Opinion

Nonsense: Gov. Justice makes no sense on park fee

Editorials

Before the idea could get off the ground, Gov. Jim Justice has put a stop to a pilot program that would have charged a very small entrance fee for seven West Virginia state parks or forests. His reason for doing so is jaw-dropping: “West Virginians are struggling and at this time there is no ...

Try This: Get involved and improve community

Editorials

As West Virginia —and the Mid-Ohio Valley — seek new economic opportunities, and ways to attract visitors while growing our population, one idea that is just waiting to be brought to fruition is the exploitation of our region’s incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. Thursday, the ...

Pressure: Legislators losing time to craft state budget

Editorials

Not much has been heard for a while regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact Justice has not held ...

Transparency: Trump should release visitor logs

Editorials

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. President Donald Trump, however, reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter that ...

Something has to give on budget

Local columns

Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the ...

Bright Spot: West Virginia has successes on which we can build

Editorials

Last week, a writer for Bloomberg View took a stance on West Virginia that likely surprised many readers who do not live in the Mountain State. He said West Virginia is an example of a “productivity miracle,” and that we must focus more on our successes than the many obstacles in our ...

Pit bulls need homes, too

Local columns

Humane societies and other animal shelters across the country struggle with the reputations of certain breeds as their kennels fill up with dogs that still suffer from an image problem. Pit bull-type dogs get the worst of it. Desired by some who are making up for their own inadequacies by ...

What’s wrong with politics?

Letters to the editor

The American political system is broken, and desperately needs fixed. First, the system is inherently corrupt. It’s based on power and power is obtained through lots and lots of money. Politicians are bought and sold every day. Wealthy individuals and special interest groups advance their ...

Pain-sufferers not to blame

Letters to the editor

I have never sent a letter to the editor nor have I ever expected to. But I speak for thousands of West Virginians and millions of Americans, many of us senior citizens. Your editorial of April 9, in which you criticized a woman who suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, concluding that ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

The committee for the MOV Organ Donor Awareness Benefit/Cabin Fever Party would like to thank those that came out and supported our recent event at the Quality Inn in Marietta. We were able to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise money to assist local transplant patients. There ...

Earth Day 2017

Letters to the editor

I was there: the first Earth Day, Philadelphia, 1970. Earth Day was created as a day of “education of environmental issues.” I was there — a young woman, a newly minted educator, and a concerned, but optimistic citizen with great hopes for an environmentally conscious future for our ...

What scientists tell us

Letters to the editor

Ahead of the April 22 March for Science, we might do well to consider what the world’s scientists have been telling us about climate change. First, it is happening, and happening at a rate greater than can be accounted for by the natural causes that led to changes in past climates. A January ...

Summer a time to eat healthier

Local columns

With Easter 2017 now stored in our memory banks, it is time to put to use some of the nice things of which we were reminded during this precious HolyDay. How easily we humans fall into the trap of “good intentions” and we should know where those intentions not acted upon will lead us. We ...

Spring is in the air

Local columns

Winter is finally over and spring is finally here to stay. One thing for sure, we can not complain about having a bad winter this year, although not true for many of our states both up north and even down south. Spring is my personal favorite season because it is not too hot and not too cold ...

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip on fries and BBQ Pork Quesadillas make a great meal.

Grab some great barbecue

Local columns

As summertime nears, home cooks start thinking about grilling out or possibly even pulling out the smoker and making some barbecue. For those who can’t get enough of the ‘cue, comes “The South’s Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection” by Matt Moore (Oxmoor ...

Get ready to enjoy kids books for all ages

Local columns

There’s plenty of new books for middle grade readers to enjoy! First is a book that looks at family and food in “One Hundred Spaghetti Strings” by Jen Nails. Steffy and her sister, Nina, have lived with their Auntie Gina since they can remember. Their mother was in an accident and their ...

Special Earth Day words to live by

Local columns

Earth Day (April 22) always reminds me of some favorite conservation quotations. Here are some powerful words to live by that guide my life and thinking. “The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues — ...

Pancake breakfast to be held this week

Local columns

The Fort Frye Marching Cadets are hosting an ‘All You Can Eat’ pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 29 at Fort Frye High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for the breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Live music will be provided by the Fort Frye band and high ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Earth Day, and to celebrate our planet and learn more about how to take care of it. Today is a fantastic opportunity to look for new ways to be good stewards of our little corner of the solar system; and to think about how to best move forward with our desire to take care of the planet ...

Stacey Fordyce wants to help others

Local columns

Stacey Fordyce is determined to transform a negative experience into something positive. Her purpose in life, she said, is to educate and set an example so others can learn from her experiences. Fordyce had a bright future ahead of her after graduating from Parkersburg South High School in ...