In a ruling issued on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an order by the governor of New York limiting attendance at houses of worship while allowing businesses it deemed essential to admit as many people as they wanted.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
For the first time in more than 50 years, my wife and I this year did not spend Thanksgiving with our parents or our children or our grandchildren. We have wonderful memories of all those past Thanksgivings, of those times with loved ones who have meant so much to us. Memories of long drives…
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
As the days get colder and shorter, many Americans will experience what we call “seasonal depression.” Lack of vitamin C, personal interactions and social events are the root for many that experience this illness. It can cause folks to lose interest in activities, feel tired or even gain wei…
The recent election has resulted in widespread calls to abolish the Electoral College. It is claimed — correctly — that the Electoral College has skewed voting power toward states with lower population densities. A glance at any election map will verify this: The two mainstream parties are r…
Thursday, November 26, 2020
This Thanksgiving Day is unlike others any of us have experienced. Most Americans know what they would be doing on the fourth Thursday of November in any normal year, but 2020 is not normal. Yet, even in a pandemic, Thanksgiving retains its meaning. We need to appreciate and be thankful for …
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
October state employment data, released Friday, underscored the lopsided way the pandemic is hitting state economies. Even with an effective vaccine on the horizon, we should expect this performance divide to continue in the months ahead until activities can get back to normal.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
COVID-19 and our response to it has dominated everything this year. There is progress in the fight, and some of it is happening here in West Virginia.
Sitting at the Books-A-Million café’ recently with Barboursville writer Barbara Pursoo, I learned an astonishing factoid about Barbara’s homeland, the island nation of Grenada, which lies just off the coast of Venezuela. “Grenada has no cases of coronavirus,” my friend told me.
Monday, November 23, 2020
When President-elect Joe Biden finally starts getting intelligence briefings, he may want to pay special attention to Israel’s successful operation against Abu Muhammad al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s second in command.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Regarding the recent letter on Cuba’s election process: Obviously, you believe the citizens of communist Cuba have a free election process there, fine enough to present to America as a shining jewel. So, why did so many of their people risk death to leave it behind? Didn’t they have a passpo…
This is Thanksgiving week, which normally means the beginning of a slow news season that lasts until after New Year’s Day. People are taking vacations or getting ready for the new year, so not much happens other than crime and sports news.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
While the incumbent president continues to resist a meaningful transition, it is not too soon to reflect on some lessons from our 2020 national political experience.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Ten years ago, a general pessimism began to set in among some pundits and technologists who convinced themselves that America can’t do big things anymore. But they only got it half right.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
A tractor-trailer accident on an Ohio River bridge in Cincinnati last week may have forced people in that area to consider the need for tolls to build new bridges in high-traffic areas.
2020 has been one strange year; “normal” is on hiatus. Having presidential, state and local elections in the midst of a pandemic made this year’s voting activities complex and challenging.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Local officials in Lawrence County are learning something their counterparts in West Virginia learned decades ago — running a county jail in a way that meets ever-stricter requirements is expensive. Replacing one is expensive, too.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Well, Joe Biden mentioned a dark winter. What is it, a global reset of the economic system? You will have high crime. Poor health care. All property will go to the feds. You will be reduced to a shell -- a nothing -- and get a little check once a month.
Pardon the cliché, but Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine put on a master class during a 30-minute stop at Tri-State Airport Monday to talk about the COVID-19 situation in southeast Ohio.
