Opinion

W.Va. 2: Legislators must keep hands off funding

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice’s suggestion that some funds earmarked for “Roads to Prosperity” highway and bridge projects could be diverted to handle secondary road maintenance already has received some criticism. Mountain State voters who approved the $1.6 billion Roads to Prosperity bond issue ...

Preparing for hard times

Local columns

By the time this column appears, we will know where on the scale this weekend’s snowfall fell in the predictions of “3 to 12 inches of snow” from one warning. Plenty of folks were quick to laugh and proclaim they, too, had the skills necessary to become a meteorologist if all it took was ...

Trump far from the worst

Letters to the editor

In this past Sunday’s paper, there was a vile Trump-hating letter where the author accused President Trump of being racist, incompetent and generally a horrible president. First, the most crooked president we had in the past 100 years was Lyndon B. Johnson. He would not communicate with ...

A look at Pelosi, Schumer

Letters to the editor

Satire has been a great tool used in editorials for centuries. Satirical editorials sometimes employ ridiculous rhetoric, to point out perceived wrongs in a society. If some of you readers know me, don’t suffer a cardiac infarction. I have changed my mind on several points. I no longer ...

On the McCarthyite among us

Letters to the editor

Please, Lord! Save our poorly educated confused children from the grasp of a totally corrupt, leftist-leaning, commie-loving, public education system. Amen. Essentially, that was the basic message in a letter to the editor on Jan. 13 titled, “Youth are being brainwashed.” It was 12 ...

Crisis on the border is real

Letters to the editor

How many readers of the News and Sentinel know what the following people have in common? Josie Bluhn, Marten Kudlis, Breanna Schneller, Ofc. Henry Canales, Ofc. Shane Figueroa, Hunter Javens, Jesse Javens, Emilee Olsen, Reed Stevens, Pierce Corcoran, Sarah Root, Kaybrin Osborne, Halle Young, ...

Religion vital to culture

Letters to the editor

Why in the world is the News and Sentinel allowing a tiny group of atheists to use the paper to push their graceless and pushy propaganda? I am referring to the op-ed published in Wednesday’s editorial page that referred to their “Freedom From Religion Day.” I guess they want us to be ...

Stop paying Congress

Letters to the editor

There is a very simple solution to this government shutdown — put federal employees back to work immediately and DO NOT pay anyone in the Senate and House until this situation is resolved. It’s time for both parties to quit being self-serving for their party. Bud Rollins Parkersburg

How does winter affect your lifestyle?

Local columns

Last week we got our really first taste this year of winter. We were warned by the news media that we were to get a really bad snowstorm like many other states, but the snow started last Saturday as predicted and did not stop until the snow covered the entire Mid Ohio Valley with the most ...

German comfort food comes home

Local columns

From cookbook author Gerhild Fulson, a German native who moved to Canada as a toddler, traditional German dishes prepared by her Mutti and Papa are home favorites. She has taken Oma (grandmother) favorites and translated them for modern cooks in her cookbooks and continues to do so in “German ...

2018 great for business — 2019 can be better

Local columns

Last year at this time Shale Crescent USA had one lead and one foreign prospect looking to expand somewhere in the USA. We had discussed expansion with some local companies but we didn’t have much hard data to give them. My written goal for Shale Crescent USA for 2018 was to have three major ...

Camden Clark Medical Center partners with Downtown PKB

Local columns

WVU Medicine’s Camden Clark Medical Center joined our Partner Program in 2018. Downtown PKB’s Partner Program is “designed to move our organization forward into the future in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission,” says Wendy ...

Now is the time to invest in tourism

Local columns

During last year’s legislative session my fellow tourism professionals and I were working diligently in support of the governor’s plan to increase funding for the West Virginia Tourism Office. We were making steady progress toward that goal and had attracted considerable bipartisan support ...

Who decides where the money goes?

Local columns

Every year your United Way diligently works to raise a hearty campaign that will help to support nonprofit organizations and initiatives in the coming year. We spend an inordinate amount of time conducting community needs assessments and determining the most acute and critical needs across the ...

Thrillers will keep you awake

Local columns

There are several new thrillers that will keep pages turning until late in the night. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag is “The Boy.” Detective Nick Fourcade and his wife, Detective Annie Broussard, have a bad case on their hands. Someone broke into Genevieve ...

Adapt or die in natural world

Local columns

Life in the natural world can be harsh, especially when environmental conditions change. Species that specialize in certain foods or habitats or require particularly large expanses of land become rare or even die out. Passenger pigeons, Kirkland’s warblers, grizzly bears, and hellbenders ...

An update on the BrAva Mom Prom

Local columns

By now, tickets for this year’s BrAva Mom Prom have most likely sold out. Do not despair! Be sure to get your name on the waitlist for the opportunity to purchase a ticket. How is that done? Simple! Visit the site at www.bravamomprom.com for details. Remember, though, you will have the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, for introduction of a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to continuously drive in the left lane of a multi-lane roadway, impeding the flow of other traffic. In other words, perhaps lawmakers are able to finally help law enforcement officers do ...

Nehlen, Pruett to speak at Westbrook dinner

Local columns

Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett will help Westbrook Health Services celebrate its 70th anniversary at a fundraiser dinner from 6-9 p.m. Feb 7 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Nehlen, former West Virginia University football coach, and Pruett, former Marshall University football coach, ...

Look Back: Smallpox no small matter in the early 20th Century

Local columns

Smallpox in the country A mild case of smallpox is reported from Williamstown. A son of Chas. Uhl, living about three miles below town, was taken sick and had symptoms of smallpox. Dr. Cotton was called and pronounced a light case of smallpox. It is claimed that the young man contracted the ...