Opinion

Education: Panel should include voices from MOV

Editorials

Major changes in West Virginia’s network of four-year public colleges and universities may be on the horizon. Those changes will depend largely on recommendations by a group established by Gov. Jim Justice. It is a matter affecting all Mountain State residents. Yet, when Justice appointed ...

Technology: Isolation makes addiction hard to fight

Editorials

During Sunday’s Your Voice MOV conversation in Parkersburg, some familiar points were raised: our stagnant economy has created a sense of hopelessness, pharmaceutical companies put profit before conscience and flooded our region with “legal” opiates, our healthcare system is unprepared to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Higher education equations don’t add up

Local columns

The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading about what ...

Supreme Court hands important win to Christians

Local columns

Social conservatives’ celebration of the long-awaited “cake case” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was a bit restrained. Many felt the court stopped short of a full defense of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. Perhaps there is more reason to cheer than some think. In 2012, two gay men ...

Truth Seeker: Wondering about the water

Local columns

Recently, I was able to attend a dinner cruise with family members on the Ohio River. We began having dinner as the boat began to deport and head north on the river. After dinner we all made our way to the top deck to enjoy the view and fellowship. One of the things I noticed right away was how ...

Shop Small: Local small businesses need your patronage

Editorials

Most of us are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the nationwide effort to encourage those beginning their Christmas shopping to consider local small businesses, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But West Virginia’s Small Business Administration has asked residents to “Shop Small in ...

Get yourself into the woods

Local columns

I am fortunate to have grown up camping, hiking and wading in creeks. I know some people are not so lucky. But on a recent trip to a national park, I saw just how removed a great deal of our society has become from the healthy understanding and respect for our natural world they should ...

Wild and wonderful higher education challenges, opportunities

Local columns

West Virginia’s public higher education system is definitely seeming more wild than wonderful lately. With talk of funding formulas, consultant recommendations, and Blue Ribbon Commissions, there is a natural tendency to think negatively about potential impacts and assume the worst. The idea ...

Open letter to Manchin

Letters to the editor

You will soon have the responsibility to vote on whether to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Associate Justice. I expect you will take this duty seriously and will do the right thing. The right thing starts with NOT listening to some of your Democrat colleagues such as ...

A concerned citizen

Letters to the editor

The Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Md., came under attack by a cowardly killer on Thursday, June 28. After shooting and killing five and wounding two, he hid under a desk. That newspaper will forever be haunted by the horror of witnessing their own colleagues they have known for years get ...

Trump is a puppet master

Letters to the editor

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.” A writer last week mentioned this quote by Nazi Joseph Goebbels and Trump lives by it very well. No one can deny that Trump openly ...

Vote no on Amendment 1

Letters to the editor

A piece published in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel on July 13 quotes a resolution of the WV Republican Party as stating “...the adoption of the amendment in November would end taxpayer funding of elective abortions in West Virginia.” The key word here is “elective.” It is blatantly ...

A thank you letter

Letters to the editor

I am writing this letter to thank the people in this community for all the support they have shown during the last decade. I work as a sign shaker, “guitar guy” on Parkersburg’s south side. I have been made aware of all the positive and kind words that have been shown on social media ...

Greek dishes to consider

Local columns

After spending two months in Europe this year I realize that cooking shows on television are as popular as they are here in the states. I can remember years ago that there were no cooking demonstrations on television and now it seems as every time I turn on the TV, there is a cook demonstrating ...

Together we can go so far

Local columns

Our community has complex issues. Issues that cannot be solved by one individual organization, but CAN be addressed by a collective joining of organizations working together to achieve a common goal. Complex issues require complex solutions. As one of United Way’s strategic values, ...

Last call for annual award nominations

Local columns

Each year, the MOV Chamber gathers members for an evening reflecting on the past year. This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The most exciting portion of the Annual Dinner is the time we spend honoring and ...

A trip to the White House

Local columns

“What a difference a year makes!” That’s what I said when we returned from Houston in March. When Shale Crescent USA (the organization) started this journey over two years ago we didn’t know where it would take us. So far, we have had memorable and successful trips to Houston for ...

Cool thrillers for summertime

Local columns

Thrillers can cool readers down on hot summer days! First is bestselling author David Bell’s “Somebody’s Daughter.” Michael’s life is torn apart the moment is ex-wife shows up on his doorstep. They divorced years ago, and he is making a new life with his new wife, Angela. But Erica ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department provides vaccines

Local columns

Editor’s Note: This is another in a series of articles written by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. *** PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department clinical program provides a variety of vaccines to all age groups – from infants to senior citizens. Vaccines are proven to ...