Opinion

Back Issues: Spider-Man swings back into spotlight

Local columns

Another studio held the movie rights to Spider-Man as the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew around Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and (this still sounds weird) the Guardians of the Galaxy. But in the comics, he was — and perhaps on some level will always be — the biggest star. As part of an ...

Drug Tests: Tuition grant recipients must stay off drugs

Editorials

West Virginians eager to improve their prospects through community college educations may be able to get some help, courtesy of a new program. But there are strings attached, and they should remain. Lawmakers approved a bill earlier this year to provide free tuition to Mountain State ...

Education: Bullying is a problem in West Virginia

Editorials

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to judge ...

Budget: Lawmakers must stay within their means

Editorials

It should soon be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ended Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of May, 11 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Making the grade in West Virginia

Local columns

House Bill 206 was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, bringing an end to the education reform saga that started officially on Jan. 24 — a nearly six-month struggle. The governor was supposed to hold a couple of bill signing ceremonies today — one in Kanawha County and one in ...

More research needed, even amid rules pullback

Local columns

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Back to School: Clothing vouchers make a difference

Editorials

It is time, already to start thinking about back-to-school shopping — particularly for parents who might have to plan a little more carefully for such spending. Some West Virginia families are going to need a little help getting their kids set for the school year. Beginning Monday they can ...

Where are you, Gov. Justice?

Local columns

Communication is essential. That can’t happen, of course, if there is no one with whom to communicate. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s residence aside, I have heard over the past couple of years an increasing frustration — not just from reporters — about the difficulty in ...

Shame of bigotry and divisiveness

Letters to the editor

In his June 23 op-ed, elected state Sen. Mike Azinger puts glaring bigotry and divisiveness on display for all to see, attempting to wrap bigotry and ignorance under the pages of the Bible as a cover for his shameful op-ed. He asserts without any proof that gay people are not born that way. ...

What are Azinger’s motives?

Letters to the editor

As a Wood County resident for the last 8+ years, I’d like to say that I’m personally tired of hearing from our own local, self-appointed White-Knight-in-shining-armor, Mr. Mike Azinger. As our local state senator, Mike should be professionally concerned with causes that could actually ...

We deserve better than Azinger

Letters to the editor

Mid-Ohio Valley Atheists and Humanists has three key goals: building a secular, non-theistic community in the Mid-Ohio Valley (by building on the strong but fairly silent one that already exists), being charitable and helpful in the MOV, and taking a stand against the growing hatred, bigotry ...

Remember, #LOVEWINS

Letters to the editor

I woke up on June 23 to what I believe is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Mike Azinger, WV State Senator representing Wood County had the pleasure of publishing a highly offensive op-ed in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. In this op-ed Azinger uses his theistic knowledge ...

Happy 4th of July

Local columns

We celebrate the independence of our wonderful country and the birthday of the United States of America making us an independent nation. July 2, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress actually decided and declared America independent although we celebrate the occasion on July ...

Chamber answers who do I contact?

Local columns

I do a version of this column every couple years and now that summer is just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to touch on these hints again. For the two of us that work at the Chamber office, we are honored that people think we know all the answers about everything going on in ...

See it as it CAN be

Local columns

This week was the end of our three-week spring period where we as coaches can work with our high school soccer players. We got to see the boys that will be our freshmen in August for the first time. Our next opportunity is in August when fall practice starts. I haven’t seen most of our ...

Eastern Hercules Beetles found

Local columns

Kids love dinosaurs. I did more than 55 years ago, and so did many of my friends. We collected and played with hard plastic toy models with long, hard-to-pronounce and spell names imprinted on them. Names like Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Plesiosaurus. The size, ferocity, and fear of real ...

Science fiction stories create stark what-ifs

Local columns

Science fiction and dystopian worlds collide in the young-adult novel “Eve of Man” by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. One day, only boy babies were born. And this continued for 50 years, making it look like mankind was going to die out. Finally, one day, a girl baby was born, named Eve. Now, ...

Beverly Lions Club plans tractor, engine show

Local columns

Set aside some time this July 4 to attend the Beverly Lions Club’s annual antique tractor and engine show beginning at 9 a.m. behind Fort Frye High School in Beverly. Flag raising is at 9 a.m. A kid’s tractor pull is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Also scheduled is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To officials with the City of Parkersburg who quickly moved to address a potential safety concern at the new splash pad. Though there were only a few reported injuries to children attributed to a component of the tube slide, even one injury would have merited the switch-out that took place ...

World War II veteran places flags in Vienna

Local columns

Paul Stone, 90, of Vienna once again answered a patriotic call. When Stone read in the News and Sentinel about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Real Estate Center looking for volunteers to place 10,000 small American flags in locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley to celebrate Independence ...