Opinion

Stand your ground on UNSATT

Letters to the editor

I have previously written about the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty (UNSATT) and the danger it poses to our Second Amendment and all our Constitutional freedoms. Now I have good news to report. I stated previously Article V of the UNSATT would require signing nations to establish a ...

What’s good for the goose…

Letters to the editor

I’d like to comment on the debate on who should make the decision whether to continue a pregnancy or not. It involves the conscience and will and demands on a woman’s life. It involves medical procedures and medical skills and doctors, not lawyers, business managers, insurance salesmen, or ...

Further Bible study

Letters to the editor

I have read the recent letter to the editor submitted by Jim Wilt, where he makes several references to the Bible. I appreciate his interest in the Bible and would like to offer some thoughts for future study. The Bible is a unique book in that anything that is anything finds its origin there, ...

Vacation duties of grandparents

Local columns

I am sure all of you have experienced duties like the one I am about to tell you about today. The last two weeks, our son and his family all went on a two-week vacation to Japan and Thailand. Right before they left, here the grandkids came to the house, bringing their pet fish for us to take ...

Cookbooks to make some summer treats

Local columns

There are several new cookbooks out now that will teach you how to make ice creams, sorbets and fruit desserts for your summer parties! “La Grotta” by Kitty Travers features recipes for ice creams and sorbets from Travers’ ice cream shop in London. And these aren’t your usual cookies ...

Celebrate our independence and protect it

Local columns

“Montani Semper Liberi” (“Mountaineers Are Always Free”). We cherish our freedom. Freedom is never free. There is always a price to pay. We celebrated the USA’s independence this past week. Americans had to fight and some died to gain our freedom and to keep our freedom for over 200 ...

Make an impact

Local columns

What does impact look like? Last week on our annual day of action, we saw more than 350 of our neighbors out in the community giving their time and sweat equity to projects all over the community. They probably wore their shirts that said Live United. They were lugging shovels. They were ...

Cozies for July

Local columns

There are several new cozy mysteries that are waiting to be read! First is the continuation of the Amish Candy shop series by USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower with “Toxic Toffee.” This time, Bailey is finishing up a shoot in New York for her cable TV show and heading home to ...

Getting wet and wild

Local columns

Relief from the dog days of summer is as close as the nearest spring-fed stream. With just a facemask, a snorkel, and an old pair of sneakers, you can observe aquatic life on its own terms — underwater. Snorkeling is a great way to introduce children to the cool side of nature. First, just a ...

Summer reading wraps up this week

Local columns

The Summer Reading Program at the Beverly Public Library ends this week and reading sheets are due by Saturday, July 13 for all programs. Baby Book Worms Lap Time for children up to age 2 meets Monday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m. Their final topic is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg officials’ decision to offer free admission at the City Park pool and Southwood Park pool as the Splash Pad remains closed for repairs and inspection. As the manufacturer works to make right — at no cost to the city — the component that has been linked to injuries in a ...

Women’s golf group celebrates milestone

Local columns

Worthington Women’s Golf Association is celebrating its 70th anniversary with activities marking this milestone. The local women’s golf association, founded in 1949 and believed to be the oldest in West Virginia, will feature an anniversary theme at its annual “Fun Day” July 18. About ...

Look Back: Fourth of July celebrations

Local columns

Fourth of July dinner Wm. Hart will set one of his nonpareil dinners on Monday next, to which lovers of good things may repair with the certainty of satisfying their gastronomical yearnings. Hart’s public dinners can’t be beat. The Parkersburg Gazette July 2, 1853 *** Glorious for a ...

Education: Senators’ proposal deserves a chance

Editorials

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Celebration: Remember what makes the United States unique

Editorials

As Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence today, it is important to recall precisely what had the Founders so riled up, at the time. They sought “certain unalienable rights, ... among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ...” But they were also incensed over ...

Back Issues: Spider-Man swings back into spotlight

Local columns

Another studio held the movie rights to Spider-Man as the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew around Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and (this still sounds weird) the Guardians of the Galaxy. But in the comics, he was — and perhaps on some level will always be — the biggest star. As part of an ...

Drug Tests: Tuition grant recipients must stay off drugs

Editorials

West Virginians eager to improve their prospects through community college educations may be able to get some help, courtesy of a new program. But there are strings attached, and they should remain. Lawmakers approved a bill earlier this year to provide free tuition to Mountain State ...

Education: Bullying is a problem in West Virginia

Editorials

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to judge ...

Budget: Lawmakers must stay within their means

Editorials

It should soon be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ended Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of May, 11 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Making the grade in West Virginia

Local columns

House Bill 206 was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, bringing an end to the education reform saga that started officially on Jan. 24 — a nearly six-month struggle. The governor was supposed to hold a couple of bill signing ceremonies today — one in Kanawha County and one in ...