Opinion

Unclaimed: Treasurer may have money for you

Editorials

Interested in picking up a substantial amount of “found money” without buying a lottery ticket, making a bet with a friend or doing anything illegal? Then watch the newspaper for the next Unclaimed Property supplement from West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue’s office. Your chances of ...

Fair Rides: Review of inspection rules is in order

Editorials

County fairs are coming up in Washington, Athens, Monroe, Noble and Morgan counties in August and September. It is that time of the year throughout our area — time to admire the special exhibits, root for your favorites in various competitions, partake of that incomparable midway food and ...

Back Issues: Sharing a name, and not much else

Local columns

With Wonder Woman the biggest movie of the year so far and a sequel already greenlit, it may not be long before movie-goers see one version or another of Wonder Girl on screen. But I can pretty much guarantee Wonder Man won’t share the screen anytime soon with DC’s Amazonian warrior ...

Flooding: Find ways to help disaster victims

Editorials

Last weekend, families in Wetzel County shook the mud off their feet and walked to supply distribution centers and emergency shelters where they sat down to tell the volunteers “We lost everything.” Everything. Their homes — and everything in them, their vehicles, their pets ... all they ...

Night Out: Event promotes strong police-community bond

Editorials

Law enforcement officers cannot perform their jobs in isolation — it takes a good relationship with the community and the help of organizations like Neighborhood Watch for police to be able to serve and protect. One of the ways to maintain that relationship is the annual National Night Out ...

Ethics: Genetic editing will require oversight

Editorials

Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old in the U.K., will be gone by the time you read this. He was the center of an international controversy for weeks, and was moved to a hospice, where doctors turned off life-support equipment last week. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Fear reigns in the swamp

Local columns

It develops the swamp President Donald Trump pledged to drain is quite deep, not to mention full of denizens unwilling to go without a fight. Even before he started talking about draining the swamp during last year’s election campaign, the establishment — a synonym for “swamp” — ...

Thoughts on recent ‘white privilege’ letter

Letters to the editor

I had hoped to see a response to the letter entitled “White privilege in America” by James Kendall submitted by someone with more authority in the matter than myself, i.e. a person of color, but since I haven’t seen one printed, I feel obliged to write one myself. This is not because ...

Corrections: $1 raise for officers is an important first step

Editorials

Men and women who choose to work as officers in our state’s correctional facilities perform a job few people are capable of doing well. “It has to be one of the most challenging jobs in all of West Virginia,” said Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia ...

Another side of drug fight

Local columns

Among the more difficult aspects of trying to be as unbiased a news source as possible is that we in the newsroom are always looking for the “other side” of the story — and the majority of the time there is more than one “other side.” Sometimes we do not know we have missed one of ...

Oil and gas industry goes above and beyond to protect environment

Local columns

West Virginia is home to some of our country’s most scenic landscapes. Our rivers, mountains and forests are a source of pride — and shared value — to us all. Protecting our environment is a top priority for the tens of thousands of hardworking West Virginians that work across the oil and ...

WVU-P students will receive their financial aid

Local columns

Each public institution of higher education in West Virginia received notification last week from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) regarding Heightened Cash Monitoring 1 (HCM1) requirements that resulted from West Virginia’s late submission of audit findings to the U.S. Department of ...

Rebuild the U.S. Navy

Letters to the editor

America’s enemies are plotting to test President Trump at a time when Barack Obama has treacherously left us virtually defenseless. Under Obama, our Navy has been cut to only 274 vessels, the smallest our Navy has been since 1916. Obama has ordered the few ships we have mostly tied up in the ...

Opinion vs. news

Letters to the editor

The article appearing on your front page last Friday, “Think tank: Trump tax plan would benefit wealthiest in W.Va.,” was in my opinion more agenda-driven than simply reporting the proposed tax plan. The news is, by definition, something that is new, strange or has recently happened. Thus, ...

Faith-based support of NDO

Letters to the editor

I recall that Yogi Berra said something like, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Much of what I observed from some of the Christians who attended the Parkersburg City Council meeting on July 25 in opposition to the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance was sad and unpleasant. Even ...

Prayer rally thank you

Letters to the editor

The Mid-Ohio Valley Veterans and First Responder Prayer Rally would like to thank all the participants that did such a wonderful job for us this year: New Life Singers, for the wonderful music; Rev. Jeff Williamson, for prayer; South girls basketball, for posting of military branch flags; Lori ...

Petition is misleading

Letters to the editor

A few weeks ago, as we celebrated our freedom during the fourth of July holiday, members from local churches went door to door soliciting signatures against Parkersburg’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance. They made several egregious claims, including that “Parkersburg’s so-called ...

Invest fully in public health

Letters to the editor

The News and Sentinel’s recent editorial regarding the zeroing out of funding for the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention missed the mark entirely. The fact that the state has the highest youth tobacco use rate in the country and the second highest adult tobacco use rate demonstrates ...

Recipes for your garden vegetables

Local columns

Good-bye, July. You went too fast for me. I haven’t had time to really enjoy the summer season yet, and here it is, almost time for school to start and fall to be starting. Guess I’ll just have to quit relaxing and get to work on those veggies if I want them for next winter. The zucchini is ...

Enjoy the flavors of sweet corn

Local columns

It is the height of the summer and most farmers are up to their ears in corn. Nothing can beat the taste of freshly picked corn on or off the cob. Not only is it delicious, but super easy to prepare. The bad part is that good fresh corn is limited to the time it is available, so enjoy the ...