Opinion

Medicaid: Ohio lawmakers right to curb enrollment

Editorials

When 32 Ohio state senators voted on a budget bill last week, it is unlikely they had any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. Money does not grow on trees, though, no matter what you hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and liberals in ...

Bad Sign: Lack of enthusiasm raises concerns

Editorials

When an event has carried on for 33 years, bringing well over half a million dollars to worthy local organizations, one would expect it would draw a great deal of enthusiasm and interest from those same local organizations and from volunteers looking for a way to do something good for their ...

Time to pay the piper on Medicaid

Local columns

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Drug Deaths: Same mistakes are still being made

Editorials

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

Transitioning from coal

Local columns

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a remarkably interesting discussion with a group of German journalists who were on a 10-day trip through Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., New York City ... and Wheeling, W.Va. I am still not sure how Wheeling ended up on their ...

It’s time to finally grow up

Local columns

I was lucky enough to be a child of World War II generation parents. I am writing this column on June 6 — D-Day. Growing up in my household, you needed to know certain dates that represented significant events in the lives of those who served, or lived through the anxiety of having a loved ...

Worrisome epidemic of fake news

Local columns

As an aspiring journalist who constantly discerns conversations between local passersby and fellow social media users about the chaotic fake news pandemic we’re currently faced with, I have continually attempted to relieve myself of major concern that I won’t be able to experience authentic ...

Be wary of the left

Letters to the editor

The June 11 editorials were again full of left wing blather about climate change and how bad our president is. The climate debate for the left is really about the expansion of government into our lives. I will list seven reasons to be wary about anything the left says. Number 1, the gentleman ...

Obamacare works

Letters to the editor

The health insurance system in America has been severely dysfunctional for decades. Before the Affordable Care Act made modest improvements in the system, private health insurance was ruled by huge insurance companies concerned with making lots and lots (and lots) of money, often at the ...

Look West, anti-tax man

Letters to the editor

On June 18 the News and Sentinel printed a very thoughtful letter from Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, President of WVU-Parkersburg. Dr. Lamkin expressed his disappointment with the legislative decision cutting $16 million out of WVU’s budget. However, he reassured his readers that WVU-P would ...

Practice what you preach

Letters to the editor

I would like to respond to those viewpoints on global warming, and on President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement. I agree we need to do things to make the air and water cleaner. I do not believe, (and my head is not in the sand) that by pulling out of Paris, that the world as we know it ...

Protect Medicaid

Letters to the editor

The United States Senate is moving rapidly toward a plan to cut and cap the Medicaid program, which will be devastating to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Over 124,000 with disabilities receive Medicaid including 4,453 with intellectual and/or developmental ...

Job-killing and killer jobs

Letters to the editor

The Willow Island disaster of 1978, according to the Facebook page of the Pleasants County Chamber of Commerce, killed 51 men. “It was . . . another in a string of tragedies . . . . In just over 10 years, the national media repeatedly returned to West Virginia to cover tragedies like the ...

Attack reveals hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

For most rational beings, the most appropriate response to the June 14 shooting of Congressman Stephen Scalise (R-La.) and others at an Alexandria, Va., baseball park would be to denounce it as a treacherous and cowardly act by a deranged individual, to condemn all such terrorist attacks ...

Responding to letters

Letters to the editor

I previously wrote a letter about the Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.) I would like to respond to a critic of that letter, in the Sunday, June 18 News and Sentinel. No, the U.N. does not have a navy or an army, or an air force, yet. During the administration of George H.W. Bush the U.N. put ...

Enjoy summer seasonal recipes

Local columns

As you read this, “the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise,” we will be traveling through Pennsylvania on our way home from vacation. It is always good to get away to a favorite place and meet up with friends that we get to see only occasionally since they live in from other ...

Relaxing time of vacation

Local columns

Regardless if you are young or old, or rich or poor, working or retired, etc., there comes a time where it is good and you want to get away and break your everyday routine and relax — something we all need. Now is the time we have been looking forward to all year, so we can go on vacation. ...

Books for kids’ reading

Local columns

From factual to adventure, there is plenty for kids to read as summer continues! First for those with a thirst for knowledge is “National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018” ($14.95.) This newest edition has more than 350 pages with 500 photographs, updated maps, games, jokes and activities, as ...

Bad decision on tourism budget by West Virginia

Local columns

At the Convention and Visitors Bureau, travel and tourism is our business and we love to promote attractions and seasonal events to our local audience as well as potential visitors. In future columns I will highlight upcoming events and talk about some of the attractions that bring visitors to ...

Downtown PKB recognized

Local columns

Downtown PKB has been designated as an affiliate Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of nationally recognized Main Street America Affiliate programs in recognition of ...