Columns

Appreciate all you have at home

There’s no place quite like home sweet home. If you doubt that at all, just ask Rhonda Carkhuff. She and her family recently spent about five months waiting to come home. There was one main obstacle to their plans, though —their house no longer existed. Rhonda was at their 200 E. Main ...

Making a new friend and exploring an old building

I have a new BFF. Her name is Josephine Hodaffer, but everybody calls her Josie. She is a little timid (a lot, actually). She is also affectionate and loyal, energetic and curious. She’s easy to talk to, and having her around seems to reduce my stress even though she is somewhat high ...

In the end, we all need love

When I was growing up there was a famous song that came out which words were something like this: What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some but for ...

Local options let you dance if you want to

The French Enlightenment writer Voltaire is best known for his work as a historian and philosopher who advocated for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state. He often wrote about tyranny, greed, criminal justice and common sense. As a history major, I read a ...

Looking to spring, leaving winter behind

Old Man Winter has not given our region the usual treatment this year. Sure, temperatures have been cold from time to time. A few weeks ago, conditions were positively frigid. I didn’t feel I could leave my house without a set of Cuddleduds beneath my clothes, even if I was going to be ...

Back away from taxes on extraction industries

The currently projected $500 million revenue shortfall in the West Virginia budget is attributable, in part, to the wealth which results from extracting coal from the ground. Sound like an oxymoron? It isn’t.   In short, the wealth extracted from the ground in the form of coal virtually ...

Be careful how you filter information

I recently discovered a new app for my cell phone that I really enjoy. It isn’t a game, and it isn’t a tool such as a flashlight or a stopwatch. It doesn’t perform any automatic functions for me or remind me of any obligations. It is called Flipboard, and it simply puts information at ...

Time to work on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure

With a historic election behind us, it’s time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and move forward on rebuilding America. Among the first issues Congress and President-elect Trump should address is our aging national infrastructure. Quick action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, ...

Modern technology can’t replace a real-life hug

By the end of this year’s holiday shopping season, the United States is likely to set another record of sorts, namely, that never in the history of the nation have so many people demonstrated ownership of so many mobile devices. It’s especially ironic because the nation has many of the tech ...

Keep the spirit of Christmas in your celebration

Newspapers carried the joyous news of the birth of “Prince of a Baby” on September 16, 1984.  Prince Diana, with Prince Charles at her side, gave birth after nine hours of labor to her second child-a boy weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces, Buckingham Palace announced. “He’s a lovely ...

Get in the holiday spirit by giving of yourself

All across the Ohio Valley, the spirit of generosity is moving people to care for others. Shoppers are dropping their spare change in the Salvation Army's Red Kettles, which are stationed outside storefronts with friendly bell ringers standing alongside them. The congregation of Grace ...

In light of election, national dialogue needed

Since the election, passions and tensions are running high on university campuses and in the general public. Part of this, of course, is that there were two candidates, both unpopular, and in theory, the more disliked candidate won. But here we are, a new president-elect, a Republican Party ...

Creating holiday traditions for the future

The holidays are a time for traditions — traditional foods, decorations, ornaments, gatherings and much more. For my community and me, it seems this is a year for starting new holiday traditions. This year marks the first holiday season I will spend without either of my parents, and much of ...

Higher education: Are you getting your money’s worth?

There is nobody more sympathetic than yours truly with the financial plights of contemporary parents whose students attend college, even with academic scholarships. Consider the following college-expense stories: One father was so proud of his daughter; she received a substantial scholarship ...

Remember the reason for the season

December is here and we are now entering my favorite time of year. It’s such a beautiful time, and I love the “reason for the season.” It’s also very pretty when people decorate their homes with colorful lights and have all sorts of trees — whether live or artificial or maybe even a ...

Finding a touch of magic in the holidays

As I am writing this column, my husband is out creating some holiday magic. That is literally true — I am married to a magician. At this time of year, he spends many evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons helping families, clubs, fire departments, schools and other organizations ...

Like moths to flame, residents light fires as temps fall

Cooler weather has definitely arrived in Eastern Ohio, setting the stage for the coming holidays. As the temperatures have fallen, I have noticed a number of my neighbors enjoying campfires and bonfires in the evenings. In town and in the country, I have seen folks gathered around blazes ...

2016 election marks Republican party’s resurgence

With the 2016 election now over, it’s time to look to 2018 and beyond. Races for governor, attorney general, county commissioner, auditor ... wait, what?! Too soon, you say? We all just survived an endless campaign — mailers, TV ads, signs, attacks and counter attacks, Facebook memes, ...

The electoral college: A brilliant concept

It wasn’t until the aftermath of this presidential election that I became aware of how bitter the liberal news media is about Secretary Clinton’s loss. All they keep harping on is the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote — which is absolutely true. But one must look deeper into ...

Live a life of thankfulness, avoiding regrets

We have come to the end of an election cycle. There was a higher than normal talk this time about the challenges of immigration. There have been protests in the streets because some did not get the candidates they wanted in office. Many are concerned what the future may hold for their families. ...