Opinion

Wasteful: $150M payroll debacle should be addressed

Editorials

Back in 2014, the state of West Virginia paid a LOT of money for a computer suite and software that was going to handle payroll, accounting and asset management. Three years later, you guessed it: “We bought a $150 million computer platform that has the ability to actually have a ...

Good Pick: Johnson should get resources in drug war

Editorials

Let us hope Jim Johnson hits the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced last week. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role will be to ...

What’s good for Jim Justice…

Local columns

In 1953, a General Motors CEO being considered for a high government post was asked how he’d handle conflicts of interest. Reportedly he replied that “for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.” The same thing might be said of Gov. Jim ...

The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.

Truth Seeker: Ohio State Reformatory explored

Local columns

Over the past several years I have visited numerous locations in search of paranormal activity. So I am always looking for more locations and enjoy hearing the stories around it. I know some places are out of my range of being able to visit due to different reasons but I still like to listen to ...

Stay on Track: College students, take 15 credits per semester

Editorials

Young people across West Virginia have begun yet another year on college campuses as they work toward their degrees and pursuing their career goals. In fact, West Virginia University reported a record number of new freshmen enrollments this year — 6,224 of them, to be exact. As part of the ...

Working the Half Marathon

Local columns

Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, to quote my Gran, by the time this appears in print I will have rested up after finishing The News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday. But as I am writing, the newsroom is still filled with race packets to be handed out Friday evening, and the race ...

Cost, benefits of healthcare

Letters to the editor

America accepts the principle that the regulation of drugs is a legitimate function of government and a proper use of the police power. We are so strongly committed to that idea that for over 100 years we have openly declared war against illegal drugs and have ceded our right against seizure ...

Right move on Paris deal

Letters to the editor

A recent article on the editorial page of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel stated that China was closing 100 coal-fired power plants. Of course, we believe every word from the Chinese government. After all they are not liars like the Russians are they? The Chinese government does what is best ...

Don’t remain silent

Letters to the editor

I have been at Parkersburg City Council when the room was bursting at the seams with people supporting or not supporting the non-discrimination ordinance. I would wager a guess that people on both sides were well represented as “church folks.” As I am writing this, I am reading about a ...

The conspiracy comedian

Letters to the editor

The News and Sentinel printed a letter on Aug. 13 titled, “The 2030 UN Agenda.” I haven’t decided yet if that writer was quoting right-wing political radio or publishing the unfunny jokes of an unsuccessful comedian. That writer told us the United Nations is planning to conquer the ...

More than politics to resistance

Letters to the editor

The reason why I belong to #TheResistance is far less about politics and more about my core values and beliefs. I believe that with our higher level of consciousness that we humans unlike any other creature have an obligation to act as stewards over all life on this planet. What distinguishes ...

Marijuana the miracle drug?

Letters to the editor

Looking into a rear-view mirror, will hype for marijuana (cannabis) follow the path of tobacco? After all tobacco was touted as cure for all our neuroses real or imagined as well as being a fashion statement. After all smoke filled rooms looked so enticing let alone skillful blowing of smoke ...

Be light in a dark world

Letters to the editor

There is a lot of evil and darkness in the world today. It is hard to not feel anger when some group or individuals cause mayhem, destruction, and possibly injury or death. How are we supposed to talk to these people when hate or resentment drive their existence. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, ...

The radicals are among us

Letters to the editor

They’re ba-a-a-ck! The Taliban, that is; and not rampaging through central Asia destroying ancient symbols of religions with which they disagree, but right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. And our “leaders,” fearful of losing their heads, trip over themselves to bow in obeisance. Betty ...

School starting, fair welcomes fall

Local columns

The “World’s Fair” is over, school is starting, and the “fall” season has started here on the hilltop. The garden is producing tomatoes, cucumbers, and still some zucchini. The dogs have chased the outside cats through the few flowers in the garden until those flowers are now gone for ...

08-20-17-Production

Bringing jobs back: Our energy advantage

Local columns

The Ohio Valley has a lot of economic advantages that many people may never have thought about. Our location is close to half of the U.S. markets. We have industrious people and a strong workforce. We have the Ohio River. We had these same advantages 20 years ago when we were losing industry ...

Jays from East to West and the differences

Local columns

My daughter Nora and her husband recently returned from a trip to Colorado. Within a day, she emailed me a photo of a blue bird she wanted to identify. “It reminds me of a blue jay, but it doesn’t have a crest. Can you tell me what it is?” she asked. Before I saw the photo, I expected ...

08-20-17-Books

Journals, guides celebrating differences

Local columns

Two new journals and an illustrated guide gives an outlet for creativity and celebrates uniqueness. A new illustrated guide shows how introverts experience life in “Text, Don’t Call” by INFJoe. Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, an artist, created a cartoon persona to explain how his life as an ...

Eclipse party at Beverly Library

Local columns

The Beverly Library is hosting an ‘eclipse party’ tomorrow, August 21, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Stop in to get your eclipse packet containing information about the eclipse and how to watch it safely, including eclipse glasses. Then stay and watch the eclipse with family, friends, and ...