Local Columns

‘The Time Machine’

January, reflecting its namesake, provides a present opportunity to look back on the past as well as to the future. This week, you can look toward the future and watch a movie with a fitting theme: It's the 1960's adaptation of HG Wells' The Time Machine, which might be as much physics fiction ...

Reinforce the right to information

West Virginia has very strict open government laws regarding both public documents and meetings of public bodies ranging from city councils to state agencies.But too often public officials benefit from loopholes in the statutes. And too often, public officials simply refuse to release documents ...

Resolutions

New Year's is a unique holiday. It's the only holiday I can think of that involves making a resolution for a better future. New Year's has the potential to be a tremendously positive time. However, if you're like me and you have more than few failed New Year's resolutions under your belt, you ...

The Unfinished Gift

The women were rattling stacks of dishes in the kitchen sink, clearing away the last remnants of Christmas dinner, and Uncle George and I were settled in deep chairs in the livingroom, half asleep, replete with all the good things of a holiday meal.This all happened a long time ago, but I still ...

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

One holiday movie that rings out among the others is one that failed to impress audiences on its initial release in theaters. Notoriously overplayed on television when its copyright expired, it is now widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made. It is . . . "It's a Wonderful ...

Monsters&Madmen

Evil blinds people into believing it is good. That's what it does. That's how it works. It creates a popular notion that it isn't bad after all. In fact, it mimics something that should be embraced, and as one accepts and holds it close, it attacks with everything it can to tear its victim ...

On target for change

The following list provides insight into just some of the unfolding responsibilities of school districts, and their staffs, in Ohio: The new PARCC testing (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), curriculum mapping and alignment with Common Core, Student Learning ...

Phantoms on film

The hillsides have become a palette of warm colors as another fall comes to us on the crisp air.The ushering in of this season provokes both inspiration of the hope a new season brings as well as a haunting lament of the seasons that have come before. One memory that fall reminds me of is that ...

‘Field of Dreams’

Field of Dreams (1989, PG). Showing 8 p.m. Oct. 18 on TCM.Field of Dreams follows Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), a farm owner in Iowa, where he lives modestly with his wife and young daughter. Right off the bat, his life becomes uniquely interesting.One day, as Ray walks through his corn field, ...

Cleanup of roadway appreciated

We must admit, it was great to see a crew of workers clearing weeds along the median strip of Routes 30/39 the last couple days.It was well overdue quite honestly.We've heard about the city's lack of financing to regularly clean this high-traffic artery into the downtown. There's, in fact, been ...