The older I get the more I come to realize how fortunate I am to have grown up during the time period in which I did, surrounded by a loving family and wonderful neighbors. In an odd sort of way, I look around at today’s society, especially the younger generation, and I feel downright sorry …

West Virginia’s goal of adding more renewable sources of electricity faces the same problem many of its other goals face: geography. That point is plain in a report this week by the federal Energy Information Administration about the growth of wind power nationally.

Last Monday, the editorial in this newspaper’s online edition, “WV must aim higher in abuse, neglect cases,” which first appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, made it clear that West Virginia and our nation are not very good at protecting and caring for at-risk young children. A decade ag…

Dear readers, excuse my writing absence. I write every day to my file. I just haven’t found anything to share with you that’s up to my standards. I try to live by the maxim “Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.” I’ve been practicing that — maybe too much.

Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg is closing. The governing board of the school of about 170 students voted last week to shut down at the end of this semester. The vote came the day before the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission was scheduled to vote on a forced closure of t…

Back in 1989 I covered a meeting at the Cabell County Public Library where a group of Tri-State residents was to discuss how the BASF plant in Huntington was burning a hazardous material called aniline in its boilers. From that meeting came the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

Well over a year ago, I wrote about a visit to Logan by two of Devil Anse Hatfield’s great-grandchildren, Grant and Joe Browning, who were childhood friends of Logan businessman Neal Scaggs, widely known and respected as a longtime businessman and owner of Baisden Brothers Hardware at Ellis …

Voters in some parts of West Virginia will have fewer members of the Legislature to vote for next year as the House of Delegates has eliminated multimember districts. It’s a change that has been in the making for decades, and now voters can see whether West Virginia benefits from a practice …

Most of us have heard the old expression, “You’ve got to change with the times.” Well, I fully understand that time changes nearly everything and that progress invariably is the result of change. However, change is not always for the better — at least not when it comes to the newspaper business.

The Marshall University Board of Governors could have chosen a safe, boring path when it chose the person to be the university’s next president. Instead, it took a different direction by hiring Brad Smith, a former Fortune 500 CEO with no experience in handling the day-to-day affairs of a st…

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967 and, according to the Knight Foundation, saw it as “a vital public resource to enrich our homes, educate our families and to provide assistance to our classrooms.” For years public broadcasting stations run by individual …

Sins in the realm of the insular principally extend from the singular offense of being an auslander, a foreigner, a Not One of Us. To this group, Us, which means Not You if you are Not One of Us, few crimes disturb so greatly as that of Outsiders setting foot in the realm, a violation declar…

As Halloween gets closer daily, I find myself wondering just what a “kid” would look like if he or she were to desire to dress up and go trick-or-treating as COVID-19 for the upcoming ghostly holiday. I would think that even a spooky COVID-19 character would have to wear a mask. But what wou…

We’ve all heard stories of people who win millions of dollars in the lottery, waste it and end up worse off than before. Every now and then we hear of people who win millions and use it to improve their lives or the lives of others.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, little known to those who surf the net rather than scrutinize its origins, is the inventor of the World Wide Web, the match the newspaper industry used to set itself on fire. This analogy is, of course, ridiculous, not because of the result it depicts but becaus…