Opinion

Reality Check: Mine closures should spur W.Va. to action

Editorials

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...

Education: Funding needed for vocational training

Editorials

There are all sorts of state and federal grant programs intended to encourage innovation in public schools. They tend to focus purely on academics. Anything involving STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — seems to be appealing to those handing out the money these ...

Development: Ready sites needed to attract businesses

Editorials

Officials hoping to attract new or expanding businesses to Wood County got a wake-up call last week when Lindsey Piersol, director of Wood County Economic Development, explained the difficulties in attracting prospects. “We lost or passed on to other counties several leads because we did ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Bringing down the gavel

Local columns

Around 2009 when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...

Plan might lessen pain for Steubenville City council

Local columns

Look in the book of phrases, under “between a rock and a hard place,” and you’ll see a picture of Steubenville City Council. They’re about to do something not one of them desires, but they have no choice. Perhaps there’s a way to make it a bit less painful. Decades of neglect have ...

Truth Seeker: Halloween date with a doll

Local columns

October is here. Time for the Halloween decorations, costumes and parties. For many across the country this is the time to kick back, be creative and have some fun! As for me, I am usually looking at what all I can get into that involves the paranormal. Not the scare house type stuff but ...

Crisis: U.S. Supreme Court must resolve dispute

Editorials

There has been plenty of talk lately about constitutional crises; and West Virginia is in the midst of a doozy. Last week, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman — informing the state Senate it cannot hold a trial on accusations against ...

Journalism’s new generation

Local columns

Last week I had a chance to be part of a lunch session with nationally known journalist Jeff Greenfield at Marietta College. Greenfield has been a senior political correspondent for CBS, senior analyst for CNN, politics and media analyst for ABC News, and written for multiple national ...

Energy security important across political spectrum

Local columns

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican Chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Manchin should switch parties

Letters to the editor

It’s time for Senator Manchin to come out of the closet and publicly switch his party allegiance. No longer should he hide behind a Democrat skirt after thoroughly repudiating Democratic values by casting the sole Democrat vote to nominate the most reprehensible (from a Democratic ...

Do you remember?

Letters to the editor

Do you remember when the doctors couldn’t wait to leave West Virginia because their insurance was so high? Doctors were going to Ohio because they didn’t have that problem over there. West Virginia laws passed by elected officials caused that problem. Do you remember when all the coal ...

Vote no on Amendment 1

Letters to the editor

Voters in West Virginia will see a proposed Constitutional Amendment #1 on the ballot when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. According to ballotpedia.org, the amendment would add Section 57 to Article VI of the West Virginia Constitution to say: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

I would like to say thank you to all who supported the Mid-Ohio Valley Heart-Stroke Walk Oct. 4. A special thank you to those businesses and individuals who displayed signs inside and outside in yards to help advertise the walk. Thank you to all who made donations to The American Heart ...

Amendment backers mislead

Letters to the editor

We are troubled by the article published this week in the paper regarding Amendment 1. Those supporting this Amendment are misleading voters. It is important for voters to know that under this Amendment, there are NO exceptions. Absolutely NO exceptions. NO exception for victims of rape. ...

Ladyburgs of Parkersburg

Letters to the editor

We are the “Ladyburgs,” actively demonstrating our true unity and concern for the Mid-Ohio Valley! Our small group began forming during the planning of our city’s 3rd Annual National Night Out in May 2018. We realized immediately, we had so much in common. As we shared our thoughts, ...

Big reasons to vote

Letters to the editor

Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber stepped on a few toes with his “coat-hanger” comment on social media last week. He was, of course, referring to the use of a coat-hanger as a surgical device from the dark-ages, before Roe v. Wade. It didn’t make any difference if Mr. Barber’s ...

Mad or mindful voters?

Letters to the editor

I’m hearing the prediction that the mid-term elections will be decided by who is madder. I find that statement deeply disturbing. As citizens, we shouldn’t be motivated solely by partisan anger or red-button reaction. Instead, our votes should arise from our commitment to shared national ...

Dinners for two can have plenty of variety

Local columns

I forgot to mention last week in my article that the recipes I had listed were for just two people and the reason was because I figured that many of the readers would be couples in the household. Normally casseroles leave you with a lot of leftovers and now with the recipes just for two, you ...

Instant pot is Southern magic

Local columns

Sometimes I may not be up on the latest gadgets for the kitchen. About a year ago, my editor mentioned getting an Instant Pot and liking it. Several months ago, my best friend asked me if I had gotten one, because she had and she loved it. Last year for Christmas, I got an air fryer and was ...

Chance encounters away

Local columns

At Disney World on Monday we were getting ready to go thru the ticket gate at Hollywood Studios when my wife, Lynnda spotted our nephew from Pittsburgh and his family approaching the gate right behind us. We knew they were coming down from Facebook posts on Saturday. We were able to ...