Local Columns

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...

Guest column/W.Va. making a difference in opioid epidemic

Whether it’s a child who lost a parent to an overdose or a friend who found himself addicted to pills after a routine surgery, the opioid epidemic has infiltrated every community and every household in West Virginia. My office identified the issue early on and created the first substance ...

Many have touched our lives

I was chatting with a co-worker about Boy Scouts, and he mentioned that he, too, was a Boy Scout, just like the Professor. His parents were involved in leadership positions with a pack and two troops, and they spent many weekends hiking, camping or maintaining local Scout facilities. He told ...

External angsting better with company

We all angst. It’s just that we angst about different things that seem terribly important at the time. And we angst with distinction, often to a different drummer, in our own unique ways. I tend to think of myself as an external angster, meaning there’s no mistaking that I’m ...

Many honored at annual Cadiz event

An event I enjoy attending each year is the Cadiz Business Association Recognition Banquet. It honors individuals, a business, an award voted on by the public, a beautification program, Sally Buffalo Park improvements, a community service award and the Lions Club citizen of the year. All ...

Book selection methods change

The selection of new books for the library used to be a lot simpler. Book publishing used to be done in an orderly, timely manner, and the process was fairly simple for a librarian — and technology has made a real mess of it. In library school back in the “Dark Ages” of the 1970s, we ...

Many questions remain

Our intelligence-gathering operations have been in the news quite a bit lately, with a great deal of attention surrounding a tweet from President Donald Trump that was sent out in the early morning hours of March 4. In that tweet, the president alleged that former President Obama had ...

Seeking proper balance

Sass sidled up to me. She had a revelation. “Hey, mom?” “What?” I was trying to do a load of laundry while also doing the dishes. Operative word: Trying. There were more water and suds on me than in the sink. Now I know why Harriet wore an apron; it wasn’t a fashion accessory, it ...

Guest column/Seeking cultural diversity on California campus

The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment that Stanford urbanites throw in the direction of rural Americans. ...

It’s a time of madness

There’s something about this time of year that seems to bring out the basketball fan in all of us. That means it’s a sure bet that the largest majority of area residents will be watching with a great deal of interest latter today when the field for the 2017 NCAA Mens Basketball ...