Opinion

Justice may not have been wrong

Local columns

Republican legislators and Gov. Jim Justice had big, important plans for this year. With the state out of the fiscal doldrums, they said, it was time to move forward. Or not. Not a single part of the forward-looking agenda was implemented. The school employees’ strike got in the ...

A Rising Tide: Regional promotion can help gas industry

Editorials

Officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are making a smart move in agreeing to cooperate, rather than compete, in marketing the region for expanded natural gas development. We are all in this together. “Shale gas presents an opportunity to spur economic growth beyond the ...

Building upon small hopes

Local columns

During last Tuesday’s annual Leadership Dinner for the Boy Scouts of America Allohak Council, Pittsburgh Steeler great and National Football League Hall of Famer Rocky Bleier held the audience’s attention with the perfect balance of humor, football and important life lessons. Nevermind the ...

No money worries for Uncle Sam

Letters to the editor

As we approach April 15, people are starting to fret, as they do every year at this time, about paying their taxes. They worry that they’ll miscalculate and be penalized for underpayment. Or, they worry that they won’t have enough money to pay their taxes and that Uncle Sam will soon be ...

Scouting strengthens community

Letters to the editor

It was a privilege for me to serve as the Chairperson of the 2018 Allohak Council Leadership Dinner and to meet and work with so many dedicated people who are committed to such a worthy cause. I want to express my sincere and earnest appreciation to all those individuals and organizations who ...

Recent school shooting

Letters to the editor

I wish to congratulate the students, faculty and administrators of all the schools in the Mid-Ohio Valley for their caring, dignified and respectful memorial service for the school massacre in Florida. My wife and I were especially touched by the eulogy given by counselor Holly Cunningham. ...

Recurring concepts

Letters to the editor

As we endeavor to be responsible citizens in turbulent times, several concepts keep arising for consideration. They are concepts that the human community has long wrestled with. Here are just a few of them: * Integrity — With origins in Latin, this word names a character quality that reveals ...

Reconsider accepting accolade

Letters to the editor

Last Saturday an article reported that Representative McKinley received an award for voting 100 percent on issues of concern to the Family Research Council Action, a group which has been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a LGBTQ hate group. According to SPLC, the FRC bills itself as ...

A relentless war of words

Letters to the editor

Concerning those letters to the editor EVERY Sunday: It’s the same men with the same letters week after week. Blah, blah, blah. It’s like a bunch of bored little boys fighting to see who has the biggest dictionary! (OK, guys, get your dictionary and hit me with your biggest barbs. I can ...

Hillary can’t handle the truth

Letters to the editor

Once again, this time in India, Hillary Clinton is whining about her election loss in 2016. Imagine how upset Vladimir Putin feels that despite his best efforts to get her elected president, Hillary Clinton blew it. There are at least five reasons why Putin wanted Hillary as our president. ...

Devotion to right principle

Letters to the editor

The West Virginia Board of Education last year hired a new state superintendent of schools. During the process, Board President Tom Campbell said “The three finalists have a strong history of leadership.” What does leadership mean? Mortimer Adler helps us answer this question. First, he ...

No answers from politicians

Letters to the editor

Some time back I wrote to three different representatives regarding an issue with the state code on the collection of local real estate taxes. I did this in succession as I failed to get responses. I did get an initial response from two of the three, but any follow up did not materialize, ...

Recipes to mark the upcoming holiday

Local columns

Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week! This is an important week for all who call themselves Christian. In the Church where I attended in Florida, the palm branches that were carried and waved on this Sunday were kept to burn and provide the ashes for the following year’s Ash Wednesday. ...

Hop into Easter in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

That was my theme for yesterday’s Easter parade in downtown Parkersburg. Wow! What a day! I can’t believe all the months and time spent for the preparation of the event, and now it was here and gone. Even though it took a lot of work and energy by me and others, I personally enjoyed ...

Spotlight on youth advocate program

Local columns

This week, we would like to spotlight National Youth Advocate Program and the great works they are doing in our community. The National Youth Advocate program has been proudly serving the Mid-Ohio Valley since licensed in 1983. The organization focuses on programming such as foster parenting, ...

Bringing jobs back: Our world has changed

Local columns

As I write this we are getting ready to head back from Houston and the World Petrochemical Conference. (WPC) Last year we left here with a lot of insights, a lot of information and only one legitimate lead. We learned much of what we didn’t know. This year’s meeting was an incredible ...

Young adult books that thrill adults

Local columns

Young adult books can be as addicting for adults as regular novels! For those wanting a murder mystery, school politics and many romantic twists look no further than “People Like Us” by Dana Mele (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99.) At the elite Bates Academy, Kay and her friends seem like ...

The story of Garek’s first bluebird box

Local columns

“Poppi, did you bring the birdhouse?” Garek asked. When I arrived at my daughter Nora’s house in western North Carolina last week, my five-year old grandson Garek was bubbling with excitement. He obviously remembered my promise to bring him a bluebird box. When I visited back in ...

Operation Street Smart to be held

Local columns

Operation Street Smart is a government initiative to educate the public about drug abuse signs and prevention strategies. A meeting will be held at Fort Frye High School tomorrow, Monday, March 26, from 6 - 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to discuss this ...

YA books that thrill adults

Local columns

Young adult books can be as addicting for adults as regular novels! For those wanting a murder mystery, school politics and many romantic twists look no further than “People Like Us” by Dana Mele (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99.) At the elite Bates Academy, Kay and her friends seem like ...