Local columns

Pro-jobs or anti-worker?

I don't think anyone will dispute that for the first time in over 80 years the West Virginia Legislature was made up of a majority of Republicans, but to say it was a pro-job, pro-economy is a far stretch. Let's take a look at the real effects of the last two years of legislation.Eliminating ...

Enjoy Labor Day long weekend

Happy Labor Day Weekend. This is the last "big weekend" of the summer - here's hoping you make the most of it. We used to think this was the last big grilling weekend, but my neighbor just told me about the prediction in The Farmers' Almanac that says we will have this hot weather into October. ...

Goodbye to summer and hello to fall

Now that I am getting older, I believe what my mother used to tell me how the weeks and days go by faster and the seasons get shorter. It seems as though the kids just finished school, the days got longer and hotter and summer was here. Now all of a sudden the kids have gone back to school, the ...

Tie-in books give new settings, thoughts

Sometimes you want a fun book to flip through that offers a new perspective on television shows or characters from a novel, or even something just to think about!First is "Darcy Swipes Left," by Jane Austen and Courtney Carbone (Random House, $9.99,) a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of Pride ...

Bald backyard birds

Every summer I get a few letters and emails from readers asking about "bald" birds. Usually it's a cardinal or a blue jay, but I've seen photos of bald towhees, chipping sparrows, and grackles as well.The note usually reads something like this: We've been feeding a pair of cardinals for several ...

Comparing school then and now

By now, school has started just about everywhere. New supplies, new clothes, and new shoes have been purchased. Some schools have had renovations, some of them major, but nothing compares with what the settlers in this area were faced with - entirely new schools! Thanks to a timely Facebook ...

Local residents see Carters at work

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, continue to help others through Habitat for Humanity, two local residents witnessed recently.Alvin Phillips, executive director, and Heather Eichner, ReStore development coordinator, both with Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, ...

Trolleys lead to etiquette issues

Observations by a State Journal manTrolley parties on the Williamstown line seem to be the fad nowadays. Several crowds enjoy the magnificent ride every morning, afternoon and evening, some taking their lunches along and stopping at a cool spot on the way and spending a few hours, while others ...

When comics and football collide

You might not believe football and comic books have a lot in common, but the two realms overlap more often than you think.With high school football underway, college about to kick off and the NFL on the horizon - and no comic-based movie or TV shows about to debut - I thought I'd share some ...

Feds already ban discrimination

It is being said that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people lack protection against job and housing discrimination in West Virginia.It isn't true.Members of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission have asked the Wheeling City Council to consider an ordinance on the rights of workers and ...

Words mean more than actions

Although sticks and stones continue to physically damage bones, words can alter the way we think and perceive the world.Words can have a permanent impact on our perspective on everything we experience. What we say to each other can be the deciding factor in whether a conflicted person continues ...

Fun at the Half Marathon

A little more than a week later, and I'm still thinking about The News and Sentinel Half Marathon, in which I "ran" last weekend. My legs recovered days ago - frankly, with as little training as I did this year, I was surprised I had as few pains as I did.But once again the memories and good ...

Questions for voters and for Trump

This post Obama presidential election was supposed to build upon the African American and Hispanic American coalition that elected President Obama to two terms, 2008 and 2012. However, we are witnessing a political wind that is shifting the dynamics to white males and suburban white women. ...

Time for apple recipes with new crop

Summer is over. Will someone please tell old Mother Nature? The temperatures were more reasonable this past week, but the forecasters are warning us about this coming week. My heart goes out to the folks in the Deep South that have been having such a miserable time with all the flooding. It is ...

Bravo for Summer Olympic Games

Four years flew by from the last Olympic Games and this year Brazil was honored and took pride in presenting a successful and exciting two weeks of competitions.Thousands of athletes from all over the world along with their coaches and staff devoted thousands of hours of practice and ...

Kids’ books for back to school time reading

It's kids' books week!Children are already back in school and have plenty of homework to do. There are a few new books that would be great for leisure-time reading!First for the young comic book fan in your life is "Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" by Adam Bray, Lorraine Cink and ...

Bitterns — common but seldom are seen

Drive past a marsh, lakeshore, or river, you're likely to see a stately great blue heron hunting in the shallows. They are common, impressive, and widespread.Though great blues often stand motionless as they scan the water for prey such as fish or crayfish, they also stand more than four feet ...

Grandma’s pickles

In the process of 'cleaning out' the family home, I found one of my grandmother's masonry pickle crocks. I have claimed it as my own at the request of my son.Surprisingly, my son wanted one of my grandmother's pickle crocks - not because he remembers her pickles, but because he wants to learn ...

AL Color Guard honors veterans

Seven well-dressed men fire their World War II M1 rifles, containing blanks, three times into the hot summer air.This is followed by a man playing "Taps" on a bugle. The solemn melody echoes across the southside cemetery.Then, another neatly dressed man reverently hands a meticulously folded ...

Snapshots of five suburbs

Elberon: This beautiful suburb is the largest of all. It was started about five years ago with a population of about fifty, and it now has over five hundred inhabitants. It adjoins Parkersburg just beyond Thirteenth Street and extends out about one mile. Its buildings are all modernly built ...