Opinion

Learning to make do with less

Local columns

During the past few years, officials in the executive branch of West Virginia state government have been remarkably successful in avoiding real spending cuts — while convincing Mountain State residents the reins were being pulled in. They have, but not to the extent you may believe. Last ...

Painkillers: Rule change is vital to fight opioid crisis

Editorials

Hysteria from a small group of Ohioans who say they are chronic pain sufferers and will be negatively affected by the state’s new rules to restrict the prescription of painkillers should be dismissed by Gov. John Kasich and others in Columbus who understand why such rules are absolutely ...

Motivation to get moving

Local columns

April is the unofficial start of training season, for me. By training, I mean order a new pair of shoes, go for a walk in the woods, start thinking about ways to move around and be outside a little more. Maybe not eat half a pizza in one sitting. Eventually I will rev up to spend May through ...

The Obamacare legacy

Letters to the editor

Even though Congress is fighting over the new Health Care bill, it is very hard to take something away that has become an entitlement. No bill can fix the legacy of Obama and Obamacare. When Obama mandated healthcare providers use government approved electronic medical records with the HITECH ...

Manchin town hall

Letters to the editor

As the news from Washington becomes more complicated every day, it is easy to feel disconnected from the policies and process that govern our nation. You may end up feeling that your voice does not matter to the people in power who make the policies and laws that affect your everyday ...

Unwilling to investigate

Letters to the editor

All we hear on the lamestream news media is that the far left Democrats are demanding Congressional investigations of President Trump and alleged collusion with the Russian government. The Democrats should be demanding an investigation into a real scandal, the purchase of uranium ore, by the ...

Continue historical lectures

Letters to the editor

The “History Followers” of WVUP Professor Emeritus Bob Cordell would like to hear the professor finish his WWII lecture series and to continue with future series. Thirty to forty people have been following his lectures for nine years. We “History Followers” have been able to attend ...

21st century abolitionists

Letters to the editor

Every age in the course of human history has had its evils and every age has had its abolitionists who rose up and stood against it. The first abolitionists were the early Christians. They rescued discarded babies from the trash heaps and riverways of Rome. They set up orphanages and hospitals ...

Mainstream media often right

Letters to the editor

I just listened to a recorded phone call from the director of the National Rifle Association. He informed me that George Soros and the “liberal” media are forming an army of terrorists to take our guns away; and then on and on with a lot of other such nonsense. I used to have a lot of ...

Chances coming in 2018, 2020

Letters to the editor

The Republican Party is not in any way, shape or form ready to govern. What’s more, America knows it. RealClearPolitics polling averages of all reputable national polling to date show that President Trump is polling at a cumulative 40.1 percent — this after a recent Investor’s Business ...

Palm Sunday has arrived with recipes

Local columns

Blessed Palm Sunday to you! I miss the church in Florida where the congregation joyfully walked around our church, waving palm branches and singing while the organ played loudly to keep us on key. It was always warm enough there to be wearing spring clothing and not needing coats. Ah — such ...

Our community deserves the best

Local columns

I like and try to have the appropriate title for my column every week and this week more than ever. Yes! I love our town and the entire Mid Ohio Valley and that is why I do what I do. Last week we finished a beautiful event, The Easter Bonnet Contest, in conjunction with the Easter Parade. ...

Family mysteries bring thrills to spring reads

Local columns

There are several new books out that deal with secrets and mysteries in families and how it impacts everyone. First is the delightfully twisty “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline. At the beginning of the book Chris Brennan is applying for a job as a high school government teacher and ...

Understanding the mystery of bird song

Local columns

The hills are alive with the sound of music. And it’s only just begun. Familiar voices of spring announce that the annual bird migration is underway. Because spring migrants return slowly in early spring, maybe two or three species per week, it’s a great time to learn new bird songs. It ...

Honor roll announced

Local columns

These students were named to the honor roll at Beverly-Center Elementary School for the third nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills — Mrs. Fryman’s class: Nathan Adams, Sophia Campbell, Bella Carpenter, Madison Greene, Abbi Hesson, Skylynne Lauderman, Spencer Long, Anthony ...

Chamber Challenge Cup kicks off

Local columns

Even though the spring weather is still slowly starting to make its peak in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Chamber has stayed motivated as we reach the second quarter of our yearly programming. Last month, I hit my six month anniversary being a part of the Chamber team. I am excited for what lies ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the West Virginia Division of Culture and History featuring a new exhibit on Mister Bee Potato Chips, at the Culture Center in Charleston. Historical photos and artifacts from Parkersburg’s own Mister Bee — the only potato chip made in West Virginia — will be part of the show, ...

Parkersburg benefit set for Eli Clark

Local columns

Many people are pulling for Eli Clark in his battle against cancer. Clark, of Walker, celebrated his 13th birthday on March 7 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. A seventh-grade student at Hamilton Middle School, Clark has been a patient at the Columbus hospital since having ...

Look Back: Horsing around in Parkersburg

Local columns

Editor’s Note: Today’s installment includes an item containing language that would not be used by a newspaper today, and which could be offensive to some. It is, however, an accurate reprinting of the way such a report would have appeared in a newspaper more than 110 years ago. *** Run ...

Life Through the Lens: ‘Boss Baby’ brings the love

Local columns

“Let’s just say ... I’m the boss.” *** Every first-time-parent has this thought, “How could I love anything more than I love you, child?” The new parent has experienced this overwhelming love, a love unlike anything they’ve ever seen. It is a new type of love: ...