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Local Columns

Guest column/Focus on new era in life of the diocese

For better or worse — mostly for worse during the past year and a half — the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been in the news. The media reports about former Bishop Michael Bransfield have gone national and international. Pope Francis, acting on a lay commission’s report, which he ...

Guest column/We’re past time for global plastic intervention

Civilization stands at the edge of a dangerous precipice. Warning signs are all around us. We are destroying our home. The bushfires in Australia serve as another example of the many ways climate change has exacerbated extreme weather across the planet. Scientists say an area twice the size ...

Spelling bees under way

While we might be just a few days into the new year, the Tri-State Area’s winter schedule already is starting to heat up. Among the events that many people look forward to every year is the Jefferson-Harrison County Spelling Bee, which is presented by the Herald-Star. It’s an event that ...

Rediscovering all the wonders of duct tape

Less than a week into the new year, and I’ve discovered a few things or been reminded of what I already knew. That would include the wonders of duct tape. You might be inclined to give up things because it’s a new year, and that might be fine and dandy, but my advice is to never try to ...

Guest column/Alcohol regulation in Ohio — what’s legal?

A free market in alcoholic beverages has never existed in American history. A 1970 U.S. Supreme Court decision noted that, in 1660, “the precursor of modern-day liquor legislation was enacted in England, which allowed commissioners to enter, on demand, brewing houses at all times for ...

Guest column/Opportunity zones can work for business, too

It is almost as though you can’t pick up a newspaper or go to a media website without reading about opportunity zones. Those articles, for the most part, deal with the pros and cons of opportunity zones and focus on real estate developers and multi-family housing. There is another side to ...

Hope bookends for the old year and new one

I end one year and welcome a new one in between bookends of hope. And this is in spite of realizing that I’m a chronic failure as I inch along these final few days of 2019, reminded anew that my journey from January to December has been another fast and furious one on warp speed. It’s ...

Let your voice be heard

Letters to the editor. It’s a simple feature of the newspaper that can mean many different things to many different people. It can be a way to say thanks for any number of reasons, from sponsorship of a charitable event to helping out in the community to just being a good ...

Guest Column/History in the hills: New year, old history

A new year is fast approaching, and in a few days 2019 will be history. History is what these articles have been about after all. The past leads the future, and it is clear that our future is greatly impacted by the past! I must say that it helps that historians have the gift of hindsight. ...

Ol Lang Syne, a time to remember and to dream

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. (First verse and chorus by Robert Burns, 1788) “Auld lang ...