Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the thousands of men and women lined up to participate in this morning’s News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Good luck to all the runners and walkers — and thank you, to the spectators who line the course, keeping spirits up from first to last. Another thumbs up goes to organizers of ...

Astorg retiring from Colonial House

Local columns

As she prepares to retire as director at the Colonial House next week, Esther Astorg said the organization’s board of directors has been wonderful, “supported me all the way.” Earl Johnson, Colonial House Board president, said Astorg has been a “great blessing there.” Astorg of ...

Look Back: Progress in Parkersburg

Local columns

Railroad meeting We learn that it is contemplated to hold a Railroad Meeting on Monday, provided our country friends can forego attendance upon those everlasting Constable’s Sales, long enough to attend to matters of really great concern to this section. Let the meeting be a ...

Due Process: Davis’ political stunt ignores accountability

Editorials

In choosing to step down from her position as a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Monday, Robin Jean Davis robbed herself of the due process of law she claimed has been missing from the legislative proceedings that led to her impeachment for a range of concerns — perhaps ...

‘Fake News’: Trump’s attacks on journalism are harmful

Editorials

Donald Trump began very early in his presidency to hit the accelerator on use of the term “fake news” in what, at the time, seemed a battle with major national media outlets. He has not let up; and the ripple effects go far beyond the organizations at which the president might initially ...

School Bus Safety: Drivers must watch out for kids, buses

Editorials

Another school year has arrived. After what seemed like a too-short summer, kids are getting back into new routines, trying to remember all the rules, how to get to their lockers ... all kinds of things that will be old hat by next week. School bus safety rules will be part of that new routine, ...

School Safety: Professionals keep our students safe

Editorials

Vienna residents already know what an asset they have in Vienna Police Officer Adam Jones’s service as the prevention resource officer at Jackson Middle School. They know he is more than deserving of the accolades and awards such as the “Adam-12 5 Gold Star Award” he received last week ...

Racism: Warren paints system with too large a brush

Editorials

If you follow the definition that bigot is “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits it to a T. Warren still hopes one day to be president of the United States. She was in top form recently during a speech to a ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Swift justice in Charleston?

Local columns

Well, here we are. The West Virginia House of Delegates meets this morning to discuss and pass 14 Articles of Impeachment against every single sitting justice of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. If it seems like we went from a slow and deliberate process to maximum warp, trust me when I ...

West Virginia Supreme Court spending redefines extravagance

Local columns

How is it possible for five people to spend $114,788 on picture frames during a seven-year period? Ask justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court. They did it. Criminal behavior by two justices has been alleged by federal prosecutors. One, Allen Loughry, is charged with 23 crimes and may be ...

Projections: Too early to celebrate revenue growth

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Puerto Rico still needs help

Local columns

A friend of mine threw an idea at us the other day. For her upcoming milestone birthday, she would like to combine her celebration with a chance to do some good in the world. Her hope is to take enough people with her to join one of the volunteer efforts in Puerto Rico, where officials are just ...

Where is the climate change coverage?

Letters to the editor

Wisely, the News and Sentinel has chosen to continue its policy of not running any stories concerning global climate change, the effects of which have become so obvious as to be undeniable, even by the most obtuse and obstructionist of Republicans. The good people of the Mid-Ohio Valley, if ...

Would cast Trump vote again

Letters to the editor

Okay, let’s get something clear: it seems to be a popular [mis]conception that if one voted for Trump, one is a Trump supporter. Not so. What the party of the left doesn’t seem to understand is that Trump was and still is a great big obscene gesture to the liberal snobs on both coasts! ...

More thoughts on UNSATT

Letters to the editor

For the time being, this will be my last letter on the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty. Hillary Clinton, during her campaign, stated that as president she would institute an Australian-style gun ban. As Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary helped write the UNSATT. That speaks volumes ...

Vote for David McKinley

Letters to the editor

As a West Virginian and American, one of the easiest choices we have this fall is to support our conservative Congressman, David McKinley. We can count on him to stand with our values, from preserving the lives of the unborn to making sure our communities can thrive again in West Virginia’s ...

Future headline: Shale Crescent leads in income a third year

Local columns

Imagine this headline on the front page of the Parkersburg News & Sentinel on August 12, 2025, just seven years from now; Fantasy? Not at all. It won’t be easy. Nothing good ever is. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it. You can do it!” I believe we can make this happen. For ...

Cookbook brings taste of Mexico, Amish Country

Local columns

Back in July, I attended the Cookbook Extravaganza in Berlin, Ohio. A yearly event, it brings regional cookbook authors together to show off their popular dishes, sell copies of their books and meet and greet members of the community as well as those who travel just for the event. The ...

Time to go back to school children

Local columns

I think we had a very unusual summer — it started from winter straight to a hot summer — not sure what happened to the so called four seasons. I think we actually skipped spring this year, which made the trees, grass, flowers and gardens as well as myself confused as to what was taking ...

Women’s fiction covers variety

Local columns

Women’s fiction offers historical, fantasy and Amish stories of romance and adventure! Kelly Irvin returns to her Every Amish Season series with “Through the Autumn Air.” Mary Katherine is a mother to 10 children and a widow and has kept busy with all of her children, as well as her ...