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Excessive EPA regulations harming coal industry

Speaking as a CEO of a major coal-fired power plant and a coal mining company, I am compelled to start with the devastation of the coal industry, particularly in West Virginia but throughout all coal country. This devastation has been caused by excessive and politicized Environmental Protection ...

Tell the bureaucrats who’s boss

President Barack Obama is infamous for using his pen and phone to upset the constitutional balance of powers by issuing executive orders. But long before Obama decided he was a one-man lawmaking machine, hundreds of wannabe dictators in the vast federal bureaucracy had realized they, too, had ...

Truth Seeker: Accepting change and moving on

Over the course of time people tend to change their thoughts on certain topics and changes in their life. For instance some people have no problem working at nights while others want nothing but sleep through out the night. But if that were to ever change those who want sleep could accept it ...

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Yakima Canutt is shot by John Wayne in this spectacular horse fall from “Stagecoach.”

The Westerner: Yakima Canutt, king of the stuntmen

The Indian jumps onto one of the lead horses and starts cutting at the reins trying to stop the coach. John Wayne takes a shot at him. Wounded, he falls between the lead horses. Mind you, that team was running flat out! He hangs on for dear life while being dragged along underneath, his ...

Stream Punk: Thoughts from a humble ‘Stream Punk’

So it has arrived. This is the time to talk about the things that are worth watching. I dispense a lot of silly jokes at the expense (sorry!) of some terrible, terrible movies that may or may not have the intent of being hilarious. But that is indicative of the moniker, “Stream Punk.” It is ...

Red tape driving up costs

West Virginia’s Legislative Post Audit Division issued a report on overspending by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in dealing with independent vendors who transport bodies for the state. The waste came to more than $215,000 over five years for oversights such as paying for bodies that ...

The significance of music to teenagers

Today’s teenagers spend four to five hours a day listening to music or watching it on television, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are exposed to the influential effects of music no matter where we go, although it still doesn’t get enough credit for the way it seems to ...

Sweets for comfort foods

Where is the snow to go with these cold temperatures? They wouldn’t be so hard to take if the landscape looked pretty. The ice could stay away, too — just pretty, white stuff that sparkles when the sun shines on it and we are all comfortable with a bright, woolly, warm ski sweater on as we ...

January is a good start

The old year is gone leaving us with both good and bad memories. Life is full of surprises and we must accept it as it comes and adjust. It is difficult to predict exactly what is in store for each of us in the future, but we must be prepared to accept and deal with whatever it may be. My ...

Thriller stories for winter nights

Some new thrillers have hit the streets in time for perfect weather to stay home and read! First is “Her Every Fear” by Peter Swanson, a story in which an apartment swap goes horribly wrong. Kate has always had anxiety issues, but those have amped up considerably since her ...

More winter survival strategies

Carol Saseen of Wheeling, W.Va., writes, “I really enjoyed your column in the News-Register last week describing how birds survive cold weather. Could you do another article focusing on other vertebrates such as opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and deer? That’s a great suggestion, Carol. ...

Smell the roses

“Two over easy.  Soft on the bacon.  Coffee, one, black.”  It was a typical Monday morning, perhaps a little more than typical.  There was new highway construction beginning just down the road.  The usual breakfast crowd with a couple of tourist families mixed in contributed to the ...

Resolve to be involved in 2017

Greetings from the newest addition to the MOV Chamber staff! I joined the Chamber in September 2016 as the Membership and Events Specialist, a new role with the MOV Chamber of Commerce. I am excited to be involved with this great organization-now it’s my turn in my role to encourage ...

Shepherd determined to finish project

Bill Shepherd was disappointed that the war memorial area at Parkersburg City Park was not refurbished last year. Shepherd, commander of American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg, said he will continue to work until his goal of raising $40,000 is reached to improve the war memorial area near ...

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The side-cars of the delivery motorcycles reads:  Here Comes! The Parkersburg Sentinel.

Newspapers get carried away

Paper delayed Our paper was delayed yesterday, we are very sorry to say, by the breaking of one of the arms of our cylinder press, and though it did not do serious harm to the press, the delay was enough to try our patience.  Still, every subscriber got his paper, and the true light he ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Fences’ offers a raw portrait of a flawed family

“Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.” If you are looking for a holiday romp, explosions and computer-generated robots, you are barking up the wrong tree (and maybe “going to the wrong movie” is the least of your concerns if ...

Tomblin’s heart in right place, but…

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s heart clearly is in the right place. But what about his head? That’s a question some West Virginia legislators, along with others in our state, have been asking for several months. Tomblin leaves office in less than a month. Another Democrat — but a very ...

A slow start for a new year

The first few days of 2017 have been a mixed bag. Maybe that’s why too many ideas tried to come out at once when I sat down to write my column this week: Let’s start with the coworker who asked if I had gotten his invitation to add an event to my Google calendar. I gave him a blank ...

Recipes for Mardi Gras

We have had one week to decide if we like 2017. There isn’t much we can do about it if we decide we don’t like it! An attitude adjustment in our selves can make this year a great one in case we are just a wee bit pessimistic about our present feelings. So, just decide this year is going to ...

What is Greek yogurt?

All of a sudden in the past few years we see Greek yogurt advertised and for sale everywhere with brand names that people here have never heard before. Like “Oikos,” which when translated means “house.” Another Yogurt brand is “Chobani” which translated means  “shepherd,” plus ...