Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021

“Can you be cruel?” That was the only question my company commander asked when he interviewed me for promotion to sergeant. Frankly, I’d never considered it. I thought for half a second and then answered yes, realizing in that instant that I could be cruel if asked for the right cause.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

West Virginia has been losing population for decades. “No hope in sight for WV population gains” was a recent Herald-Dispatch editorial headline. Traditional explanations for this include our mountainous terrain, transportation difficulties, extractive industries, aging population, low educa…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Maybe I’m just getting old, but this world is in too much of a hurry. Fast food, instant coffee, video on demand. … There’s no waiting except in a baseball game, and some people want to add a clock even to that.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021

Travelling an hour or more for basic health care may sound unreal to some people, but for rural West Virginians, it is a fact of life. Those going to the doctor or hospital in densely populated areas typically don’t face substantial hurdles in their voyage.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Thanks to an effort by public-spirited citizens, the West Virginia Division of Highways has announced that final designs for two new South Side bridges differ from what was originally proposed. The new designs for the bridges across Fourpole Creek at 5th Street and 8th Street reflect the his…

Saturday, May 08, 2021

People are asking What’s happening at the border? Joe opened the gates, my friends! It seems as if everything that the Trump people did was wrong so now they are going to correct it. Sucking up again with Iran? We know they hate us; they think we are chumps (and we are). As soon as they get …

Friday, May 07, 2021
Thursday, May 06, 2021

A couple of years ago I taught a class in copy editing at Marshall University. One day I began our session by writing the word “atom” on the whiteboard. I asked my students what “atom” meant. Don’t tell me what an atom is, I said; tell me what the word “atom” means.

When COVID-19 vaccinations were first rolled out this winter, West Virginia led the nation in getting shots into arms. Gov. Jim Justice, with advice from Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president of health sciences at West Virginia University and the state’s COVID-19 czar, arranged statewide distributi…

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
Sunday, May 02, 2021

Ours is a business lined with hazards mostly metaphorical. Among these is being fed what we serve. Dispensing criticism on these pages subjects us to it, not that the reality of these circumstances is discernible in the modern hour. Opinions are like that singular aperture which everyone pos…

Saturday, May 01, 2021

I am watching President Biden’s speech before Congress. Well, maybe a fifth of Congress. Everyone is wearing masks, except for President Biden, who gave fist bumps instead of handshakes while walking in to the podium.

Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, and it still requires us to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease. That includes continuing the indoor mask mandates until enough of the population has been vaccinated so that we achieve herd immunity.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Monday’s release of state population counts from the 2020 census delivered the expected news: West Virginia will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 election, Ohio will lose one and Kentucky will remain the same.

On April 14, The Herald- Dispatch published an editorial “Little things will make WV a desirable place.” I have no quarrel with the “little things” suggested, but I found the implication that, as it is, West Virginia is apparently not a desirable place, saddening. A little Googling, however,…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Humor in American newspapers, magazines and even books these days is a rare commodity. Is it hard to write stuff that makes people laugh? Must be. We’re sure feeling a dearth of it in these crisis-laden times almost one quarter through the 21st century.

Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021

April is National Fair Housing Month, showcasing a broad base of law including the advertising, sale, rental, financing, and brokerage services related to housing transactions. The goal of the law is to ensure all persons can live where they can afford to live. The four protected classes in …

Saturday, April 24, 2021

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Special Sections