Opinion

We the people will decide

Letters to the editor

Does anyone know where I can purchase red rubber clown noses in bulk? We have people in Washington playing the part without the proper attire. On a related note, does anyone understand what the Democratic Party platform is other than “we hate Trump?” The word impeachment occurs frequently ...

Time for intelligence agencies to sweat

Letters to the editor

I, for one am personally glad, that after ten years, the U.S. finally has a strong attorney general who believes in enforcing the rule of law. With the addition of U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has the responsibility of examining the origins of the Russia investigation, and possible illegal ...

Letter was filled with lies

Letters to the editor

The letter to the News and Sentinel on May 26 titled, “Democrats are afraid of Barr,” was a combination of silliness and misleading fabrications. Essentially, that letter told us Trump’s new Attorney General William Barr, is going to rain on the Democrats’ parade. It will begin ...

Mincks is supporting Wolfe

Letters to the editor

Dear Sirs and Madams: Your committee will soon have the task of selecting an individual to fulfill the open position of Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. I am writing as the Sheriff of Washington County, a long standing Republican office holder, and a fellow Republican. I believe ...

Spending time with loved ones

Local columns

While trying to decide on what to write about in last Sunday’s column, the first thing that came to my mind was all of the various graduations taking place this time of the year and that is what my article was about. However, I left out a very very important special day — Memorial Day ...

Get more out of your Instant Pot with cookbook

Local columns

Stefanie Bundalo, creator of the Sarcastic Cooking blog, gives fans of the Instant Pot more to love with their favorite appliance with a cookbook of 75 dishes that take minimal work with 15 minutes or less of prep time, “Quick Prep Cooking with Your Instant Pot.” The recipes inside include ...

A celebration of S.E.L.F.

Local columns

When was the last time that you took time for yourself? I know well that life is busy enough with work, family, and just the normal everyday routines. It’s really easy to live on autopilot — just following the routine you established for yourself and living one day to the next as each one ...

Perseverance is key trait

Local columns

It isn’t about getting knocked down it is about getting back up. I will never forget Thomas, a former high school soccer player I coached several years ago. Thomas’ skills were average. What made Thomas a starter by his senior year and an All- State Player was his persistence. If you beat ...

Amish fiction for fans

Local columns

There are two new Amish books that will appeal to fans of the genre and long-time fans of the writers. First from Wanda E. Brunstetter with daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter and granddaughter Richelle Brunstetter comes “The Brides of Big Valley,” three novellas all set in Big Valley, ...

Frog voices on a summer night

Local columns

Drive slowly by a farm pond, a lake, or a wetland on a warm summer evening, and you’re likely to hear two distinctive voices. A deep, booming, “Jug-o’-rummm!” betrays a male bullfrog. On a lake the sound can travel up to a mile across open water. As darkness falls, dozens of bullfrog ...

Art show winners named

Local columns

Chloe Bidwell’s art project was named Best of Show at Fort Frye High School’s annual art show held Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Other students receiving awards for first, second, and third place in each category were: Portraits — Chloe Bidwell (1st and 2nd place) and Divinity ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Wood County Board of Education members — and all the members of the dental committee who worked on recommended changes — for approving the alteration of the district’s employee dental plan that will save the school system nearly $650,000 a year. It is not easy to correct the ...

St. Andrews feeds Recovery Point clients

Local columns

Tina Salmans wondered where the line of walking men was headed along Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg every morning. Salmans, who co-owns Mulberry Lane Country Store at 4009 Emerson Ave., would see these men walking in groups by her store and by the church she attends, St. Andrews United ...

Look Back: Horsing around in the city

Local columns

Editor’s note: This column includes reproductions of historical newspaper items that contain language that, while common at the time, is understood to be offensive today, and would not appear in print. *** Accident Last evening as Thos. Mulvey was driving an empty coal cart down Market ...

Emergencies: Tech boost needed to improve response

Editorials

Each year the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation uses 129 measures to determine the country’s and individual states’ ability to monitor and respond to manmade and natural disasters. In this year’s study, West Virginia dropped: 3.2 percent in health security and 7 percent in ability to monitor ...

Back Issues: Godzilla has comic book pedigree

Local columns

The “MonsterVerse” featuring Godzilla, King Kong and company is yet another attempt to build a cinematic universe to match Marvel’s. But 40 years ago, Godzilla was part of the Marvel Comics Universe. Technically the second American-published comic featuring the King of the Monsters (the ...

Education: Special session action should not be rushed

Editorials

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete Senate ...

Relief Funds: Money must be managed properly this time

Editorials

West Virginia will receive $106 million more in federal disaster relief funds, because of floods that devastated some communities in 2016, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced last week. Let’s get it right this time. It has been three years, and we have given scant reason for the feds ...

Immigration: Refusing Trump request may do harm

Editorials

When Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration $4.5 billion last week, it prevented spending that would have stopped an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Memorial Day: Give thanks to our fallen heroes

Editorials

Unofficial start to summer, the opening of municipal swimming pools, school is out (or nearly so) and a three-day weekend. Memorial Day has drifted so far from its origins it is no wonder Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to encourage us all to stop at 3 p.m. today to think ...