Opinion

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 ...

Excellence: Fire Department rating helps us all

Editorials

Parkersburg residents are fortunate to live in a city where first responders are constantly working to improve their ability to serve and protect. That commitment to excellence received a little recognition recently, when Insurance Services Office Inc. issued a Public Protection Classification ...

Front Lines: Faith-based groups have role in drug fight

Editorials

When local and state officials, members of the faith community and first responders gathered this week for a panel discussion on Combating Addiction With Grace, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the county has seen 271 overdoses and 17 deaths so far this year, but: “The good thing is ...

Back Issues: Batman not always so serious

Local columns

There’s no one way to tell a Batman story. Sure, his origin stems from street crime, but over the years, the Dark Knight has taken on mobsters, superhumans, ghosts, monsters and aliens (even the ones from “Alien”). He’s been a solitary hero fighting a never-ending battle against crime, ...

Flag Day: Honoring the symbol of our nation

Editorials

When the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States, 240 years ago, our founders were making an important statement about the uniting of this rag-tag band of colonies under a single banner — as one nation. By 1861, that unity was in peril, and a Mr. Morris, a New ...

Illogical: Reason flies out the window in drug fight

Editorials

Among the (many) challenges in fighting the plague of substance abuse that has washed over our region is that, for the most part, the people fighting it are logical, reasonable thinkers. There is no logic or reason on the other side. In fact, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out a ...

Gardens: Community plots putting food on tables

Editorials

In most families there are one or two relatives who show their love by feeding everyone. Family and friends will not go hungry when they visit. But in communities at large it is a little harder to make sure no one goes hungry, though a few folks are finding a way to try. Community gardens are ...

Use shutdown plans as budget exercise

Local columns

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of the budgeting process in West Virginia is that, year after year, very few people in state government seem to find ways to economize. Even more unsettling is the appearance that after they leave state agencies, budget proposals don’t get much analysis ...

Don’t get LOST

Letters to the editor

A story being completely ignored by the national press and mainstream news media is that the Trump administration and the Republican Senate may be considering ratifying the globalists’ sick Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.) LOST was conceived in the 1980s as a scheme to cripple the U.S. Navy ...

Upgrades: New records software a good step for VA

Editorials

No one outside Washington was surprised to learn the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), was developed by the agency and has been in use since ...

Summer reading requests

Local columns

A coworker and I were talking the other day about summer reading programs we remember from our childhoods. She had mentioned a reading program that offered a prize after a child read four books. I said “only four?! I remember having to read 30 over the summer.” Then we spent a few minutes ...

No more need to think

Letters to the editor

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement signals that Republicans have won the climate change debate and need never utter another word on the subject. The bad news, for those of us concerned about the environment and the potentially devastating effects of global warming, is that the ...

Harrop columns laughable

Letters to the editor

I enjoy the sensible columnists like Rich Lowry, Walter Williams and others. I get a chuckle at the pompous pronouncements of George Will. But I especially appreciate the opportunity to laugh hysterically at the loony, brain dead idiotic rantings of Froma Harrop — she never disappoints with ...

Shame on America?

Letters to the editor

This is in response to Patty Cooper’s letter on May 15, again railing against abortion. In her last response to me, when I point out some really silly laws in the Old Testament, Patty declared that the Old Testament was dead, nailed to the cross. Now to bolster her latest screed against ...

Taking action on security

Letters to the editor

Recent terrorist attacks raise concerns about our domestic safety. What actually has been done to strengthen our vetting processes for visitors and refugees? The Trump administration keeps trying to implement a 90-day pause on visitors to the United States and a 120-day halt to the ...