Opinion

Amish series return

Local columns

A cozy mystery set in Amish Country and an Amish romance transports readers to a simpler life! First is Agatha award-winning author Amanda Flower’s second in her Amish Candy Shop series, “Lethal Licorice” (Kensington, $7.99.) Bailey is still working at her grandparents’ candy shop ...

Early migrants are back in the area

Local columns

Longer days trigger a northbound wanderlust in migratory birds. Back in January the first hints of migration appeared when a few turkey vultures sailed over the house. Ruby-throated hummingbirds have already reached the Gulf Coast. Follow their return at hummingbirds.net. On February 28th an ...

Get ‘hopping’ with annual Beverly 5k run

Local columns

The 16th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 31. Start and finish lines will be in front of Fort Frye High School and the runners head out at 8:30 a.m. and the walkers start at 8:35 a.m. Both races feature electronic timing. Registration forms can ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the return of teachers, other public school personnel and students to their schools Thursday. Though one young man did say it “was really hard” to wake up early to head back to class that morning, no doubt everyone involved is thrilled to be back doing what they are supposed to be ...

Dr. Dave Avery needs kidney transplant

Local columns

Dr. Dave Avery knows the importance of good health and organ donation. Before going on a medical disability last April, Avery had been a family medicine physician in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1982. Avery, 64, now needs a kidney transplant to improve his own health. He is doing kidney ...

Look Back: Masonry part of Wood County’s foundation

Local columns

He was the first Mason A monument has recently been dedicated at Townsend, Mass., to Henry Price, the founder of Masonry in the United States. An inscription on the stone reads: Born in London about 1697; removed to Boston about 1723; appointed provincial grand master of New England in 1733, ...

Excellent: Jesse Owens State Park is a bright prospect

Editorials

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in East Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new Ohio ...

Spending: Lawmakers need to make real cuts

Editorials

West Virginia legislators pulled off something of a fiscal feat this week. They managed to provide a 5 percent pay raise for state employees without a tax increase and without wrecking the state budget — this fiscal year, anyway. A 5 percent salary increase for all state employees costs ...

ORSANCO: Commission’s job too vital to split up

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents remember that for generations the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. We must not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water ...

Mine operators must pay their fines

Local columns

American drivers understand that if they go over the speed limit and receive a ticket from a police officer, they must pay the fine that has been issued, or their driver’s license will be suspended. The laws for drivers, and the consequences of not paying fines, are clear to ...

Unacceptable: Abortion amendment will cost lives

Editorials

Yesterday, while the eyes of West Virginia voters were focused on striking teachers and an increasingly baffling series of events on that front, the House of Delegates quietly passed the committee substitute for Senate Joint Resolution 12: “No Constitutional right to abortion — ...

Harassment: Anti-Semitic incidents are unacceptable

Editorials

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued last week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Task force needed on PEIA

Local columns

Many of the public school teachers who went on strike Feb. 22 are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust me on ...

Bureaucracy: Lawmakers should cut waste to pay for raises

Editorials

“I’m not king,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice reminded frustrated public school employees last Thursday. It was an acknowledgement of what should have been understood all along. He had no power to make happen what he promised as he offered a possible solution that would end the strike ...

We must move forward

Local columns

Another list, another abysmal ranking. This time, West Virginia has landed in 47th place on the list of “Best States,” using data by McKinsey and Company that covered 75 different metrics, for U.S. News and World Report. Here’s a sampling of what was found: The Mountain State is 44th in ...

Plan to stop shootings

Letters to the editor

With the latest school shooting, we need to ask ourselves what is wrong with our society today? We have always had guns. What has changed in the last decades to make school shootings so prevalent? Is it violent video games? Is it graphic violence on TV and in the movies? Maybe these are things ...

Time for sacrifices

Letters to the editor

A gentleman wrote a letter to the editor on Feb. 25 complaining about “liberals” wanting to take away his gun rights. He thought that was unfair. He declared himself a “lawful” gun owner and resented being punished because of the, “irrational actions of a few demented ...

BOE is right, unions are not

Letters to the editor

Wood County School Superintendent, John Flint seemed obsessed with operating in the shadows and shunned any light shined into the darker recesses of Wood County education. The recent revelation of an audit report kept from the public by his administration should be of great concern to every ...

Open letter to McKinley

Letters to the editor

Mr. McKinley, I am writing to express my concern for our grandchildren’s and those yet to be born’s future. With the Stream Protection Rule in effect Mountain Top Removal has already completely covered and destroyed over 1,200 miles of head water streams. And why would power companies and ...

Justice needs to think

Letters to the editor

I’m writing about Gov. Jim Justice and the way he talked about the teachers to get back in school. I remember when Justice was running for governor and he said if he won the election that he wouldn’t accept a paycheck. You know it and I know it that Justice is accepting his paycheck every ...