Put yourself in the grandstand at Wheeling Island stadium, the evening of a state high school football championship in AAA between Cabell Midland and Morgantown. Midland has been trailing the Mohigans for three quarters. It’s now fourth and one at midfield for Midland, with Morgantown up 20-…
Monday, November 16, 2020
According to 17 Republican members of the West Virginia State Senate, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is “hate speech.” While the Black Lives Matter movement has lasted longer than the Confederate States of America, I cannot help but ask those angry Republicans if that also means the Confede…
Sunday, November 15, 2020
FirstEnergy is the utility company that provides electricity to most of northern West Virginia. For the most part, its service territory is what you might call the area north of U.S. 50.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
I am a parent of two Hurricane High School volleyball players. My girls’ team, two other teams from Putnam County and three from Wood County were not allowed to compete in this week’s state tournament in Charleston because those counties switched from gold last week to orange this week on we…
Friday, November 13, 2020
In the mid-1980s I was able to enjoy a few days of vacation in Israel. Most of the time was spent in and around Jerusalem, but one day I figured I needed to see Tel Aviv.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
About a year ago, it was noted in this space that there’s a theory in economics, physics and other fields called the “edge of chaos.” It says complex systems need a balance between stability and anarchy. If there is too much stability in a system, it cannot adapt to changing conditions and s…
This week Huntington remembers two special memorials created a half-century apart. Tragedy, grief and loss were these memorials’ raw building materials. Over time, love, support and hope connected to these memorials have given solace to many and renewed spirits, while teaching lessons to fut…
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Agree? Disagree? Respond to this Letter to the Editor here: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/site/forms/online_services/letter_editor/
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Marshall University has experienced a spike in the number of people on campus known to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. What’s happening on campus carries some lessons for the public at large.
The Chesapeake, Ohio, Village Hall frequently posts messages on its eastern wall aimed at drivers heading onto the 6th Street Bridge leading into Huntington. My favorite message of theirs goes: “Have you prayed today?”
Monday, November 09, 2020
Sunday, November 08, 2020
Now that the Republican Party has firm control of the West Virginia Legislature for the next two years, it will be interesting to see if it can make good on a promise it made many years ago to the state’s voters.
I am a veteran that has served in the military for nearly 32 years now. I have deployed multiple times to the Middle East with the Army and Air Force. I am currently a commander with the Air National Guard. I can no longer count the number of holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries that I hav…
Saturday, November 07, 2020
As a Christian I could never vote for a person or party that agrees with abortion or homosexual marriage, transgenders, etc. I voted for Donald Trump because he has spoken against abortion and homosexual marriage, transgenders, etc.
This is an answer to a letter saying everything Trump has done is not bad. Perhaps taxes needed to be cut and regulations eased. But common sense should prevail. Why would you cut your revenue and increase spending? That is a recipe for disaster.
Friday, November 06, 2020
There are still numerous uncertainties surrounding the U.S. presidential election, but the good news for the European Union is that its unofficial preferred candidate, Joe Biden, looks close to taking the White House. A defeat of Donald Trump, if that’s how the race ends, would mean the 27-m…
Gov. Jim Justice says he has no immediate plans to order more restrictions on West Virginia residents despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
For the past half-year, the word “mask” has ignited verbal wars and physical altercations in our nation, but thankfully not much in West Virginia. While divided on many issues, Americans agree that we do not want COVID-19 to continue to control our hospitals, economy, schools, social life an…
Amid the tragedy of the pandemic, one marvel is hiding in plain sight. The development of a working vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 is happening at breakneck speed, a triumph of ingenuity and efficiency that has few precedents.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
American politics have become criminalized. A steady drum beat of words and deeds — from “lock her up” chants, to prosecutions of President Trump’s associates, to Trump pushing for Joe Biden’s indictment — has eroded the bright line between politics and the criminal law.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
And so it ends. Or does it? Here it is, 1,456 days after Election Day 2016 and we come to what normally would be the close of another long election cycle. Most states will have their votes counted sometime before daybreak tomorrow, but some will allow absentee ballots to trickle in through t…
Here we are: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 — Election Day in America. Long anticipated, cherished hallmark of our democracy. What better way to usher in the final hours of voting than to read and contemplate quotations from champions of our freedoms and our storied past?
Monday, November 02, 2020
As I am about to begin my eighth year assisting consumers under the Affordable Care Act, I must say that it mystifies me that so many people are still choosing to live without health insurance.