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Opportunity: Technical Center expansion is a win

Editorials

Wood County Director of Career and Technical Education Program Pier Bocchini knows how important it is to be poised for the opportunities that appear to be just around the corner for the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We feel we’re leading the way for other county tech centers by making a better ...

Back Issues: Comics fill ‘Star Wars’ blanks

Local columns

PARKERSBURG — Want to know when Darth Vader found out Luke Skywalker was his son? Or how Captain Phasma escaped the trash chute on the now-exploded Starkiller base? There’s a comic book for that. Even with Disney apparently set to release at least one new “Star Wars” movie a year and ...

Military: Boosting Naval defense is necessary

Editorials

Something was missing during solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii, where men who were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor were able to attend ceremonies on the 76th anniversary of the event. To those who understand history and current threats to our freedom, the ...

Identity Theft: Exercise caution during holidays

Editorials

Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who might be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning for folks to protect their personal information as ...

Incentives: Opioid Challenge rewards solutions

Editorials

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic that ...

Bureaucracy flexes its muscles in D.C.

Local columns

Most people probably viewed this week’s duel over leadership of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as merely one more fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress. It wasn’t. It was the fourth branch of government flexing its muscles. In establishing the three ...

Homelessness: Struggle still growing despite HUD claims

Editorials

Anyone reading the news in recent weeks might be tempted to wonder whether incidents of sexual assault and harassment are increasing. Certainly the public is much more aware of them. But what is on display is not any increased number of incidents, but rather an increase in reports. Something ...

In a pickle over Christmas

Local columns

I’m in a pickle. Or rather, I need to find a pickle — a glass one. Until very recently, I had no idea there was such a thing as a traditional glass pickle at Christmastime, let alone how important the tradition has become to some families. It seems there is an ...

GOP tax reform bill is no favor to the middle class

Local columns

Once again Republicans in Congress are planning to flimflam the lower and middle classes by asking us to play the fool yet one more time. They think we are mindless peons and all they have to do is label a giant tax gift for the super-rich and giant corporations as a “middle class” tax ...

Coal and gas in Appalachia

Letters to the editor

We lost our spring when Consol energy plugged a gas well to longwall mine. We lost our water well due to EQT Corporation plugging a gas well. And we are not connected to the tank of chlorinated river water folks are now paying for that used to be their free ice cold crystal clear springs and ...

Remember heritage

Letters to the editor

Franklin Roosevelt said “Religion, by teaching man his relationship to God, gives the individual a sense of his own dignity and teaches him to respect himself by respecting his neighbor.” Our Christian heritage has been so ignored that we have forgotten just how Christian our heritage ...

Defund UNSAT

Letters to the editor

During Obama’s two terms as president, pro-gun organizations like the NRA defeated all attempts to ratify and implement the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. We are aware, from documentation from the 2017 annual U.N. Conference of state parties, held in Geneva, Switzerland Sept. 11-15, that ...

Secure our borders

Letters to the editor

Assume someone broke into your home and your urgent call to the authorities was met with derision and disinterest. Imagine them telling you they had important things to do, and unless they were physically harming you, breaking into your home is only a misdemeanor. Besides, they are just poor ...

Deem embarrasses himself

Letters to the editor

After reading Frank Deem’s letter last Sunday, I was puzzled about what prompted it. Is he hoping to take up comedy after politics? Was it tongue-in-cheek? Ignorance? I finally concluded embarrassment had to be the motivator. Embarrassment over having one’s name affiliated with a GOP which ...

December goes fast

Local columns

Today we light the second candle in the Advent Wreath. In two weeks, it will be Christmas Eve! December is such a magical month, so why does it have to gallop through the days so fast? I have watched the hands on the clock and they seem to go at a normal rate, but the days just disappear. So, ...

The sounds of Christmas

Local columns

With the passing of each day, we are getting closer and closer to Christmas. Every morning I see the “countdown of days “ on the front page of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. For some, this causes mixed emotions, for some of us can’t wait for Christmas to be here for various reasons ...

Peace on Earth: Can we help?

Local columns

When we were at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) in Houston back in March, I was struck by the diversity. There were over 1,400 men and women executives and high-level managers from all over the world attending. All races and probably most religions were represented. We were sitting ...

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Getting cozy with mysteries in winter

Local columns

It’s getting colder, so now is a great time to curl up with a good cozy mystery! In “Full Bodied Murder” Christine E. Blum kicks off the first in her cozy mystery series, A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery. Halsey is leaving New York and a failed marriage behind and remaking her life in ...

Looks like a snowy winter

Local columns

A snowy owl is a charismatic bird. Most people have heard of it, and only dream of seeing one. Virtually all birders, however, want to add it to their life list. Perhaps it’s because they so infrequently push south into the lower 48 states from their natural habitat in the arctic tundra. And ...

Pool raffle drawing begins

Local columns

The winners of the Twelve Days of Christmas Fundraising Raffle benefiting the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool have started to be drawn. Tune in each day at 4 p.m. to the pool’s Facebook page to watch the live drawing of that day’s winner from different participating locations around town. ...