Opinion

More research needed, even amid rules pullback

Local columns

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of extermination. Obama and others who hate the very idea of coal knew, but didn’t care, about efforts to develop “clean coal” technology. Perhaps that was because ...

Back to School: Clothing vouchers make a difference

Editorials

It is time, already to start thinking about back-to-school shopping — particularly for parents who might have to plan a little more carefully for such spending. Some West Virginia families are going to need a little help getting their kids set for the school year. Beginning Monday they can ...

Where are you, Gov. Justice?

Local columns

Communication is essential. That can’t happen, of course, if there is no one with whom to communicate. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s residence aside, I have heard over the past couple of years an increasing frustration — not just from reporters — about the difficulty in ...

Shame of bigotry and divisiveness

Letters to the editor

In his June 23 op-ed, elected state Sen. Mike Azinger puts glaring bigotry and divisiveness on display for all to see, attempting to wrap bigotry and ignorance under the pages of the Bible as a cover for his shameful op-ed. He asserts without any proof that gay people are not born that way. ...

What are Azinger’s motives?

Letters to the editor

As a Wood County resident for the last 8+ years, I’d like to say that I’m personally tired of hearing from our own local, self-appointed White-Knight-in-shining-armor, Mr. Mike Azinger. As our local state senator, Mike should be professionally concerned with causes that could actually ...

We deserve better than Azinger

Letters to the editor

Mid-Ohio Valley Atheists and Humanists has three key goals: building a secular, non-theistic community in the Mid-Ohio Valley (by building on the strong but fairly silent one that already exists), being charitable and helpful in the MOV, and taking a stand against the growing hatred, bigotry ...

Remember, #LOVEWINS

Letters to the editor

I woke up on June 23 to what I believe is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Mike Azinger, WV State Senator representing Wood County had the pleasure of publishing a highly offensive op-ed in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. In this op-ed Azinger uses his theistic knowledge ...

Happy 4th of July

Local columns

We celebrate the independence of our wonderful country and the birthday of the United States of America making us an independent nation. July 2, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress actually decided and declared America independent although we celebrate the occasion on July ...

Chamber answers who do I contact?

Local columns

I do a version of this column every couple years and now that summer is just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to touch on these hints again. For the two of us that work at the Chamber office, we are honored that people think we know all the answers about everything going on in ...

See it as it CAN be

Local columns

This week was the end of our three-week spring period where we as coaches can work with our high school soccer players. We got to see the boys that will be our freshmen in August for the first time. Our next opportunity is in August when fall practice starts. I haven’t seen most of our ...

Eastern Hercules Beetles found

Local columns

Kids love dinosaurs. I did more than 55 years ago, and so did many of my friends. We collected and played with hard plastic toy models with long, hard-to-pronounce and spell names imprinted on them. Names like Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Plesiosaurus. The size, ferocity, and fear of real ...

Science fiction stories create stark what-ifs

Local columns

Science fiction and dystopian worlds collide in the young-adult novel “Eve of Man” by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. One day, only boy babies were born. And this continued for 50 years, making it look like mankind was going to die out. Finally, one day, a girl baby was born, named Eve. Now, ...

Beverly Lions Club plans tractor, engine show

Local columns

Set aside some time this July 4 to attend the Beverly Lions Club’s annual antique tractor and engine show beginning at 9 a.m. behind Fort Frye High School in Beverly. Flag raising is at 9 a.m. A kid’s tractor pull is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Also scheduled is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To officials with the City of Parkersburg who quickly moved to address a potential safety concern at the new splash pad. Though there were only a few reported injuries to children attributed to a component of the tube slide, even one injury would have merited the switch-out that took place ...

World War II veteran places flags in Vienna

Local columns

Paul Stone, 90, of Vienna once again answered a patriotic call. When Stone read in the News and Sentinel about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Real Estate Center looking for volunteers to place 10,000 small American flags in locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley to celebrate Independence ...

Look Back: A look at Parkersburg’s streets

Local columns

Vicious cow Too many cows are running at large on our streets; sometimes congregating at certain spots in large numbers, fighting and chasing each other and showing signs of a savage spirit. It is really dangerous sometimes for women and children to pass by their rallying places. We heard of ...

Cancer Fight: Cheap shots at Biden’s work are unnecessary

Editorials

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. That ...

Backyard Gardener: Sweet summer melons

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! The summer heat is finally here as the weather forecast calls for several badly needed days of sunshine and no rain. Farmers are out cutting hay and finishing crop planting and home gardeners can continue with late crops of cucumbers and sweet corn. ...

Motor Voter: DMV is weak link in push toward progress

Editorials

In the backs of some state lawmakers’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Shameful: Officials dangled hope to help Trump

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents had heard this story before. They could have told the rest of the state how it might turn out. Still, it was exciting to hear, a year-and-a-half ago, that China’s Energy Investment Corp. would be spending nearly $84 billion in West Virginia over the next 20 ...