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Through The Lens: From My Cold Dead Hands

My story this week is titled "From My Cold Dead Hands". You may now be thinking this column is about our Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. The ownership of a gun is a key privilege many hold strongly in their core beliefs of citizenship. In these days of strong views and a turbulent ...

Editorial for February 19

The weekly fish fry at the Catholic Church at Klug Hall in New Martinsville during Lent is amazing. The first one was held on Valentines Day this year, and if you missed it, you missed it! I'm not sure how they make the fish other than bake it and fry it, but you will not find any like it ...

Songs of Summer

If you were passing by the Lincoln Theater last Saturday night you would have heard the sounds of Beach Boy music. And you would have been correct in recognizing the music of the popular 60s group coming from inside the theater. But the music was being played by a group of talented musicians ...

Hearts and Flour

As I licked the stamp on the Valentine for my mother, I became conscious once more of a vague sense of unease and disquiet. I've had that same uncomfortable feeling for half a century before Valentine's Day.The trauma of the event at Mallory Grade School apparently had an ineradicable impact on ...

Through The Lens: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you have heard the word "impeachment" a great many times recently. By the reports we hear on television and read in the paper, there are three sides to the story of impeachment. You are in favor or not or just tired of hearing about it. The ...

Through The Lens: Kiss Kiss

February has arrived and you know what that means, the Super Bowl game is over and Kansas City won. In western Pennsylvania, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has been pulled from his warm home and held up to the world while men in stove top hats proclaim spring is going to be early this ...

Ten Dollars Worth Of Coversation

The restaurant is the best place to learn civic lessons. Go in for a dollar cup of coffee, and you'll get ten dollar's worth of conversation. Unless you spend some time in the local coffee shops, you'll never understand today's civics. The conversations involve expansive topics like ...

Through The Lens: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock, you have heard the word "impeachment" a great many times recently. By the reports we hear on television and read in the paper, there are three sides to the story of impeachment. You are in favor or not or just tired of hearing about it. The ...

Never Say Never

I grew up playing outside in the sun. My father was a heavy smoker and my grandparents both smoked, my whole family smoked. Our house was not smoke free. Every where we went someone was smoking, in the stores, restaurants, at the parks and at ball games. Even on the beach. Somehow for some ...

Through The Lens: Bundleman Pt. 4

In the morning light, the station came to life with the comings and goings of people. Patrick worked up the courage to ask one of the station workers about the address on the tattered letter. The worker could not make Patrick understand the names of streets, so he took a pencil and drew a ...