Opinion

Look Back: Low water, robber trouble for post office

Local columns

An earlier Look Back included an 1893 puzzle involving an attractive young lady, a somewhat baffled postal clerk, a dollar bill, and stamps. The question was asked if any of today’s readers could figure out the correct proportion of 1, 2, and 3 cent stamps that could be purchased with the ...

Safety: Drivers, pedestrians use caution on Garfield

Editorials

Garfield Avenue is not exactly a quiet stretch of roadway. It, like most roads in Parkersburg, requires drivers and pedestrians to slow down, pay attention and avoid distractions. But with positive news for the area — the opening of the Parkersburg Cardiology Associates and WVU Heart and ...

Bransfield: Results of investigation should be made public

Editorials

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Education: Public forums are an opportunity to be heard

Editorials

West Virginia lawmakers will spend the next several weeks learning what they can about public education, in preparation for a special session they will hold on the topic later this spring. The more facts they can gather — and the more opinions they can hear — the better. To that end, the ...

Medicaid: Justice should sign bill moving fraud unit

Editorials

Lawmakers did the right thing during this year’s legislative session in passing a bill to move the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the Department of Health and Human Services to the office of the Attorney General. All the bill requires now is Gov. Jim Justice’s signature. “I ...

Broadband: Officials must take advantage of opportunity

Editorials

Last Monday’s announcement that social media giant Facebook will lay a heavy-duty fiber optic cable across West Virginia was truly big news. Now, state officials should prepare to capitalize on it. It was appropriate that U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined state officials and ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Legislative wrap-up

Local columns

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

What would it take to change minds?

Local columns

If you are among those who last fall voted against a tax levy to construct a new public safety building in Wheeling, I have a question for you: What would it take to change your mind? A 10 percent reduction in the cost of the proposed structure? Twenty percent? Thirty? Forty? Even more? Would ...

Sexual Assault: Military must do more to protect victims

Editorials

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply last week, as she participated in a ...

Ready to spring forward

Local columns

If you did not set your clocks forward one hour before you went to bed last night, you might be late for something right now. But if you remembered, you are probably one of the many folks who sees the “spring forward” of the clocks as a sign that spring has just about made its entrance. I ...

Founders thought religion necessary

Local columns

George Washington began his 1787 inaugural address by stating that it would be improper to omit “fervent supplication to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction ...

2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for information

Local columns

We all know that dialing 9-1-1 will connect you to emergency services in your local community. We know it’s the best resource when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger. Many people know that you can dial 4-1-1 for directory assistance (although most of us ...

Some food for thought

Letters to the editor

Food is the nation’s largest employer. In fact, 23 million people across the U.S. are employed by the food sectors whether it be farming, food processing, distribution or markets and support. Surprisingly, despite the large number of people employed by the food industry, less than 2 percent ...

Blight is a serious problem

Letters to the editor

In (last) Sunday’s paper, nine Parkersburg City Council members had a complaint about trash around homes and homes falling down. I certainly agree with them. I live on a street where I bought two homes years ago. It makes me ashamed to tell anyone I live on this street. The home beside me ...

Expansion unnecessary

Letters to the editor

This is in reference to an article by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Feb. 28. The article concerns the Wood County Senior Citizens Association Inc. moving to the Green Street location. I give thumbs up to the Board of Directors for selecting this location. This will make a fine activity ...

Right call on campus carry

Letters to the editor

West Virginia University is nationally recognized as one of the top party schools in the nation. Our legislature considered a campus concealed carry bill. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense which kills and injures many. Advertisements proclaim, “Don’t let your ...

Not my West Virginia

Letters to the editor

I am disappointed and disgusted by the examples of hate that have been exhibited lately in my state. From the anti-LGBTQ Delegate Eric Porterfield, to the woman who went on the racist tirade at a local Mexican restaurant, to the events at the WVGOP Day at the Legislature that resulted in ...

Make companies pay

Letters to the editor

How big is the oil and gas industry in West Virginia? Just looking at lawsuits and penalties some companies have been forced to pay gives you a glimpse: * A lawsuit that was set to go to trial in late February, was settled in the amount of $53 million, on behalf of royalty owners who claimed ...

Goodbye winter, hello spring

Local columns

I just wonder how many of you missed church or work today because of the time change? As the time changes today, I feel like saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Even the sound of the word spring makes me feel good and come alive, but looking out it looks as if ol' man winter wants to ...

Simple truths in our world

Local columns

This afternoon our neighbor’s grandson, Bradley was outside exploring his yard with his little cousin. Bradley is about 8 years old. They were looking at animal tracks in the snow. When Bradley saw me he shouted, “Mr. Kozera, did you see a dog in our yard. We are tracking him.” I saw ...