Opinion

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 ...

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 ...

Fort Frye holds NHS induction

Local columns

Fort Frye High School recently held its 2017 National Honor Society induction. This year’s inductees were: Karly Allen, Caylin Anderson, Jadelyn Baker, Morgan Borich, Nate Brothers, Kasey Buchanan, Alexandra Dixon, Madison Duskey, Matthew Duskey, Chianna Eddy, Caitlynn Erb, Brenden Huck, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To what appears to have been a successful holiday season for local small retailers. Though there is still competition from online and larger national retailers, Beverly Neff of Neff’s Country Loft noted “It was a good season.” Doing the extra little things — and being able to ...

McLain plans to sell Vienna ski shop

Local columns

After 40 years of selling snow skis in Wood County, Jeff McLain plans to retire and sell Skier’s Edge Sports Loft in Vienna next year. McLain of Parkersburg wants more time to ski, especially out West, and turn over his longtime ski store to someone else. In 2018, McLain will have owned ...

Look Back: Bricks pave way in Parkersburg

Local columns

Brickyards consolidated A business deal of importance was made Saturday by which the Copen and Stewart brickyards were consolidated. Henceforth the business of the two companies will be conducted as one. Mr. Copen will have charge of the manufacture and Mr. Henry Stewart will have charge of ...

Progress: Pentagon should not ignore audit results

Editorials

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

New dawn in America

Local columns

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since 1986 ...

Voter ID: New law can only have positive effect

Editorials

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Electricity: Steps needed to improved competition

Editorials

Dealing with the post-holiday bills has become more difficult for West Virginians during the past few years, but not because of their Christmas spending. It is because statements from the electric company have gone up drastically. Ten years ago, the average price residential users in our ...

Elections: Every vote counts, so be counted

Editorials

Still think your vote does not matter? Take a look at what happened in Virginia last week, when a three-judge panel ruled the race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey for a seat in the Virginia House ended in a tie — an 11,608 to 11,608 tie. The winner will be ...