Opinion

Prayer has place in meetings

Letters to the editor

It’s time for Christians to stand up and be vocal as we are hearing of yet another attempt to silence the use of prayer in meetings. I, too, commend Justin Raber of the Board of Education for his stand. Prayer is never out of order, but silence is. Patty A. Godfrey Parkersburg

Adults ruining youth sports

Letters to the editor

Youth sports in the Mid Ohio Valley have become something much different then the learning stage of the days of yore. It is lightyears away from a time when we (as young lads and lasses) went out to play our favorite sport with friends, trying to imitate our favorite sports star. It has taken ...

Building wall worth sacrifices

Letters to the editor

That the media portrayed the government shutdown as some kind of end of the world event is pathetic. If 800,000 Americans, a lot of whom are college educated and probably making $50,000 a year or more, cannot make it several months without cash then there is something seriously wrong with them ...

Breaking the myth of eating desserts

Local columns

Everyone realizes that diabetes and desserts do not go well together, but for me it is very difficult to go without sweets the rest of my life even though I am not a diabetic. People do not have to avoid simple sugars completely but the carbohydrates that can affect one’s sugar levels. In ...

Downtown PKB board member spotlight

Local columns

Downtown PKB is made up of a 25 member board of directors, all with unique talents that contribute to the success of the organization. Kristin Meeks, the owner of WV Social Media and the newly launched Social Media Marketing Made Simple Online Academy is our Board Member Spotlight this ...

They are watching us

Local columns

On Wednesday evening, I was giving a Shale Crescent USA presentation to a group in St. Clairsville, Ohio. It was 4 PM and the sun was shining brightly and my car thermometer said, “-1°”. The wind chill was -16°. The last time I can recall it being that cold during the day I was ...

Romance, forgiveness in Amish books

Local columns

There are several new Amish books out now. From Kelly Irvin’s “Every Amish Season” series is “With Winter’s First Frost.” Laura has been a widow for eight years since her husband of 45 years died. At the age of 73, she has plenty of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ...

Get to know the sparrows

Local columns

Among birders, sparrows tend to be disrespected or at least ignored. Most are small, drab little brown birds. Brightly colored show stoppers such as yellow-throated warblers, Baltimore orioles, and scarlet tanagers usually steal the attention on spring bird walks. Sparrows are certainly more ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the return of the Fridays at the Library gardening series, at the Vienna Public Library. Even a polar vortex cannot stop the reminder that spring is closer than we think, and it is time to brush up on the skills that will have all those summer gardens producing good vegetables and ...

Hope Manor wants to help local women

Local columns

Priscilla Leavitt hopes the Hope Recovery Manor at 1016 Market St. in Parkersburg can open this year. Plans call for the facility to provide 12 bedrooms, a dining room, gathering room, visitation and counseling areas for women who are continuing on their road to recovery from substance ...

Look Back: Parkersburg odds and ends

Local columns

Go slow Day before yesterday, a man by the name of Johnson, from the country, took on a load of “Lightning Whiskey,” and mounted his steed for a ride; but being unable to “go slow,” was handed over to the Recorder, who fined him one dollar and costs, for fast riding. The Parkersburg ...

Corrections: Legislation arming officers requires caution

Editorials

West Virginia legislators seemed to be in agreement last year that a major bill involving jails and prisons ought to include a provision allowing some corrections officers to carry guns while on duty and while traveling to and from work. But that section somehow got left out of the bill sent ...

Omnibus: Separate bills would make better legislation

Editorials

“Omnibus” legislation covering scores of matters related to an overall goal is not uncommon at either the state or national levels. So the catch-all education bill moving through the West Virginia Senate is not necessarily objectionable because it contains so many different ...

Back Issues: Comics more than superheroes

Local columns

A few months ago, big spender that I am, I acquired the complete run of the 1994 animated “Iron Man” series on DVD for a whopping $5. I don’t remember it as a particularly great show, and my viewing of the first episode certainly confirmed that. Still, a certain nostalgic fondness ...

Parenting: Monitor your kids’ social media usage

Editorials

Parents of today’s kids are sometimes accused of being overprotective. Children are not booted outside at the start of a day without school (sunshine or snow) and told to come home when it gets dark. Adults hover over them in parks and playgrounds. It is rare for a youngster to get sent to ...

Home Rule: It’s time to make pilot program permanent

Editorials

More than ten years probably is long enough to decide whether most things work. Yet for 34 municipalities, one of the most important laws on the books in West Virginia remains a pilot program. Legislators are on their way to changing that. A bill doing so may be approved by the state Senate ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Three at the Capitol

Local columns

The third week of the 2019 legislative session finally saw the debut of the education omnibus bill, and the roll out could have probably been handled better. Rumors had been flying about the bill since the beginning of January. No one was sure what was in it, but the rumors reached a fever ...

Severability may be key word in Washington, D.C.

Local columns

No member of Congress in his or her right mind is going to allow 20 million people covered by Medicaid to lose their health insurance. And each and every one of the lawmakers can visualize the attack ads that would result from a wave of insurance company rejections of coverage applications from ...

Treatment: Substance abuse helpline an invaluable tool

Editorials

A few years ago, just as many West Virginians were becoming aware of the substance abuse epidemic that was tightening its grip on the state, First Choice Services in Charleston partnered with the state Department of Health and Human Resources to develop the West Virginia Substance Abuse and ...