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.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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
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…

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
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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.

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
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
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
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Monday, November 09, 2020
Sunday, November 08, 2020

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…

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…

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

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