Opinion

Sunshine Law: J.R. Carpenter should exercise greater care

Editorials

Parkersburg City Council President J.R. Carpenter continues to walk a very fine line when it comes to conducting the business of the city as transparently as the public deserves — and the law requires. Carpenter says he has been trying to help first-time council members understand the ...

Judge Gorsuch a worthy successor to Scalia

Local columns

Few individuals over the last century have impacted the American legal discourse as profoundly as the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In the wake of his untimely passing last February, this lion of the law left behind a legacy of faithfully applying the law and upholding the principles enshrined ...

Defund It: Appalachian Regional Council has done little

Editorials

Just as some in Charleston are scrambling to hold on to pieces of a bloated bureaucracy that serves itself much better than it serves West Virginians, there are some in Washington, D.C., looking to save themselves from President Donald Trump’s decree that a $54 billion boost in defense ...

Abortion: Notification bill should be enacted

Editorials

Del. Roger Romine, R-Tyler, is among the co-sponsors of a bill that would prohibit unemancipated minors, and other females who have been appointed a guardian or conservator under certain provisions, from obtaining an abortion without parental notification. The bill is a common sense effort to ...

How much cash is hidden?

Local columns

Good marriages require transparency about everything, but some husbands and wives keep a little secret for 11 months of the year. We squirrel away spare cash, a little at a time. Then, come December, we have enough money to buy our spouses nice Christmas presents. It’s done at the state ...

The opioid epidemic: We’re making a difference

Local columns

Addiction impacts every West Virginian. Whether it’s a child who lost a parent to an overdose or a friend who found himself addicted to pills after a routine surgery, the opioid epidemic has infiltrated every community and every household in our state. My office identified the issue early ...

Yard sale signs should be removed

Letters to the editor

The yard sale signs made of posterboard are already appearing on the utility poles all over our city. And many times, the sale is past and over, but still the signs hang. The rain falls and the wind blows — signs flapping — and finally falls to the street or ends up in a yard or against ...

Photo by Tom Moore
The USS Sachem served in World War I and was later renamed the USS Phenakite in World War II.

Truth Seeker: Sometimes just a journey offers adventure

Local columns

Searching the web or listening to stories to find new allegedly haunted locations to visit can be exciting but also a long process. Trying to find the right person to contact to gain access and finding directions to the right place can make one almost give up on even visiting such sites. But ...

Overdose: Murder charges may be appropriate

Editorials

The Parkersburg Police Department made an important move forward in the fight against the horrific drug epidemic that is plaguing our region when it was able to gather enough evidence to charge a suspected drug dealer with murder. According to Police Chief Joe Martin, a series of unusual ...

Dropping the ball with photo

Local columns

Last week, several concerned readers called the newsroom with questions about a photo that appeared with a story on our Prom Planner pages. When the first caller told me her concern — the photo appeared to show teenagers celebrating with alcoholic beverages in their hands — I thought she ...

Fear is not the answer

Letters to the editor

My wife and I just returned from a trip to Merida, Mexico. We stayed in a small hotel, traveled on city buses, and shared the wonderful atmosphere of the city with the native Meridians and a few foreign travelers. In the evening the downtown squares came alive with music and cultural ...

Not about scoring most points

Letters to the editor

Last year the Atlanta Falcons scored the most points in the NFL, but the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. Last year the Boston Red Sox scored the most runs in MLB, but the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Last year the University of Oakland scored the most points in college ...

Fairness ordinance needed

Letters to the editor

Parkersburg may soon be joining ten other West Virginia cities as well as hundreds of other cities nationwide that have adopted LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. The purpose of a nondiscrimination ordinance is to extend protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations ...

Political linguistics

Letters to the editor

As he ran for office, Gov. Justice said “I am a businessman, not a politician.” He also said he would not raise taxes, and fix the budget. He has proposed increasing the cost of vehicle tags, turnpike tolls and gasoline tax. Maybe the term “fees” is now politician for ...

Fair for whom?

Letters to the editor

Intolerant left-wing groups have been traveling across the country hyping and spreading tyrannical ordinances like the one before our city council by wrapping it in the pretty wrapper of “fairness.” Fairness to whom? Reports by media that some supporters of the ordinance say it could be ...

Willing to protect

Letters to the editor

Yes, I was one of the speakers who spoke against the so-called “nondiscrimination ordinance” during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. I certainly heard loud and clear that my concerns were nothing more than uninformed and bigoted fears. But I heard something else Tuesday night as ...

Oil, gas and the Legislature

Letters to the editor

At the request of some large out-of-state oil and gas companies, some of the state senators introduced SB 576 to allow forced pooling of the Marcellus Shale, one of the most valuable oil and gas formations on the planet. EQT, based in Pittsburgh, wants to unitize old leases and storage fields ...

Bureaucracy’s power shown

Letters to the editor

Talk about the phrase “timing is everything.” After opining in the March 5 issue of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, agreeing wholeheartedly with Mike Myer’s opinion on the nearly unfettered power of the un-elected bureaucracy, be it at the federal or state level; lo and behold, in the ...

Don’t fall for simplistic stunt

Letters to the editor

“Too clever by half.” I remember hearing that comment by adults when I was a child, and I think it applies to author Michael J. Knowles’s new best-selling book. Perhaps his wordless book titled “Reasons to Vote for Democrats” was intended to completely discredit the political party; ...

Seafood recipes continue

Local columns

How about those Waterford basketball players?! Both the girls’ and boys’ teams have done a terrific job of showing that a small school can hold its own against the bigger schools. As this is written, they have more challenges ahead, but to come this far is great and they are a wonderful ...