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Exercise your Right to Vote

All over the country we are seeing signs there will be a record voter turnout in the general election this year. While we see large lines of people lining up to cast their ballot in big cities, it was never expected that it would trickle down to the rural areas. Last Wednesday as Wetzel ...

October Has Come Again

“And October has come again, has come again.” In the late evening stillness over our small West Virginia town, nestles down between the hills and the Ohio River, sometimes yet is heard the mournful, lonesome sound of a train whistle. There is an affinity between that faint, far off ...

COVID-19 Not a Conspiracy Against Trump

Just how many Americans have died as a result of COVID-19? Unfortunately, it depends on whom you ask. As the death toll continues to increase in the United States, a false narrative has started to emerge that states many or even most of the deaths associated with COVID-19 were ...

Too Late for Candidates to Debate

Why even bother? What was the purpose? With everything the public knows about each candidate, and with the majority of peoples’ minds already made up, why debate? Neither candidate had anything to gain and both had everything to lose by debating, and it looks as though that may be exactly ...

When Autumn Leaves Fall

Finally, after what felt like Summer would never end, the air cooled a bit and we enjoyed the beginning of what we’ve always counted on in West Virginia, a mild, temperate fall season. There may be a few stray brutal days ahead. But for the most part, we can feel safe breaking out the long ...

What Makes the World Go Round?

Have you ever wondered what makes the world go around and around? Some people say it is money, some say it is laughter, and others say it is love. Paul Anka said in a song, “Love makes the world go round and around. Love makes the world go round. As much as I would still like to believe love ...

The Times They Are a Changing

It is impossible to find words that adequately convey how fundamentally the world changed on a sunny morning 19 years ago September 11, 2001. However, many of us will never forget precisely where we were the moment we heard about the events unfolding in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. ...

Labor Day: A Day to Honor the Working Men and Women

According to history compiled by the U.S. Labor Department, credit for Labor Day belongs to Peter J. McGuire, a member of the carpenters union in New York and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, who championed a parade to “show the strength of the trade and labor ...

Good Police Officers Are Hard to Find and Harder to Keep

Seems it’s harder to find them today than anytime in the past. It’s a hot topic at nearly every local city council meeting. The question is how can small towns find good reliable Police Officers and retain them? The subject haunts small communities more often than most people realize. ...

Take No Chances

While our local communities have mostly been safe havens from the rest of the world, we must realize things have changed drastically in the past 60 years. The days of leaving your windows up and doors unlocked no longer exist. Keeping a loaded weapon in your home and locking the doors to the ...