Opinion

Mine Safety: Weakening regulations puts lives at risk

Editorials

At the end of a year in which a disturbing trend toward weakening mine safety regulations has popped up in Washington, D.C., Mountain State residents got some sobering news. In 2017 there were 15 deaths at U.S. coal mines, up from nine in 2016. More than half of those deaths occurred in West ...

Intervention: Witnesses deserve praise for saving woman

Editorials

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin knows how dangerous it can be for bystanders to interfere when they witness a crime taking place — particularly a violent crime. That is why, for the most part, law enforcement agencies ask witnesses to call 911 and keep themselves removed from such ...

Tax Reform: Legislature has its work cut out for it

Editorials

Some members of the West Virginia Legislature may have enjoyed a few grim, knowing smiles during the past several weeks, as they watched work on a federal tax reform bill. Been there, struggled with that, they may have thought. Conservatives have attempted during the past two regular sessions ...

Human Error: GPS tracking can prevent train crashes

Editorials

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington last month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety Board ...

A New Year: Let us look forward to better things

Editorials

Welcome, 2018! Welcome, a milestone, however contrived, that gives us reason to hope and dream, to think of ways in which we can change and improve — make ourselves and the world better. Be kind to us. Your predecessor brought us division we had pretended was plastered over; terror and ...

Clinton Foundation doing well for itself

Local columns

Because many Americans open their hearts and wallets to worthy causes during the holidays, it seems like a good time to take a look at one proclaimed loudly for several years to have been very worthy: the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., the ...

Be Safe: Have fun, but use common sense

Editorials

This evening brings for many an excuse to let loose a little, have a couple of drinks. There is nothing wrong with that, for responsible adults of legal age who have taken the proper precautions. But too many fail to behave responsibly as they engage in New Year’s Eve revelry. Nearly 50 ...

Looking ahead to 2018

Local columns

It was a cruel turn of events to follow one of the biggest eating holidays (and I do mean days) of the year with a cold blast that just begged for more heavy comfort foods and keeping the oven on for baking. Add to that the impossibility of NOT trying out the latest kitchen gadget received as a ...

An update on the American Red Cross

Local columns

PARKERSBURG — The past year was a year of record-breaking disasters and the American Red Cross quickly mobilized to help people in need, providing more food, relief supplies and shelter stays than all of the last four years combined. In just 45 days, the Red Cross responded to six of the ...

Take a closer look

Letters to the editor

Just isn’t fair. You gotta love the talking points espoused by the liberal politicians and the TV talking heads regarding how the new federal tax legislation is going to benefit the “rich” and stick it to the little guy. I mean, after all, “the middle class is going to take the ...

What could have been

Letters to the editor

Congratulations to Belpre on opening the new Belpre Medical Center. I am making this statement in spite of the fact that this facility could have been and should have been located in Wood County with all of the property taxes and other benefits, which the Ohio community will enjoy. I make this ...

Future looks bright

Letters to the editor

The principal reason to why I don’t watch the news is because journalists often produce stories with information they know very little about. One of those topics is C8. The Environmental Protection Agency states that our water should be no more than 0.07 parts per trillion. Vienna, West ...

Some thoughts on liberals

Letters to the editor

Here are some examples of liberal hypocrisy concerning the Second Amendment: The liberal news media screams about the First Amendment freedom of the press when criticized for their liberal bias and fake news stories. Yet the same liberal news media never misses an opportunity to trash the ...

Enjoy traditional New Year’s dishes

Local columns

New Year’s Eve. Did you get everything done in 2017 that you had planned, or hoped, to do? I surely didn’t! Most of my projects for the year will just go on next year’s “project list.” There seems to be more things left undone than things done, but no one will even know about them a ...

Recipes and resolutions for 2018

Local columns

As I am writing this article for the Sunday paper we just finished opening our gifts with family and friends. At one point, we had eleven little ones between the ages of 3 and 13 that waiting patiently to see what gifts they received from their friends. It is hard to believe that in one more ...

Photo by Amy Phelps
Homestyle Chicken Curry was the main dish featured at the Bollywood Night party.

Have dinner, movie with friends

Local columns

Back when The Star of India restaurant was in Parkersburg, several friends and I would go almost weekly for lunch. Not only was the food good, but they would many times be playing scenes from Bollywood films on the television screens. The films were not subtitled, so we had to make our best ...

MOV Chamber highlights of 2017

Local columns

“There’s just 2 of you?” I get that question a lot when asked how many employees the MOV Chamber has in the office. But you do so much.” My answer is always, “The work of the Chamber is done by our great members. So the number isn’t 2 — it’s closer to 380.” Indeed 2017 ...

Aim high, write it down

Local columns

It was 10 years ago and the high school boys’ soccer team I coach had just suffered a tough loss in the State Semi- Final game. Outside our locker room just as we were leaving the juniors surrounded me. The message was clear. “Coach, we want to come back to Beckley next year and win it ...

Best books of 2017 named

Local columns

Here is a look back at the best books of 2017: Historical: “A Fine Imitation” by Amber Brock (Broadway Books, $16): Though the romance didn’t work for me, the atmosphere of the Roaring ‘20s amid the glittery socialite world of the years 1923 and 1913, did. Readers follow the ...

A tribute to great friends in 2017

Local columns

A new year brings an opportunity to look both ahead and back. I look to the future because I have two grandsons, ages three and five, and a granddaughter who will probably arrive before you read this. Their future knows no limits. I also look back to remember friends I’ve lost. One of ...