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Howard's Commentary - Imagine a West Virginia Where the Roads are Actually Good...

Perhaps the only thing West Virginians dislike more than higher taxes is the miserable condition of our road system. And that could benefit Governor Jim Justice in his forward-thinking plan to ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Time to Pray for W.Va. Lawmakers"

I was asked this week by one of our local lawmakers if I were planning to travel to Charleston for a couple of days to speak directly to the elected and to those attempting to sway the legislators. My ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Some Contacts Are Memorials"

I just leave them in there. All of us have had someone in our lives pass away, and yes, the entire process is a gut-wrenching one that never fails to provoke a deep sorrow inside. But for me the ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "Litterbugs An Issue in Wheeling"

A few inches of snow covered the ground here in the Wheeling area for a couple of days, but now that the flakes have melted, the streams, creeks, and the Ohio River are swollen, and the litter is ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "Yes, Even the Rogers Hotel"

You may think I'm a little nuts when you read this, but … I believe the Rogers Hotel in downtown Wheeling could become an asset instead of a liability in the Friendly City. The current ...
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Steve Novotney Says ... "An Anonymous Sanctuary?"

One local media outlet has reported on this group of folks that has put a wish out on Facebook. They want Wheeling to become a "sanctuary city." In fact, the Facebook event page states that ...
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Howard's Commentary - Invest. Don't Throw in the Towel.

Governor Justice is thinking big and looking at more than "balancing the budget". His greater goal is to see the state survive, thrive, and grow. And he knows that can't be done by ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "I Miss Atkinson on Facebook"

Have. Fun. Damnit. Three words, four syllables, but a message regularly delivered by former Wheeling councilman Don Atkinson on Facebook. And it resonated. It became his slogan. It also evolved into a ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Cameras Unnecessary at Council"

I didn't like the idea the first time I heard it, and that's because of the train wrecks I witnessed earlier in my life. WACO Cable used to broadcast the regular meetings held by Wheeling ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Fans May Break Up with Buccos"

Now why in the world would I commit to them if they haven't committed to me? It's a trust thing, especially when it comes down to money, and with the economy the way it is these days, return ...
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Howard's Commentary - How Do You Keep Them Down on the Farm...

Keeping and attracting young people to WV is a major priority in the Mountain State. Having an educated, trained, professional workforce is critical to bringing the kind of 21st Century investment ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "An Unspoiled Cuba"

It was on her bucket list, so she went to Cuba. Wheeling resident Jeanne Finstein joined her friend Hydie Friend for the trip to the country that rests about 90 miles away from the shores of Key West ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "How Deep is that Wall?"

It's a very valid question, especially since President Donald Trump has only briefly mentioned proposed height and nothing about depth. It's always an interesting inquiry because of what ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "He's Headed to Houston"

A pro basketball player, that's what CJ Goodwin dreamed of becoming when attending The Linsly School. He didn't even play for Cadet Head Coach B.J. Depew until his senior season, and ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Once a Bishop, Always a Bishop"

People are still bothered by the consolidations that took place to form Wheeling Park High School. Until the mid-1970s the city of Wheeling possessed three public high schools, one in Warwood, one in ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "An Industry's Return"

There were no fewer than 20 abstractors sitting on hard chairs and working on plastic buffet tables on the second floor of the Ohio County Courthouse when I visited the Clerk's Office last week. ...
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Howard's Commentary - Has it Been Long Enough?

"Wait and see", many said to me about Donald Trump. "Give him time. He isn't even in office yet", they said. Well. He took the oath. Gave a dark and divisive speech and got to ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Define Great"

So what does it actually mean? Great as in when? President-elect Donald Trump was born in 1946, when America was getting the post World War II started, and schools were constructed across the country, ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Gov. Justice and His First Session"

It's got a ring to it. "Governor Justice." He became the state's 36 th governor this week, and now he will have less than a month to develop his plan to fill that ginormous, $450 ...
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Howard's Commentary - Can Governor Justice's Big Ideas Turn Into Big Action and Get Big Results?

Although I wasn't there, thanks to the internet I watched both Jim Justice midnight oath at the Greenbrier chapel and his official swearing in on the state Capitol steps. The excitement and ...
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Howard's Commentary - Don't Live Within Your Means. Do Your Job.

Government should use business principles but it is not a business. The goal of private enterprise is to make money. The goal of government is to serve its citizens. As WV lawmakers and soon-to-be ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "The Oath Approaches"

OK, so I was sort of afraid this week to check "the real" Donald Trump's Twitter account while I watched President Barack Obama's "farewell speech" in Chicago Tuesday ...
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Howard's Commentary - Crystal Balling 2017 - Part 2

A steep learning curve, deepening budget crisis, and increased partisan divide will set the stage for West Virginia's government this year. As the Mountain State legislature becomes deeper red, ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "It's Called a Turn Signal"

Many sound like a grandfather clock ticking away time, but yes, there are quieter versions that barely make a sound after initiation. But the one constant is that blinking light, right there on the ...
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Steve Novotney Says, "Part 2 - Hopes for 2017"

Just as my initial listing of hopes within Part 1 of this mini-series, Part 2 includes a few possibilities that are very much in reach if attempted. That's because, far too often, people compose ...
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