Opinion

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.

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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 ...

State of the Union history

Local columns

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said “(The State of the Union address) is so unimportant in the lives of the American people. Especially those that are victims of the shutdown; hostages to the president’s applause line and campaign speech.” Forget about the politics ...

Intermediate court unnecessary

Letters to the editor

I have practiced law in nearly every county in the state for almost thirty years. West Virginians do not need an intermediate court. Our population is declining; new case filings are down; and, the number of appeals to our Supreme Court continues to decline. Right now, if you lose your case in ...

The other side of confrontation

Letters to the editor

I was dismayed by the article on page 3A of the paper on Sunday, Jan. 20. The article titled “Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American after rally” by the AP is misleading at best. This “Native American” Nathan Phillips is an activist who has an entourage of cameras follow him ...

Put prayer back in BOE meeting

Letters to the editor

After reading your Jan. 10 article concerning the Wood Board of Education replacing prayer with silence, I had to write and thank BOE Justin Raber for standing up for God. Too often our nation is allowing Satan to silence Christians in this country. I hope and pray the clergy of Wood County ...

Think spring and Easter parade April 13

Local columns

The cold and winter weather has kept us in and now it is time to look ahead for warmer weather and doing things outside. Now we can finish up the things we want to accomplish and get done inside the house before it is time for yard and garden work. I know many of you like the cold ...

Make Indian food in the Instant Pot

Local columns

Do you like Indian food? Do you like the Instant Pot (who doesn’t?) “The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook” by Chandra Ram is the book for you! With 130 traditional and modern recipes, this book brings favorite Indian dishes and flavors to home cooks and they can all be prepared in ...

They didn’t know

Local columns

On trips and during our Shale Crescent USA presentations, we were surprised to find many people in Texas and other areas didn’t know the first ethane cracker was built in Clendenin, West Virginia in the 1920s and started the modern petrochemical industry. Our Region was in the petrochemical ...

So just what is the Chamber of Commerce?

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com-merce (noun) 1. the activity of buying and selling 2. social dealings between people There is a long standing debate in the Chamber world about defining our organizations as events-driven organizations. Hang around other Chamber execs for very long and you’ll often hear the question ...

Look at Revolutionary War hero

Local columns

A new biography looks into the life of a military leader in the Revolutionary War with Virginian ties in “Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life” by Albert Louis Zambone. From humble beginnings as a barely literate backcountry laborer to a brilliant military strategist, Morgan made his way ...

Jumping mice hop along fields, meadows

Local columns

If during warmer weather you’ve ever seen what you thought was a miniature kangaroo hopping across a grassy field, you weren’t seeing things. It was a tiny rodent with huge hind feet and a long tail called a jumping mouse. I’ve only ever seen them while mowing trails through hayfields in ...

Fort Frye crowns spelling bee champ

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Twelve students representing all four Fort Frye schools met Thursday, January 17 in the Fort Frye High School auditorium to participate in the District Spelling Bee. Austin Wittenbrook, a 6th grader from Lowell Elementary school, won the title of district champion. Treven Nicholson, a 6th ...

I know why the black lady smiles

Local columns

My sister and I had just returned from Mass. We were both just kids. Savannah is hot in August and I dreaded the long bus ride. We had all the passengers the bus could hold and then a few more, so I wondered why we were stopping. She was probably 55, maybe 60. Slightly stooped, she had a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg City Council’s willingness to explore options for tackling the problem of vacant, dilapidated buildings in the city. It is too soon to tell whether an idea to sell houses for as little as $1 to occupants who have the resources to fix them up is a good one, but it is worth ...

Olson named Parkersburg YMCA COO, changes coming

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By mid-March, the Parkersburg YMCA will be open around-the-clock (24/7) with new aerobic and Nautilus equipment featured in the fitness area, said Jeff Olson, the new chief operating officer. The Broad Street facility’s main entrance will be reconfigured to give members access at any hour by ...

Look Back: Happenings around the region

Local columns

The Mineral Wells This old favorite place of resort, under the excellent management of Mr. W.F. Parshall, has been more than usually popular this season. There are now there, upwards of fifty regular boarders besides a large number of transient visitors. Mr. Parshall keeps everything in ...

Life Through the Lens: The ever-expanding world of Netflix

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“Mountains are old, but they’re still green.” *** Here is what I have noticed: life is always a little clearer through a lens. That might sound trite, but believe me, it is true. Movies have been foundational in my life for that reason: life becomes sharper and, often times, more ...

Faith versus science: Both/and, not either/or

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A problem today is the alleged conflict between Faith and Science, and this leads to decisions that are extremely consequential. From issues like evolution, climate change, human sexuality, the “Big Bang,” &c., how one resolves this “conflict” can have personal, social, national, ...