Opinion

Reps should serve everyone

Letters to the editor

The Nov. 19 News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor titled, “Voters must pressure Congress.” That writer was demanding that the voters force Congress to destroy Obamacare. That letter was a nine-paragraph belch of right-wing ugliness unsupported by any facts. That writer began ...

A vehicle for tyranny?

Letters to the editor

This is in response to Mr. Hale’s letter on Nov. 18 claiming non-discrimination statutes are a vehicle for tyranny. If a person has to begin their argument by claiming they are not a bigot, the odds are they are. The letter asks what precisely is fair about LGBT being given a specially ...

Tell me why on rate hike

Letters to the editor

Tell me why. Why does the Lubeck PSD want to raise rates on customers? The PSD received a rate increase in May of 2016. Now they want nearly a 16 percent increase on sewer rates. Why? They say it’s because the new law states they have to have a savings. Why did the elected officials vote for ...

Argument falls short

Letters to the editor

Mr. Mullen’s letter on healthcare appearing last week was very interesting because, despite the use of a whole bunch of angry sounding words, he managed to assert not one verifiable fact. So, as a reasoned argument in support of whatever he was advocating, perhaps something like “Obamacare ...

Keep eye on children

Letters to the editor

Again I observed a very precarious situation as I shopped last week. A mother had left her 12- to 14-month old precious baby unattended and unbelted while the little one bobbled and teetered in a grocery cart seat. The four to five minutes I was in the area the mother had her back turned away ...

Let Washington hear you

Letters to the editor

During this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful to live at this time in this wonderful country. We are blessed with natural resources, two broad oceans to protect us, and we live in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence gives us a “Government deriving its just powers by the consent of ...

Exciting news for us all

Letters to the editor

The recent announcement that China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd., will invest $83.7 billion in West Virginia is exciting news for the state. It is also thrilling news for those of us who live just across the Ohio River and are proud to be part of the Mid-Ohio Valley. At Marietta College, we ...

Bring jobs back: Right here, now

Local columns

As a high school soccer coach, we have suffered some tough defeats over the years. One thing I know about defeats is that blaming and complaining doesn’t change anything. What happened yesterday is history and we can’t change it. Tomorrow isn’t here yet. What we do have is today, this ...

Downtown PKB ready to end year with Winterfest

Local columns

The holiday season is in full swing and the new year is right around the corner. We invite you to come to downtown Parkersburg on Saturday, Dec. 2, for Winterfest. In an effort to promote downtown and the great businesses and culture we have to offer, Winterfest has been created to draw people ...

Count your blessings

Local columns

Well, the big day is finally over and I am sure a lot of you like me are still stuffed from all the great food and desserts you consumed on Thanksgiving. I am sure many of you had special family and friends in for the holiday and fortunately we had very nice weather that made it easier for the ...

Holiday books with furry friends

Local columns

Continuing on my column about holiday-related books, this week features books that have furry friends and the holiday season in common! And stay tuned next week for even more holiday-themed books. First is “Slay Bells Ring” by Karen Rose Smith. Home stager Caprice De Lucas is staging a ...

More books for gifts

Local columns

Two weeks ago I recommended some books as holiday gifts, but I ran out of space to include my entire list. As promised, here are a few more that would make great additions to any nature lover’s library. The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl by Richard Crossley, Paul Baicich, Jessie Barry (2017, ...

Christmas parade tonight

Local columns

The Muskingum Valley Beverly Waterford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Christmas parade today at 5:30 p.m. The parade forms at Waterford High School at 4:30 p.m. and steps off at 5:30 p.m. The parade ends at Dodge Park in Beverly, followed by the park lighting ceremony and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those organizing the many charitable efforts, such as the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, and many more, that give the rest of us an opportunity to share our blessings with those in need. It is no small task to organize these efforts, and we are grateful ...

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Look Back: Oddities make way into news

Local columns

Shower of salt-water crabs fell in Hartford City, Indiana A drenching rain, accompanied by a downfall of salt-water crabs, was experienced in this city this morning. One crab, weighing a quarter of a pound, was picked up in the back yard of Charles Reed. Several smaller ones were found in an ...

Oversight: Audit shows need for keeping an eye on funds

Editorials

It is not enough to have someone minding the store, as a new report from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost makes clear. When the public’s money is involved, there needs to be plenty of oversight. Yost’s report, “Pocketed Payments: Preventing the Theft of Incoming Funds,” targets local ...

Be Thankful: Celebrate good fortune and share blessings

Editorials

Today we are thankful, as we should be every day, for the bounty we have been given in this great country, and beautiful valley. We gather with friends and family for wonderful meals in welcoming homes — maybe a football game on the TV — and we remember just how much we have for which to be ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Local columns

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Writer recommends holiday books

Local columns

It’s time for my annual list of books that I recommend as great holiday gifts for outdoor lovers. Imagine the Great Lakes: five huge self-contained bodies of water that hold 20 percent of the planet’s liquid freshwater (much is also tied up in glaciers, icebergs, snow, and ice). From the ...