Opinion

Thank you for sidewalks

Letters to the editor

As I finish up my daily 2-mile morning walk with my dog through the streets of Williamstown, I wanted to publicly thank Mayor Jean Ford, the city council members, the State Highway workers and anyone else who made the new sidewalks possible. It is wonderful to walk this summer without going ...

Year half over already

Local columns

Here we are in June already and the year will soon be half over. That gives us a reminder that we should live each day fully and not “put off until tomorrow” that trip, that learning, that family connection, and that project we have been planning for ages. I have made a “bucket list” ...

Collect recipes while on vacation

Local columns

It is always fun to plan a trip and to look forward to going to many different places, however the saying of “Home Sweet Home,” or that “There Is No Place Like Home,” is truly a correct statement. Of course the fun and excitement is the planning and preparation of your upcoming ...

Thrillers to chill with

Local columns

Cool off with some chilling thrillers! First, a sister’s book might hold the key to her disappearance in “Dead Certain” by Adam Mitzner. Ella is used to being the reliable sister — giving up on a singing career and becoming a respectable lawyer when their mother died, while her ...

Bats struggle with white-nose syndrome

Local columns

Prior to 2006, I could step outside on a warm June evening and count on seeing at least a few bats patrolling the backyard in search of flying insects. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) reports that each bat eats 50 to 100 percent of its body weight every night. That translates into as ...

Fort Frye encourages healthy fun for kids

Local columns

Fort Frye Local Schools encourages healthy choices so students may stay away from risky behavior, This summer, the district’s Wellness Team is proud to offer the following FREE programs to their students. These programs promote overall well-being. Please join us for some positive summer ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the new class of K-9 cops working with Parkersburg Police and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department — Maggi, Ogi and Hawk. Their inclusion brings the total number of dogs working in Wood County to 8, meaning there is a dog on duty 24/7. “It’s going to be a benefit to the city to ...

JR’s Donut Castle in pepperoni roll book

Local columns

Morgantown-based writer Candace Nelson has published her first book, “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll.” Even though she traces the pepperoni roll’s origins to the coal mining communities of north central West Virginia, Nelson devotes an entire section of her book, released on June 1, to ...

Look Back: Runaway animals big news in city

Local columns

The story of a ‘muley’ cow and two Johns John Ruth and John Huff, “the two Johns,” gave an exhibition on Lynn Street the other day, with the assistance of a muley cow, that was as funny if not more so, than the original performance of that farce [‘Two Johns’] itself. The animal ...

Life Through the Lens: What comes before the fall again?

Local columns

“You can’t win the trust of a country by invading it. You can’t build a nation at gunpoint.” *** Meet Odysseus. Odysseus struggles with pride – can you blame him, though. He is a king of royal and noble lineage. He is husband to a notable beauty. He is the hero of the world’s ...

Hard Data: Mileage reports show vehicles underutilized

Editorials

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them — have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

McDougle: Wishing airport manager the best in retirement

Editorials

Members of the Wood County Airport Authority have a tough task on their hands, as they begin the process to find a replacement for Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Jeff McDougle. McDougle announced this week he plans to retire in the fall — though, true to his dedication to the ...

Tourism: #AlmostHeaven a fun idea to boost state’s image

Editorials

West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby has an assignment for everyone who loves the Mountain State, and it is a bit of homework that should be taken up with great enthusiasm. Leading up to West Virginia Day June 20, the Division of Tourism hopes to combat the state’s image problem ...

Paris Accord: President Trump right to pull U.S. out of agreement

Editorials

It is important for the U.S. not to throw out the baby with the bath water, as it withdraws from the Paris climate change agreement. Certainly President Donald Trump had very good reasons for not sticking to that bad deal — designed much more to hamstring developed economies than to do any ...

Making Music: Loh a welcome addition to W.Va. Symphony

Editorials

Last week, music lovers received the news the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra had name Lawrence Loh its new artistic director. It is an exciting time for Mid-Ohio Valley residents who have come to love and look forward to the WVSO’s performances in Parkersburg, and have met with mixed ...

Governor right about advertising West Virginia

Local columns

A fair number of out-of-state visitors to West Virginia go home from vacation babbling about how wonderful our state is. You ought to go there, they tell their friends. It’s much more than just woods. Which brings us to something on which I agree 100 percent with Gov. Jim Justice: We need to ...

Drug War: Shutting down pill mills is only the start

Editorials

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

Kids will be kids, always

Local columns

As parents and guardians across the Mid-Ohio Valley scramble to adjust to daily routines that no longer involve shuttling kids off to school for a time period that covers most of the work day, many local organizations are coming up with programs — Safetytown Village, Energy Express, Reading ...

Thoughts on letter writers

Letters to the editor

For Debra, the climate worrier, please go to Amazon (you too, Eric) and order for $15 the book “Dark Winter” by John Casey. You could learn that all of this climate business has happened before, and will happen many times again. It is not settled science. For Russ, the infrastructure guy, ...

Rotting from the head down

Letters to the editor

These pillow fights among our “powers that be” are ridiculous. Most agree national defense is top priority. But most are concerned about their personal well-being also. Jobs, jobs, jobs, disposable income, health care, roads and bridges, Social Security, veterans care, education and a ...