Opinion

Priorities: DOH must put critical road repairs first

Editorials

Pity the Division of Highways officials from throughout West Virginia who were given a tough assignment by Gov. Jim Justice. They have been told to prepare what amount to wish lists for secondary road repairs in each of the 55 counties. Justice issued the mandate during a meeting last week in ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding roads and letters

Local columns

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Opening round in Manchin, Justice political matchup?

Local columns

Never discount the power of personal animosity in politics. Take U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gov. Jim Justice. Just a few years ago, they seemed to be friends. Manchin got credit for helping Justice, then a Democrat, win the governor’s race in 2016. It escaped no one’s notice that ...

Voting: Being informed is a vital step of the process

Editorials

It is too easy these days to pretend to be involved in the political process — in your community, your county, state or country — because you let your opinion be known. Particularly for the generations growing up having never known a time before social media, it can be a dangerous ...

Leading a mobile revolution

Local columns

West Virginians are so used to hearing that we are “dead last” — a reminder that comes too often from politicians who want us to believe we are, and that THEY have the solution — that it might come as a shock to some to know we are first in the nation at something. We are the go-to ...

Op-ed: Division does nothing for education

Local columns

I don’t like the politics of division. It takes power away from the people and places it into the hands of politicians and special interests. The strategy of political division puts us into camps and then tells each camp not to trust the other one. It’s bad for our community, and it’s bad ...

Religion indeed part of founding

Letters to the editor

Jim Wilt’s letter March 3 purports to correct and admonish Dan Kessinger’s letter involving abortion, and what role religion played in the founding documents of our country. Mr. Wilt posits that religion played no role, referencing two phrases in the Declaration of Independence he says ...

Attend public forum

Letters to the editor

Thanks go to the State Board of Education for scheduling an additional education forum at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg on Monday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. To register for the forum go to https://wvde.us/education-public-forum/. Thanks must also go to Del. Vernon Criss, in response ...

Don’t change dental plan for retirees

Letters to the editor

I read with interest the story in today’s paper, Friday, March 15, 2019, about Wood County Schools and the dental insurance issue. Wood County Schools first offered the dental insurance plan in about 1983. It was made available to both professional and service employees. At the same time, WCS ...

Protect the Constitution

Letters to the editor

When asked what the constitutional assembly had created, Ben Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Two hundred years later, Ronald Reagan described it as, “Freedom is a fragile thing, and never more than one generation from extinction.” Our system of checks and balances ...

Letter was degrading

Letters to the editor

It was a sad day, Sunday, March 17, to find that someone missed the true meaning of the book of Love and forgiveness. If Mr. Wilt’s written interpretation of it was meant to be “cute,” it was not. It was degrading. Merna Schultz Parkersburg

A last word on religion

Letters to the editor

Let me express appreciation to Mr. Engle for making arguments. Many are made uneasy by disputes, but in at least two august institutions (legislative and judicial), the argument is a time honored tool for arriving at truth. It is only when beliefs are challenged that they are confirmed valid. ...

Good for the goose?

Letters to the editor

How many remember the old English saying,” What is good for the goose is good for the gander”? When I asked my computer to help me understand this, several explanations were presented: * “used to say that one person or situation should be treated the same way that another person or ...

March has International Women’s Day

Local columns

March is a very busy month with March 8 set aside for the celebration of “International Women's Day.” Well, ladies we are getting up in the world I guess…?? Can you believe that we now actually have a day named for all of us women in the world, which I think is fascinating. I am not sure ...

Visit the world with cookbook

Local columns

30 international dishes are presented in both English and Spanish with the new book, “Famous Dishes From Around the World: Healthy, Tasty and Affordable.” The recipes are presented with photos, as well as the dish in English on one page and in Spanish on the opposite. Along with some ...

Chamber events to make businesses stronger

Local columns

It is our goal at the MOV Chamber to offer programming to make our business community as vibrant and strong as possible. Below is a sampling of upcoming events that we hope you will take advantage of during the month of April. *** Breakfast Workshop: Understanding Financial Statements * ...

Future is ahead of us day by day

Local columns

As I’m writing this I’m in San Antonio, Texas with the Shale Crescent USA Team at the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC). This conference has over 1,500+ attendees from 40 countries. It is truly a “World” conference. There is a lot of ethnic diversity. No one cares about gender, race, ...

Suspense will keep you guessing

Local columns

An actor gets the role of a lifetime in “The Last Act” by Brad Parks. Once upon a time, Tommy Jump was a child actor earning acclaim. Now, as an adult, he is facing some trouble trying to keep afloat. Now that his fiancee is pregnant, it looks like he may have to give up the acting side ...

Biological spring is weeks away

Local columns

It seems the older I get, the longer winter lasts. So, I was thrilled when the vernal equinox arrived last week. The sun has already begun rising a few minutes earlier and setting a few minutes later each day. My bones are beginning to warm up. However, the calendar does not guarantee blue ...

Safety Town sign-up

Local columns

Attention parents of children who will be registering for kindergarten in the fall of 2019 at either Fort Frye of Wolf Creek School Districts! It’s time to consider signing up for this summer’s Safety Town program. Safety Town offers a comprehensive program of safety training for each ...