Opinion

Catholics must demand truth

Letters to the editor

I am a Catholic without a Church. For decades I have been a faithful member of the Catholic Church. A place where I received the Eucharist, was an active member, and supported the Church. I feel I can no longer be an active part of my Church. How do we explain this to our children and our ...

Vote for the right to life

Letters to the editor

I am an American. I am endowed by my creator with the inalienable right to life just like you and every other American. You know who I am. With modern technology and ultrasound you have seen my face and heard my heart beat. Will you use your right to vote and only put pro-life men and women ...

Release names of abusers

Letters to the editor

On Friday, Aug. 17, days after the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report which found that hundreds of Catholic priests had abused 1,000 children in that state, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese of Indiana vowed to release the name of every person in the diocese ...

Trump right about media

Letters to the editor

I thought it curious and out of the blue, that an off-handed comment by a citizen about fake news at a public meeting would elicit an angry dustup by the editorial staff of the local newspaper. Then I remembered it was Thursday rant day when about 350 newspapers all had one thing in common; a ...

Religion and the Constitution

Letters to the editor

I would like to address a recent and existing issue with our local government. There is an organization in our country that is on a mission of questionable goals. Here is the reason I use the term questionable goals. I have recently contacted this organization trying to understand their motive ...

Having Las Vegas ‘eatitude’

Local columns

Socrates: “Other men live to eat, while I eat to live;” Bernard Shaw: “There is no love as sincere as the love of food;” Shakespeare: “A good digestion to you all;” Socrates: “The best sauce for food is hunger and the best flavoring for drink is thirst;” and Benjamin Franklin: ...

Book offers household tips

Local columns

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin offer a revised and updated version of “Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions” (St. Martins, $24.99.) A collection of money-saving tips, DIY cleaners, kitchen secrets and easy answers to everyday problems, the husband and wife duo highlight ways you can do things ...

Great leadership

Local columns

Joe was a very talented freshman on our high school soccer team several years ago. He loved to take shots. A lot of them. Many were low percentage shots from long distance or bad angles. I almost “fixed” that as a coach until I realized that Joe may take 10 shots a game but he would score ...

It’s migration time

Local columns

Shorter days and chilly mornings signal curious naturalists that certain predictable natural phenomena are about to unfold. Brilliant goldenrod turns old fields into seas of sunshine. Tree leaves have begun to morph into their fall colors glory. Look for red maples, sassafras, and poison ivy to ...

Back to school again

Local columns

The start of school frenzy is pretty much over. Except for a few schools here and there, all the kiddos are back in class, complete with the requisite clothing and supplies. Conversation around our dinner table recently centered on those back-to-school supplies, and the hands-down winner for ...

More than a checker game

Local columns

The Model Ts kicked up dust. Horses brayed and tugged at the hitching post. Some came from as far away as the next county. This was an event. Most Saturdays the kids were down at Sweetgum holler, swinging on monkey vines into the cool water of the creek. The old farmers would start ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the many programs, such as Shop With a Cop or Backpack Blessings that help ALL Mid-Ohio Valley kids get ready to go back to school. Certainly those organizations who put together such programs do a world of good for students who need a helping hand, but, as Det. Dianna Hively, also the ...

Mary Anne Ketelsen to speak at manufacturing conference

Local columns

Mary Anne Ketelsen is bringing positive changes to West Virginia Potato Chip Co., doing business as Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg. As majority owner and president of West Virginia Potato Chip Co., Ketelsen is investing money on state-of-the-art equipment and planning to pursue federal ...

Look Back: School is in session in Parkersburg

Local columns

School examination Mr. Nash’s School underwent a general examination on Thursday last. Chancing to drop in, during the exercises, we were highly pleased to see a goodly number of ladies and gentlemen in attendance, testifying their interest in the cause of education. We are sure this throng ...

Backyard Gardener: Stink bugs and woolly adelgids

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners! Rain and cool weather have hit the Valley this week, almost feeling like an early fall. Labor Day is coming soon, marking the end of summer. The moisture has definitely kept all of our pasture and hayfields green and growing but has been a challenge ...

Football: Enjoy the game, but do not ruin the fun

Editorials

It’s back! That wonderful time of year when the sound of marching bands warming up, cheerleaders shouting and clapping and popcorn makers firing up at the concession stands signal our local high school football teams are about to return to their fields under the Friday (or Saturday) night ...

Sexual Abuse: Remaining silent does more harm than good

Editorials

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Sovereign Immunity: Escaping punishment should not be an option

Editorials

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

State Parks: Revitalization plan is good for economy

Editorials

West Virginia is full of natural treasures. Many of them are on display in our state parks and forests. That is why it is good to hear Gov. Jim Justice announce the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance, and improvements in those ...