04, 2022

I’ve always ordered “everything” on my hot dogs except when I was little and dressed them with ketchup. Ordering everything in Huntington means slaw, onions, mustard and sauce. (Sauce. Sauce. Not chili. We’re not in New Jersey.)

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