Opinion

Winter activities at the Beverly Public Library

Local columns

The Beverly Public Library has two special activities planned to help chase away the winter ‘blahs’. Tomorrow, January 22, school-aged children are invited to the library to learn about birds outside in the snow. Participants will be making mixed feed for the birds and snacking on it ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To news that ground has been broken on a new compressor station for the Mountaineer XPress pipeline, in Calhoun County. TransCanada’s Columbia Gas Transmission is building the $2 million, 165-mile pipeline from Marshall County to Cabell County, including the White Oak Compressor Station. ...

Parkersburg native Jeff Jones leads H&R Block

Local columns

Still wondering how the new federal tax law will affect you? Parkersburg native Jeff Jones, president and chief executive officer of H&R Block Inc., said this about the tax law signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22: “In general, it is good news for Americans.” The tax ...

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In 1807, according to Mr. Drew, he saw a magnificent chessboard that once belonged to Harman Blennerhassett in a log cabin, perhaps similar to the one shown above.

Look Back: Burr, Blennerhassett face trial

Local columns

This is the final segment on the jurors taken from Wood County to Richmond, Va., in 1807 for the trial of Aaron Burr. *** Morrison slone had not made up his mind On Monday morning, when court opened, every man of the twelve answered to their names, and Col. Burr vied with his counsel, ...

Life Through the Lens: A little pomp and circumspect

Local columns

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” *** Phineas Taylor Barnum was born in Connecticut on July 5, 1810. From an early age, his charisma and sense were evident. At 16, he owned and ran his own grocery store. At 17, he owned lottery-ticket offices. At 21, he owned and operated ...

Investment: Community college bill requires responsibility

Editorials

Lawmakers have a good idea on their hands with SB284, which spells out requirements for the new WV Invests Grant program, the so-called free community college bill. But the devil is in the details, and lawmakers have rightfully left the academic side of things to the West Virginia Community ...

Hemlock: Treatments needed to save Ohio forests

Editorials

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. Walking — or simply standing — beneath them can bring to mind fairytale forests and ancient connections to the natural world around us. But they are ...

Problematic: Bible class requirement raises many red flags

Editorials

State Sens. Mike Azinger, R-Wood, and Sue Cline R-Wyoming, introduced an incredibly problematic bill last week. SB252 would amend state code to add a section “requiring all schools provide an elective course on Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, or New Testament of the Bible” ...

West Virginia still facing challenges

Local columns

Congressman McKinley’s op-ed in the News and Sentinel on Jan. 12, “Trump Is Good for West Virginia,” reads like it was written by someone who hasn’t set foot in West Virginia in quite some time. He relies on tortured national statistics (“2 million jobs created”) and data ...

Tourism: State parks deserve maintenance boost

Editorials

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided. West Virginia’s state parks are the crown ...

Rep. McKinley’s assertions are wrong

Local columns

U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R, WV-Dist. 1) submitted a piece that was run in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, praising the first year of the Trump presidency as an enormous success. The Congressman could not be more wrong. The Congressman says that West Virginia has had one of the largest ...

‘One Day’: Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Editorials

As one of the most public proponents of nonviolent activism and resistance during the Civil Rights Movement, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be a welcome advisor to our nation’s leaders today, as they face a renewed division and increased public behavior and language that most of us ...

Political season possibilities

Local columns

Will West Virginia legislators get tax reform done this year? Will U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., be re-elected? Will Democrats gain seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate? Who knows? I gave up making firm predictions about politics years ago. But it is a new year, so a few ...

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Skylar, left, and Tom Moore.

Truth Seeker: Feeling the chill on New Year’s Eve

Local columns

Last month’s column I mentioned about spending time with family and friends, and hope many of you did just that for the holidays. As for myself I did get to spend time with family and friends. Also, I was able to do something with my son that we had talked about doing for the last sixteen ...

Corrections: Legislators must address prison shortages

Editorials

Wheeling resident Betsy Jividen, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, is taking on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen is Gov. Jim Justice’s choice to become new commissioner of the state Division of Corrections. In that post, she oversees West Virginia’s ...

Do not become distracted

Local columns

If you have ever been in an uncomfortable spot — especially if you are beginning to suspect the person who has you cornered might be right — you have probably tried to come up with a distraction. My personal favorites are “Look, it’s Elvis” and “Ack! Gotta go; the cat’s on ...

Community support appreciated

Letters to the editor

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 23rd year on Nov. 18, 2017. A new feature added to the ever-popular dragon and the knight was the coordination of sound to the animation. Viewers could tune to 88.1 AM to receive the full effect of the display. The new light displays added ...

Conley working for citizens

Letters to the editor

At the Vienna council meeting on Jan. 4, Mr. Conley has been in favor of removing the police fee for the senior citizens of Vienna. When this subject was brought up again, the mayor and city recorder were very nasty towards him about this matter. It was very noticeable that they were very ...

Getting at the truth

Letters to the editor

The Jan. 7 News and Sentinel included a full page of well written, interesting and factual letters to the editor. Three of those letters were aimed at correcting some lies and distortions about some very important subjects, which have recently crept into the national dialog. Patrick ...

UNSAT still a danger

Letters to the editor

On Sunday, Dec. 15, a letter writer erroneously stated the U.N. small arms trade treaty, UNSAT, is dead, because only seven nations have endorsed the final treaty draft and a minimum of 50 member nations is required. This is untrue. Thus far, a whopping 89 member nations have fully ratified ...