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Opinion

Education: Relief funds will give needed boost to students

Editorials

For Mountain State students and teachers the past two semesters presented a nearly overwhelming challenge. With the help of parents and communities, they have found a way to limp through, but we know students are not getting an education that meets our standards. Teachers and school systems are ...

Taking back conservatism

Local columns

“‘Liberty! Liberty!’ Pho! Let Mr. Webster, for decency’s sake shut his lips for once and forever on this word. The word ‘Liberty’ in the mouth of Mr. Webster sounds like the word ‘love’ in the mouth of a courtesan.” That was Ralph Waldo Emerson, reacting to Sen. Daniel ...

Op-ed: Doubtful Mountaineer NGL will store ‘green’ hydrogen

Local columns

Once again, oil and gas companies are trying to use some well-crafted PR messaging to greenwash their industry. There was a recent press release titled “Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC Exploring Green Hydrogen Storage” in which the company said it is launching “a non-binding open season to ...

Look Back: Ill-gotten gains from the past

Local columns

(Editor’s note: The following contains historical excerpts that contain language which would not be used in today’s reporting.) *** Arrested in the South Three residents of Parkersburg, and well-known characters about here, were arrested on last Monday at Winston, N.C., on the charge of ...

Reflecting on the baby boomer legacy

Letters to the editor

I’m 53, not a boomer, but in many situations surrounded by those of that generation. I attend a Sunday school class made up of mostly boomers. I enjoy their insights and wisdom. I currently work with and have worked with numerous boomers that have helped shape who I am. Their contributions ...

Why do they still believe this madness?

Letters to the editor

It is with sadness and anger that I write my first letter to the editor. I read your weekend stories about Wednesday’s events at the Capitol. Though you gave facts disputing it, I don’t understand why there was information about Sen. Azinger’s thoughts as news. These could be an editorial ...

Lessons we can learn from history’s villains

Letters to the editor

Regarding the dust up associated with freshman Illinois congresswoman Mary Miller citing this quote attributed to Hitler [article p.3B, 7 Jan. edition]: “Whoever has the youth has the future.” It shouldn’t have to be said but apparently is, there is no possible interpretation of ...

Obey the rules or get out of game

Letters to the editor

Most of us root for our favorite sport teams enthusiastically. Each sport is governed by rules and codes. Let’s consider a sports team, I’ll call the BB. At the urging of its coach and manager, the team, BB, commits every foul it can. The coach challenges any referee ruling against the ...

COVID pandemic will not be last

Letters to the editor

Saturday Jan. 9, 2021, COVID-19 took another life, one who was deeply loved by family, many friends and the community that individual served. The name will be added to the list of 24,000 who died alone in the absence of family between New Year’s Day and Jan. 9, 2021, and to the list of U.S. ...

January a month for new resolutions

Local columns

I would love to be able to talk to different people just to see and hear different resolutions that people make for the new year. Many use the same resolutions year after year because they did not succeed the previous year and are trying once again with hopes of succeeding. The most popular ...

Eating well while living with diabetes

Local columns

Some may be coming from a new diagnosis for the new year like diabetes. But what should you eat to stay healthy? Out next week is “The Easy Diabetes Cookbook” by Mary Ellen Phipps ($21.99; Page Street Publishing, Co.) In this cookbook, Phipps teaches three key nutrients diabetics need ...

Back to basics

Local columns

When I was growing up my grandfather (mom’s dad) lived next to us. Grandpa would come over almost every morning during the week to visit. He would tell us stories about growing up in the old country of Slovakia. His family worked for a wealthy landowner taking care of their estate. Grandpa ...

WVUP renews commitment to Downtown PKB

Local columns

West Virginia University at Parkersburg renewed its membership in Downtown PKB’s Partner Program at a Visionary level. Downtown PKB’s Partner Program is “designed to move our organization forward into the future in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the ...

Stories ripped from headlines

Local columns

New mysteries take a cue from real life tackling the #MeToo movement and immigration. Spenser returns to help a case that is ripped from the headlines in “Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins. When Mattie, a college student Spenser once helped who now wants to be ...

Drug Sweep: Stopping drug abuse will need resources

Editorials

Our state’s massive substance abuse problem may have been flying under the radar for the past several months, but law enforcement officials have been quietly continuing the fight. Quietly, that is, until Wednesday, when agencies in Jackson County conducted Operation Centennial, the largest ...

Op-ed: Where do we go from here?

Local columns

Our country is very clearly at a tipping point. The events of the last month have shown that we, in many ways, have lost our collective ethos as Americans. Our divisions have overcome our unity. Our judgment of others has overcome our compassion for their struggle. Our anger has overcome our ...

MOV Parent: Discipline your children at home

Local columns

It’s been almost a year now that your children have had their daily routines changed by the existing circumstances. Many things have just been turned upside down as to what we consider normal. Still that means we must continue to discipline our children now while they are still young, even ...

MOV Parent: Willing and able, aware and care

Local columns

In the dark comedy movie “Downhill,” a vacationing family faces imminent threat from an avalanche. The crisis of the story occurs when Will Farrell’s character Pete runs away right when his wife and family needed him the most. The rest of the movie entails Pete trying to regain his ...

Technology: Remote employment could aid West Virginia

Editorials

When the world was turned upside down last winter, one of the immediate moves to stem the spread of COVID-19 was for employers to send their workers home, if they could. Suddenly many of us had to figure out how to work remotely. A host of technology companies were ready to hand us the tools to ...