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Editorials

UP: To the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, where Via Air has been completing 94 percent of its flights since November. Airport Manager Glen Kelly hopes that with the improved performance, the airport can soar past 10,000 enplanements a year, within the next 18 months. UP: To the Wood County ...

Former Parkersburg resident faces cancer with humor

Local columns

Despite facing difficult times, Jerry Traylor hasn’t lost his sense of humor. Traylor, formerly of Parkersburg, had a humorous and positive response to many of the questions I asked him Wednesday during a telephone call. Traylor, 63, who lives in Fountain Hills, Ariz., was diagnosed about a ...

Look Back: Out with the old, in with the new

Local columns

Tearing down buildings The demolition of the old Mayberry frame houses, at the corner of Market and Fourth streets, to make room for the new Citizens National Bank building removes some old landmarks. The corner building that is now being razed to the ground was built by William, a brother of ...

Life Through the Lens: Nonviolence or nonexistence?

Local columns

“We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us.” *** Our story begins in the majestic, untarnished land of Africa. Hidden among the natural beauty sits a kingdom, both rare and free. This kingdom is ruled by a mighty king, beloved by his subjects. Although happy and healthy, ...

Almost Heaven: Tourism officials right to embrace slogan

Editorials

West Virginians who have done much traveling know the song “Country Roads,” and the state for which it has come to stand, are known all over the world. Bar patrons in almost any country sing along, word for word, if the tune comes over the sound system. If there happens to be a West ...

Broadband: Expanding service is vital to Ohio’s interests

Editorials

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state is high enough to discourage the effort by private companies. Some help ...

Pet Owners: Make sure pets are restrained, controlled

Editorials

Animal control officials in Washington County are dealing with a problem that is likely widespread in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Dogs running loose, sometimes in groups, and sometimes getting into trouble — attacking people and other pets. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, ...

Opioids Fight: New federalfunding levels may not be high enough

Editorials

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. West Virginia and Ohio are ...

Cold War: The world is still a dangerous place

Editorials

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed last week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in an answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

Not time to worry about guns…yet

Local columns

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote many years before the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson allegedly added, “He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of ...

It’s a Start: Surgeon General finally steps into opioids fight

Editorials

Last week the U.S. Surgeon General did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory — the last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. What could be so important, that it roused the mostly invisible U.S. surgeon general to such ...

Time for spring cleaning

Local columns

It is time for spring cleaning. I look forward to it, normally; but this year it feels daunting. It has not gotten warm and sunny enough for me to feel like throwing open the windows and making a fresh start for the house to match the fresh start happening outdoors. My daffodils didn’t even ...

Budgeting to meet the needs of West Virginia

Local columns

Bipartisanship isn’t always easy but I’m pleased that the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill provides West Virginia with important funding to fight the opioid epidemic, invest in high-speed internet and broadband access throughout our state, improve infrastructure and move West Virginia ...

Is anyone paying attention?

Letters to the editor

Trump correctly identified our dysfunctional government as a “swamp” with a priority to drain it. The “swamp” embodies many facets: essentially a one party system (liberal); destruction of national sovereignty; weak defense; globalism; unfettered immigration; unfair trade, abortion, ...

Let’s get real on guns

Letters to the editor

The gun issue — a subject of recent interest on these pages. While debate is good, as is often the case, obfuscation and stupidity take over. Obfuscation in bringing up the Second Amendment and saying banning weapons of war leads to banning all weapons. The precedent for that remark is ... as ...

Chiropractic services in the VA

Letters to the editor

Currently, veterans have access to chiropractic services at more than 70 major VA treatment facilities in the United States, but nearly 100 VA sites offer little to no availability. This disparity comes at a time when the need for drug-free options for musculoskeletal conditions is urgent. VA ...

Gun control questions

Letters to the editor

Mr. Carroll’s recent letter opposing gun control observes that the number of firearm caused deaths incurred by teenagers is unrelated to the number of guns owned by Americans. He is correct. Clearly, it is not the number of guns but how they are being used which is problematic. His statement ...

Terminate treaty

Letters to the editor

On June 29, 2004, at Guadalajara, Mexico, representatives of the U.S. and Mexico signed the “totalization” agreement between the two countries. The fake news media has covered up this story by a lack of coverage, so it’s no wonder that few Americans are aware of the treaty. This treaty ...

Will spring ever get to Mid-Ohio Valley?

Local columns

Are you ready for spring to visit our valley? You are probably tired of egg salad and chocolate candy by now, but it was not a nice surprise to see that snow on Monday morning after a beautiful Easter Day. Of course, that seems to be the standard for weather in this part of the country. It is a ...

Cholesterol free recipes for after Easter

Local columns

Easter is over and I am sure that your Easter brunches and dinners were delicious, but if we would check our cholesterol levels, you may find them a little higher than before all the Easter festivities and dinners. It is very hard to resist all the fancy and delicious foods and desserts when ...