Thursday, November 14, 2019

Only two decades ago, civility was common in our nation’s politics. Many Americans long for those days when the word “bipartisan” was not a slur or stigma. In 2001, two well-respected senators, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed the Development, Relief and Education for Ali…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Why every time I read our local newspaper all I ever see is fake news concerning our president? Saturday, Nov. 2, Page 9A, old Shifty Schiff and Badger Nadler want to impeach our president on a phone call. Trump turned over the transcript of the phone call to Ukraine to Congress, which old S…

The Herald-Dispatch published a guest column Sunday submitted by Bill Bissett, president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, about labor unions. The column drew a range of responses on social media and The Herald-Dispatch’s webpage. Following is a sample of comments.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Parents in the Genoa community of Wayne County could be about to lose their elementary school. They’re trying to stop the school’s consolidation into Dunlow Elementary, 11 miles to the south on W.Va. 152, but the battle may be over before it begins.

Monday, November 11, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019
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From public school teachers to hospital staff to county government workers, unions and their activities or attempted expansions have made headlines recently after a period of inactivity and political setbacks. With the passage of Right To Work, which means workers do not have to join unions …

Saturday, November 09, 2019

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Ohio 7 bypass around Chesapeake, Ohio — which has been in the works since the 1960s — received $5 million in funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation earlier this week. The money is to be used for engineering and land acquistion on the 4 ½-mile road connecting the Robert C. Byr…

Friday, November 08, 2019

A great hero died recently: Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe. He led the battle against white apartheid rule in his country and won. He became president of Zimbabwe in 1980. In 2000, he took the land that was stolen from the indigenous population by white colonialists in the 19th …

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Those associated with Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine received a shock in June 2011. The late Stephen Kopp, president of Marshall at the time, was notified that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body for medical schools in the United States …

I was in a restroom the other day in a restaurant. The lights were out. I told the owner. She said it kept people from using drugs — shooting up. I asked her, if you shoot up drugs or overdose in China, what happens? She said you get Narcan. You get no trial. You go to prison for 15 years. T…

A few weeks ago, Marshall’s Lifelong Learning Program (LLP), which is geared to informal adult learning experiences, arranged a fantastic trip to Hawks Nest State Park. Beth Wolfe, the LLP program director, not only arranged the fun stuff, the tram and jet boat ride to view the New River Bri…

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Sewer fees: Every city resident that owns a home gets one. Some way I overlooked a couple of bills. I stopped and paid them. Three days later I get more, so I stopped and paid $60 more. Three bills, each one with a 3% charge — a separate charge! I asked, how can you charge me three times? Th…

Former bishop Michael Bransfield, the head of the Catholic Church in West Virginia for 13 years, was “very concerned about his legacy.” Those are the words of Mark Phillips, the former chief of staff of what was Wheeling Jesuit University, provided in a written response to questions from The…

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

In my teen years, I took a summer school class in typing at the Chicago public high school, Carl Schurz, where my father worked as head football coach. If recollection serves, I was the only male in a sea of female students, 20 or so. Nonetheless I loved learning how to type and later, writi…

Monday, November 04, 2019
Sunday, November 03, 2019

In his column of Oct. 23, “Attorney general is right: US is in moral decline,” Walter Williams simplistically distorts history and philosophy, as well as the current condition of our country.

When Marshall University baseball plays its first game within walking distance of campus in many, many years, it will be in a facility the school and the community can take pride in. But it will also present some challenges.

The opioid crisis is touching every corner of America with nearly every demographic being affected. It is estimated that drug overdoses killed over 70,000 Americans during 2017, a rise of 10 percent since 2016, which is more than the yearly death tolls from HIV, car crashes and gun deaths combined.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

A Herald-Dispatch story reporting about how the Huntington City Council this week approved pay increases for the positions of mayor and City Council members starting in 2021 attracted dozens of comments on Facebook, with most criticizing the size of the increase for the mayor’s position.

Friday, November 01, 2019

The other day, as I was sitting in my chair here in The Herald-Dispatch newsroom, I saw something on a computer screen that got a chain of thought going, and I realized there are only four of us associated with the newspaper today who were in the newsroom in the 1970s — me, Jim Casto, Dave P…

Thursday, October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — Demography does not dictate any nation’s destiny, but it shapes every nation’s trajectory, so attention must be paid to Nicholas Eberstadt. He knows things that should occasion some American worries, but also knows more important things that should assuage some worries regarding…

One part of the social contract people enter in to when they run for public office is that, if elected, they will represent all of their constituents — not just the ones who give them money or whose viewpoints they agree with.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — After dozens of House Republicans demanded access to a secure facility in the Capitol last Wednesday where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was preparing to depose a Pentagon official, Democrats expressed outrage at the breach of protocol. “They’re do…

When news broke that Gov. Jim Justice’s family farms had received the maximum payout ($125,000) in federal subsidies for soybeans and corn as relief from the effects of the trade war with China, the reaction from critics was quick, expected — and off the mark.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How about the story that Chuck Schumer once met with Putin? Did they talk about what Obama once did, who promised “that when I’m re-elected president of the good old USA, I can be more flexible”?

The two burning issues for the bulk of evangelicals seem to be: 1) appoint enough judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, and 2) roll back legalized gay marriage. If they were to look reality in the face for an instant, the evangelicals might realize that both of these goals are pipe dreams.

Monday, October 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, behind closed doors, William Taylor, the U.S. chargé d’affaires to Ukraine, told Congress that Trump had indeed made aid to Ukraine contingent on its government publicly announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and the 2016 electi…

Sunday, October 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — There are moments when the U.S. Capitol feels like a sanctified space, a holy temple dedicated to ideals that transcend the partisan squabbles of the politicians who work there. The enormous paintings that tell the story of America, normally like wallpaper to those who work in t…

In his column published Oct. 8, John Patrick Grace revealed to us his wish list. Namely, that not only President Trump be removed from office but along with him shall go Vice President Mike Pence for his putative knowledge regarding the president’s obvious wrongdoings and for not having “whi…

WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, already.” Looking…

The idea of a comprehensive substance use treatment model with wraparound services had shown some promise in various agencies over the years, but such efforts were usually the victim of limited resources and competing priorities, stifling efforts to grow those programs and to meet the changi…

We are all familiar with the multitude of standardized tests that measure student achievement each year. But these are not the only — and perhaps not even the best — way to measure the success of our students. What about the impact students have on their community? What about a student’s abi…

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019

Here at The Herald-Dispatch, we enjoy receiving letters for publication in Voice of the People. The flow of letters waxes and wanes, but we try to even them out and run them as soon as we can after they are submitted.

WASHINGTON — Last week’s viral photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Trump and reading him the riot act reflected a larger reality: If Trump won’t responsibly lead the nation, Pelosi will.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Along the East River, which is not really a river (it is a 16-mile-long tidal estuary), perhaps 20,000 people actually chose to spend a gorgeous autumn afternoon last Saturday listening to socialist Bernie Sanders, who is not really a socialist — he just wants to confiscate capi…