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I have to admit I am happy they are catching people with fentanyl so much because it’s killing people and they don’t get charged with the death. It’s sad but true. Hopefully they can get that stuff off the street. We have kids and they can’t go out on the street because of all the needles ly…

If you are reading this, that means you are currently living in a time that will go down in recorded history as a period that most future generations will look back upon and likely describe as an occasion of suffering, just as we now can reflect upon the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that took m…

Each week I try to write about something that I hope is worth reading. And, although I mostly like to feature writings of some historical value, sometimes I get a little left of center, so to speak, and today just might be one of those days. Let’s just refer to it as a “throw it against the …

West Virginians are like people in any of the other 49 states. They would like to get by with paying less in taxes. This year Gov. Jim Justice and the Legislature are trying to oblige them, but not in the most responsible way.

The counties of Logan, Mingo and Wyoming have more in common than one may realize. Besides containing mountains of coal and many families who depend upon it, each was given an Indian name, unlike neighboring Boone County, which we know was named for a great frontiersman, Daniel Boone.

Last week, West Virginia-NPR’s evening news aired interviews with a divergent group of adolescents on how the pandemic has affected them. Their hopeful and insightful comments were encouraging. Essentially, they said that living through COVID-19 with extreme health, school, family and interp…

Today is a special day for many people, especially in Ireland, where St. Patrick’s Day is annually celebrated as both a cultural and religious holiday. For the Irish, it marks the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

I sometimes forget that at the tender age of 67 I now fit into the category that many people like to refer to as “old.” And, as always, I find myself wondering how a person would act if he or she didn’t know how old they were. The brain being the key to all human abilities, could we not tric…

Every so often, someone in the West Virginia Legislature or elsewhere gets the idea that state and local government should stop running paid public notices, also known as legal advertising, in newspapers. It’s an expense that can be done away with in the internet age with no harm done to the…

Well, we’re now just about 10 days from Daylight Savings Time as we spring forward in time from a winter I’ll never forget. With just 17 days left until the advent of springtime, I realize the unpredictability of the March winds — rain, snow, sleet, and sunshine — all possible on any one giv…

There are just some things in history, especially local history, that simply cannot be allowed to be forgotten. So, as we approach the March 8 anniversary of one of the worst coal mining disasters in Logan County history that occurred 61 years ago at Holden, we must also acknowledge the Feb.…

“I take my job seriously but I don’t take myself seriously.” — Reply of my friend and retired Judge David Pancake when I said he worked hard on his cases. I think this is a healthy way of approaching life. It gives you relief from the weight of your job. We all need that.

After reading about the plight of West Virginia in regard to counties being unable to pay their regional jail bills and the Legislature faced with trying to help fix that problem, as well as many others, I began to wonder just how places like Logan County — with its dwindling population — co…

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of what President Joe Biden’s proposal of a $15-an-hour minimum wage — up from the current national minimum of $7.25 — would do to the nation’s economy. It would raise 900,000 people out of poverty while at the same time puttin…

One doesn’t have to be in downtown Logan to understand that the past is something that should not only be understood, but also appreciated for what transpired decades ago that could have changed all of what we identify with today. Sound confusing? Allow me to simplify the statement in an example.

There is not a single building in the town of Logan that is not historically connected to the annals of times past where the names of many civic, business, and political leaders strived and even thrived in what was an ever-growing city full of vigor and vision — most of which occurred in the…

The original mountaineers of this part of what became West Virginia brought with them many skills; one of which was the art of making their own corn liquor known as moonshine. Even after the coal industry started booming in the county, there were many residents who made a decent living makin…

Other than a few employees inside doing routine maintenance chores and construction workers outsize rebuilding a plaza, the Mountain Health Arena in downtown Huntington has been a lonely place for nearly a year.

A short tour of Logan will reveal from its mostly brick structures that much of its glamourous but notorious past occurred from around 1908 through the 1940s, although events of interest certainly didn’t end following World War II. It’s just that the early decades of the 1900’s are more rive…

So, here I sit on New Year’s Eve, just hours before 2020 will finally come to a dead end, and I can only reflect on the worst year of my lifetime — a lifetime that spans over six and one-half decades. I am convinced that 2020 is in fact the year of the Devil. And no matter what transpires in…

I have been blessed with good health for all of my life, and I thank God for that. I have never had to deal with such things as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or other health-related problems that plague many of my friends and acquaintances. Regular check-ups have continuously, however, r…