Opinion

Responsibility: Angry political rhetoric serves no purpose

Editorials

Last week, James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car, retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Father’s Day deserves fanfare

Local columns

Why is it so much easier to come up with a gift idea for Mother’s Day than Father’s Day? Why does it seem like mothers get a lot more fanfare on their special Sunday? Maybe it’s because a lot of fathers aren’t as vocal about their emotions as mothers can be. Not all fathers are ...

Appalachian Storage Hub an opportunity for W.Va.

Local columns

Throughout the history of the United States, West Virginia has done the heavy lifting that helped build our country and power our economy. West Virginians are proud, patriotic and hard-working. But, sadly, in recent years, West Virginia has suffered a downturn in both energy production and ...

ARC important funding source for region

Local columns

Recently you have advocated for the elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), writing that it is a waste of taxpayer dollars. We respectfully disagree. The ARC is a vital source of funding for projects in low income distressed communities. You recently ran a feature article ...

Getting L.O.S.T.

Letters to the editor

On Monday, June 12 the News and Sentinel printed only one letter to the editor. That letter was so ludicrous it gave the impression it might have come from someone suffering cranial trauma. Even the most casual observer would have concluded that writer was sourcing bogus conspiracy theories ...

Who is cherry picking?

Letters to the editor

At no time in my life have I ever said or even thought that opposing abortion is God’s greatest priority. And I know of no one else who has ever uttered such nonsense as was stated by Mr. Wilt in last Sunday’s paper. He was writing in reference to my last letter to the editor where I had ...

The straight facts

Letters to the editor

In the Sunday, May 28, News and Sentinel, Mr. BS (he watches BSNBC, a.k.a. MSNBC) referred to my straight facts as “fantasy facts.” Trump’s first hundred days were pretty good, considering the Democrats were opposing him all the way. Let’s re-examine three of his accomplishments: 1) ...

Ready to weather storm

Letters to the editor

It has become increasingly clear that WV lawmakers are struggling with how best to handle the State’s budget crisis, and it appears that West Virginia’s higher education institutions may face additional budget cuts in the coming year. Current proposals vary from sustaining the 2 percent ...

No tax increases

Letters to the editor

Regardless of a hyped up sense of crisis depicted in news reports, there exists commonality of purpose and methodology between the various political elements in Charleston. Obviously, the purpose is satisfying the budget shortfall, and the methodology is replenishing that shortage with higher ...

Ethane issue a no brainer

Letters to the editor

West Virginians know better than most how federal energy regulations can impact a state’s ability to create and sustain well-paying jobs. Even if the policies coming out of the nation’s capital are made by folks who hope to do right by the American people, it’s far too easy for ...

Father’s Day recipes to make for dad

Local columns

Happy Father’s Day! How many ties and/or shirts did you get this year? Maybe you had a family who thought you might need another tool. Whatever you received, thank the givers and know they thought of you as they tried to think of something different to give you this year. Enjoy your day of ...

Celebrate Father’s Day with treats

Local columns

Happy and healthy Father’s Day to all you readers. A very important and special person in our lives are our fathers who work hard day in and out to provide and protect their families. Millions of fathers will be celebrating today and make sure you make it a very special day for him in a way ...

Get cozy with mysteries

Local columns

Get comfortable with some cozy mysteries! Staci McLaughlin continues her Blossom Valley mysteries with “Marriage is Pure Murder.” Dana is marrying reporter Jason, and the perfect venue for the site is where she’s been working, the O’Connell Organic Farm and Spa. As everyone pitches in ...

Are cowbirds bad parents?

Local columns

Every spring I get reports from astonished readers describing a small bird feeding a much larger, obviously begging chick. Can you explain this, readers ask. The answer is “brood parasitism.” Brown-headed cowbirds are members of the blackbird family, and they are brood parasites; they lay ...

We are Safetytown Kids

Local columns

Muskingum Valley Safety Town wrapped up another year of helping pre-kindergarteners learn important safety lessons. Through the use of crafts and worksheets, videos, speakers, and hands-on activities, more than 80 youngsters from throughout the area learned ways to stay safe at home and at ...

A Soft Place to Lay

Local columns

To my Dad…”I wished I had loved you then, like I love you now”… His tin cup worn thin From the pennies tossed in Lines etched deep In old leather skin A ragged old coat Cut at the knees He said “it don’t keep me warm But it don’t let me freeze” He’s chasing a ...

Ready to ‘launch’ the next great idea?

Local columns

By now most of the civilized world has seen an episode of “Shark Tank.” An entrepreneur is launching a new business or posing the next great invention to a panel of judges, hoping one of them will approve of the concept and invest in the venture. What if you had the chance to do that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To the continued mess in Charleston that has left us (still) with three competing plans for the budget, and three sides that cannot break the habit of being hard-headed — one of them veering toward becoming a sideshow distraction while the other two appear unwilling to compromise. The ...

Parkersburg High School gears up for centennial celebration

Local columns

Jean Singer was “swamped” by responses when she posted information on her Facebook page about an upcoming Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir event. “The kids want to be a part of the Parkersburg High School Centennial A Cappella presentation,” Singer told me this week. A history ...

Look Back: Pedaling into Parkersburg

Local columns

Attracted attention: Did aged bicyclist when he arrived here, traveled 1500 miles and is going to Pennsboro A vigorous looking individual of about seventy years of age, covered with dust and riding a wheel that gave evidence of hard service, arrived in the city today, and attracted ...