Opinion

Downtown PKB ready to end year with Winterfest

Local columns

The holiday season is in full swing and the new year is right around the corner. We invite you to come to downtown Parkersburg on Saturday, Dec. 2, for Winterfest. In an effort to promote downtown and the great businesses and culture we have to offer, Winterfest has been created to draw people ...

Count your blessings

Local columns

Well, the big day is finally over and I am sure a lot of you like me are still stuffed from all the great food and desserts you consumed on Thanksgiving. I am sure many of you had special family and friends in for the holiday and fortunately we had very nice weather that made it easier for the ...

Holiday books with furry friends

Local columns

Continuing on my column about holiday-related books, this week features books that have furry friends and the holiday season in common! And stay tuned next week for even more holiday-themed books. First is “Slay Bells Ring” by Karen Rose Smith. Home stager Caprice De Lucas is staging a ...

More books for gifts

Local columns

Two weeks ago I recommended some books as holiday gifts, but I ran out of space to include my entire list. As promised, here are a few more that would make great additions to any nature lover’s library. The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl by Richard Crossley, Paul Baicich, Jessie Barry (2017, ...

Christmas parade tonight

Local columns

The Muskingum Valley Beverly Waterford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Christmas parade today at 5:30 p.m. The parade forms at Waterford High School at 4:30 p.m. and steps off at 5:30 p.m. The parade ends at Dodge Park in Beverly, followed by the park lighting ceremony and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those organizing the many charitable efforts, such as the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, and many more, that give the rest of us an opportunity to share our blessings with those in need. It is no small task to organize these efforts, and we are grateful ...

Look Back: Oddities make way into news

Local columns

Shower of salt-water crabs fell in Hartford City, Indiana A drenching rain, accompanied by a downfall of salt-water crabs, was experienced in this city this morning. One crab, weighing a quarter of a pound, was picked up in the back yard of Charles Reed. Several smaller ones were found in an ...

Oversight: Audit shows need for keeping an eye on funds

Editorials

It is not enough to have someone minding the store, as a new report from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost makes clear. When the public’s money is involved, there needs to be plenty of oversight. Yost’s report, “Pocketed Payments: Preventing the Theft of Incoming Funds,” targets local ...

Be Thankful: Celebrate good fortune and share blessings

Editorials

Today we are thankful, as we should be every day, for the bounty we have been given in this great country, and beautiful valley. We gather with friends and family for wonderful meals in welcoming homes — maybe a football game on the TV — and we remember just how much we have for which to be ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Local columns

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Writer recommends holiday books

Local columns

It’s time for my annual list of books that I recommend as great holiday gifts for outdoor lovers. Imagine the Great Lakes: five huge self-contained bodies of water that hold 20 percent of the planet’s liquid freshwater (much is also tied up in glaciers, icebergs, snow, and ice). From the ...

Safety: Exercise caution with generators, kerosene heaters

Editorials

As the mornings bring frost on the ground and an extra layer of clothes on the way to work, we must take a warning from a tragedy in the Eastern Panhandle and remember to heat our homes safely. Four people — two adults and two children — died in a home in Kearneysville over the weekend, ...

Advocacy: Protecting children from abuse is vital

Editorials

Most West Virginians would do just about anything to prevent a child being harmed, yet child abuse may be increasing in our state. During the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the state’s 21 advocacy centers for children provided services to 3,914 youngsters, according to a published ...

Study Needed: Mountaintop removal mining deserves scrutiny

Editorials

For months, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine worked on a major study of the health effects of mountaintop removal mining on people living nearby. Abruptly after President Donald Trump took office, the project was shelved. Cost was the reason, according to the Office ...

Grasp China investment opportunity

Local columns

Christmas has come early to the mountains. We West Virginians have been tossed a lifeline from, of all places, China. The question is, will we use it as a rescue — or merely a reprieve? The announcement that a Chinese company will invest $83.7 billion in natural gas and related industries in ...

Truth Seeker: Exploring St. Joseph’s Landing

Local columns

Last month I left everyone hanging on where I would be spending Halloween night. There were a couple of reasons that I had done that. One reason was because I did not want a lot of people knowing where I would be, to eliminate unexpected visitors. The main reason was because I had one ...

Mine Safety: Reducing transparency is a misguided idea

Editorials

Members of the House Financial Services Committee have advanced a bill sponsored by Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., that would repeal a requirement for publicly traded mining companies to make regular disclosures to investors about safety violations and worker deaths. The bill should receive intense ...

Gear up for Thanksgiving

Local columns

Is holiday cooking sneaking up on anyone else? I walked through the grocery store the other day and vaguely thought “Huh. There are a lot of cans of pumpkin and bags of marshmallows out ...” and that was the most thought I gave it. Then, someone casually asked me “Hey, are you making the ...

Voters must pressure Congress

Letters to the editor

Barack Obama, the New Democrat Party and other progressive Marxists designed Obamacare as a series of income redistribution and social justice programs administered by an all-powerful federal government. It destroyed jobs and devastated the finest healthcare system anywhere in the world. ...