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Opinion

VA Deaths: Protection, investigation must be top priorities

Editorials

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. At least one of those ...

Support: National Guard, families deserve our help

Editorials

Conflict in the Middle East has taken on new meaning for West Virginians, as well as some of our neighbors in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. Earlier this month, state officials were joined by hundreds of people in Charleston in a ceremonial send-off for more than 500 West Virginia ...

Gun Safety: Being irresponsible can lead to tragic outcomes

Editorials

For one reason or another, a man in Nitro, W.Va., decided he needed to take a firearm with him when he left home several days ago. As he was getting ready to leave, he laid the gun down for just a moment or two. His 3-year-old son picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the head. The ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Grand Old Party at the Greenbrier

Local columns

I spent my Saturday at the Greenbrier Resort covering the West Virginia State Republican Executive Committee’s annual Summer meeting. There were rumors of intrigue, of a coup against Chairwoman Melody Potter, of infighting among committee members. At the end of the day, none of these things ...

Early picks on West Virginia Supreme Court

Local columns

Bet on Joanna Tabit. That’s the conventional wisdom among some observers of state politics — and even these days, when once-solid political assessments are being called into question, it’s probably the correct call. Tabit, a circuit judge in Kanawha County, is trying again for a seat on ...

Education: Drug abuse putting strain on foster care

Editorials

Declining enrollment in West Virginia public schools is a concern, as state school Superintendent Steve Paine pointed out earlier this month. Much more worrisome is another trend he pointed out. Even as enrollment declined since 2000, the number of public school students in foster care nearly ...

Prepping Pigskin Preview

Local columns

It’s almost here. Football season is nearly upon us, and the best kind of football — the kind under the Friday night lights — is eagerly anticipated here in the newsroom, as our sports department puts the finishing touches on this year’s Pigskin Preview. I love hearing each sports ...

Op-ed: Nothing to fear from three public charter schools

Local columns

There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children. American leaders from every generation have recognized the importance of a world-class, public education. President John F. Kennedy felt so strongly about this imperative that he ...

Parkersburg Homecoming a shadow of its former self

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about the Parkersburg Homecoming 2019. I’m glad they did it in Red White and Blue for Veterans. They said they were doing a laser light show instead of the fireworks because of the veterans that suffer with PTSD. What they don’t know is that the laser light show is just as ...

A response to Carmichael

Letters to the editor

In his op-ed circulated around the state of West Virginia, Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said West Virginians can take pride that the Legislature has devoted itself to improving our public education system. He says there is no doubt that our system is in desperate need of repair. The ...

The problem with plastic

Letters to the editor

In his op-ed, which shared his thoughts about plastic, Greg Kozera concedes that our country and our world have a lot of problems, but use of plastics is not one of them. According to Mr. Kozera, this is because plastic has many practical applications and plastic waste can be collected and made ...

A thank you from Parkersburg Homecoming

Letters to the editor

I am writing on behalf of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival and wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who supported our event this year. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make our event possible. We would like to thank the city of Parkersburg, especially the ...

Ask what they stand for

Letters to the editor

Years ago, when my brother and I reached voting age, our dad told us “always know who you’re votin’ for — and why you’re votin’ for ’em’.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, including Michael Azinger. But when he tries to shove his personal beliefs down your throats ...

Time to show off your cooking skills

Local columns

My oh my! Another year has gone by and it once again time for the 65th Annual Cook Book contest for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. It is a very exciting time and a very busy time for all the great and talented cooks to try to find a recipe that inspires the judges. It is very time ...

Find new ways to enjoy salad with new cookbook

Local columns

Summer is a great time to enjoy some cool salads. And there’s a new cookbook by Nicky Corbishley, founder of the blog Kitchen Sanctuary, called “Seriously Good Salads” that is there to help. Corbishley says in her introduction that while she loves chocolate cake and pizza, she wants ...

Green New Deal, what it means to you

Local columns

Politics and personalities have divided our country. In Washington, it looks like we forgot how to have different opinions and still respect the individuals holding them. We can’t ever forget that we are all on the “American” Team. For the last few months I have been a guest on radio ...

Backyard Gardener: Crimson clover

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Thank goodness for the rain this week. It has turned drier in the area and who would have thought with the extreme wet spring and early summer of 2019. As the summer winds down folk will still be outside camping, hiking and in general exploring the ...

A peek into fall bird migration

Local columns

As summer winds down, we expect cooler, drier air to make life a little more comfortable. But nature is far from predictable. Why hike a favorite trail or canoe a favorite lake if the results are always the same? When I’m outdoors, I hope to see things I’ve never seen before. There is, ...

Families, relationships searched in thrillers

Local columns

New York Times bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz visits a wealthy woman on her birthday in “The Birthday Girl.” Ellie seems to have it all — a luxurious life including a new home in Palm Springs, a handsome former actor turned TV exec husband, a great relationship with her ...