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Opinion

Substitutes: Schools should prepare to relax requirements

Editorials

Officials at several school districts in our region take pride in having many veteran teachers on their payrolls. All other things being equal, that means better education for our children. But this year is different West Virginia school administrators and teachers are preparing to reopen ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To delays (across the country, not just here in West Virginia) in COVID-19 test results that have become so long, they span beyond the normal quarantine period for those who KNOW they have the virus. This is not just “something we have to deal with,” as Dr. Ayne Amjad put it; this is ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Clearing the air on C.A.R.E.S. Act

Local columns

I feel like I’m copying Hoppy Kercheval, but he is right in noticing that the general election for governor feels like a three-way fight between Republican Gov. Jim Justice, Democratic Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. This match-up becomes patently ...

Fraud: Those scamming system should be punished

Editorials

Economic news has been abysmal lately. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, our nation’s gross domestic product fell more during the last quarter than in any other quarter in more than 70 years. The Wall Street Journal called it economic contraction at a “record rate.” During that ...

Hiding behind ‘politics’

Local columns

Politics: The science and art of government, concerned with the form, organization and administration of a state or states and the relationship between states. Political: Of or having to do with governing or a government; governmental. Political Science: The science of the principles and ...

Look Back: Fish tales to reel readers in

Local columns

Al Enoch’s catch! The Duquesne Fishing Club, of which Al Enoch is a worthy member, is having an outing near Beechwood on the Hughes River. Mr. Enoch has his family with him and for this reason his story regarding a fish he caught is pretty generally believed. George Keller and wife are ...

Appalled by this situation

Letters to the editor

Just recently, I saw that Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder and the former Chairman of the Republican party Matt Borges and several associates were arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery. As a Republican, I am appalled at this type of behavior by officials from either side of the ...

Projects celebrated

Letters to the editor

During the month of July 2020, two memorable projects were completed in Parkersburg. First was (re)placing of the steeple atop the Wood County Courthouse. The courthouse looks complete again! We extend special appreciation to county administrator Marty Seufer for initiating and overseeing the ...

An act of kindness

Letters to the editor

A few weeks ago I was moving a large box of things I was giving to the ladies of the church who were going to have a sale soon, to raise money for the church. The box was quite heavy for an old man to lift, so when I got it outside the house, on the yard sidewalk, I pulled the box along on the ...

U.S. is still the best

Letters to the editor

This letter is concerning the article in the Sunday, July 19, News and Sentinel headlined “Protestantism’s troubling history.” Ms. Puett doesn’t say if the opinions she expressed are hers or the Catholic university where she works. They certainly do not represent my view of America or ...

Real open-mindedness

Letters to the editor

I doubt that many people have heard of Cassie Jaye and the unique position she found herself in that is so indicative of the world we live in today. Cassie Jaye is a feminist film maker. She was the darling of the left and received many accolades for her documentaries involving the feminist ...

Back the Blue rally great

Letters to the editor

On behalf of the men and women who are serving our local communities as police officers, I would like to take a moment to thank those responsible for creating the “Back the Blue Rally,” which was held in Parkersburg July 18. The turnout and show of support of our local police officers was ...

Christmas in July

Local columns

How have these past six months affected your way of living, family, children and the entire world? At times it feels and seems like we will never get all this settled and back to normal. Not only do we have the fear of the virus, but also so much political unrest in the country, mainly by ...

Witnessing the power of the question

Local columns

This weekend Lynnda and I are attending Influence 2020, the National Speakers Association’s annual convention. We were supposed to be in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, like most other conferences due to COVID-19 it is now virtual. We will be attending from our home office. It will be ...

Princesses, drag queens and Paris, oh my!

Local columns

Its summer, it’s boring and readers need adventure and glamour. Luckily, here are some books to provide that! A familiar story with a twist is told in “The Princess Will Save You” by Sarah Henning. A beautiful princess’ father dies, and several kings and princes in surrounding ...

Backyard Gardener: Flowering herbs for pollinators

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! We say goodbye to an extremely hot and dry July 2020. As I write this article, I can hear it raining softly outside. Thank goodness! We sure could use it. Many gardeners tell me they have lots of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash ripening in the ...

Safeguards: Keeping children safe online requires effort

Editorials

One method some parents use in an attempt to keep children safe on the internet is to restrict access to digital devices and/or time spent on them. That is about to become more difficult in many homes. Many school systems have accelerated programs to provide digital devices such as iPads and ...

Resources: Justice must protect nursing homes

Editorials

Without swift, decisive action, some older West Virginians in nursing homes could be in peril from COVID-19 again. By Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Resources was reporting active outbreaks of the disease at 19 nursing homes in 15 counties. At one, in Mercer County, 30 residents ...

Test Results: Delays create greater hazards in pandemic

Editorials

Those infected with COVID-19 can recover — or, of course, experience life-threatening illness — within 10-14 days after becoming infected. What good, then, is a test for the disease if results are not obtainable for 10 days or more? Not much, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday, adding “It’s ...