Columns

Senator salutes America’s fallen soldiers

I have read the newspapers and seen the movies written by people that will never understand what freedom actually costs. I lived it. I lived through the horror of walking into battle alongside my brother and walking out without him. I’ve heard the heart wrenching cries of those who ...

Remembering the sacrifices of America’s many heroes

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the front lines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some, some gave all. On this Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ...

We can expect death, taxes and change

At a conference, pre-Shale Crescent, a few years ago the luncheon keynote speaker was a senior coal company executive. I will call him Mr. C. He opened with a question. “Are there any gas people here?” I was the only person who held up their hand. Mr. C pointed directly at me with fire ...

We must do more to strengthen economy

We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo, and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and ...

Wanted: Stories of D-Day at home and abroad

On June 6, 1944, my dad was aboard a ship somewhere in the English Channel. Soon, he found himself climbing up a French beach under heavy enemy fire as part of Operation Overlord. Dad had a natural talent and ability for all things mechanical, and the U.S. Army had trained and assigned him to ...

One person’s trash is another’s feedstock

We just returned from a sales trip. For me this was fun. Sales isn’t about being slick, a fast talker or pushy. Successful in sales is being a trusted advisor helping clients or prospects. People’s time is valuable. I don’t believe in ever making a sales call unless I can bring ...

‘Democracy dollar’ giveaway would aid politicians

The progressive catechism teaches that there is “too much money” in politics. A codicil to this tenet, written in fine print, is that the term “money” does not apply to money from George Soros, government employees unions, private-sector unions, trial lawyers, Democratic-oriented ...

Moore too flawed for appointment to the Fed

What can you say about Stephen Moore? That his economic views tend toward the nutty, and his research is a slop job? That his juvenile fear of females borders on the pathetic — and that he didn’t find them too embarrassing to air? That he’s Donald Trump’s pick to serve on the Federal ...

Mueller already has gone far beyond counsel’s job

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It’s not as though we don’t already have the special counsel’s version of events. He mustered enormous investigate resources and took two years ...

Honor your mother from your heart

How old am I? One of the big stories of last week was that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presented their two-day-old son to the world. His name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. This may be the first time in recent history that an interracial child has been born into the royal ...

Reflecting on mothers and their impact on us

What do you think about on Mother’s Day? I hope any of you who are lucky enough to still have your mother on this Earth will take some time to honor her. Stop by for a visit or, if you live far apart, pick up the phone and take this opportunity to catch up with her and the happenings in her ...

Want to achieve success? Prepare for it

Two weeks ago, my daughter, Dannielle and I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful course running through the battlefield and farm country. The course was hilly. We expected that and trained accordingly. I had a good finishing time for me. Dannielle ...

A busy spring season has arrived in our area

As I had anticipated, last week was a busy time in Easter Ohio. I attended the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. The room at Undo’s West just east of the city was packed with a who’s who of local business and government affairs. ...

Success is very possible with the right attitude

Are you tired of West Virginia being at the bottom of the wrong lists? Ohio is not immune. When I got involved with Shale Crescent USA one of the first things I heard was that southeast Ohio has always been a stepchild of the state of Ohio. The real danger is people get it in their mind that is ...

In-demand jobs week is coming May 6-10

Over the past decade, Eastern Ohio has been transformed by the energy industry in ways few of us could have predicted. Land too remote for development or unusable for agriculture now produces regular income for its owners. Shuttered industrial sites have been reborn as facilities for energy ...

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of Ohio’s educators

As I travel around Ohio visiting schools, I see great teaching happening everywhere—a teacher in Swanton bringing history to life through interactive medieval role-playing… teachers in Canal Winchester promoting the arts of debate and public speaking through the Model UN program… teachers ...

‘Tribute to Betty’ and moms everywhere

Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love to see the flowers in bloom and those flowering trees, so beautiful! We have several things in May to enjoy. The National Day of Prayer was May 2. Cinco de Mayo is today, along with the beginning of National Pet Week. Mother’ Day is May 12. ...

Many memories to be made in Ohio

I took a trip across a long stretch of Ohio on Thursday, and it reminded me what an interesting state we live in. I made the drive with my brother, Larry Compston, to attend the funeral of our uncle, Jerry Compston. Jerry lived and worked most of his adult life in the community of Upper ...

The Green ‘New’ Deal is not new

We are in Florida this week with our youngest son, Gregory, and his family of four children. Our course we went to Walt Disney World. At the Magic Kingdom one of the attractions is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This attraction was originally at the New York City World’s Fair in 1964. ...

Ohio’s license reinstatement fee amnesty initiative

Often, a major barrier to employment is the lack of a driver’s license. And for individuals with a limited income and money owed on reinstatement fees to the BMV, it can be nearly impossible to have a valid driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, individuals are forced to ...