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Local Columns

Guest column/Mellon Street remembers Hank Aaron

My father was an Eddie Matthews and Milwaukee Braves fan. When the Braves played the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field, he made it a point to take my older brothers to games. They became Braves fans. The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, but we continued to follow the Braves and went to ...

Having a drive-by event vs. the real thing

It’s not unusual to get asked to attend a baby shower. But I have to say, I was surprised by the request I got in recent weeks. It was for a drive-by one. Huh? A drive-by baby shower? How the heck do you have a drive-by baby shower, I wondered to myself as I read and re-read the ...

Things to think about

When it comes to offering up information that is useful to professional journalists and members of the public, there are few voices that carry as much influence as the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit journalism school and research institution offers ...

History in the Hills: Hancock County history

Any regular reader of my column will already know of my love for Williamsburg in Virginia. As a historian, Williamsburg was like Disneyland to me. The experience of visiting a place with so much history and a living sense of the past was captivating. Lucky for me, that feeling has generally ...

Guest column/Can private employers require vaccinations?

Many frontline workers and at-risk individuals will be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine during the coming months. The question on employers’ and employees’ minds alike is whether employers can require their employees to receive the vaccine. Recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ...

Of chocolate peanut clusters, Steubenville stuff

Any real, imagined or threatened intent on my part to curb my caloric intake for the first time in 2021 came to a “sweet stop” after a knock on the door last weekend. Left behind was a belated Christmas gift from a creative friend who pays great attention to detail and desire when it ...

Opioids still a problem

For a year now, we have been placing a lot of emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic as we go about our daily lives. We’ve been avoiding crowds, wearing masks, conducting meetings and other interactions across numerous video chat programs, wiping down everything that can be touched with ...

Guest column/Doubtful hub will store green hydrogen

Once again, oil and gas companies are trying to use some well-crafted public relations messaging to greenwash their industry. There was a recent press release titled “Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC Exploring Green Hydrogen Storage” in which the company said it is launching “a non-binding ...

Some thoughts on civil disobedience

What a year 2020 was for the people of America, the Ohio Valley and even the world. We have lost too many good men, women, boys, girls, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. Now we are looking at 2021, and by the sixth day there are challenges we never dreamed taking place in our ...

I’ll take a slice of this and a slice of that would do

True to any day, the thoughts in my head are as varied as they are disconnected and unassociated. This column will likely be proof of that. I was thinking, for instance, about inventions or more like, “Now why hasn’t anyone thought of this or done this before?” when I was grocery ...