Opinion

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Letters to the editor

Democrats placed all their rotten political eggs in Barack Obama’s Marxist basket. Consequently, as the nation rebelled and ultimately turned red, they took little notice; alternately, perhaps they just whistled through the Party’s graveyard as one-by-one, Democrat governors, state ...

Unhappy with new system

Letters to the editor

In your paper dated June 29, there was an ad, “My WVUChart.” May I express my concern with this new (?) system at CCMH. I recently had some blood work done prior to a doctor’s appointment. In the past I always requested during the test that I would like a copy be mailed to me, and that ...

Willowbrook Acres celebrates July Fourth

Local columns

Residents of Willowbrook Acres are proud of their friendly, tidy neighborhood in Parkersburg. Since the 1960s, the hilltop neighborhood above Murdoch Avenue and Lakeview Drive has been celebrating July Fourth with a parade and picnic. Wednesday’s version of the holiday celebration also ...

Lookback: Making use of the latest inventions

Local columns

Fire Annihilator A new plan for extinguishing fires has been invented in New York, which consists of a series of iron pipes, perforated with holes, which can be placed beneath the beams in every story of a building, and when so placed, the water can be ejected through them by means of a pipe ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the grand opening of the West Virginia Division of Forestry Region 6 office at noon today in Elizabeth. The celebration coincides with the 40th annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade and introduces new Region 6 forester Vernon ...

Swimming: Remember water safety when beating the heat

Editorials

With the onset of really hot weather, many local residents will decide the best way to cool off is to head for the water, whether it be a swimming pool, a lake or the river. That may mean trouble. Deaths by drowning remain a regular occurrence in our region. Just a few weeks ago, a man ...

Back Issues: All the buzz about the Wasp

Local columns

Movie-goers are about to learn what longtime comic book fans should already know: Underestimate the Wasp at your own peril. Yet the character sharing the title in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” opening in theaters tonight, isn’t quite like any version we’ve seen in the comics. The original ...

Tourism Gimmick: Celebrate our lack of psychopaths

Editorials

Here’s a new one for the folks in the Division of Tourism to pull out when they need a marketing gimmick: West Virginia — The Least Psychopathic State! It is true, according to Ryan Murphy, a professor and economist at Southern Methodist University, who actually wrote a research paper ...

Independence Day: Do not forget what we celebrate

Editorials

Today our nation celebrates 242 years since our founders signed a document that declared our independence from Great Britain. That same document declares a few other things: That “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among ...

Be Safe: Independence Day offers its own hazards

Editorials

Tomorrow brings one of those holidays that tends to result in more trips to the emergency room than others. There is no quicker way to ruin a pleasant summer afternoon than a sparkler to the eye or too much lighter fluid on the grill. But in all seriousness, it does bear repeating that the ...

True Colors: Release report and stop protecting drug makers

Editorials

Some of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration have shown their true colors in their fight to stop the release of data showing how many prescription opioids shipped out to flood which pharmacies. Rather than focus ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Is the governor in?

Local columns

For my first column, I need to at least briefly introduce myself. My name is Steven Allen Adams and after more than five years away, I returned to journalism last week, covering West Virginia government for your newspaper. I’m going to be your guide to what is turning out to be a very ...

West Virginians are proud, but also realistic

Local columns

You can’t criticize Gov. Jim Justice for not smelling the roses here in West Virginia. During a press conference regarding the Public Employees Insurance Agency the other day, Justice lashed out at the press. We focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive, he ...

Procedure: Impeachment process should not be rushed

Editorials

West Virginia lawmakers have begun a process that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by a federal grand jury ...

Controlling the narrative

Local columns

I am not normally one for encouraging people to carry chips on their shoulders. But some headlines and stories from national news outlets last week fired me up a bit, as both a journalist and a West Virginian. From the Washington Post — “McCaskill stays on the trail despite a broken rib ...

The U.S. was supposed to be better than this

Local columns

Is this our country? Is this who we are? Tearing sobbing children as young as 9 months from the arms of their parents and detaining them in cages? ICE agents telling mothers that they would give the child a bath and then disappearing with the child? Detaining parents for months for a ...

Historic treasure restored

Letters to the editor

Abby and I had the great pleasure of attending a dedicatory reception June 19 for Oakland, the home built by James M. Stephenson starting in 1832, at 1131 7th St. Oakland is a structure of not only local significance, but also state-wide and national significance, listed on the National ...

Union labor a better choice

Letters to the editor

Following the decision by the Wood County School Board to accept the bid for the new Williamstown Elementary School to the non-union contractor. I would like to bring attention to the many things that are wrong with this decision: First of all the work performed by the non-union contractor on ...

‘Outrage’ unfounded

Letters to the editor

It’s appalling the unfounded raw hatred the far left has for President Trump, with no factual rationale. The far left doesn’t want to be bothered with facts. Case in point — Trump has stated repeatedly that he does not oppose immigration, only illegal immigration. Immigrants entering the ...

Goodbye, Fourth of July

Letters to the editor

The Declaration of Independence is the greatest document ever written about government because it established the first form of government based upon “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” The Declaration makes plain that the rights of man come not from other men, but from the mind of ...