Opinion

Regulations: Lawmakers should get out of the way

Editorials

Lawmakers must remember two hard-learned lessons when considering legislative methods for facilitating the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia: More of the money earned from what is pulled out of the ground in West Virginia must STAY in West Virginia; and when government tries too ...

A guide to belt-tightening in Charleston

Local columns

What if West Virginia state government could get by with less than Gov. Jim Justice wants legislators to give him? It can. We don’t need the $400 million to $450 million in tax increases the governor is seeking. Suggesting that government spend less is a sure-fire way to elicit this ...

Don’t be so quick to change ACA

Letters to the editor

As a senior citizen with numerous nieces and nephews with young families, I am truly concerned about the talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. One thing is to make Medicaid a “block grant,” which means a savings of $1 trillion but much less health care for my family, ...

An explanation

Letters to the editor

Before I give another “rant on abortion,” as Mr. Lowe wrote last week, I will answer his question: Almighty God, creator of the heavens, the earth and all its inhabitants, created man in his own image. And He alone reserves the right to determine our time on this earth. How we spend that ...

All or nothing

Letters to the editor

Contrary to what Patty Cooper said in her Feb. 12 letter, abortion IS a personal and ethical dilemma. The solution is simple: If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t get one. Accordingly, if you believe a homosexual relationship is wrong, don’t have one. If you believe using contraception ...

Waste: Ohio’s universities must take cuts seriously

Editorials

Results of an evaluation by the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency show many of Ohio’s public universities are not committed to the directive to cut wasteful spending and find new funding resources. To be fair, the 14 public universities in the Buckeye State have ...

Being drawn in by fakers

Local columns

Last week, I promised a further examination of an item being shared on social media that finally broke my determination to ignore the proliferation of “fake” or at least intentionally misleading “news.” The agenda-fueled media outlets that produce this stuff depend on social media ...

Statement on budget cuts

Letters to the editor

I praise the State of the State speech. It’s rare that a Governor is realistic, but, in the end, optimistic: that if we address reality now we’ll lighten up the end of the tunnel for tomorrow. I applaud his enthusiasm and commitment to education and tourism. Both are critical for our ...

‘Third Way’ is dead

Letters to the editor

In 2008, Republicans were thoroughly defeated. Democrats had majorities in both houses of Congress; 27 state legislatures were in Democratic control and another eight were split. Democrats also had 28 gubernatorial seats and Barack Obama won the presidency. After eight years of the Bush II ...

Where are the facts?

Letters to the editor

Steve Wolverton’s letter to the News and Sentinel printed on Feb. 19 was typical for him. He quoted a bunch of fantasy-land talking points but none were supported by anything resembling facts. Where and when did these events happen? He neglected to give us any dates or names we could use to ...

A look at the real ‘failure’

Letters to the editor

Cowardice; incredible betrayal of public trust; disappointing lack of courage; unwilling to do what’s best for all students; lack of intestinal fortitude; you’ve really created a mess; poor behavior from public bullies view of what might be easier for a small group of kids; used this ...

Indivisible groups organizing

Letters to the editor

President Trump and his Republican party are working overtime trying to delegitimize the very sizable citizen groups who are organized and mobilized to resist his agenda. The president recently tweeted “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous ...

Justice right on track

Letters to the editor

After listening to Gov. Justice give his State of the State address, I am sure he is certainly on the right path. His proposal of 1/2 cent sales tax increase,10 cent gasoline tax increase, and his upping vehicle registration to $50 is a perfect way to bring this state back to life. The two ...

Governors at fault

Letters to the editor

Years ago, Sen. Donna Boley warned about the downturn in West Virginia if the state lost the Moody’s ratings; higher interest on state loans, the result. Since Gov. Gaston Caperton we have seen the debt increase immensely. In a hurriedly called Special Session in 1989 the then-governor ...

Enjoy Shrove Tuesday treats before Lent

Local columns

February is the shortest month, but it didn’t have to escape so fast! One-sixth of the year gone already and Christmas only ten months away. Time flies by fast when one is having fun, and even faster when one is just caught up in everyday life. I’m ahead of the game this year (so far) ...

Involvement important in our community

Local columns

We live in a community where it is very easy for one to get involved in so many ways (individual and group involvement) with and in various aspect and projects. I personally am involved in so many different organizations and activities that requirs and take much of my personal time, but I ...

Taste of Muskingum Valley

Local columns

The Muskingum Valley Leos are again sponsoring the Taste of Muskingum Valley merchant event. This year’s event is scheduled for March 25 in the main gym at Fort Frye High School. Businesses will be able to set up a table beginning at 9:30. There is no participation or set-up fee, but vendors ...

Eagles bounce back

Local columns

In 2013 a pair of bald eagles set up housekeeping along the Monongahela River in the Hays neighborhood of Pittsburgh just five miles from downtown. The nest sat high in a tall tree, and a single egg was laid on March 11; it hatched on April 14. That June, strong winds dislodged that young ...

Burial at sea

Local columns

She bobbed like a cork in a tub. She was not a cork and the Atlantic Ocean is surely no tub. Like bees supporting a hive, they took off and landed, occasionally grabbing a cable and resting. The officers and crew of the USS Forrestal, the first super carrier, were hard at work qualifying ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To the mess that has led to Moody’s Investors Service downgrading West Virginia’s bond rating to AA2, making state borrowing more expensive and investors potentially more nervous about the Mountain State. The move, which follows similar downgrades from Fitch Ratings and Standard and ...