Opinion

Pride Survey: Results show parents have work to do

Editorials

“It can be alarming at times,” said Wood County Board of Education President Rick Olcott. “It scares us a little.” He was talking about the results of this year’s Pride Survey on student drug, alcohol and tobacco use and perceptions, and words like alarming or scary are ...

Education: HB 3145 could attract teachers to needed fields

Editorials

Not every piece of the controversial “omnibus education bill” has been consigned to File 13 by West Virginia legislators. Fortunately, some aspects of the measure have been revived as separate, freestanding legislation. One is House Bill 3145, which would pay the college tuition of those ...

Services: SB 117 offers options without requirement

Editorials

West Virginia legislators are considering a bill that could provide incentives for municipal and county governments to cooperate in providing some services. It is Senate Bill 117, already adopted by that body. Some municiapal and county officials across the state do not like the bill. ...

Sober Living: Treatment needed for improving workforce

Editorials

Last week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced more than $22 million to fund eight projects it says are part of job retention and expansion efforts in West Virginia coal communities. Funding included the usual nonsense, such as nearly $60,000 to, according to the Associated Press, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Seven at the Capitol

Local columns

We are under two weeks out from the end of the 60-day 2019 legislative session, which means things speed up significantly now. In fact, toward the end of last week both the House of Delegates and Senate started having morning and evening floor sessions to keep the calendar of bills moving, ...

The ends do not justify the means, even for Trump

Local columns

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Truth Seeker: Paranormal activity travel wish list

Local columns

Just like every other person out there who is interested in the unknown, I too have a wish list of locations that I want to visit someday. Some I have more desire to visit than others. Some of the locations are not because of the paranormal activity but due to the unusual characteristics of ...

Education: Teacher development should be considered

Editorials

In what appears to be an effort to do something good for West Virginia teachers, school administrators AND parents, the House of Delegates Education Committee passed a bill last week that would fix the school year in all counties to between Sept. 1 and May 31. It would also reduce the required ...

Rain forest infrastructure

Local columns

I looked it up. To be considered a rain forest, annual rainfall in an area must be at least 65 inches. We’re not quite there — yet. But, according to the National Weather Service, in 2018 Parkersburg got 53.48 inches. So far in 2019, we’ve gotten about 10. Basements that have been dry ...

Liberty is under attack

Local columns

Well isn’t it nice to see the return of the “Fairness group,” trying to incite the same militant, rowdy crowd that took over Parkersburg City Council chambers last year. Op-ed writer Jeanne Peters is a member of Fairness Parkersburg, serves as Steering Committee Chair of Our Children Our ...

It’s in the seventh inning…

Local columns

It feels like we are in the seventh inning of a very long baseball game. The “game” is our annual campaign and the wind-up pitch was delivered back in September. Like a four-seam fast ball, we came out firing, energized and ready to go the distance. Our team was prepared, well-conditioned ...

Answers are needed

Letters to the editor

This is in reference to the Wood County Senior Citizen Association Inc. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Feb. 6, printed an article and a picture showing the new executive director accepting a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. This donation was to be used for the Meals on Wheels ...

Say no to ‘gag rule’

Letters to the editor

Title X is under assault and this is an attack that should concern everyone. A proposed “gag rule” being reviewed by the Office of Budget and Management in Washington D.C. would damage men and women’s access to health care across the country. This proposed rule takes direct aim at Title ...

Build bridges, not walls

Letters to the editor

As the president declared his emergency on our south border, I daydreamed of Frost’s poem “Mending Wall:” “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down. ... I saw (my neighbor) there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone ...

Point counterpoint on abortion

Letters to the editor

First I’d like to thank Ralph Chambers for his kind words regarding my submissions to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. I also appreciate Mr. Chambers and his efforts very much. But I’m writing today in response to Dan Kessinger and his, well, interesting response to some of my most recent ...

Oppose rule change

Letters to the editor

A proposed rule change currently being considered in Washington, D.C., by the Office of Management and Budget would restrict doctors and other healthcare providers from giving needed information to their patients. This rule would prohibit doctors and nurses from providing their patients with ...

Senate bill deserves support

Letters to the editor

Education has dominated this session of the West Virginia Legislature for many good reasons. The knowledge and skills of our citizenry set the tone for our economic prosperity, freedoms and quality of life. The focus of our legislators on K-12 and higher education is meaningful, and today I ...

Air travel on trips

Local columns

I will share a few experiences as I and part of our family traveled to Las Vegas last week by air. First of all, traveling by air anymore is not as pleasant for many people as it used to be. You can leave me out on that, however, because I love to fly and don’t really care if I have two or ...

Get out slow cooker for some easy dishes

Local columns

Get out your slow cooker once again for some easy meals that will make you fall in love with that appliance again with “3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook” by Drew Maresco. I haven’t used my slow-cooker for a while since my love affair with the Instant Pot began. But when I got this book, I ...

Member spotlight with Balsimo Strategic Marketing

Local columns

This week, we would like to highlight Balsimo Strategic Marketing who joined our Chamber at the end of last year. Balsimo Strategic Marketing (BSM) may be a new member to the Chamber, but owner Mike Balsimo certainly isn’t a stranger to the Mid-Ohio Valley. After 13 years in corporate ...