Opinion

Education: Legislation shows an investment in future

Editorials

A well-educated, properly trained (and drug-free) workforce is among the most important factors an employer seeks when considering moving to a new location. West Virginia has a lot of work to do before it can make an assurance to new companies that such will be available should they make the ...

Compromise: Government shutdown must end

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Back Issue: Outsiders influence new ‘Young Justice’

Local columns

“Young Justice” is back thanks to the new online subscription service DC Universe, and the third season is taking its cues from another team, the Outsiders. Even though the original series pulled some characters and concepts from the comic book “Young Justice,” one of my favorite ...

Fraud Unit: Transfer department and save taxpayer money

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey may have the right idea in asking lawmakers to transfer jurisdiction of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office. Right now, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources oversees the unit. Morrisey argues his office can do a ...

Religious Freedom Day proclamation

Local columns

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.” —American Humanist Association *** “Atheism is one thing: A ...

Marijuana: Agency flexibility needed for finances

Editorials

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Impeachment: U.S. Supreme Court must settle West Virginia issue

Editorials

Most West Virginians probably would like to put last year’s state Supreme Court impeachment crisis behind us. But the episode left behind what could be a serious question in the future. In brief — as you may recall, the high court fiasco was exceedingly complex — the question stems from ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week One at the Capitol

Local columns

The first week of the 2019 legislative session ended with many lawmakers still scratching theirs heads after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. In one way, it was a remarkable speech. There were no props, no big stunts, and mostly no real craziness outside ...

Ohio lawmakers sneak in last-minute gift for selves

Local columns

Two days after Christmas, many of us probably were still examining some of the gifts we received. Perhaps we were exchanging some at stores. Members of the Ohio General Assembly were in Columbus on Dec. 27, giving themselves a late Christmas present. Late last year, Buckeye State lawmakers ...

Homeless: City officials took proper steps in cleanup

Editorials

Last week, Parkersburg and Wood County officials removed approximately 70 tons of waste and debris from an area most people never see — a former homeless camp along the Little Kanawha River. “It was unsightly from Route 50. It was unsightly from Fifth Street,” said Parkersburg Mayor Tom ...

Considering JIM’S dream

Local columns

For a person who spends a large percentage of every day working with words, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement during last week’s State of the State address of “JIM’S Dream” contained a cringe-inducing moment that threatened to overshadow the message. I fully admit, this ...

West Virginia should just say no to marijuana

Letters to the editor

Thank you for your common sense opinion in the Sunday, Jan. 6, paper, in regard to the need for a study on marijuana. I, too, am questioning the delegate from Kanawha County wishing to decriminalize marijuana. First of all, as a retired law enforcement officer and parent of a son who ...

Trump doesn’t get a free pass

Letters to the editor

The Jan. 6 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the-editor titled “Unpatriotic to attack Trump.” That letter was a real hoot. The letter repeated some of the most notorious absurdities invented by Donald Trump in the past three years. When Trump started his presidential campaign three ...

Youth are being brainwashed

Letters to the editor

What chance do young people have in today’s progressive Marxist society? “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.” —Vladimir Lenin From a child’s first awareness, they hear, see and study extreme left-wing liberalism. This progressive idealism is ...

A special visit from Santa Claus

Letters to the editor

A couple of days before Christmas, a man pulled up in a car in front of my house with a woman and two children. When I answered the doorbell, the man handed me a basket of fruit and said “You probably don’t remember me, but I am one of your ‘trick or treaters.’” My mouth flew open ...

Is food one of your enjoyments?

Local columns

Is food one of your biggest enjoyments? For me personally, it is “YES!” Being honest with you, I really enjoy food in general and not only eating it, but as you know, I also love cooking and baking the foods. Growing up, I was a very picky eater, not liking veggies and very few fruits, but ...

Not a fan of frozen food

Local columns

By now, probably everyone knows of my love of the Instant Pot. However, I know of one thing I HATE in the Instant Pot - frozen food. About the only frozen food I will eat regularly are things like cheesesticks or french fries, some pizzas and some vegetables. (Though I have been known to freeze ...

It just got personal!

Local columns

Our grandson, Calen just finished United States Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He is now a US Marine. Even though he took the oath and was in Basic Training starting in mid- October he was just a recruit. You are not a Marine until you can complete Basic Training. ...

Go directly to source

Local columns

What would you do if you had an issue with a local business? Maybe the product or service you purchased wasn’t delivered or didn’t meet your expectations? Let’s use today’s column to review some options when you encounter this situation. (Notice I said “when” not “if” — ...

Opportunity in Martin Luther King Day

Local columns

It seems that few things are exempt from controversy in our world. National holidays, entertainers, sports legends and even historical figures. Entities from each of these categories have at some time in recent recall been subjected to scrutiny, strong public opinion and general discord. ...