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Adapting — necessary, but all for the best?

It’s strange how we can adapt to such big changes in such a short time. As I pulled up in front of my home a few days ago, a neighbor a few doors down was also pulling in to park. As I climbed out of my car, I raised my hand to greet her, not knowing how long she would remain in her car ...

Business as usual for Shale Crescent USA

We have been asked how changes in Washington will impact the Shale Crescent USA economic development and job creation initiative. We are moving forward with business as usual. Here is why: The Shale Crescent USA mission doesn’t change no matter who is President or regardless of state and ...

Biden must focus on affordable, reliable electricity

Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, along with a new Biden administration, promise sweeping policy changes in the United States. This includes campaign pledges to remake America’s electricity mix. But with campaign season over, Democrats should put rhetoric aside and pursue a ...

Watching a friend move on to next phase

My friend retired this weekend. I call her my friend, but she’s been much more than that. I’m referring to Heather Ziegler, outgoing Life editor at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. I don’t remember precisely when I met Heather, but it was soon after I was hired as a ...

Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics in USA

When I was growing up my grandfather (Mom’s dad) lived next to us. Grandpa would come over almost every morning during the week to visit. He would tell us stories about growing up in the old country of Slovakia. His family worked for a wealthy landowner taking care of their estate. Grandpa ...

Remember deeds of great leaders

ople 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 country. Have you ever ...

A tribute to an outstanding newsman

I trusted Mike Myer. Whether I needed a second opinion on an editorial or wanted to be sure my car was safe to drive, I knew Mike wouldn’t steer me wrong. J. Michael Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, died suddenly Wednesday morning. He was 69 years ...

Natural gas, oil offer bright future

The global pandemic continues to take its toll on Ohio’s economy, as well as that of our nation.  Hope, however, is on the horizon as vaccines and improved treatments to combat COVID-19 are being deployed around the state and country. Despite the pandemic and current market pressures, ...

Letting peace begin — here at home with us!

My wife, Lynnda and I were in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Florida on Jan. 1, 2002, after the 9-11-2001 bombing of the World Trade Center. Their evening closing light show and fireworks was called Illuminations Reflections of Earth. It was a great show and had incredible music to go along ...

Expecting the unexpected during 2021

Things don’t always turn out the way we expect, and that’s something we should keep in mind as we enter 2021. It occurred to me as 2020 was winding down that I had started something during the initial pandemic-related lockdowns that I neglected to complete. Way back in March (a little ...

Changing the future is possible if we have a vision

Successful people have told me. “You need to have a dream in order to make a dream come true.” In the Old Testament of the Bible Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This was written several thousand years ago. 2020 is over. Nothing we do or say can ...

Broadband could be everywhere

No word better describes COVID-19’s impact on the world in 2020 than “transformation.” Not only were the lives of everyone in the world changed, but every part of their lives were changed as well —­ how they learn, work, play and relate to others. And, in many instances, these changes ...

What is your Why for living?

My wife’s mother lived with us for over 10 years after she had a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side. In spite of her paralysis she was amazing. She could get dressed, get her own meals and even cook dinner for our entire family and have it ready when Lynnda and I got home from work. ...

Hearing the peal of the bells on Christmas Eve

There’s something about the ringing of a bell that speaks to the soul. That has been the case for millenia. Scholars and archaeologists say the earliest known bells date back more than 5,000 years, made of ceramic materials in Asia long before most cultures were working in metal. ...

A career-minded approach to your New Year’s resolutions

After the unsettling year we’ve all been through in 2020, I’m sure that most Ohioans - like me - are ready to turn the page to 2021. We’re all looking forward to a brighter, healthier, and more prosperous year ahead, which adds an extra layer of importance to the resolutions we’ll ...

It’s been a year to consider what we’ve lost and gained

It’s been a year, to say the very least. As I look back, I have been considering what we have and what we’ve lost. And we lost a lot in 2020, but the thing is, we gained a lot, too. When our ability to connect in real life was taken from us, we gained perspective and understanding of what ...

Helping others now and throughout the year

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as helping other people. I’ve learned this in a variety of ways over the years. From the grin that was always on my dad’s face when he dropped change — or maybe a dollar bill — into one of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles at Christmastime to the ...

A chance to have twice the impact here at home

This is the time of year when a variety of organizations traditionally ask the public for financial support. In our region, it seems that all of them are working for good causes. Whether they are seeking to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate children, food for families whose budgets ...

From COVID to Christmas to farewell

I have always enjoyed writing my December column. Writing about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, is the miracle of love. The birth of Jesus Christ is told in Matthew 1:18-25. It can also be found in Luke 2:1-20. These scriptures are the basis of many church Christmas plays and ...

Christmas magic? Finding a global solution

Last Sunday I was outside setting up Christmas decorations when Bradley, my 8-year old neighbor wandered over. Bradley is a good kid. I couldn’t set up Christmas decorations last year because I was in a wheelchair. It felt good to be back to normal, especially with the pandemic. In addition ...