Opinion

Fletcher Lamkin: Outgoing WVU-P president deserves praise

Editorials

Wood County residents should join the board and staff of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in extending their gratitude to WVU-P President Fletcher Lamkin, who announced this week he plans to step down to return to his previous post at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Lamkin and the ...

Addiction Treatment: Medicaid waiver should have more urgency

Editorials

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are not just academic. ...

Health: Fighting obesity is up to us

Editorials

Fall is in full swing, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity are ...

More government not the answer

Local columns

Not a single one of the suggestions for preventing senseless violence such as that committed by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas would have kept him from slaughtering dozens of people. Anyone who tells you differently is lying, perhaps to himself as well as you. Politicians and bureaucrats thrive ...

Truth Seeker: Halloween opportunity

Local columns

Yes, it is that time of year again, when children and adults dress up as anything from angels to demons; and from cartoon characters to super heroes. Basically anything one’s mind can imagine they will dress up as it. People across the country will spend lots of money for costumes, ...

‘Cleanup’: EPA doing little to help Minden residents

Editorials

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

We must harness tourism

Local columns

Last weekend, I got to escape on a weekend trip with a couple of friends to Asheville, N.C. It was gorgeous. The leaves were perfect; our activities ranged from hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway to standing wide-eyed in the library of The Biltmore; the food and shopping were fantastic. ...

Substance abuse treatment efforts gaining attention

Local columns

For far too many West Virginians, opioid use is the most dangerous threat to the safety of themselves and their family. And just like we fight threats to our country from abroad, we must prioritize tackling the ever-increasing threat of opioid abuse that occurs right here at home. First Lady ...

Falseness and hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

An Oct. 8 letter took a cheap shot at the liberal media, raising two questions. 1) Why is it when there is a bombing we blame the bomber, but when there is a shooting, we blame the gun? 2) If Trump is a fascist because he did not specifically call out fascism for censure after the recent ...

Didn’t vote? Don’t complain

Letters to the editor

I just had major surgery and made time to vote this election (Oct. 7) ... it took all of 5 minutes at the poll. Years ago, I had an employee complaining about the outcome of a recent election; after a few minutes of his ranting, I had to ask: Did you vote; he said “No, I did not have ...

GE an economic bust

Letters to the editor

Responding to Commissioner Tebay’s comment in the Friday, Sept. 29 edition relative to Hino Motors expansion: “This is the biggest economic news for this area since when DuPont and GE first came to town.” Those of us who had the privilege of working for Marbon then Borg Warner Chemicals ...

Break fossil fuels’ grip

Letters to the editor

A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature Energy found the following: “At the price of US$50 per barrel, we find that a bit more than half (53%) of subsidy value (in net present value terms) goes to projects that would have proceeded anyway. That fraction rises to nearly all ...

Our ill-informed public

Letters to the editor

In your newsandsentinel.com poll of Sept. 28, the question was asked, “Has the U.S. declared war on North Korea?” My first thought when I saw it was why would the newspaper ask such a question, since any reasonably informed person knows no such declaration has been made. When I saw the ...

Apple butter made outside a flashback to past

Local columns

This past week showed the nasty side of October. Mississippi got a taste of with what her neighbors have dealt the past weekend. Contrary to some stories about the excitement of “Hurricane Parties,” hurricanes are nothing to be ignored when one is told to evacuate as a storm is on the way. ...

The meaning of herbs

Local columns

Do you realize that the various spices that you are and have been using have special meanings? I have just discovered this — such as Mint for strength, Marjoram for happiness, Basil for love, Thyme for health, Sage for wisdom and Rosemary for protection. For instance, if you work hard and ...

Introducing ArtOberfest to downtown

Local columns

Mark your calendars for ArtOberfest and Monster Mash on Market! ArtOberfest is a German styled arts fair sponsored by the Parkersburg Art Center, Downtown PKB, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Artsbridge, Mango Latin Bistro and Parkersburg YMCA. The event takes place on Saturday, October 21, at the ...

Bringing jobs back: Taking action in Chicago

Local columns

Chicago is a beautiful city. This is my first trip here. My hotel room overlooks several large lush green parks in downtown Chicago. Flowers are everywhere including building roof tops. Who would have guessed? The Shale Crescent Team is here this week for the Global Plastics Summit (GPS) with ...

Memoir, mystery delve into dark places

Local columns

Readers can get into the mind of an FBI agent as he goes head-to-head with terrorists in “American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent’ by Tamer Elnoury. In this autobiography, Elnoury (not his real name, but a former identity that has now been burned) writes of his ...

It’s time to watch the feeders again

Local columns

I’m often asked, “Is feeding birds is really necessary?” The simple answer is no. We feed birds because we enjoy seeing them in our backyards. But while we’re at it, why not make our efforts a bit more worthwhile by participating in Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen ...

Students of month named

Local columns

These Beverly-Center students were named Student of the Month for the month of September. They earned the award for going above and beyond in demonstrating safe behavior expectations in the classroom, hallways, bathrooms, and the playground. Congratulations for showing your Cadet ...