Local Columns

Guest column/Stream carrying me to my next dance

I sleep at night in my canoe. I see far downstream in my dreams, a vision of myself. I am dancing by a fire, surrounded by my family and friends. I am long, lean and slender. I am not as muscular as before, but a gentle voice tells me I am much older now. I am shirtless, with hairy arms, chest ...

Guest column/CCHS, the school on the hill, thriving still

Catholic Central High School, that school on the hill, offers families and the community it serves endless opportunities to thrive in mind, body and spirit. By way of academics, athletics, service and growth in faith, the students who attend Catholic Central develop and mature in an environment ...

Guest column/Don’t put future in hands of politicians

Many Ohio Valley residents are skeptical about plans to make our valley the next petrochemical region of the United States. Using the promise of jobs, officials repeatedly try to sell us on ethane cracker plants and the rest of the “Appalachian storage hub.” But, when I’ve questioned ...

Spring training’s here

The most reliable reminder that we’re closing in on spring came last week, when Major League Baseball teams opened their spring training camps. For fans of the sport, it’s tough to beat this time of year. It’s that seven- or eight-week period when we’re able to believe that all things ...

The refrigerator not just for storing food

I was talking on the phone to someone the other day, making a request for a phone number. The person on the other end didn’t hesitate to offer assistance. “Wait a minute,” she said. “It’s on my refrigerator.” And that got me thinking, once I realized the number I was about to ...

Guest column/Closing Ohio’s nuclear plants would hurt

Bad government decisions are crippling Ohio’s most important and reliable energy source, jeopardizing thousands of jobs and the quality of our air along the way. In recent years, nuclear energy has been placed at a competitive disadvantage by outrageous corporate welfare handouts lavished ...

Cummings remembers a mentor in his life

February is Black History Month. There are so many people black and white, male and female that could be considered heroes of Black History. I want to tell you about one of my heroes. How his life was flipped-turned upside down, and how he penetrated, influenced, and saturated the Pentecostal ...

A big solution to a little squinting situation

We’ve been watching TV lately as if we’re in the midst of a severe sandstorm. Eyes squinting to see programs and movies clearer, Better Half and I have asked each other a couple of questions with some frequency. Is it just me, or is this TV screen shrinking? Is it just me, or are you ...

Week of positive things

No matter where you stand — or sit — on the political spectrum, it’s probably safe to say that just about all of us can agree that there’s more than an ample dose of nastiness on display on the national level just about every day. And, if you let yourself get caught up in it, you might ...

Guest column/King played key role in civil rights movement

In January, we marked the anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., a proud, but loving and kind, civil rights activist who fought for equal justice under the law for all men, women, boys and girls. Slavery began in 1619, and in 1865 the 13th Amendment was passed, abolishing the ...