Opinion

Bernie’s a Bust: ‘Medicare for All’ plan doesn’t add up

Editorials

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Trauma: Education needs mental health investment

Editorials

“If we do not fix this, we will lose public education.” That was strong language from Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook Tuesday, but he had good reason for using it. There is a desperate need in our local schools to address the damage being done to too many of our ...

Back Issues: Face of a demon, heart of a hero

Local columns

Hellboy returns to theaters tonight, and this time, I know he’s on the side of the angels, more or less. When the character debuted for Dark Horse Comics in the ‘90s, I was pretty sure he was satanic and assumed the title was dismissive of or even outright hostile to Christian ...

Preservation: Sumnerite Museum deserves our help

Editorials

Kudos to Parkersburg city officials who found a way to use $8,500 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding to fund an assessment of what it will take to restore and preserve the Sumnerite Museum on Avery Street. “This building’s a treasure, and if we don’t take some ...

Loughry: Justice’s fall shows need for scrutiny

Editorials

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has begun seeing the other side of the criminal justice system. Last Friday, he reported to a federal prison in South Carolina where he began serving a two-year sentence for misdeeds committed while in office. Loughry was sentenced ...

Business: Work with job creators deserves praise

Editorials

For a long time, West Virginia was viewed by some as anything but a business-friendly state. That is changing in many desirable ways — and not just for the big guys. Among them is Secretary of State Mac Warner’s goal of making it as easy as possible for businesses to deal with his office. ...

Reporter’s Notebook: The 11th Commandment

Local columns

While the late President Ronald Reagan didn’t originate it, he is often credited with what’s called the 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Apparently for some state Republican activists, this does not apply to Gov. Jim Justice. I’ve been a little ...

Poor planning led to road mess

Local columns

While we were all banging and bouncing through potholes this winter, the West Virginia Legislature was cutting the Division of Highways maintenance fund by $50 million. Now, Gov. Jim Justice is poking around the budget in an attempt to find $240 million for secondary road repairs. Blame bad ...

Bureaucracy: Changes needed for overdue disaster relief

Editorials

In the “here we go again” category, the bureaucrats in Charleston continue to prove to the federal government that they simply cannot be trusted with large sums of money. One would think, after having been placed on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “slow spender” ...

When health is unaffordable

Local columns

In the ever-changing world of advice for a healthy diet — last week eggs were horrible for you; this week they are an important source of protein — the journal Lancet has thrown a new wrinkle into the conversation. The problem is not so much all the unhealthy things we DO eat, like red and ...

Teachers are not above reproach

Letters to the editor

As a retired teacher, I want to offer kudos to Jim Mullen for his insightful and courageous column about the plight of the current education system. He rightly cites the destructive influence of the teachers’ unions. These monolithic powerhouses care not a whit about students (and very ...

Closing the books on a milestone campaign

Local columns

Our 2018-19 annual campaign officially drew to a close last Sunday. We have been actively working in that campaign since last August so it felt tremendous to close the books, take a breath and just reflect. This was a milestone campaign in several ways. It was the first campaign since the 2018 ...

Thoughts on getting older

Local columns

As we get older things that were important to us and didn’t bother us when we were young seem to change as the years pass . For instance, we were petrified if we didn’t make good grades in school and afraid of getting punished when we took our report card home to our parents to see. We ...

Hungry Girl gets simple

Local columns

The popular “Hungry Girl” brand by Lisa Lillien has released a new cookbook, “Hungry Girl Simply 6.” This book focuses on the healthier dishes, this time with all-natural recipes with 6 ingredients or less. In her 13th cookbook, Lillien says in the introduction that she wanted to ...

Partners in Education Luncheon set for May 14

Local columns

Not a day goes by in the Chamber world that there isn’t some kind of connection or discussion about the relationship between the business community and our education system. And no activity is more visible than the Partner in Education program when it comes to the partnership between ...

Our young people are better than we think

Local columns

Since we returned from San Antonio and the World Petrochemical Conference my focus has been following up with the people and organizations we contacted WPC. A lot of follow up is needed because of the number of contacts we made. Our lunch event had every seat filled and people were standing to ...

Taste of Parkersburg Planning underway

Local columns

The Taste of Parkersburg steering committee has been working since January planning for this year’s event. This year marks the 14th anniversary of our unique wine, beer and food tasting event that in recent years has seen attendance upwards of 2,500 people. Not only is the Taste of Parkesburg ...

Saying goodbye to Bill Thompson III

Local columns

Some things are just plain wrong, and there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do about it. Last fall my friend, Bill Thompson III, editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest (BWD), began feeling poorly. In mid-December he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 57 when he ...

Cozies for spring

Local columns

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some new cozy mysteries! First from J.D. Griffo’s Ferrara Family series is “Murder in Tranquility Park.” Alberta has been living in her aunt’s Cape Cod cottage in the small town of Tranquility with her cat and spending time with her granddaughter, ...