Opinion

It’s time to feed wild birds

Local columns

Though it’s OK to feed wild birds year round, many people prefer to feed only during the colder months. The colder months are here, so let’s review the best foods to offer backyard birds Sunflower Seeds. Black-oil sunflowers seeds are the best single food for wild birds. These small, ...

Annual Election Day dinner to be held Tuesday

Local columns

The Beverly United Methodist Church will hold its annual Election Day Dinner and Bazaar this Tuesday. The meal will feature a turkey dinner with ‘all the trimmings’ — mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, roll and butter, and homemade dessert. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To numbers showing early voting during its first six days in West Virginia has already surpassed early voting from the last midterm election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, there has been a nearly 38 percent increase over the 2014 elections. Significantly, there has been a ...

McDonough Wildlife Refuge path provides smooth walk

Local columns

Walkers now have a smooth path at McDonough Wildlife Refuge in Vienna. Last month, the one-third-mile walking path at McDonough received a new coat of asphalt. This removed the bumpy and cracked sections and filled in areas where water flowed across the path. Additional improvements along and ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith celebrates Bahai

Local columns

Mid-Ohio Valley Interfaith is an area group which seeks to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive community whose members are knowledgeable and appreciative of diverse faith traditions and cultural contexts. To that end, we launch here what we hope is a monthly article presenting a calendar of ...

Tony Dunn: Superintendent impact deserves praise

Editorials

Belpre residents will be sorry to see Superintendent of Schools Tony Dunn retire in January after eight years in which he worked hard to improve educational opportunities for local students. As board member Leonard Wiggins pointed out, at the time of his hiring “we really needed a leader ...

Judge Recht: He made a difference to education system

Editorials

West Virginia, on Sunday, lost a great man who dedicated a significant portion of his life to the improvement of education for its children. Judge Arthur Recht made a difference in the lives of generations of students — and for our state’s future. Recht had an incredible record of public ...

Rep. Mooney: Devoted public servant deserves another term

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., has spent his years thusfar serving the state’s 2nd Congressional District focusing on the people he represents. That includes residents of Jackson, Roane, Wirt and Calhoun counties Though he has been a supporter of policies meant to benefit all Americans, he ...

Tourism: Affordability should be part of campaign

Editorials

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state markets, ...

Lawmaker might need to know when to say when

Local columns

Two of the five people who served as justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court just four months ago have left. A third is on his way out. It may be time to call it a day. Nothing useful can be accomplished by trying to make it four out of five. If you’ve been following the high court ...

The new Gov. Jim Justice?

Local columns

Last week I observed two separate press conferences by Gov. Jim Justice and came away pleasantly surprised. The statehouse press pool usually goes into these press events expecting to see the same patterns. There is usually a hype video that is usually thick on the Justice praise and thin on ...

Bill Johnson: Representative deserves another term

Editorials

Voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District already know U.S Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is a true representative for them in Washington, D.C. They know he goes to Capitol Hill to do a job — for them — and returns home as often as he can. It will not be a difficult decision for those ...

Staying positive in dark times

Local columns

It can be hard to stay positive sometimes, can’t it? It can be hard to hang on to that “I think I can, I think I can” attitude and believe the something unexpected, maybe even a little illogical, is possible. It can be hard not to sink to the divisive discourse and abandonment of civility ...

Family Courts: Lawmakers must look into problems

Editorials

When candidates for the Division 2 seat on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals gathered last week in Wheeling for a candidate forum, there was more than a little discussion about the Mountain State’s broken family court system. Candidates took advantage of their time to point out our ...

National think tank welcomes your presence

Local columns

Mark Twain says to find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never work a day in your life. I say, lucky me, because I have found mine. All day, every day, I am honored to be an advocate for the students of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and by extension, their peers at ...

Funding formulas unfair to Glenville State College

Local columns

After reviewing both the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education’s proposed funding formulas, it is clear that both will seriously undermine Glenville State College’s financial position and increase our vulnerability for ...

Power of community

Local columns

Leadership expert John Maxwell said, “If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.” I saw a lot of power this week at the Belpre Annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Banquet this week at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Belpre had a good year and is growing because of ...

Small Business Saturday planning underway

Local columns

Shoppers are being asked to make a big difference to small businesses by spending at least one day supporting their local communities. Small Business Saturday takes place November 24, 2018. Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American Express founded the event ...

October lessons learned while walking

Local columns

My father has been gone for 40 Octobers, a victim of the cigarettes that hooked him while he served and earned a Purple Heart in World War II. Memories of the times we spent in the woods and walking country roads may explain why October remains one of my favorite months. He set me on a path ...