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UP: To Earth Day, and to celebrate our planet and learn more about how to take care of it. Today is a fantastic opportunity to look for new ways to be good stewards of our little corner of the solar system; and to think about how to best move forward with our desire to take care of the planet ...

Stacey Fordyce wants to help others

Local columns

Stacey Fordyce is determined to transform a negative experience into something positive. Her purpose in life, she said, is to educate and set an example so others can learn from her experiences. Fordyce had a bright future ahead of her after graduating from Parkersburg South High School in ...

Look Back: A look at an ‘interesting relic’

Local columns

The oldest newspaper in Parkersburg Through the courtesy of Mrs. William Armstrong, we are permitted to inspect the first newspaper ever printed in Parkersburg. It is the “Western Republican and Parkersburg Gazette.” The copy before us is No. 27 of Vol. 1, and of date Friday, November ...

Opportunity: Millennials can help shape West Virginia’s future

Editorials

When national organizations release reports in which they make conclusions such as West Virginia being the “worst” state in the country for millennials, it prompts the question: Is there anything that can be done about it? Millennials — no one can quite agree on their age range, but ...

Accountable: VA problems require stronger oversight

Editorials

Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated once again the federal government’s inability to serve the healthcare needs of American citizens — in this case, Americans who deserve the best care our nation can give to them, but instead are still being horribly ...

First Contact: Thankful for emergency telecommunicators

Editorials

Last week, some unsung heroes got a week of their own, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. But the men and women who serve as the first contact for those seeking help deserve our appreciation and gratitude year-round. In Wood County alone, they deal with 10,000 calls a month ...

Vaccinations: Ohio parents must not put kids at risk

Editorials

Ohio’s public elementary schools are struggling with the effort to get vaccinations rates for incoming students up to a level that will prevent outbreaks of diseases ranging from the measles to whooping cough. In fact, according to the Dayton Daily News, only about 62 percent of the more than ...

Ethics: Training course is a valuable opportunity

Editorials

West Virginia has a nine-member Ethics Commission, meant to “investigate, initiate, process and adjudicate complaints of potential violations of the Ethics Act.” The commission issues advisory opinions regarding the Ethics Act and Open Government Meetings Act, oversees registration and ...

Time for ‘revolution’ to end?

Local columns

It may be time to call off the revolution. It certainly is time to reflect that the person who recommended we “question everything” didn’t say “change everything.” Jim Justice is governor of West Virginia and Donald Trump is president of the United States because discontent with ...

Truth Seeker: Family story holds hint of unknown

Local columns

Storytelling is always good when you’re learning about history and even the lives of family members — listening to the way things were in the good old days. I remember hearing my own mother telling us stories of the past, but I was even more interested when she would talk about things that ...

Happy Easter: Celebrate life, light and love on this day

Editorials

Happy Easter! Today marks the centerpiece of the ecclesiastical year, the date on which most Christians celebrate the foundation of their faith — and on which most of the world celebrates the wonderful return of sunshine and spring as we throw off the cold, gray winter. Pope Leo I said the ...

Not so quick to take offense

Local columns

A reminder last week about travel vaccines offered by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department brought back memories of a trip I took several years ago for a destination wedding of sorts, in a country where the recommended number of vaccines was a little daunting. But I got the shots, and the ...

Get obstructionists out

Letters to the editor

I’m amused whenever I hear liberal snowflakes crying because Senate Republicans didn’t allow Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, to have a confirmation hearing. Remember the Biden rule? Toward the conclusion of George W. Bush’s second term, then senator Joe Biden stated ...

Thank you from Artsbridge

Letters to the editor

Artsbridge brought 474 students with disabilities together for a day in the Arts at the Very Spectacular Arts Festival on March 21 at WVU-P. The smiles, laughter, and sense of pride at their accomplishments was evident in all students and shows what impact the Arts have on our children. We have ...

Building bridges

Letters to the editor

Here’s a rule of thumb: We the people are comprised of 40 percent Republican and 40 percent Democrat with the real battle being fought for the hearts and minds of the 20 percent in the middle. So, when polling on any given issue is 60 percent or above, that represents an area of agreement ...

Mixed message

Letters to the editor

I read today’s paper for April 8 and saw the “leaders” in Parkersburg have another brilliant idea. The headline is Alcohol is on the Agenda for the next council meeting to propose that alcohol sales be permitted at city events, including in the city parks, which is against city ...

Vote no on Warren levy again

Letters to the editor

Warren Local School District property owners, here we go again. Different election, same old story. As has become customary, the officials in charge at Warren Local Schools refuse to listen to and respect the voice of the voters in their district. For at least the 7th time, the officials are ...

Levy vote important

Letters to the editor

On Tuesday, May 2, residents of Marietta City Schools will be asked to renew two much-needed levies, which will not increase tax bills and ensure a quality education for the district’s more than 2,800 students. Each levy would be renewed for five years. The 6.82-mill operating levy provides ...

Enjoy your Easter eggs with recipes

Local columns

HAPPY EASTER! May your day be happy, peaceful, and beautiful in every way. This is the true start of the year, even if the calendar does insist on January 1. This is the time, especially in our valley, when the trees and flowers come to life and show their beauty. We all have seen how Mother ...