Opinion

Let’s protect our town and keep it clean

Local columns

Driving around different roads and sections of town, it was difficult to believe that there are so many neglected homes in our area. Of course you will find neglected homes in every town, but I am more concerned because I live here. It may be that the owners of the neglected homes may not ...

Village idiot speaks

Letters to the editor

The village idiot, in a speech on America’s Independence, told his audience of followers during a speech at the National Mall that the American Army was using airplanes to drop bombs on the troops of the British. You know, where it tells us in the history books about George Washington’s ...

Neighbors meet at Nicholsons’ home

Local columns

John and Lynn Nicholson hosted a “meet and greet” at their home, 1214 Ann St., last Sunday for residents of Julia-Ann Square Historic District in Parkersburg. The reception, attended by 40 people, gave newcomers and established district residents an opportunity to meet and talk with each ...

Music drew many to Parkersburg

Local columns

The Beethoven Singing Society of Wheeling came down on the steamer Express on an excursion last Sunday reaching Parkersburg about eight o’clock in the morning. The principle part of the day was spent at the fairgrounds where our citizens and their visitors enjoyed themselves as only the ...

Life Through the Lens: Divide between employment and enjoyment

Local columns

“A world without the Beatles would be an infinitely worse place.” *** On Jan. 27, 1756, the world shifted. In the small town of Salzburg, a baby was born to Leopold and Anna Maria. That in and of itself is not world-shifting… although try telling that to a mother who had birthed six ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

Up: To Parkersburg South High School football players who joined After the Disaster to separate and pack donated items into emergency kits for families affected by house fires. “I am really thankful for the help,” said organizer Joy Buskirk. Kudos to those involved with the PSHS football ...

Volunteers: Give thanks to those who give their time

Editorials

Most of the people doing the good things that keep our community moving forward don’t receive any pay or even much recognition for their efforts — not that they would want it. The army of volunteers working with our charitable and civic organizations is mainly just ordinary men and women ...

Backyard Gardener: Be careful of heat stress

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th holiday, celebrating America’s Freedom. A big Thank You goes out to all of our veterans who have served in the military. This week is a good time for late plantings of half runner beans and squash. If ...

Crackdown: U.S. should help Mexico deal with migrants

Editorials

Even before the president threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Predator: Find out how Epstein got lighter sentence

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Recovery: Programs that help addicts deserve praise

Editorials

When Pastor Bill Frey came to the Mid-Ohio Valley, he noticed something he had not seen anywhere else. “I noticed a need for recovery ministry in this town,” he said. Whereas in some other places the problem might be hidden, “ ... here it was obvious.” Blind eyes cannot be turned to ...

Inspiration: Katherine Johnson deserves NASA honor

Editorials

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

Reporter’s Notebook: These United States

Local columns

The creation of what would become the United States of America was not an easy thing to agree upon There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence by Aug. 2, 1776, (the motion for independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but the actual declaration ...

Immigrants know how great America already is

Local columns

What a shame it is that so many Americans don’t take real delight in our nation. With Independence Day just past, we ought to think enough about what the Founders gave us — and what our ancestors and, yes, we managed to hold onto for so long. How sad it is that so many among us have ...

Flood Aid: Foot-dragging should be investigated

Editorials

Nearly a year and a half ago, West Virginians learned to our dismay and anger that state government was sitting on more than $149 million in federal aid intended for victims of June 2016 floods that hit several southern counties hard. Gov. Jim Justice claimed he was furious. He sacked the ...

Bureaucracy stuck in a loop

Local columns

Modern technology is a wonderful thing, but sometimes you just need to unplug. I got a chance to do that for a few days last week and it was fantastic ... until it was time to return to reality. I had intentionally avoided reading the news, checking emails or texts — I didn’t want to worry ...

Azinger just another hack

Letters to the editor

West Virginia State Sen. Mike Azinger wrote an op-ed printed in the News and Sentinel on June 23. That op-ed was a perfect example of meanness and bigotry, writ large and loud, by someone who claims to be a thoughtful Christian. Azinger’s op-ed essentially vilified the LGBTQ community. I ...

This is tolerance?

Letters to the editor

I hate writing these letters to the editor because this page is dominated by such marginal people but something must be said. The atheists and the local PRIDE group utilized every adjective they could find in the thesaurus in their blistering response to Mike Azinger in last Sunday’s News and ...

Writer twisted Bible message

Letters to the editor

Last Sunday’s letters responding to a recent controversial op-ed by state Sen. Mike Azinger included one whose writer again chose to mock and twist the Bible to make his point. Civility is a sign of maturity, and is especially necessary when controversy erupts. There’s no need to be ...

Time to chill out

Letters to the editor

Yep, climate change is certainly occurring here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, where vast amounts of steam and heat were released into the atmosphere last Sunday by irate writers of letters to the editor decrying the evils of the Judeo-Christian religion — their version of it, anyway. Before the ...