Opinion

Kavanaugh: Manchin should not use litmus test in vote

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. Monday, Trump introduced his ...

Backyard Gardener: Buckwheat is a soil builder

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! The second week of July again has brought us hot and humid temperatures. I have talked to many gardeners concerning squash plants which have a lot of flowers but are falling off without producing any fruit. This can also happen with other vine crops ...

Curb Appeal: Attracting tourism can’t be our only goal

Editorials

For 10 years, from 2007-2017, this country’s population has grown. Every state has seen slow population growth ... well, every state but two — Michigan and, you guessed it, West Virginia, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study. In fact, West Virginia lost residents faster than ...

Challenges: Local nonprofits could use your help

Editorials

While many of us are enjoying the slower pace of summer — no school, vacations, trips to the pool or park — the folks running our local nonprofit organizations are working as hard as ever, and are facing challenges that seem to have increased during this time of year. Most recently, House ...

Drug Risk: CDC statistics should be a wakeup call

Editorials

West Virginia’s young people are still not convinced misusing drugs is a bad idea, it seems. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It measures how frequently high school students engage in ...

Threats to liberty the founders did not foresee

Local columns

Bless our nation’s founders. They thought long and hard about both real and potential threats to Americans’ liberties. They thought the Constitution and Bill of Rights had everything covered. But it didn’t. Otherwise, the Fourth Amendment would have read: “The right of the people to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The Commerce hot potato

Local columns

With Woody Thrasher gone and Clayton Burch sitting as interim boss, all eyes are on the West Virginia Department of Commerce and who might permanently take the helm. The question, however, is who really wants that hassle right now? Maj. Gen. James Hoyer is cleaning up the mess at RISE West ...

Good Works: State officials could learn from charities

Editorials

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Success starts with showing up

Local columns

Among the points made by new Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook when he visited the newsroom last month was that he tries to instill in parents that not all students need to go on to a four-year college or university, but ALL students must develop a skill that will carry them ...

Carbon Tax: U.S. can’t afford Canada’s mistake

Editorials

Among the punitive solutions bandied about by those seeking to “address climate change” as quickly as possible is the placement of a tax on carbon emissions. Our friends north of the border are giving us a chance to preview how that might work out for the United States. Canada plans to ...

Vacation time for all this summer

Local columns

Finally what everyone — young and old — retired or working are looking forward to — the time to take a break and a change from their everyday routine. Where they go and what they do depends on what and where they want to go and also the time limit and financial costs. If you are retired ...

Downtown PKB: A new beginning

Local columns

Starting over is hard. A new job, a new city, being away from my family and friends is scary. What was even harder? Saying “see you later” to two amazing organizations, board members and even more amazing executive directors. Luckily, I still text Wendy Shriver, executive director for ...

Free again

Local columns

Our country celebrated its birthday this past week. On July 4,1776, we declared our independence from England, the most powerful country in the world at that time. We became a free independent nation. In an age of kings and queens we became a nation governed by “we the people”. ...

United Way Alliance brings community together

Local columns

For more than 90 years, The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley has been essential to the fabric of this community — responding to new and emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. The work is never ending as the needs and demands of building a safer and healthier community ...

How to hand feed hummingbirds

Local columns

In just a few weeks young hummingbirds will leave their nests, and females will intrioduce them to backyard nectar feeders. Nonstop action will ensue and entertain for as long as you care to watch. To raise the bar a bit, try hand feeding hummers. With just a little patience, you can bring ...

Brava Golf Outing slated for July 28

Local columns

The fourth annual Brava Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at Lakeside Golf Course, located on Route 60 just outside Beverly, OH. Check-in is at 7 a.m. and the scramble begins at 8 a.m. Teams are limited to the first 36 teams registered and paid in full. Check or credit card ...

New Amish novels out for weekend reading

Local columns

There are several new Amish books out now for summer reading. Bestselling author Beth Wiseman collects four novellas in her new book, “Amish Celebrations.” In “The Gift of Sisters,” twins Hannah and Elizabeth are both vying for the attention of the same boy, newcomer Abraham. Will ...

Respecting our flag

Local columns

When I was a young sailor, my ship was stationed in Cannes, France. During my first liberty, I found myself on the sacred grounds of the cemetery at Normandy. In a flash, all the stories my uncle had told me of the D-Day landing came rushing into my head. That particular day the sky was ...

Stop immigration

Letters to the editor

It’s really sad to see what the Democrat Party has turned into today. I would really love to talk to one of these mouthpieces in Washington like Nancy Pelosi or Maxine Waters and ask them if their purpose in life is to totally destroy the United States. This immigration debate has become a ...

Don’t bow to “boom”

Letters to the editor

Mike Myer believes that “The natural gas boom holds great potential” to balance the budget in W.Va. Although this possibility does exist, joining the fossil fuel frenzy and kowtowing to the corporate fossil fuel industry also has the most likely potential to increase opioid addiction, ...