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Opinion

Learning lessons from Utah

Local columns

Last week I got to visit another part of the country on a trip for work — one of those trips that gave my counterpart at another newspaper a chance to give me a quick tour of the communities she covers. It was fascinating. I also ran into an Ohio University grad who said he still missed the ...

Op-ed: Follow the Constitution, or bring our troops home

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Some sixteen hundred years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shockwaves throughout the Western world, triggering St. ...

Taking aim at NRA talking points

Letters to the editor

The News and Sentinel ran a letter to the editor on Sept. 15 titled “No magic gun control law.” That letter was 12 paragraphs of confusion. The writer began by attacking “red flag-laws.” Those laws would allow a responsible person to lawfully take guns away from a gun owner who’s ...

Liberals corrupted by hatred

Letters to the editor

It is not even amazing anymore that left-leaning liberal/progressive people will say just about anything to try and show that President Trump is corrupt and trying to make money from being president. Last Sunday’s article by Eric Engle about President Trump’s hotel/golf course is just a ...

No need for intermediate court

Letters to the editor

West Virginians presently have the absolute right to appeal from every circuit court ruling directly to the West Virginia Supreme Court in every case. The Supreme Court hears every appeal. There is no backlog. An intermediate court would serve no purpose. The only reason any other state has an ...

Robber barons are at the helm

Letters to the editor

Reading this article brought a quote by John Prine to mind i.e. “It makes no sense that common sense makes no sense no more.” For Jim Justice to state “Now, we’re finally starting to tell our story; that West Virginia is the perfect place to live and work in paradise” is an “in your ...

Nothing solid with consolidation

Letters to the editor

As I have watched the unfolding of the Wood County School closing/consolidation plan I have more questions than I do answers. First, the bond that voters passed in 2016 had money in it for schools that are going to be closed. So where is that money going? I read an article in the News and ...

Back from vacation: ‘Home Sweet Home’

Local columns

When you go on vacation it is always great to return to your own home. That is exactly how I felt last week coming home from over a month’s vacation in Europe. It was a great time and it sounds like I am greedy when people wish to get away even for a weekend, and don’t take me wrong, and I ...

Asian, Indian dishes to try at home

Local columns

There are two new cookbooks out that offer a new type of cuisine to home cooks that they may not have tried before! First, from Season 6 Master Chef contestant and the founder of the blog Milk & Cardamom comes the “Milk & Cardamom” cookbook by Hetal Vasavada. This cookbook focuses ...

The power of creativity

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This week Lynnda and I took a quick trip to Disney World. We wanted to see and experience the new land “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I guess we are still kids at heart. With school just starting we figured the crowds would be down ...

Getting dialed in on the handiness of 2-1-1

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We live in a community that is rich with resources; our nonprofit ecosystem has services for such a wide span of needs. Whatever the crisis, the emergent need, the pressing concern, it is likely that an agency exists somewhere nearby to help address that need. When someone is feeling ...

WVU-P, MOV Chamber hosting Google webinar

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* 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 * Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for your Business * Workforce & Economic Development Building at WVU-Parkersburg (300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg) “I don’t need to attend the Google training because I don’t sell items on the internet.” “I don’t need ...

Mysteries heating up September

Local columns

There are several new mysteries to draw September to a close! Bestselling author T.M. Logan returns with another pulse-pounding thriller straight from the headlines with, “29 Seconds.” Sarah is determined to succeed in her career, even as she must rebuff the advances of the head of her ...

Swarms of dragonflies reported by readers

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One of the benefits of writing this column is that readers let me know when they observe unusual, unpredictable natural phenomena. For instance, when a brood of 17-year periodic cicadas emerges, I hear about it on day one. About two weeks ago readers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia ...

Chili cook-off slated for Sunday

Local columns

Beverly American Legion Post 389 is hosting its 10th annual Chili Cook-Off and Rally in the Alley this Saturday, September 28 beginning at noon. In addition, the 16th annual ALA Poker Run will be held, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last out at 1 p.m. Gates open in the parking ...

A story: An Angel’s Chore

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It had been five years since his last yearly physical. Bill was not very happy about the results — diabetes. “What? That doctor is a screwball. Never heard the word used in his family.” “Dry mouth” he continued. He was getting madder by the minute. He had to get back on the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To West Virginia University at Parkersburg opening up its Entrepreneur Center to cosplayers and those in need of help with a Halloween costume, during the 2019 Makers Day Event. Technology such as 3-D printers, a laser cutter and engraver, a CNC milling machine, vinyl plotter, an industrial ...

Cates enjoys return to Parkersburg High School

Local columns

Chris Cates first visit to Parkersburg since 1983 was special. Cates, a 1980 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was inducted into the PHS Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 13 at Stadium Field before the Big Reds game against Woodrow Wilson of Beckley. Cates told me this week it was a great ...

Look Back: Terrapin Park — Part 1

Local columns

Work at Terrapin Park The work at Terrapin Park is being rushed these days and a great transformation is going on. The big auditorium is rapidly nearing completion, as the force of men at work on it is a large one. Contractor Carfer is rushing things as rapidly as possible and will have ...