Opinion

Kasich: Enforcing gun laws on books is important

Editorials

Among complaints from conservatives worried about violating the Second Amendment by creating new gun control laws is the observation that we are not enforcing even the laws already on the books. In fact, some cases of gun violence might have been prevented had the laws already in place been ...

Back Issues: The Avengers’ big bad — Thanos

Local columns

After arriving out of left field (well, deep space) in the mid-credits scene in 2012’s “Avengers,” Thanos steps onto the main stage in “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening in theaters today. The purple-skinned despot’s first, brief appearance may have only made people unfamiliar with ...

North Korea: Disarming rogue nation is an imperative

Editorials

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt a multi-faceted approach to negotiations. It is ...

Tourism: Soccer championships offer great opportunities

Editorials

Mountain State residents will have a chance to show off a little more of the hospitality for which we are known when young people — and their families — from around the country make their way to West Virginia next year and in 2020 for three major national youth soccer tournaments. Anyone ...

North Korea: Trump should demand preconditions

Editorials

Are U.S. officials being too naive in dealing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly ...

Users allowed Facebook data collection

Local columns

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to disabuse us of ...

Earth Day: State parks offer many ways to celebrate

Editorials

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it that ...

Earth’s natural treasures

Local columns

Mid-Ohio Valley residents will see reminders all over the place that today is Earth Day. Since 1970, people all over the world have taken part in what the Earth Day Network calls “the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation.” ...

Do not codify Parkersburg’s EEO policy

Local columns

In a recent News and Sentinel op-ed a member of Fairness Parkersburg referenced an update made to the Parkersburg Equal Employment Opportunity Policy (EEO) in February 2017 to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The op-ed writer bemoans the fact that the Parkersburg City Council has ...

Preserve and protect

Letters to the editor

Today is Earth Day. Back in 1968, when Apollo astronauts were on a mission to identify landing sites on the moon, one of them accidentally turned back to earth and took the first picture of the earth from space. “Earth Rise” is an iconic image we all know. This one picture of our vibrant, ...

Looming catastrophe

Letters to the editor

The Social Security trust funds hold almost $3 trillion. The combined trust fund reserves are still growing and will continue to do so through 2021. Beginning in 2022, the total cost of the program is projected to exceed income, according to a 2017 press release of the Social Security ...

Benefits were earned

Letters to the editor

I was disappointed with the Parkersburg News’ opinion in Monday’s paper in which the author refers to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements. I have been paying into both all my working life. I may soon file for SSI benefits and in three years, God willing, I will be doing the same ...

What is the price?

Letters to the editor

In response to Mr. Carroll’s letter, I did not imply that an assault weapons ban would have any measurable effect on the American suicide rate as there is no data separating the number of people who blow themselves away with quasi machine guns from the total number of 18,000 who use a ...

Liberals are staying put

Letters to the editor

The guy who wrote that April 15 letter to the editor titled, “Time for liberals to move on,” is a perfect example of how poorly informed most Fox News followers really are. People like him believe only what Fox News tells them to believe. He belched up several Fox lies expecting the readers ...

Weighing in on guns

Letters to the editor

A writer in the April 8 newspaper, in a letter titled “Get real on guns,” invited readers to weigh in. So here goes. Recently, ex-Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed on the Second Amendment. Though I disagree with his liberal views, I admire his candor in saying ...

Hear the wake up call

Letters to the editor

I hope the global warming advocates finally figured out that God is in charge of the weather, and is sending his response to junk science believed as gospel, from people who have ripped off taxpayers big time and become wealthy in the process. The earth has always gone in cycles. This winter ...

Using gloomy days to study recipes

Local columns

As this is written, it is another gloomy day (AGAIN!) and makes one wonder whatever did we do to cause Mother Nature to be so mean! Now, I know “April showers make May flowers” but enough is enough. The flowers now blooming are having a hard time staying alive. I have faith that we will see ...

Hints for eating out

Local columns

When you are eating out and away from home it may be a little more difficult to determine the amount of fat and cholesterol in the foods you order. It is probably the best to avoid all fried foods, creamed dishes and those that contain a lot of egg and cheese. Fruits and fruit juices make a ...

Southern meets Mexican in new cookbook

Local columns

Southern dishes get a Mexican twist with the collaborative efforts of Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett in “Turnip Greens and Tortillas.” Hernandez, executive chef of Taqueria del Sol in Georgia and Tennessee, and Puckett, a former food editor and food writer, have teamed together in a ...

Chamber spotlight: Becky Nichols Portrait

Local columns

I am pleased to introduce you to a brand new business and brand new Chamber member, Becky Nichols Portrait. Becky has recently opened the doors of her new studio, though being in business since 2014. According to her recent press release, “Becky is best known for magazine style portraiture ...