Opinion

Helbling to speak at Fort Frye High School

Local columns

Adam Helbling, nationally known advocate for mental health and disabilities and the author of “Well… I Guess I’m Not Jesus,” will be speaking in the Fort Frye High School auditorium Wednesday evening, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Helbling’s book focuses on his own struggles with both ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Glenville State College student Jacob Bullard, a senior criminal justice major who is interning with the Burnsville Police Department. Bullard’s quick assessment of an overdose victim and recent certification in CPR meant he was able to immediately begin delivering chest compressions ...

Circus theme for Camden Clark Foundation gala

Local columns

Camden Clark Foundation is bringing the big top to Parkersburg Country Club next Saturday night. The country club will be transformed into a vintage circus theme for WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation’s “Under the Big Top” Charity Gala beginning at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to the ...

Look Back: Fun and fishing on the rivers

Local columns

The Little Kanawha Fishing Club will go into camp next Tuesday, a short distance above Leachtown. They own a splendid permanent camp there. The object of this camp is fun and fishes, and we are sure the members will have plenty of both. Among those who will go up Tuesday are Otto Lehman, E.C. ...

Life Through the Lens: Animation with depth and breadth

Local columns

“Perhaps you rely too much on your dragons and not enough on one another.” *** “I know you can do it” are some of the scariest words in the English language. It implies so much. It implies that, although the task remains unfinished, there is utter-belief that it CAN be done. It ...

Speak Out: Dental insurance forum needs stakeholder input

Editorials

Ladies and gentlemen, if an issue is important to you, and an opportunity has been offered to be part of the discussion on that issue, do not ignore it. If it was important to you to have your voice heard on public education in our state, for example, the logical thing would have been to attend ...

Research: New classification is huge boost for WVU

Editorials

For years, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has suggested the Mountain State’s universities should be receiving a larger share of the research dollars available from the federal government. News this week out of West Virginia University might prove a step in that direction. WVU has been ...

Back Issues: Formerly known as Captain Marvel

Local columns

After “Captain Marvel” took the box office by storm last month, Warner Brothers is hoping lightning strikes twice as “Shazam!” premieres today, starring... Captain Marvel? He goes by Shazam now, and in his early days, his greatest foe wasn’t on the comic book page but in the ...

I Ask: Asking for consent is healthy, normal

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice, in proclaiming April Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in West Virginia, called the increase both here in the Mountain State and nationally in child abuse and sexual assaults against men, women and children a “terrible commentary on a sector of society that ...

Blowing Smoke: Justice right to veto tax break for big marijuana

Editorials

Giving a tax break to big marijuana businesses that allegedly have a financial advantage over small ones makes absolutely no sense. Yet a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature would have done just that. Gov. Jim Justice was right to veto the measure. Any attempt to resurrect it ought ...

Equipment: Machinery upgrades needed at DOH

Editorials

Not all the suggestions submitted in response to Gov. Jim Justice’s request for information on secondary road repairs were for specific highway projects. A substantial number of Division of Highways officials say they need better equipment if they are to do a good job of maintaining ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Signed, sealed and delivered

Local columns

CHARLESTON — With Gov. Jim Justice’s signatures and vetoes, we can now truly tie a bow on the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. During the 60 days between Jan. 9 and March 9, a total of 1,823 bills were introduced and 294 bills passed both the Senate and House of ...

Bipartisanship just the way it’s done, around here

Local columns

These days, quite a few politicians seem to believe the key to success is pandering to one’s so-called “core constituency.” It appears most Democrats consider that to be the 20-30 percent of the people with very liberal views, while most Republicans appeal to the 20-30 percent with very ...

Bureaucracy: We can’t afford business as usual

Editorials

Effective tomorrow, West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring, though one gets the impression she may have believed she did not have much choice in the matter. Reed has become the public face of the latest lifting of the veil on the mess that is Charleston ...

Barriers made to be broken

Local columns

Last week I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at West Virginia University at Parkersburg with inspiring women at the college and throughout our region who are making their mark — no matter what stage they are in on their journey. “The Climb Symposium: A Celebration of Women’s History ...

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals working to rebuild trust

Local columns

Thomas Paine once said that “character is much easier kept than recovered.” Throughout 2018, events involving our State Supreme Court of Appeals rightfully shook our citizens’ confidence in the integrity of our State’s highest Court. However, 2019 is a new year and we have a new ...

Loosen union grip on public schools

Local columns

An op-ed by Simon Hargus last Sunday began with, “I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the ...

Bible’s lessons not ‘fairy tales’

Letters to the editor

In a letter March 17, Jim Wilt expressed his support for his “religion” (atheism), while making fun of the cherished beliefs of Christians. To him, it seems that all of the tenets of Christianity are based on fairy tales that are “implausible.” He is quite adamant about his lack of ...

Stop Title X gag rule

Letters to the editor

I am sending this letter on behalf of the Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee to urge Sen. Joe Manchin to stop the implementation of the Title X “gag rule” recently released by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This rule would negatively affect health care for millions of ...

Roads vs. coal

Letters to the editor

Thank God for those potholes, they remind us all we are in the Mountain State. Maybe if Gov. Justice would take charge of fixing them instead of complaining about previous administrations we could improve them. Instead we have a special road bond fund that has $0 funds. However, at least the ...