Opinion

YA books will make you laugh and cry

Local columns

Teenagers and adults will both have all the feels with Jeff Zentner’s “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.” Delia and Josie, high school best friends, spend their Friday evenings doing a public access show in which they dress up like vampires, do silly skits and watch a bad movie. ...

Stealthy nesting with cowbirds

Local columns

Many biologists have a love/hate relationship with brown-headed cowbirds. We love their ecological and behavioral ingenuity, but we hate the impact they have on a variety of native nesting song birds. Cowbirds are stealthy nesters — they lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Biologists ...

April Fool’s Day and history of it

Local columns

Several years ago I read an article about the history of April Fool’s Day. Of course, now that I’d like to cite the article, I cannot find it. But, History.com has interesting information about the origins of the ‘holiday’ to share. The day has been celebrated for centuries, and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Wood County Board of Education President Rick Olcott’s move to seek guidance from the state Ethics Commission regarding whether members of the board who receive dental benefits through the school district may still vote on the matter when insurance comes up for review. There are three ...

Martin to celebrate 100th birthday

Local columns

First Christian Church in Parkersburg is an appropriate place for Roxie Jane Martin to celebrate her 100th birthday on Easter Sunday, April 21. Roxie has been attending First Christian Church on Washington Avenue since she and her husband, Roy, moved to Parkersburg in 1958. The Martins joined ...

Look Back: Adjusting to new vehicles

Local columns

New ambulance purchased by Parkersburg Transfer Company A new ambulance for use in this city has been procured by the Parkersburg Transfer Company. The wagon is drawn by one horse and is of the variety used in all large cities. The wagon will be stationed in the Transfer Company’s stables ...

Release It: Mueller’s report must be made public

Editorials

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

Road Work: Infrastructure repairs cannot be put off again

Editorials

Imagine being the person tasked by Gov. Jim Justice to sort through the thousands of proposed projects handed in by Division of Highways districts upon the governor’s request last week. In our district alone there are 528 projects total in six of the counties, and 640 in Roane County, which ...

Back Issues: Doomed to repeat history

Local columns

Comic book characters get restarted or rebooted all the time, but the Doom Patrol may hold the record. The latest iteration of the team of bizarre, often tragic heroes debuted in February in a live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service. It features the original lineup that first ...

Food Waste: McKinley’s proposal deserves consideration

Editorials

It makes no sense at all for schools, corrections institutions and other public entities to throw away food when there are those in our communities who would be delighted to get it. U.S. Rep. David McKinley is absolutely right about that. As he does frequently when not needed on Capitol Hill, ...

PEIA: Officials, lawmakers must tackle problem

Editorials

For years, West Virginia legislators have suffered from a headache that just would not go away. Taxpayers feel the pain, too. It is from the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which provides health care coverage for about 220,000 active and retired West Virginians. Though they pay a portion ...

Priorities: DOH must put critical road repairs first

Editorials

Pity the Division of Highways officials from throughout West Virginia who were given a tough assignment by Gov. Jim Justice. They have been told to prepare what amount to wish lists for secondary road repairs in each of the 55 counties. Justice issued the mandate during a meeting last week in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding roads and letters

Local columns

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Opening round in Manchin, Justice political matchup?

Local columns

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...

Voting: Being informed is a vital step of the process

Editorials

It is too easy these days to pretend to be involved in the political process — in your community, your county, state or country — because you let your opinion be known. Particularly for the generations growing up having never known a time before social media, it can be a dangerous ...

Leading a mobile revolution

Local columns

West Virginians are so used to hearing that we are “dead last” — a reminder that comes too often from politicians who want us to believe we are, and that THEY have the solution — that it might come as a shock to some to know we are first in the nation at something. We are the go-to ...

Op-ed: Division does nothing for education

Local columns

I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the other one. It’s bad for our community, and it’s bad ...

Religion indeed part of founding

Letters to the editor

Jim Wilt’s letter March 3 purports to correct and admonish Dan Kessinger’s letter involving abortion, and what role religion played in the founding documents of our country. Mr. Wilt posits that religion played no role, referencing two phrases in the Declaration of Independence he says ...

Attend public forum

Letters to the editor

Thanks go to the State Board of Education for scheduling an additional education forum at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg on Monday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. To register for the forum go to https://wvde.us/education-public-forum/. Thanks must also go to Del. Vernon Criss, in response ...

Don’t change dental plan for retirees

Letters to the editor

I read with interest the story in today’s paper, Friday, March 15, 2019, about Wood County Schools and the dental insurance issue. Wood County Schools first offered the dental insurance plan in about 1983. It was made available to both professional and service employees. At the same time, WCS ...