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Has President Trump lost faith in Congress?

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Creators Syndicate Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer, not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his ...

Broadband access is key to future economy

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. ...

Bellaire tradition ends

Fifty-four years is a long time to do any one thing, so it is little wonder that Clara Rigas was ready to retire from the restaurant business last week after more than five decades of running a staple of downtown Bellaire. During that lengthy span, the owner and her late husband, Mike, ...

New experiences to enjoy and share

It is rather gratifying to grow enough food to have plenty to share. I’ve always grown flowers and ornamental plants. I think my grandmother’s petunias inspired me, and my mom relied on me to help care for — and occasionally save — all of her flowers and house plants. Prior to the ...

Parents and teachers beware The Blue Whale

As the summer season closes, school bells are starting to ring. I wish all area schoolchildren a safe, happy and memorable school year. I can’t believe all of my grandchildren will now be in school. Time certainly flies! If you follow my column, you know I recently spent some time in ...

Enjoying a day of shopping at the mall

When was the last time you took a walk through the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville? I had the chance to do that on Friday. It was my husband’s birthday; Mike was in the market for some new shirts and ties for work, and I was happy to get those for him since I hadn’t taken time to ...

Mothball monuments to painful periods

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. That doesn’t change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against ...

White supremacists cannot take America back

The White Supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It’s true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of ...

Congress can fix unfair system of tax incentives

It’s no secret President Trump is working to create thousands more American energy jobs, reduce regulations on energy producers and restore parity to the tax code. Given these goals, it’s time for Congress to end the unfair practice of granting tax incentives favoring one energy sector over ...

What to do when there’s no compromising

Dear Annie: My husband and I are at an impasse. He wants to have a fourth child; I want to stick with three. We both have equally valid reasoning for our cases, and we acknowledge each other’s points. Neither of us is budging. Whenever we have had disagreements in the past, we have found ways ...

Gallstone after gallbladder surgery puzzles

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with Gilbert syndrome after I had a blockage of my common bile duct and became jaundiced. This was three months after I had my gallbladder removed (via an open surgery). How was it possible for me to develop a stone after the surgery? Was the Gilbert syndrome ...

Number of complaints

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about poorly marked locations: “Dear Heloise: It is maddening to drive along looking for a business and you can’t find the address numbers. It should be required to have the numbers large enough to see from the road. Not everyone who wants to use ...

Memo indicates Orwell Lives On at Google

James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, ...

Republican push goes beyond Mountain State

The Democratic Party has, for the moment, become a regional party. Only 449 counties across the nation are reliably Democratic. Five times that many — 2,226 — are reliably Republican. The Democratic counties are generally found along the coasts and in large urban areas. Nowhere is the ...

It’s 1984 at Google, and free speech is the target

Google’s firing of software engineer James Damore for daring to express politically incorrect ideas in an internal memo is the latest example of the political left’s tyrannical propensity to suppress speech. Almost as troubling as the left’s policing is its apparent obliviousness ...

Reader wants friends, family to see the gray

Dear Annie: I have a gray problem — and not with my hair. I am surrounded by black-and-white-minded friends and family. They have inflexible opinions on every subject. And they all call my grayness fence-sitting. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this dilemma. What’s a person to ...

Thigh muscle pain and statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: I think I may have polymyositis. My thigh muscles (specifically, the lateral muscles) are weak and achy. I take a statin, and I don’t like what I read about them. — L.P. ANSWER: Statins indeed can cause muscle aches in some people who take them. In clinical trials, about ...

Managing your money

Dear Heloise: I like to be organized, but an area I have trouble with is a big one — my FINANCES. Do you have some hints to help? — Emily E., Boise, Idaho Emily, it’s important to know where all your money is, and to know that it is behaving! Here are some hints: * Write down all ...

The ‘screed’ about diversity that wasn’t

The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over ...

Issues go far beyond souls vs. fossil fuels

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...