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Opinion

Operation Street Smart to be held

Local columns

Operation Street Smart is a government initiative to educate the public about drug abuse signs and prevention strategies. A meeting will be held at Fort Frye High School tomorrow, Monday, March 26, from 6 - 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to discuss this ...

YA books that thrill adults

Local columns

Young adult books can be as addicting for adults as regular novels! For those wanting a murder mystery, school politics and many romantic twists look no further than “People Like Us” by Dana Mele (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99.) At the elite Bates Academy, Kay and her friends seem like ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To Facebook’s mistakes, which led to user data being used improperly by Cambridge Analytica, to try to sway elections. Among Cambridge’s clients was Donald Trump’s general election campaign. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has a “responsibility” to protect its ...

Wood County Society breaks record

Local columns

Wood County Society raised $136,000 — and counting — at its record-breaking telethon on March 11 at the Blennerhassett Hotel. The largest amount raised at a previous Wood County Society telethon in its 49-year history was $111,000, said Brandon Gress, executive director of ...

Look Back: Baseball in Parkersburg

Local columns

Baseball Why don’t our young men form one or more clubs for the purpose of engaging in this most certainly healthy out door amusement, base ball, the exercise has a tendency to improve them physically and what is more desirable than a well developed form, rosy cheeks and improved looks. ...

Technicalities: Funeral board should be abolished

Editorials

People making funeral arrangements for loved ones are at their most vulnerable, in many ways. Those who complete the task for themselves, often years in advance of the need, can be victimized for an entirely different reason. That is why West Virginia has a Board of Funeral Examiners, complete ...

Solutions: Solving problems requires new methods

Editorials

“We have every problem under the sun,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, during Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference earlier this week. But Gee and others at WVU see West Virginia’s woes as an opportunity — solve the problems here and it could help solve ...

Treatment: Trump’s plan to battle opioids needs scrutiny

Editorials

While President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty garnered a great deal of attention, other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more. Overshadowed by the flashier parts of ...

Back Issues: Krypton’s strange new world

Local columns

First we had “Gotham” before Batman. Tonight, SyFy debuts “Krypton” before Superman. To be fair, a show focusing on young Kal-El’s time on his homeworld would be pretty short since he was just a baby when his parents put him in a rocket that carried him away from the doomed planet. ...

Mr. Roboto: Education too vital to leave up to A.I.

Editorials

Just because something is possible does not mean it is a good idea. But companies developing artificial intelligence programs have made a great deal possible, and too many agencies looking to jump on the bandwagon are failing to wonder whether those possibilities are good ones. Approximately ...

Politics: Lawmakers made right call in cutting department

Editorials

Even at its creation, many critics said West Virginia’s Department of Education and the Arts was not needed. Its functions could be handled more efficiently through then-existing arms of state government, it was pointed out. The department is an unnecessary layer of duplicative ...

Teachers strike model of union effort

Local columns

It wasn’t even a battle, really. But if you want to look at it that way, think Custer at the Little Bighorn. He never had a chance. Leaders of West Virginia’s three school employees’ groups, from the top on down to the county level, have provided organized labor in the public sector a ...

Truth Seeker: Preparation is an important part of the hunt

Local columns

As I sat down to write this month’s column I began thinking of all the ones that I have written in the past. I have talked about cleansings, alleged haunted houses, cemeteries and even battlefields. I realized there is one area that I feel that I have not really covered when it comes to the ...

Take Time: Superintendent search requires deliberation

Editorials

Howard O’Cull had wise words for members of the Wood County Board of Education last week: “Take the time, really figure out what you’re looking for in an incoming superintendent.’ O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Board Association, also suggested the search ...

Historic case of Hamilaria

Local columns

You’ve heard of “Hamilton” by now, I’m sure, but have you thought yet about how the Mid-Ohio Valley could be cashing in on all that “Hamilaria.” According to the comic, website-based Weehawken Institute of Hamilaria, “Hamilaria” is the uncontrollable urge to sing the lyrics to ...

Remember Azinger absence

Letters to the editor

There was an interesting Twitter message floating around last week. The message was a letter to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice written by State Sen. Bob Beach of Morgantown. The message concerned the lack of female participation on the Public Employee Insurance Agency task force. This task ...

Fix gun bill, NICS

Letters to the editor

A national reciprocity concealed carry bill is currently being held up in Congress because House Democrats attached an anti-gun rider to the reciprocity bill (HR 38) before it passed in the House. Now Senate anti-gun politicians are blocking any action on the House reciprocity bill and want to ...

Flint served Wood County well

Letters to the editor

Wood County Schools have made great strides under John Flint. For example, the passage of our $41 million bond for a new elementary school at Williamstown and 23 new roof replacements, and a new auditorium at Williamstown plus additional classrooms. Wood County was awarded $7.4 million to ...

Unions are still necessary

Letters to the editor

Hey Bunkie, do you ever wonder how it came to happen that, although you consider yourself middle-class, you’re really quite poor? You have no job security, meaning you could be fired at the boss’ whim, eliminating your meager health insurance and putting you and your family in a position ...

Lack of facts helps Putin

Letters to the editor

There’s an old saying “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” This immediately came to mind after reading a letter last Sunday that was so bereft of political facts it was , if not criminal, certainly anti-American. What possesses someone to commit such an act is ...