Local Columns

Taking a ‘trip’ to drink in some nature

One day this past week on my way to the coffee station in the office — a place for caffeine infusions for those of us who still do the morning cup of joe, high test, beverage thing — I took a “trip.” My foot connected with something other than the office carpet, and I did one of those ...

Guest column/Stakes are high in battle over transgender rights

Faith is used often as an excuse for bigotry. Religion can be wielded like a weapon, to put down the humanity of others, and to justify an agenda that coincides with one’s personal feelings on a group of people. One needs only to look at the current debate over the right of transgender ...

Guest column/Why the Rover Pipeline is good for Ohio’s farmers

Ohio’s farmers compete in an increasingly tough global marketplace. Our competition comes not only from other Midwestern states. We go up against farmers thousands of miles away, and all of this competition puts constant pressure on prices. It is extremely tough to keep a farm profitable ...

We’re looking for stars

To be very honest with you, we really didn’t know for sure what kind of response we would receive from residents of the Tri-State Area when the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times launched our Community Stars awards. The concept was simple enough: We were looking for 10 people who were ...

‘I told you so’ and ‘just you wait’

The bad thing about people who say “I told you so” or “you just wait” are often right. I don’t like to admit that. Actually it pains me — very much like those times when Better Half and I are “discussing” something or other, and I think I’m right, and he thinks he’s right, ...

You still need that library card

What did 12,000 library users all do in the past year? They all downloaded eBooks from our library website using their library cards. You know, that little card issued by the library that allows you to check out books and other things from your local public library. Society often made fun ...

Fall’s just a little closer

As we head toward the end of July and look for ways to survive what is the hottest and most uncomfortable couple of weeks of the year, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that fall is not all that far away. There are signs all around us — all you have to do is look. One of the earliest, ...

Having a little mid-July sisterly ranting

My sister Cathy and I had our annual mid-July rant the other evening. It typically begins when I call her on her birthday, the backdrop again for this year’s sibling seething session. Better Half and I call her and sing in unison — if you can call it singing. It’s our rousing ...

Good trips, great memories

Old photographs can be fun to look at, especially when there are good memories that go along with them. A reminder of that came last week in an e-mail. It was a copy of picture that had been taken sometime in the early 1980s and had been sent to me by Jon Michael Nese, the son of the late ...

Some things are just tougher to buy

Some things are just harder to purchase. Now shirts, shoes, jeans, purses — that’s not really all that tough for me to make a choice, because those kinds of consumer purchases are ones that call out to me. They know my name. They’ve got my number. Take me with you, they seem to ...