Opinion

Trade War: Officials should plan for pension shortfalls

Editorials

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

Shatterproof: Addiction treatment ratings are good idea

Editorials

Finding any addiction treatment program near our communities and at an affordable price is a challenge, in West Virginia. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones find providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Good Luck: Rileys had positive impact on community

Editorials

Parkersburg Area residents may not always have been aware of the hard work — day in and day out — put in by Salvation Army Majs. Matt and Cathy Riley, but those who have been given a helping hand as the Rileys carried out the mission to “do the most good” certainly knew. Now the ...

Opioids Settlement: AG’s decision was reasonable

Editorials

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is being criticized by some for his handling of a lawsuit settlement for a whopping $37 million. Could the state have collected more from drug distributor the McKesson Corp.? Maybe. But the bottom line is $37 million is big money and far from a ...

Saber Rattling: Kim needs a reminder of American resolve

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. When North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast, it appears the rockets were a new ...

What now, for Hamrick and West Virginia Republicans?

Local columns

No doubt Danny Hamrick is in a lot more trouble at home than he is in Charleston. His dilemma at the state capital could get worse, however. Think about it this way: What happened the last time Republicans learned a powerful politician was involved in a relationship with an intern? If the name ...

Hard Choices: Belpre City Schools must weigh options

Editorials

As has happened for many years, in nearly every school district with fiscal challenges, changing demographics and concerned, involved parents, there is an uproar in Belpre over proposed reductions in force — and the specific positions that may be at risk. And while it would be wonderful to ...

Mothers, official and unofficial

Local columns

A young friend of my niece and nephew asked me a while back “Why is (name he uses for my mother) so good?” That stopped me in my tracks for a second. I said “Well, what do you mean? Because she’s smart and can do a lot of things and is so nice?” He said “Yeah. Plus she can cook ...

Kids need supports, not charters

Letters to the editor

I have 24 fantastic students in my first-grade class who have a world of opportunities waiting for them. For many of them, school is their safe haven from broken homes, violence, drug abuse and hunger. They go to bed scared to death, often can’t sleep and don’t know what the next day or ...

Alternatives better for spine

Letters to the editor

A prestigious research paper published in the peer reviewed journal Spine in March of this year found only 0.8 percent or less than 1 percent of individuals suffering with spinal stenosis required spinal surgery. Out of a population of nearly 500,000 individuals, Adogwa and his research ...

Mothers share, sacrifice much

Letters to the editor

Mother, Mommy, Mom, Nana, Grandma, Mimi, Grammy, aunt, sister, Sis, niece ... Mrs., Ms. and Miss. We all have at least one of those. A mother, maybe we are close to, maybe not. Maybe we know her, maybe not. Maybe we miss her. Maybe we don’t care. But whatever the case, we’re here because ...

Good sportsmanship

Letters to the editor

I attended the baseball game between Warren and Parkersburg High School, in which my great-grandson broke his ankle. After the game, he couldn’t quite make it to the line on his crutches to shake hands, but all the PHS players came to him to shake hands. Although I was of course rooting ...

Take a seat with the PHS Foundation

Local columns

Take a seat with the Parkersburg High School Foundation and help with the PHS auditorium renovation. The PHS foundation was established in 1988 with a mission to encourage traditions and enhance excellence at Parkersburg High School. To date, the foundation has donated over $375.000 through ...

Prepare yourself for success

Local columns

Two weeks ago, my daughter, Dannielle and I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) at Gettysburg, Pa. It was a beautiful course running through the battlefield and farm country. The course was hilly. We expected that and trained accordingly. I had a good finishing time for me. Dannielle is also my ...

Welcoming a new face to Downtown PKB’s team

Local columns

Downtown PKB welcomed a new face to the organization this week. Jessica Strickler recently joined Downtown PKB’s team as the events and marketing manager. Prior to this position, Jessica worked for 19 years as a marketing specialist in the marketing and public relations department for the ...

Day of Action a chance to serve community

Local columns

On June 21, tens of thousands of people across the planet will volunteer to spend a day in service to their community. It is a day when they will step in unison and fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. A worldwide movement that will result ...

New books in women’s fiction

Local columns

There’s several new books out in the genre of women’s fiction that run the gamut of subjects. First from bestselling author Amy Clipston is “A Welcome at Our Door,” the final part of her Amish Homestead series. Cindy Riehl is the youngest in her family and has watched her siblings all ...

The birds of western North Carolina

Local columns

It's been almost a year since my wife and I moved from West Virginia to western North Carolina. Since then many readers have written to wish us well. We truly appreciate your thoughtful cards and emails. Thank you. Moving from a large old house on 95 rural acres to a suburban three-bedroom ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Belpre City Council member Susan Abdella, who bucked the trend in today’s political discourse by graciously accepting her departure from council after receiving the lowest number of votes in Tuesday’s election. “Everybody running for council is qualified,” she said. “I’m very ...

College football reps visit Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

Even though the college football season is several months away, local residents are already getting a look at what to expect from their favorite teams this year. Thursday night, Alan Estep, assistant head football coach/offensive coordinator at Marietta College, spoke at the college’s ...