Opinion

Resolutions for 2017

Letters to the editor

* Eat less — breathe more * Talk less — think more * Ride less — walk more * Worry less — work more * Waste less — give more * Preach less — practice more Love more and all good things will be yours. I found this little poem framed in an antique ...

Constitutional clarification

Letters to the editor

There’s nothing funnier than watching Mr. Wolverton start another city-wide lecture on Constitutional law. In his Jan. 8 letter to the editor he, again, displayed his total ignorance of the Constitution. Wolverton wrote, “Nowhere in the Constitution is separation of church and state ...

NPV not good news

Letters to the editor

Many people are unaware of how the Electoral College works. It works much like Congress. The U.S. is divided into 435 Congressional districts. Each district elects one person to the House of Representatives. Each state elects two senators. Votes are allocated the same way in the Electoral ...

Trump devoid of qualities

Letters to the editor

Integrity. Intelligence. Honor. Humility. Tact. Diplomacy. Compassion. Cooperation. Knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution and how government works. Love of country and all of its citizens. Ability to listen and make sound difficult decisions. Trust in advisors. Ability to work ...

Fact check what you write

Letters to the editor

Readers, if you are going to quote military history, please fact check before you write a letter. I’m not a good historian, but I do remember a few dates. I use the Internet to look up dates I need or I use the library at the Veterans Museum, which has several hundred books on all ...

Sweets for comfort foods

Local columns

Where is the snow to go with these cold temperatures? They wouldn’t be so hard to take if the landscape looked pretty. The ice could stay away, too — just pretty, white stuff that sparkles when the sun shines on it and we are all comfortable with a bright, woolly, warm ski sweater on as we ...

January is a good start

Local columns

The old year is gone leaving us with both good and bad memories. Life is full of surprises and we must accept it as it comes and adjust. It is difficult to predict exactly what is in store for each of us in the future, but we must be prepared to accept and deal with whatever it may be. My ...

Thriller stories for winter nights

Local columns

Some new thrillers have hit the streets in time for perfect weather to stay home and read! First is “Her Every Fear” by Peter Swanson, a story in which an apartment swap goes horribly wrong. Kate has always had anxiety issues, but those have amped up considerably since her ...

More winter survival strategies

Local columns

Carol Saseen of Wheeling, W.Va., writes, “I really enjoyed your column in the News-Register last week describing how birds survive cold weather. Could you do another article focusing on other vertebrates such as opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and deer? That’s a great suggestion, Carol. ...

Smell the roses

Local columns

“Two over easy.  Soft on the bacon.  Coffee, one, black.”  It was a typical Monday morning, perhaps a little more than typical.  There was new highway construction beginning just down the road.  The usual breakfast crowd with a couple of tourist families mixed in contributed to the ...

Resolve to be involved in 2017

Local columns

Greetings from the newest addition to the MOV Chamber staff! I joined the Chamber in September 2016 as the Membership and Events Specialist, a new role with the MOV Chamber of Commerce. I am excited to be involved with this great organization-now it’s my turn in my role to encourage ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To committee members preparing for this year’s Allohak Council of Boy Scouts’ 48th annual Community Leadership Dinner, which will be held March 2 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. UP: To changes and improvements that have led to the best quarter in three ...

Shepherd determined to finish project

Local columns

Bill Shepherd was disappointed that the war memorial area at Parkersburg City Park was not refurbished last year. Shepherd, commander of American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg, said he will continue to work until his goal of raising $40,000 is reached to improve the war memorial area near ...

Newspapers get carried away

Local columns

Paper delayed Our paper was delayed yesterday, we are very sorry to say, by the breaking of one of the arms of our cylinder press, and though it did not do serious harm to the press, the delay was enough to try our patience.  Still, every subscriber got his paper, and the true light he ...

Tourism: Amy Shuler Goodwin leaves positive impact

Editorials

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has announced he will replace Division of Tourism Commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin — whose husband Booth Goodwin ran against Justice in the Democratic primary for governor — with Chelsea Ruby, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Commerce. While ...

Filling a Need: Hamilton Middle School students deserve praise

Editorials

See a need; fill it. That is a hard enough mission for most adults. But students at Hamilton Middle School are proving that, with a little help from the staff and a partnership with the Parkersburg Woman’s Club, they can make a big difference for some local families in need. Sparked by a ...

Slow Bleed: Audit shows state has places to cut budget

Editorials

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice insisted throughout his campaign that there is nothing left to cut in state government, no fraud or waste left to eliminate. Yet examples continue to fall at his feet, some of them from the Legislative Post Audit Division. Among the problems with state ...

Addiction: Babies paying price for drug epidemic

Editorials

West Virginians are well aware of the evils plaguing so many of our residents because of the substance abuse epidemic, yet it seems there is always some new consequence rearing its ugly head. Last week, data from the West Virginia Health Statistics Center revealed nearly 5 percent of Mountain ...

Charitable: Marietta police give aid to cancer center

Editorials

Marietta police officers appear to have found a fun way to pay it forward, after one of their own was helped out by the Fraternal Order of Police in Columbus last year. When Chief Rodney Hupp was injured in an on-duty car accident in September, the FOP helped him and his family. Marietta ...