Sunday, January 19, 2020

As the Presbyterian Campus Minister of Marshall University, I am blessed to work with students who come from a variety of backgrounds. Many of these students are LGBTQ, and unfortunately, several of them have been marginalized by the faith traditions in which they were raised. In many cases,…

Controversies over the presidency and abuses of executive power dominate the news cycles. Another grave issue, however, also demands our utmost serious consideration — our failing Congress.

Joe Burrow is the most famous athlete to come out of southeast Ohio in many years. He could be the most famous ever, depending on whether you consider Bevo Francis, Woody Hayes and Cy Young to be from a region whose informal boundaries can be debated.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Daily Independent on local counties’ Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions:

The young boy reached out and, squeezing only briefly, said “You’ve got a fisherman’s hands.” At the moment it registered little. After all, it was only a brief interaction at the youth home and the day’s events (foreshadowing a new venture there) were more immediately memorable.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses our president of murdering Iranian General Suleimani. For a moment look at history outside her tiny New York City world: In 1936 Hitler kicked the French out of the Rhineland, a violation of the Treaty of Versailles. What did the League of Nations do in respo…

Thursday, January 16, 2020

As West Virginia continues to fall short on revenue collections, Gov. Jim Justice said his budget proposal is “very conservative” in his State of the State Address. But Justice missed an important opportunity in his speech to get ahead of budget shortfalls that would put students first, hire…

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

During bowl season, I watched some of the contest between University of Cincinnati and Boston College. It wasn’t pretty. UC was clearly superior, but that shouldn’t have been the case. BC is in the Power Five and UC in the Group of Five. Just 110 miles downstream, the University of Louisvill…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

This is absurd! From what the news released, the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals in July 2019 issued and zoned the Kulture Club facility and gave a permit to owner Charon Reese. Did they not do a background check and see she had already had an arrest record?

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When I was about 10 years old, growing up as the son of two Chicago public school teachers, my mother strongly advised me to “get into the newspaper habit.” Our house took The Tribune daily and Sunday. On my own, I often added a look at The Sun-Times off a newsstand.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Huntington’s downtown is experiencing a renaissance as 3rd Avenue bustles with activity nightly and business investment has begun moving south to Fourth Avenue and beyond. Property values in the core have increased by $18,531,040 since 2004. While other cities’ downtown cores continue to fad…

What a drama! The president of the United States has been impeached by the House of Representatives and awaits trial in the U.S. Senate. This has happened only three times in U.S. history.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020
Thursday, January 09, 2020

Fred Pace’s otherwise excellent report on health care spending (“Health care costs rising faster than wages,” Dec. 29, 2019) leaves out one factor that as a longtime health insurance broker I see as hugely significant. The Affordable Care Act is forcing insurance companies to give much more …

Sometimes publicity about West Virginia is cringe-worthy. A decade ago, our state’s obesity became a well-known weighty subject. A few years later, our tragic opioid overdoses were viewed worldwide. We’ve publicly acknowledged those problems by working to change their negative effects.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

I am in total agreement with the letter from Mr. Phil Parlock concerning the excessive police ticketing on I-64 by the town of Milton (“Milton police have no business on 64,” Dec. 27). His comment is that some small West Virginia towns have reached out to annex sections of major roads, then …

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

It’s been reported that when President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were planning the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 someone cautioned Bush: “If we invade Iraq, we could be stirring up a civil war between the Sunnis and the Shiites.” Bush responded: “I thought they were all M…

The next regular session of the West Virginia Legislature begins Wednesday. It kicks off with a prom known as the State of the State speech, where everyone who thinks he or she is important (or should be) is there to hear the governor outline his proposals for this session.

Monday, January 06, 2020

I would like to respond to K.L. Vance’s letter of December 27. His name-calling and insults by calling Democrats “donkeys” and “jackasses” show that he is a Trump supporter. It’s right out of the Trump playbook.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Although I usually enjoy reading Dave Peyton’s columns, I do take exception to the one appearing on December 25 on the topic of Christmas. He writes, “Most American Jews will celebrate Christmas today in the middle of Hanukkah,” apparently because Jews “have fallen to the holiday hoopla like…

Eleven years ago, I moved to Huntington from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take a job at Marshall University. I saw the move as trading up from one university to another. Little did I know that this move would be the best decision I made for my personal and professional life.

As millennials living and working in West Virginia, we want to live in strong, healthy, vibrant communities where opportunity abounds. We want our elected officials to recognize and embrace new opportunities to strengthen and diversify our state’s economy. And we want to help build a brighte…

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Just had to laugh out loud at some of the crazy ideas that were tossed about by the crazy liberal Democrats — Crazy Bernie, Uncle Joe Biden and Dizzy Lizzy Liz Warren and others. Who do they think would pay for everything they want?

In the wake of a New Year’s Day shooting that left seven people injured, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said Thursday he is asking City Council members to amend zoning ordinances to prevent new bars from opening within the city. The shooting occurred at an establishment called Kulture at 11…

On a secondary road I travel frequently live two people who either get along well or not at all, I suppose. One flies a large Trump flag from his flagpole. The other, who lives within sight of the first, has a Bernie sign on his carport and another in his yard.

Friday, January 03, 2020

On Dec. 21, The Herald-Dispatch carried a column indicting the “LGBTQ community,” although the writer’s rant pretty much concerned only the tiny “T” group. One question was: Should an evangelical baker be required to serve a same sex couple? I am an agnostic on this, but I feel whatever the …

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Man is not an animal. Why use animals for research? I Corinthians 15:39: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.”

Last month, my iPhone 6 crashed; I was crushed. I and millions, maybe billions, of people worldwide are now dependent on an object that only reached the mass market a dozen years ago. As we ring in 2020, a time which sounded wildly futuristic in my youth, our phones remind us of the amazing …

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Amid the theatrics of impeachment and opposition to impeachment, both parties took the time over the past two weeks to do what they always do: spend more, grow government, keep perpetual wars on autopilot and infringe on liberty.

It is interesting to observe how the liberal media are attempting to parlay the recent Christianity Today editorial condemnation of President Trump to recruit those who identify as evangelical and who turned out to get President Trump elected in 2016. (Note: In a recent poll, “evangelicals” …

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

As an openly queer chaplain who is serving at WVU Medicine, I was glad to read that faith leaders spoke about why their faith calls them to support the West Virginia Fairness Act at a roundtable at the Capitol on Dec. 3. The Fairness Act would ensure that LGBTQ West Virginians are protected …

There has been a coup in Bolivia toppling the popularly elected president Evo Morales. President Morales, Vice President Alvaro Garcia and most senior members of the Morales administration were force to resign on Nov. 10. During his 13 years as president, Morales had moved his country forwar…

High above a gorge in the Malaga region of Spain, locals and visitors may traverse a swaying walkway from one cliff to another, looking down upon a 325-foot drop. As we navigate the passage between 2019 and the new year of 2020, it feels as if we are stepping gingerly, as we would on the bri…

A democracy does not rest on the rule of law. A democracy is rule by majority where an individual, and any group of individuals composing any minority, have no protection against the power of the majority. We see this now as the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives are attemptin…

When does a person become an adult? It depends. Earlier this month, Congress enacted a new law raising the nationwide legal limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The change also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine. The bill w…

Monday, December 30, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019

As we prepare to exit 2019 and enter 2020, one word will dominate much of local and national news. It won’t be used much, but it will be in the background of many stories that will appear in print, on the air and in the digital marketplace.