Opinion

The battle continues

Letters to the editor

I am again questioning many of another letter writer’s assertions based on the letter he wrote in last Sunday’s paper, about Rep. David McKinley’s, and now my, honesty. The following information about GDP growth can be found at thebalance.com. I was incorrect in saying Pres. Obama never ...

Get involved in community

Letters to the editor

When living in a community if you have issues, questions or concerns with city decisions you reach out to the individuals that you have elected into office to be there to hear you and look for solutions to those things that need resolved. What has happened, we have lost our voices, and it ...

Don’t punish lawful gun owners

Letters to the editor

I deplore the senseless violence that seems to be taking over society today. Do not demonize me for being a gun enthusiast. I have done nothing wrong. I do own “assault weapons.” They are my property. What right do the liberals have to take my belongings away from me because of the ...

Weighing lives vs. profits

Letters to the editor

Human slaughter and capitalism on the surface would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, they can have much in common. Capitalism, when practiced ideally, perfectly serves society. Unfortunately, it is not always practiced ideally. The NRA, who I rank right up there with the KGB when it ...

Support kids’ futures

Letters to the editor

The future of our great state is on my mind. I wonder what will come next for West Virginia. How can the citizens of this state imagine a positive economic climate and how will they see that imagining become reality? Investing in education is certainly a huge step in securing economic ...

Clothing donations needed

Letters to the editor

I am writing as one deeply involved in The Salvation Army’s effort to do the most good, with a request for your help toward meeting the needs of struggling families in the following counties: Calhoun, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wirt with the following life-changing services: Social ...

Week of grief and tragedy, but thankfulness

Local columns

This past week has been a mixture of personal grief, unbelievable horror in the school shooting, concerns for those affected by the nasty floods and great thankfulness for the good news for us here on the hilltop. This column is in honor of my cousin, Dwight, and in thankfulness for the ...

Olympic games in PyeongChang

Local columns

The Olympic games bring memories to me and I am proud to say that the games started in Olympia Greece in 1896 which is located in the western side of Peloponnese. Thousands of people visit the site yearly and still the Olympic flame is taken from this ancient site still today every four ...

Meet the late, great and generous Rita Poe

Local columns

I did not know Rita Poe, but after reading a June 2017 press release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service it seems that few people did. She died on Nov. 16, 2015 in her 27-ft. Airstream travel trailer parked in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. She was 66. Rita had few friends and no ...

February rich with new reads

Local columns

There’s been a lot of new books out in February! For Amish romance fans, New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter releases the final book in her Amish Cooking Class series, “The Celebration” (Shiloh Press, $15.99.) Lyle and Heidi have taken in two children as foster ...

Thirty-One Bingo fundraiser slated for today

Local columns

Beverly-Center Elementary School’s P.T.O. is holding a Thirty-One Bingo fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. today at the school on Fifth Street in Beverly. Tickets for the event are $25 at the door. Participants must be 18 years old or older to play. Twenty games will be played and all bags are ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg firefighter Private Jason Fleak, who is also a paramedic with St. Joseph Ambulance Service, for receiving the Captain James Neal Chapter of the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution 2017 Firefighter of the Year Award. Fleak was nominated by the Wood ...

Poker tournament to benefit Wood County man

Local columns

Mike McIntyre of Wood County appreciates the prayers and support as he battles pancreatic cancer. Friends, co-workers, former co-workers and even people McIntyre did not know have raised money for the McIntyre family through events such as the pancake brunch benefit Feb. 18 at First Baptist ...

Look Back: Horse racing heats up Wood County

Local columns

More races Some interesting trials of speed have been arranged to take place at the fairgrounds [City Park] on Saturday of next week between local horses. There will be three races as follows: A running race between Camden’s “Touchstone” and Shattuck’s “Caddy” for $100. A ...

Life Through the Lens: Fitting farewell to Hollywood’s finest

Local columns

“I want you flat on your back. Helpless, tender, open with only me to help.” *** Maybe the most uncomfortable feeling you can feel: vulnerability. It is theoretically important but realistically awkward. To need someone else. To recognize that you can’t survive without another person. ...

Bureaucracy: Eliminate bloat to fix pay, PEIA mess

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia lawmakers spent a lot of time — on the campaign trail and before the start of the legislative session — pounding their fists in outrage at our great state being ranked 50th on so many national lists. “I’m just sick and tired of being dead last,” the ...

Transparency: What are lawmakers hiding with new bill?

Editorials

Only a few short years ago, Republicans leading the charge toward a historic power shift in Charleston were promising a sharp turn away from the bad old days — the way things had always been done. My how times have changed. A hint of it came before this year’s legislative session began, ...

Threats: Zero-tolerance policies must be adopted

Editorials

Two Fayette County, W.Va., juveniles are in custody after they posted social media threats aimed at that county’s Valley High School. It and another school were closed Monday because of the situation. Why did they do it? It does not matter. The two juveniles must be punished ...

Change: Children setting a good example with donations

Editorials

Once in a while we are reminded that while we adults fuss and fight with each other and paint the world in dark hues, the children in our midst have the right idea. Students at Mineral Wells and Criss elementary schools found out about a problem and looked for ways within their reach to solve ...