Ideas

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: On Being Irish

I am Irish, I guess, because I don’t know what else to be. I am half German, but being German never came easy to me. We are a melancholy lot; I am. That is why we sing and laugh so much, because we are so ve...

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Editor's note: This is the first of a couple of Weelunk stories Earl Nicodemus is planning regarding cyber safety. The next one will be about cyber security for adults. The chances of your child being harmed...

Wheeling Nailers Provide Fast-Paced Fun

While our warehouses and factories stand in testament to our tradition of hard work, the crowd at WesBanco Arena is living, breathing (and yelling) proof that Wheeling plays hard, too. Currently in its 27th ...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: Building Good Neighbors

Editor's note: The IDEAS page is our place for public opinion, a place where a person can express what concerns them about present-day Wheeling or the world. However, there is one major caveat. The author must ...

EARL’S GARDEN NOTES: A February Primer

Greetings to those of you who like to play in the dirt! A few years ago, I wrote a year-long series of monthly Weelunk articles about gardening titled “Betty’s Garden Diary.” Since that series ended, folks have...

Leadership W.Va. Class Says ‘#ChooseWV’

Leadership West Virginia’s Class of 2018 has kicked off a campaign, #ChooseWV, which is aimed at uniting West Virginians at home and across the country around a common theme of hope for our state and people. Th...

Small Cells, Big Improvements in Digital Age

Nearly all of us have endured the dreaded “stadium slowdown” on our mobile devices. Though perhaps we should be paying more attention when the Pirates are at bat or the Nailers set up for a power play, in the d...

Art Scene Blossoming in Wheeling

It’s no secret when you live in Wheeling — art is everywhere in this small city. It is evident today, possibly more than ever, that art is a main part of the city’s identity and is here to stay. Driving down...

The Children of Wheeling and Willesden Lane

It was soggy and gray as I headed for The Capitol. I was going to see a performance that I only vaguely knew to be about children and the Holocaust and a pianist. There was a yellow bus at the curb by the marqu...

Iafrate Fighting for a Better Church

Editor’s note: As part of a continuing series on how Ohio Valley residents express their spirituality, Weelunk recently visited with a Wheeling man whose spiritual/social-justice calling includes bringing even ...

ROBERTS RUMINATES: A Place for Piles

We tidied up our house the other day. It was in desperate need, and during the miserable exercise — one replete with whining and bickering and arguments about who was absolutely not going to pick up that shoe o...

The Decline of Community

Editor's Note: We believe that our community should be honest, open-minded and willing to engage in a civil dialogue about the issues facing our community, both present and future. The IDEAS page is our place f...

To All the Halloween Babies Like Me

At 6:01 a.m. on Oct. 31, 1973, little old me came screechin’ and bawlin’ into this world. Yes, I am a Halloween baby and that fact — one of the only sure things I know — has shaped my life in interesting ways. ...

AN ESSAY FOR THE DAY: Seed Rewards

The number of white envelopes stored on a dining room hutch shelf has reached crammed proportions. And whatever the word for the level above crammed is, those shelves soon will be the poster host for it. Ins...

Safety Is the Issue for Building Levy

Whatever voters decide come Nov. 6 on $22 million of potential new and upgraded digs for city fire and police departments, one thing is indisputable. Facilities to be potentially replaced — launched in the 1950...

A VIEW FROM THE MOON: An Introduction

Years ago, nearly 46 to be more exact, I was a freshman in high school. I was 14 1/2 years old, it was a Saturday morning, dawn was shining on the still sleepy city of Richmond, (East) Va., and I was heading to...

Bill Hogan’s Musings: ‘Regal’ Jimmy

“James Samuel Simon, 82, of Wheeling, died Sunday Oct. 7, 2018.” … so the short obituary starts, with mention of his high school and military service. Really not much to report on his 82 years. I knew Jim...
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