Opinion

Meals for Valentine’s Day, Lenten

Local columns

Are you as upset with that groundhog as I am?! The sunshine on the snow is beautiful, but the cold weather and slippery roads are not appreciated. If there is any good in this wild (but not altogether unusual) weather pattern, it is that many of summer’s pests will have gone to Bug Heaven. ...

‘Love is all you need’ and chocolate

Local columns

Love comes in different sizes, for small, medium and large. Love can change a person and make their heart beat faster, but also if things don’t work out, love can also break your heart. What do you think? Love has only four little letters, but has a gigantic meaning and connects millions and ...

A look at the Workforce Development Board

Local columns

This week we would like to highlight one of our members, the Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Workforce Development Board been serving our region for the past 20 years and continues to oversees training and employment programs that ensure that efficient and effective ...

Bringing jobs back to the MOV — Back from Japan

Local columns

“Konnichi- wa” That is Japanese for “hello.” As I wrote this I was flying somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on our way back to the USA from a week in Tokyo, Japan. I apologize for not having an article last week. I attached what I thought was this article and hit “send” just before ...

Understanding the reason some of us feed birds

Local columns

Is it true that birds in my backyard will starve if I don’t feed them? And my neighbor insists that if I start feeding them, I must continue all winter long. Is this true? These are questions I hear many times every year. The simple answers are “no” and “no.” Though birds happily ...

Beverly-Center Elementary honor roll announced

Local columns

These students were named to the honor roll at Beverly-Center Elementary School for the second nine-weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills: Arabella Beasely, Ella Duskey, Quinten Henry, Zakia Holliday, Karsyn Huck, Maxwell Marshall, Brooklynne Meek, Ian Sampson, Taytum Skinner, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the start of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. For the next couple of weeks, we can revel in the victories, the stories, the pageantry ... the curling. The Olympics are more than simply an athletic competition. They are a gathering of the world, with 92 countries ...

Goodwin could use help on litter pickup

Local columns

When the temperatures are above freezing, Neal Goodwin will be picking up litter three days a week in north Parkersburg. He’s the guy wearing safety green clothing, placing litter in construction bags from 27th Street to 40th Street on Emerson Avenue, Dudley Avenue to 19th Street, West ...

Look Back: Charitable organizations unite

Local columns

Select name of new alliance The board of directors of the new alliance of benevolent institutions of the city met last night and selected as a name for the organization “Parkersburg Benevolent Federation,” which was written into the application for a charter. The question of a ...

Life Through the Lens: When the going gets tough

Local columns

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” *** “The right thing to do” – what a cliche phrase. In life, it gets so mottled with repercussion, regret, and reception. “The right thing” is usually difficult or damaging. It might require ...

Responsibility: Lawmakers should not get ahead of themselves

Editorials

West Virginia lawmakers, if they chose to pay attention to it, got a bit of unwelcome news this week, when state tax collection figures showed they may have overdone it in celebrating being “in the black,” as they headed into this year’s legislative session. It is true actual ...

Duplication: Repeal rules already covered at federal level

Editorials

Among the methods that must be employed in Charleston if lawmakers are to reduce unnecessary spending is the elimination of absolutely redundant and unnecessary rules, particularly if their function is already handled in Washington. Federal agencies enforce a variety of rules regarding ...

Farm-to-Table: Embracing our past could spark tourism

Editorials

This morning in Charleston, lawmakers will be attending a Farm-to-Table Legislative Breakfast, at which they will be served food produced by area farmers while learning about the importance of the work being done in our conservation districts. They will be served 16 dozen eggs from City Chicks ...

Pay Raises: Corrections issues must be addressed

Editorials

Most of the attention to pay and benefits for public employees is focused on West Virginia’s teachers, and that is appropriate. At the same time, however, Mountain State legislators cannot let the same problem among corrections officers persist. State prisons and regional jails are so ...

Scare Tactics: Drains on state taxes should be eliminated

Editorials

During last week’s West Virginia Press Association 2018 Legislative Breakfast, House Minority Leader Delegate Tim Miley, D-Harrison, dragged out the old line about maintaining certain revenue streams being a matter of “public safety.” It is a liberal scare tactic as old as the state ...

Redistricting and the Northern Panhandle

Local columns

Some legislators representing the Northern Panhandle, including Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, worry our region will lose one member of the West Virginia House of Delegates after 2020. Maybe not. Some change is inevitable, however, and it has nothing to do with ...

Removing tax good policy for West Virginia

Local columns

West Virginia can spur investment, create jobs and jumpstart its economy by passing legislation to phase out the property tax on business inventory, machinery and equipment. The proposed, “Just Cut Taxes And Win” legislation would phase out the property tax on manufacturing businesses and ...

Regulations: EPA rule rollback will help economy

Editorials

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and the president for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change is being claimed as the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay employees ...

We can’t give up on them

Local columns

Last week, the West Virginia Press Association hosted lawmakers and experts at its annual mid-session breakfast to catch up with the folks in Charleston. The event was nearly five hours of listening to delegates, one state senator, some cabinet members and a few academics and lobbyists. By ...

Real threat vs. bogus copy

Letters to the editor

Strange how Mr. Fantasy Facts (FF) is so concerned about the non-issue of the UN taking our guns, yet seems to have no qualms about Putin’s attempt to undermine our Constitution — an act of aggression. Applauding a foreign adversary’s promotion of an inexperienced, inept, lying, ...