Opinion

Knowing where things come from important

Local columns

I have a friend who loves to hunt deer like many West Virginians. He told me about a woman he met in his travels out of state. They somehow got into a discussion about hunting. He told her that his family liked fresh deer meat. She told him that she did not believe that he should be killing ...

Put some cozy in your beach bag

Local columns

It’s time to pack a book or two for the beach, and for fans of cozy mysteries, there are several to choose from! A freelance editor finds a murder mystery at home in “Crime and Punctuation” by Kaitlyn Dunnett. A recent widow, Mikki is trying to settle into her childhood home and a new ...

Ready, set, summer!

Local columns

The 2017-2018 school year is over for local students and summer activities are ready to go! Tonight, the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool kicks things off with their 2018 Splash Bash from 6-8 p.m. Admission for the evening is $4 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family and children under ...

The Seventh Window

Local columns

Sister Mary St. John – she preferred Sister Mary. Sister Mary graduated from college with a Master’s degree at the ripe old age of twenty-four. It was an easy decision by the church to assign her to the children’s ward at St. Anthony’s Hospital where she was a godsend to the children ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Churchtown resident Hannah Archer, 13, who represented our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., this week. Archer made it to the second on-stage preliminary round — a feat few can match. Her mother, Stacy, said “I’m very proud of how well she did.” We ...

Parkersburg man gets wish for Viking Funeral

Local columns

Tom Frank of Parkersburg wanted a Viking Funeral. “We promised him we would,” said his best friend Gary Meyer of Marietta. “Tom made me swear we would do it.” Last Saturday along a creek in Wood County, Frank’s family and friends carried out his wishes for a Viking Funeral complete ...

Military: Ohio’s representatives must keep bases open

Editorials

Ohio has benefited tremendously from the military bases within its borders. According to a state task force set up last year, the Buckeye State has more than 110,000 military-related jobs with an estimated payroll of $5 billion. That is an economic asset worth protecting. To do that, ...

Flood Relief: Find answers and start sending out checks

Editorials

Mountain State lawmakers are right to be frustrated about the utter lack of urgency in dispersing nearly $150 million in federal flood recovery funds. They have also made the right call in deciding now is not the time to reset the process entirely. Certainly there is still very good reason to ...

TEACH: Unfair practices must be investigated, changed

Editorials

Lending institutions need to be regulated strictly to curb shady practices that can harm borrowers, argue many in Congress. But the federal government may well be part of the problem. A federal program, the TEACH grant, was intended to encourage young educators to practice their craft in ...

Audits: State agencies must crack down on cards

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

Memorial Day: Celebrate their lives and honor their names

Editorials

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far off lands. We mourn them all this Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give thanks ...

That forgotten legion

Local columns

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

Local columns

Where have all the soldiers gone? I asked myself this morn. There must be a reason, so quiet, so still. I look out my window and listen for the drummers rolling beat. Not even a tent Or marching of a single soldier’s feet. And then I see a sunray from the corner of my eye. A ...

North Korea: Dictator facing new setback in nuke talks

Editorials

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

A collection of thoughts

Local columns

Maybe it is the warmer weather and the pollen-coated cars; maybe it’s the switch in gears that we all make when the school year is over — even those of us who have been out of school for (ahem) years ... but my mind isn’t staying very long in one place at the moment. Here, then, is a ...

The power of good policy

Local columns

For those who feared that partisanship and politics always trumps policy in Washington, I have good news! Thanks to the power of grassroots advocacy and the support of pro-community bank elected officials, including every member of our West Virginia Congressional delegation (Sens. Capito and ...

Stop waste, boost Social Security

Letters to the editor

In a previous letter, I detailed the Totalization Treaty, signed between the U.S. and Mexico in 2004. Due to lack of space, I didn’t list my source of information, which was the Secure America Alliance. The information in my letter came to light from Freedom of Information Requests and ...