Opinion

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 ...

Responsible: Justice changes mind on cutting budget

Editorials

On the campaign trail, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made clear his belief that “we’ve cut about all that we can cut,” and “You will not be able to cut your way out of this (state budget) mess.” Happily, it appears as though Justice, upon being presented with new information as ...

Research: OVU may have an ally in Rep. McKinley

Editorials

As Ohio Valley College was making the transition to becoming Ohio Valley University, about 12 years ago, the school received a $1.8 million federal grant to expand its science programs and facilities. Among the benefits reaped from that expanded science program may have been the opportunity to ...

Back Issues: Comic characters in the White House

Local columns

Comic book characters have all sorts of day jobs, from reporters to scientists to absurdly wealthy socialites. As the United States prepares to inaugurate its 45th president Friday, let’s take a look at some who have actually occupied the White House, or at least made a run for ...

Excessive EPA regulations harming coal industry

Local columns

Speaking as a CEO of a major coal-fired power plant and a coal mining company, I am compelled to start with the devastation of the coal industry, particularly in West Virginia but throughout all coal country. This devastation has been caused by excessive and politicized Environmental Protection ...

For Bailey: Marietta police turn a terrible situation around

Editorials

“I really don’t think I could thank them enough,” said Chris Knowlton, of Williamstown, after the Marietta Police Department took extraordinary measures to make right a situation that had gone wrong for three-year-old Bailey Clipner. Bailey’s mother’s boyfriend was arrested for ...

Radon: Take action to stay safe

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley homeowners should take heed of the reminder from the American Lung Association that January is Radon Action Month, and there are steps everyone can take to reduce the risks associated with the gas. “You can’t see, taste or smell radon, but it is the second-leading cause of ...

Therapy Dogs: Program worth the search for funding

Editorials

A few Wood County Schools have gone to the dogs, and it appears to be a wonderful thing. Grant funding has allowed two teachers to bring their certified therapy dogs to Franklin Elementary Center and VanDevender Middle School in a program that serves as both a comfort and reward for students; ...

Tell the bureaucrats who’s boss

Local columns

President Barack Obama is infamous for using his pen and phone to upset the constitutional balance of powers by issuing executive orders. But long before Obama decided he was a one-man lawmaking machine, hundreds of wannabe dictators in the vast federal bureaucracy had realized they, too, had ...

Truth Seeker: Accepting change and moving on

Local columns

Over the course of time people tend to change their thoughts on certain topics and changes in their life. For instance some people have no problem working at nights while others want nothing but sleep through out the night. But if that were to ever change those who want sleep could accept it ...

The Westerner: Yakima Canutt, king of the stuntmen

Local columns

The Indian jumps onto one of the lead horses and starts cutting at the reins trying to stop the coach. John Wayne takes a shot at him. Wounded, he falls between the lead horses. Mind you, that team was running flat out! He hangs on for dear life while being dragged along underneath, his ...

Stream Punk: Thoughts from a humble ‘Stream Punk’

Local columns

So it has arrived. This is the time to talk about the things that are worth watching. I dispense a lot of silly jokes at the expense (sorry!) of some terrible, terrible movies that may or may not have the intent of being hilarious. But that is indicative of the moniker, “Stream Punk.” It is ...

Balance: Raising taxes requires careful consideration

Editorials

A group calling itself Protect West Virginia has precisely the wrong idea when it comes to addressing the state’s budget woes and our citizens’ dependence on state government. The organization’s sole piece of policy advice for lawmakers and the governor? Do not make any cuts to the ...

Red tape driving up costs

Local columns

West Virginia’s Legislative Post Audit Division issued a report on overspending by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in dealing with independent vendors who transport bodies for the state. The waste came to more than $215,000 over five years for oversights such as paying for bodies that ...

The significance of music to teenagers

Local columns

Today’s teenagers spend four to five hours a day listening to music or watching it on television, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are exposed to the influential effects of music no matter where we go, although it still doesn’t get enough credit for the way it seems to ...

Thank you for your support

Letters to the editor

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 22nd year on Nov. 19, 2016. The dragon and the knight were reinforced to withstand any wind storms and continued being a main attraction. The new light displays added this year by Holiday in the Park were Olaf, Jack-In-The-Box, Peek-a-Boo ...

Resolutions for 2017

Letters to the editor

* Eat less — breathe more * Talk less — think more * Ride less — walk more * Worry less — work more * Waste less — give more * Preach less — practice more Love more and all good things will be yours. I found this little poem framed in an antique ...

Constitutional clarification

Letters to the editor

There’s nothing funnier than watching Mr. Wolverton start another city-wide lecture on Constitutional law. In his Jan. 8 letter to the editor he, again, displayed his total ignorance of the Constitution. Wolverton wrote, “Nowhere in the Constitution is separation of church and state ...

NPV not good news

Letters to the editor

Many people are unaware of how the Electoral College works. It works much like Congress. The U.S. is divided into 435 Congressional districts. Each district elects one person to the House of Representatives. Each state elects two senators. Votes are allocated the same way in the Electoral ...