Opinion

The birds of western North Carolina

Local columns

It's been almost a year since my wife and I moved from West Virginia to western North Carolina. Since then many readers have written to wish us well. We truly appreciate your thoughtful cards and emails. Thank you. Moving from a large old house on 95 rural acres to a suburban three-bedroom ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Belpre City Council member Susan Abdella, who bucked the trend in today’s political discourse by graciously accepting her departure from council after receiving the lowest number of votes in Tuesday’s election. “Everybody running for council is qualified,” she said. “I’m very ...

College football reps visit Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

Even though the college football season is several months away, local residents are already getting a look at what to expect from their favorite teams this year. Thursday night, Alan Estep, assistant head football coach/offensive coordinator at Marietta College, spoke at the college’s ...

Look Back: Parkersburg goes to the dogs

Local columns

Dogs Editor State Journal: Has the city of Parkersburg an ordinance concerning dogs? If so, what are its provisions? Is the owner of a dog held responsible for depredations committed by his dog or dogs? Has a citizen any right of protection against dogs? If so, in what way may he proceed ...

Life Through the Lens: What is lost may sometimes be restored

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“Some people move on. But not us...not us.” *** What do you do when something is lost? Give up? Move on? Hold tight? How long is too long? When is enough finally enough? Is this too many questions? I remember the last time my girlfriend broke up with me. Seems like a Tuesday. I had, ...

Corruption: Criminal misconduct can’t be ignored

Editorials

When the light shone brightly enough on judicial misconduct in West Virginia to result in concerns that the entire state Supreme Court of Appeals would have to be replaced, it appears to have inspired others to take a closer look at those sitting on the bench at all levels in the Mountain ...

Education: Lawmakers should pay heed to survey results

Editorials

Though state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, has already begun the predictable work of discrediting results of this spring’s eight regional education roundtable events and online surveys, the results must not be ignored by lawmakers gearing up for a special session to revisit ...

Disaster Aid: Investigation warranted on how funds were spent

Editorials

When the federal government dumps tens of millions of dollars into a state to help disaster victims, crooked politicians smell opportunity. Who’s to notice if some of the money gets siphoned away? After more than a year of questions concerning how more than $200 million in federal flood ...

Give Local MOV: Your donation can make a difference

Editorials

Many local residents make special effort during Small Business Saturday to visit and spend a little money at locally owned shops, understanding the money makes far more impact here at home than if it had been spent at a national retailer. Today is our opportunity to do the same thing for local ...

Education: Committee needs an effective leader

Editorials

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Would a Manchin run make sense?

Local columns

Party labels mean more to politicians, and often to voters, than they have in some time. Often, whether one is a Democrat or a Republican makes as much or more difference than positions on issues or personality. West Virginia is evidence of that, in a weird sort of way outsiders may have ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Charleston odds and ends

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I’m starting to feel more hopeful that the re-start of the special session won’t be as contentious as I thought it might be, though I still think some of what the governor and lawmakers want to do is on the ambitious side. The hope continues to be that state Senate and House of Delegates ...

Infrastructure: Officials should embrace federal initiative

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. Trump is proposing a $2 trillion federal ...

History for the Holliday

Local columns

When the president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society calls on a gorgeous, sunny 70-degree day and offers to help spring you from your office for 20 minutes or so, you accept. That’s how I wound up driving down Sixth Street in search of the Holliday Cemetery, which Bob ...

Take border crisis seriously

Letters to the editor

In the Jan. 17 newspaper, Diane Dimond had a column on the cost of illegal immigrants to American taxpayers. Dimond does some math. At an $18 billion estimated cost to build the wall on the U.S. southern border, divided by the 328 million men, women and children in the U.S., the cost of the ...

A problem with medicine today

Letters to the editor

Are we being denied pain relief completely? Recently I went through an extremely painful medical emergency that has left me in shock in more ways than one. It started when I strained on a case of bottled water in my car even though I tried to do so carefully. The next morning I had extreme pain ...

Many excuses, but still wrong

Letters to the editor

We see the commercials all the time. The heart wrenching music, the sad pictures of dogs and cats peering at us helplessly. Won’t we please help? They need you. You can help for just 63 cents a day ... the price of a cup of coffee. Many are moved to tears. Many call in to help. I like ...

The power and potential of being positive

Local columns

Are you tired of West Virginia being at the bottom of the wrong lists? Ohio is not immune. When I got involved with Shale Crescent USA one of the first things I heard was that southeast Ohio has always been a stepchild of the state of Ohio. The real danger is people get it in their mind that is ...

What’s next for the Parkersburg YMCA?

Local columns

Editor’s Note: This week we invited Jeff Olson, Chief Operating Officer at the Parkersburg YMCA, to take over our column to share updates on the YMCA with our readers. Our membership database was put into place in 1989 and it shows the YMCA has been a member since then. But after reading ...

Give Local to help Hunger Solutions effort

Local columns

I can almost hear the ticking of the countdown in my head. The march of time to the magic hour of midnight. When the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday, our 24-hour annual adventure will begin. This week is the annual Give Local initiative from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. It is a ...