Opinion

Russians target fracking, too

Local columns

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment. But you can’t have it both ways. What if the ...

Path Forward: Americans must work together for our future

Editorials

President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in his inauguration speech Friday, “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.” Together. Not as blue states at odds with red states; or Wall Street at odds with Main Street, but as one nation, we will ...

Dangers of Groupthink

Local columns

I learned a lesson last weekend about groupthink and going along with the crowd. On a girls’ weekend far out of town, we decided the weather was nice enough for a walk. Our resort sat on a lake, and there was a nice, crushed gravel path that appeared to lead from the back of the building and ...

Don’t close Parkersburg KMart

Letters to the editor

Sears Holdings has recently announced their decision to close the south Parkersburg KMart. Many people in our community are not looking forward to gazing at a huge vacant building and parking lot with the memory of what once was a pleasant place to shop with its cleanliness, friendly employees, ...

Downtown hotel is an eyesore

Letters to the editor

I drive through the 7th and Green streets intersection frequently and I’ve had several months to observe the gradual transformation and overhaul of the old Up-Towner Inn. The hotel now has a new name: Marriott — Towneplace Suites.  I tell this story only because I think I’ve been ...

Get over it and yourselves

Letters to the editor

I am sorry, but I cannot look at Letters to the Editor any longer. It used to be the first page I read but now it’s all about Trump and Clinton. Everyone thinks they are right in their opinions. It is the public’s right to their opinion. The election is over and childish arguments need ...

No strong points for Obama

Letters to the editor

There was little lamestream news coverage of the Obama administration tampering in the last Israeli election, in an unsuccessful attempt to oust Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Netanyahu, a strong, hawkish leader, has clashed with Obama on occasion. Obama wanted Israel to elect a weak ...

Masonic Home possibilities

Letters to the editor

I see the Wood County Commission has an interest in the Masonic Home site. Is this a chance for a county civic center? Seems to be plenty of property for one with over 100 acres. Maybe the commission can lure Mayor Rapp and his bubbas into buying an asbestos property, so he can spend ...

Home cooking goes chic

Local columns

Hostess of TheChicSite.com, a website with recipes, party-planning tips and lifestyle advice, releases her first cookbook with “Upscale Downhome” by Rachel Hollis. With recipes that are familiar and comforting, dressed up a little, this is great food not only for parties, but for ...

Bread recipes for the winter weather

Local columns

Three weeks gone out of fifty-two for the year — gone already! That just shows all of us to keep on track, time-wise, as time does not slow down for any of us, even if we, ourselves, do get slowed down. My way to try to keep track of everything, including birthdays and up-coming events ...

Excellent advice for foods and your health

Local columns

So many things we do day after day that we really probably shouldn’t, but continue to do because of habit and sometimes do not know any better. Are you one of those individuals that find it difficult to accept advice or do you feel better by just sticking with what you are used to doing? ...

Fiction to inspire, charm

Local columns

There’s plenty of adventures to explore with a new crop of books! First is Suzanne Wood Fisher’s historical Amish book, “The Newcomer” part of her Amish Beginnings series. Anna and her family and church community have finally made it to Pennsylvania, ready to start their new ...

Native sparrows are stars in their own right

Local columns

The stars of backyard feeding stations dominate visually. Cardinals and blue jays are spectacularly beautiful. Chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches sparkle with personality. Woodpeckers entertain. But some species, by comparison, lack visual excitement. Native sparrows, often called ...

Beverly-Center honor roll is announced

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary students were named to the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period: Kindergarten Super Skills:  Nathan Adams, Sophia Campbell, Bella Carpenter, Madison Greene, Abbi Hesson, Skylynne Lauderman, Spencer Long, Anthony Marshall, Madeline ...

Things to do in downtown Parkersburg

Local columns

Take time to appreciate what was…just don’t stop there. Growing up in a family with just one car (which my father drove to work), meant taking the bus if we needed to do an errand. I can clearly remember the excitement of seeing it pull up near my house and wondering what adventure my mom ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the partnership between the Blennerhassett Island Foundation and Chemours, that resulted in a $10,000 check from the company that will help the foundation pay for infrastructure upgrades on the island. Combined with a $4,000 grant from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the money ...

Men post photos of old Wood County

Local columns

For several years Roger Mackey has provided a glimpse of old-time Parkersburg and Wood County through the photographs he posts on his websites and Facebook pages. Recently, Dan Kemper has joined Mackey in displaying photographs of Parkersburg scenes from a bygone era on the ...

From this day forward

Letters to the editor

Remember the hymn “God Holds the Future in His Hands,” written by James D. Vaughan in 1922? Here are the second and third verses, followed by the chorus: We know not what tomorrow hides, Of sun or storm, of good or ill; We only know His dear hand guides, And he will be our Father ...

Bridge opens up good, bad of communities

Local columns

The piers connected A loud cheer went up yesterday from the bridge builders and was taken up by a big crowd of spectators as the last connection of the top pieces were made with the south side pier on the channel span of the new bridge about dark last night. The biggest day’s work ...