Opinion

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 ...

Christmas: Today is a day for joy and light

Editorials

There is a reason we celebrate this glorious day with lights draped over our Christmas trees and illuminating our houses — whether it be strings of electric bulbs, candles or just the glow of a warm fire in the fireplace; it is our humble attempt to remind ourselves of the bright star that ...

Santa will come, he always will

Local columns

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

Corruption?: Contract process should be investigated

Editorials

The constantly advancing technology with which we live is an open invitation to waste and even corruption in government. Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost, for example, and whether their town has paid too much for one. Likewise, most people have at least some ...

Considering Christmas

Local columns

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. There is something about Christmas EVE — the anticipation of the potentially noisy holiday celebration to come on a quiet, meditative day that might include a candlelight service or hymns (even if it also includes a little last-minute wrapping and ...

Republicans lack charter

Letters to the editor

Dr. Sturm’s op-ed Dec. 10 exposes the GOP facade. It is more evident day by day that the GOP is an empty suit. Nothing changes when they are in control — government grows, no fiscal discipline, open borders prevail, unfettered immigration, acceptance of globalism, destruction of the middle ...

Forest management necessary

Letters to the editor

Wildfires in California this year are some of the worst in the state’s history. This year, 8 million acres have been burned, an area the size of Maryland. The death toll is 25 or more; 3,500 homes have been destroyed; and 450 firefighters have been killed since 1990. In 1990, President ...

Conserve public lands

Letters to the editor

On Dec. 4, President Trump announced he would drastically reduce two of America’s treasured National Monuments: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Bears Ears contains over 100,000 historical archaeological sites. This land is considered sacred to five tribes that formed a coalition to ...

Cartoon supports fraud

Letters to the editor

In the Dec. 17 Comics section of the paper, G.B. Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” featured a Crow, as in “Jim Crow,” talking to some “white guy.” Mr. Trudeau apparently considers the practice of requiring voter identification a “Jim Crow effort,” to make sure only certain people are ...

‘Tax cut’ criminal

Letters to the editor

‘Tis the season for tradition — family, church, and helping the less fortunate. Sadly, the GOP is also following its tradition of “sticking it” to most Americans. As of this writing, the GOP tax plan to benefit the middle class (a) is mostly for the rich, (b) benefits some, not all, in ...

Region’s toxic tax rate

Letters to the editor

It seems to me that the reason Parkersburg was more prosperous in 1907 as opposed to 2017 is the direct result of taxation and highly liberal direction the city and state have taken over the past 110 years. Remember that the oil and nat gas industry was in its infancy in 1907. This is from ...

Food drive success

Letters to the editor

On Saturday, Dec. 9 students and staff of Escape Student Ministries (Liberty Street Church) partnered with students and staff of E2 (North Parkersburg Baptist Church) to host a multisite food drive to benefit the food pantries at Vandy and Hamilton middle schools. During a period of about 5 ...

Change is coming

Letters to the editor

Do you hear the thunder, Congressman McKinley and Senator Capito? It began rolling in from Virginia and Delaware and most recently from Alabama, each occurrence a little louder, the skies ominously a little darker, and the winds blowing harder. It’s a mid-term gully-washer brewing, which ...

Building decision shameful

Letters to the editor

O.K., I was unexpectedly pleased by the city council a couple of weeks ago, but now it’s back to business as usual. I am infuriated by the decision to allow WesBanco to destroy the historic Mather Building because they want a new elevator! Has Parkersburg not already destroyed enough of our ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

The Coolville Community Choir, under the direction of Martha Sue Matheny, performed their Christmas music, “It’s Christmas Time.” As in past years, this choir does a Christmas blessing and this year, the veterans were honored and money was raised for the World War II memorial ...

Welcome Christmas, but not the mouse

Local columns

MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone! How did this wonderful season speed up so much! Anyway, whether we are ready or not, it is here for us to enjoy every minute of it. The little ones just think they can’t wait until tomorrow morning, and some of the older ones think that, too. The beautiful services ...