Opinion

Unpatriotic to attack Trump

Letters to the editor

We, the American people, are truly at a crossroads in our political landscape. Roughly, about half of our politicians no longer appreciate what makes America special when compared to the rest of the world. For instance, there is very little doubt that a border wall will work as a cost ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

Can you imagine what it would be like to suddenly be disconnected from your home and friends, have no place to stay, and not know how to navigate the complex social services networks available locally in order to get back on your feet? At Latrobe Street Mission we do, and we have provided a ...

Agenda driven news?

Letters to the editor

Readers of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel in the Dec. 31 edition were treated to a front page with the headline “Village mourns second child dead in U.S. custody.” This was not the first headline covering this tragedy as reported by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Wednesday’s ...

Join the West Virginia Symphony League

Local columns

Time to take down and put all your Christmas decorations away for another year, but not me — I will probably keep them up until the last of January. Since it took me nearly two weeks to get everything put up and decorated, I want to have plenty of time to enjoy everything. I am no longer a ...

2018’s best quotes that look forward

Local columns

If there is hope in the future, there is power in the present. This is why it is so important for us to believe in a positive future. One of the best things we can do to help keep people off drugs is to give them hope in their future. A hopeless future can drive people to drugs, alcohol, ...

Planning for the new year at Downtown PKB

Local columns

2018 has been an exciting year for growth in Downtown PKB, and we look forward to the many opportunities 2019 has in store for our community! Over the past year, Downtown PKB hosted 9 events, partnered on 2 events with other community agencies and welcome many new businesses to downtown with ...

Women’s fiction, poetry to engage

Local columns

Popular Amish author Amy Clipston serves up a collection of novellas in “Seasons of an Amish Garden.” All of the stories in this collection revolve around a community garden and the young people who are working on it. In “Spring is in the Air,” Katie Ann must deal with the fact that ...

How do you keep the fun in fundraising?

Local columns

Fundraising event — the two words that can create an instant cringe for most members of an organization. What seems like a fabulous and “sure bet” idea at its very inception can quickly spiral into sleep deprivation and total calamity for the organizers. Events are a challenge — ...

Seed hoarding helps explain empty feeders

Local columns

By mid-January I’ll begin getting mail asking, “Where are my birds?” The timing of these queries varies geographically, but by mid-winter some people somewhere will wonder what happened to their birds. Unusually mild weather can be responsible. A January thaw with temperatures well above ...

Thoughts for the new year

Local columns

Welcome to 2019! Here’s hoping all your holiday wishes came true, be them big or small. I always enjoy reading the reprint of Adam Kelly’s Christmas column each year and it always brings a smile to my face as I picture the excitement his words create. There isn’t one particular ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to delay implementation of an increase in turnpike tolls, while drivers wait for their new transponders to arrive. Justice had extended the deadline for application for drivers to apply for a new turnpike discount, but the rush on the application website ...

Mid-Ohio Valley to get DNR recreation areas

Local columns

Hunters, fishermen, conservationists, birdwatchers and hikers in the Mid-Ohio Valley will receive a gift from the state this year. In December, The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 18,778 acres of forestland in the Mid-Ohio Valley to increase public access for hunting and ...

Look Back: Jones leaves Parkersburg with a few observations

Local columns

The letter written by past Parkersburg resident David Jones, to the editor of the Parkersburg Daily Times in 1870, continues. As is the case with many historical writings, it contains language that would not be used in print today. Jones was sharing his thoughts about the changes that have ...

Rules: Court must decide Justice residency

Editorials

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where he ...

Opportunity: City Council must forge ahead in 2019

Editorials

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said this week he “really fell in love with the work” of being mayor, in 2018. In the discussing the achievements and challenges of his second year in office, he was able to look ahead to a year for which he and the current council laid a solid ...

Revenue: Legislators must use caution on spending

Editorials

In a few days, West Virginia lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly mixed in terms ...

A New Year: We can make things better in 2019

Editorials

Happy New Year! And welcome, 2019. Today is the day on which we burden the coming year with a lot of unreasonable expectations, sometimes forgetting it is up to us to make them a reality. Sure, we carry out our traditions and hope for luck to help us along. But deep down each of us knows “If ...

Be Safe: Do not drink and drive as you greet new year

Editorials

Tonight across the Mid-Ohio Valley there will be gatherings of folks who may be bent on partying in perhaps a more indulgent way than they normally would — in fact some who do this sort of thing only once or twice a year. Of course, the idea is to have fun, enjoy the sending-off of 2018 and ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Lawmakers prepare for 2019

Local columns

As we head into 2019, things are very quiet, as both the executive and legislative branches prepare their bills for the 60-day general session starting Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters from around the state will get a sneak preview of some of the proposed legislation during the West Virginia Press ...

Pollution: Enforcement offers model for expansion

Editorials

Officials up the river believe it is very likely construction of the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will proceed at Dilles Bottom, Ohio. If so, it will open a door of opportunity for many in that region. But it is also an opportunity to get environmental protection right — ...