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Our Miners Can’t Wait

Seventy years ago, United Mineworkers president John L. Lewis ­ a lifelong Republican who crossed party lines to work with President Roosevelt ­ sat down with the Secretary of Interior, Julius Krug. They struck a deal to end a national strike, and promised health and pension benefits for ...

Thinking About Vice President Pence, Bill O’Reilly

Recently, we spent six or seven days gawping at Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, for their supposedly bizarre or retro marriage rules. Pence, as even villagers in Bora Bora doubtless know by now, does not attend one-on-one dinners with women other than Karen, and he does not drink ...

Trump ‘faithful’ get budget cuts they voted for

Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of ...

‘Time travel,’ courtesy of your local newspaper­

I took a trip back in time last week, thanks to a phone call from Ann Rattine. The call was to inquire about the history of The Times Leader's use of color ink. Rattine had a newspaper clipping that showed the interior of the Great Western Schoolhouse in 1975 or 1976, but she did not know ...

Appreciating local heroes and the arrival of spring

The pages of this newspaper today devote a good deal of space to local firefighters and emergency medical technicians. There is good reason for that. After all, they are the people who come between the rest of us and disaster day in and day out, all throughout the year. I have a good bit of ...

Food, fun and friends at Business After Hours

The business community in Martins Ferry includes a lot of fun-loving people. On Thursday, The Times Leader hosted a Business After Hours event for the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders from all over the city attended, representing a wide variety of interests ...

Are educational pressures bad for kids?

Is it possible that we are putting too much pressure on kids these days? We hear a lot about the fast pace of modern life and how taxing it is on adults. People often complain that they or their loved ones work long hours and don’t spend enough time with family. Folks say they don’t know ...

Get out and enjoy our region’s beauty

Even when the weather is nasty, we live in a beautiful region. Mother Nature has taken us on a bit of a roller coaster ride in recent days. From warm, sunny afternoons with temperatures in the 60s to heavy downpours during early morning thunderstorms and sudden late night snowfalls, the ...

Good attitude, positive thoughts are everything

March is entering like a lion so I hope it exists like a lamb. We really cannot complain about the weather this winter, it’s been rather nice overall. I enjoy living in the Ohio Valley where we experience all four seasons of weather. This month I hope you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by ...

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 ...