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Opinion

Predators: Legislation needed to protect children

Editorials

Yet another institution entrusted with the well being of our most vulnerable citizens — kids — appears to be more interested in protecting predators than those on whom they prey. Now lawmakers may have to force West Virginia’s public education establishment to do the right thing, after ...

There’s still a long way to go

Local columns

As our newsrooms begin work on a special publication next month that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, I have had the opportunity to look at a lot of the research being done — and that includes clippings from old newspapers. I read one last ...

Op-ed: What happened to our once magical town?

Local columns

Over a decade ago, I returned to my hometown of Parkersburg to attend my Class of ’63 high school reunion. It was a heartwarming experience. I was meeting people who were now retired or getting ready to retire. So it was a time to catch up about our personal life experiences now that so much ...

Op-ed: Let’s drive West Virginia’s future

Local columns

The oil and natural gas industry is an economic cornerstone in West Virginia. We’re already driving the state’s economy, and we haven’t even approached the industry’s potential. In the U.S., West Virginia ranks as the seventh largest natural gas producer. We rank fourth in proven gas ...

West Virginia needs effective leadership

Letters to the editor

West Virginia needs a governor who cares about everyday West Virginians. Everyday West Virginians built this state, its roads, its factories, its businesses and its heritage. It was not built by billionaires, their friends or by out of state corporations. Our state is being held back by Jim ...

Keep Feathers on commission

Letters to the editor

I am voting for Ron Feathers in the upcoming election for one reason. He fought the EPA for six years on the Devola Sewer. The only reason he lost is that the court refused to consider the science of the issue. Now that the court has spoken, Feathers has vowed to follow the court order and see ...

Democrats and downfall

Letters to the editor

I remember an old expression growing up. It was, don’t wish your life away for life was short. Well this is one year I’d like to fast-forward through as I watch this Democrat train wreck of a campaign. Just when you see a headline and say to yourself they can’t get any crazier than that, ...

Keep White as commissioner

Letters to the editor

Commissioner David White is up for re-election. His name will appear on your Republican primary ballot. I encourage you to join me in giving David White your vote. As your County Auditor, I work alongside Commissioner White on the general budget, as well as other projects. I know him to be a ...

How much food do you waste?

Local columns

We live in a country of plenty — plenty of foods, drinks, clothes, conveniences and in general plenty of everything. The question is, do we appreciate everything we have or do we just take it for granted ? I was born after World War II but my parents along with many relatives and friends ...

Become the ultimate veggie with Jamie Oliver

Local columns

I had a friend who was obsessed with Jamie Oliver and I think had most of his cookbooks. She would have been thrilled to know that now Oliver is tackling vegetarian meals with his new book. “Ultimate Veg.” This book is all recipes and lovely photos. It has 11 chapters: Curries & Stews; ...

Tell them thank you

Local columns

My wife, Lynnda, enjoys watching The Hallmark Channel on weekends. The movies she watches are mostly lighthearted love stories. I typically watch some of the movies with her while I’m writing or just relaxing. One consistent theme in most of these movies is, “You need to tell him (or her) ...

Partners in Education lunch slated

Local columns

Sitting in a CEO Panel earlier this week at Marshall University, the CEO of Intuit Brad Smith talked about the importance of education. As a son of Marshall and West Virginia native, Smith is proud of our state and the education he received here. It led him to run a company that includes ...

YA books for adults, too

Local columns

Two very different books will get readers thinking, both young adult and adults. First, an alien invasion may have brought the end of the world, but can music and books help save it? Two very different characters are brought together in “The Sound of Stars” by Alechia Dow. The Ilori came ...

Beverly Public Library wraps up February

Local columns

The Beverly Public Library has a full slate of activities for readers of all ages to wrap up February. AARP offers free tax help at the library on Monday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through April 13 and Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. through April 8. Sign-up is important, so contact the library at ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the Parkersburg Utility Board for considering a change that would give bidding and purchasing preference to local vendors who are also water and/or sewer customers of the PUB. The revised policy would offer an additional 0.5% consideration to those customers. If approved, it would give ...

Parkersburg AMBUCS celebrates 50 years

Local columns

AMBUCS has been helping children and adults in Wood County for 50 years. The Parkersburg chapter’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated on March 5 at 6 p.m. at Jimmie Colombo’s Italian Restaurant. The local chapter was chartered on March 13, 1970. Bud Taylor, 90, of Parkersburg, was the ...

Look Back: A trip into the country

Local columns

Ridin’ the rails Another item from Margaret Cokeley’s column in The Parkersburg News, Pages From the Past, regarding local train service is written by Jim Vaughan. For full disclosure, it should be noted that Mr. Vaughan was the founder of the Wood County Historical and Preservation ...

HB 4737: Legislation would expand educational opportunities

Editorials

Children taken from their homes in the midst of the substance abuse epidemic face plenty of challenges. Being told they cannot receive state or federal help to go to college should not be one of them. West Virginia legislators were told a few days ago the status of many children makes that a ...

Fresh Look: State superintendent should shake things up

Editorials

Some degree of continuity is needed in public school supervision at the state level in West Virginia. But at the same time, things need to be shaken up. A look at measures of school quality, some adopted by state officials, makes that clear. Perhaps the most important job in the state’s ...

Education: Belpre City Schools’ project needs support

Editorials

Belpre City Schools is moving in a new and potentially wonderful direction for students, if the steps outlined in Monday’s board of education meeting are followed. Voting to adopt “Portrait of a Graduate,” the board appears to understand yesterday’s approach simply does not work for ...