Local Columns

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 ...

Guest column/Fair just won’t be the same without Gary Cain

When scanning the Herald-Star obituary page on Wednesday, I let my eyes roam from the first column to the second, and I felt such a wave of regret and sorrow. Gary Cain had died. Back in 1974, while serving as a home correspondent for the Herald-Star, I was asked to cover the Jefferson ...

Guest column/Economy is thriving, despite the doomsday prophecies

The Democrats and the media want you to believe that America is in a total state of crisis — but their fear-mongering and obstruction haven’t derailed the thriving U.S. economy in the slightest. According to the Labor Department, U.S. jobless claims recently fell to the lowest rate since ...

A few football numbers

Sometime not long before 11 p.m. today, the curtain will finally fall on the football season of 2018-19. And, while it’s not possible right now to know whether New England or the Los Angeles Rams will win Super Bowl LIII, we know for sure that the Pittsburgh Steelers will spend their ...

With grieving, there isn’t any time limit

I read a post on Facebook the other day that caught my attention. It noted: “Those who think there is a time limit when grieving have never lost a piece of their heart.” Very true. And we all grieve differently. Also very true. I couldn’t help but think of my mother in a couple ...

Guest column/Helping West Virginians get training for jobs

One of West Virginia’s most pressing issues is its low work force participation rate, which is the measurement of those in our state who are above the age of 16 and are either employed or are actively seeking employment. Sadly, with only 53 percent of West Virginians employed or actively ...

Mendez made an impact

Residents of the Tri-State Area have had the opportunity to meet and hear the thoughts of some very interesting individuals though the Herald-Star Speaker Series. We were reminded of that on Jan. 19 when we learned of the death of Antonio “Tony” Mendez. Mendez, the former CIA agent who ...

Guess what you haven’t done in a while

“You know what you haven’t done for a while?” Better Half asked me the other evening. Sometimes questions between spouses can be tricky points of conversation. Understand that what you say and what you really mean often are two completely different things. I might tell Better Half, ...

Election season returns

Area residents who have been anxious to experience some wintry weather seem to have really gotten what they have been hoping for during the last week or so. We’ve seen a little snow, a little freezing rain and some pretty cold temperatures. And, while the worst cold and precipitation of ...