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Opinion

Home Testing: Increased access will save lives

Editorials

Worried about venturing out for a COVID-19 test, waiting in line, figuring out whether your insurance will cover it, and how long it will take to get results? If you are like most responsible West Virginians, you know it would be smart to get tested, particularly at this time of year and as our ...

In a Nutshell: Looking back at Brownie’s

Local columns

MARIETTA — Pearley L. Brown opened Brown’s Bakery on lower Front Street in 1952. In 1964, Neil took over from his father and reopened at 258 Front St., as Brownie’s Donut and Pastry Shop. Raising a young family and starting a business wasn’t easy, but we managed. Neil always said ...

Donations: Salvation Army needs help more than ever

Editorials

Many Mid-Ohio Valley residents make it part of their holiday tradition to donate to the Salvation Army — either through the organization’s Red Kettle Campaign or the Angel Tree program. Some wonderful folks find a way to do both. This year is a little different, and the opportunities for ...

Security: Watch out for scams this holiday season

Editorials

Doing your Christmas shopping at local stores is always the best bet, for many reasons. But many people will be making substantial purchases this year with online retailers, primarily because of the COVID-19 epidemic. After all, it seems safer to avoid in-person shopping and go the electronic ...

Vulnerable: Nursing homes need first access to vaccines

Editorials

Not long ago, we wrote that COVID-19 seemed to have surged once again into nursing homes. At the time, public health officials reported active outbreaks of the disease at 65 long-term care facilities in West Virginia. An update just a few days later put the number at 78. Just 45 Mountain State ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the folks at places such as Recovery Point, the Salvation Army or Norwood United Methodist Church who found a way to carry on Thanksgiving dinner traditions last week to help those most in need of the support of their community, this year. “This is my second year, and it’s amazing to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Slowing the pendulum swing

Local columns

I normally steer clear of national politics in this space. I’m paid to pay more attention to West Virginia government and politics. But it doesn’t mean I don’t observe the national scene since actions by our federal government trickle down to the state. In two weeks, the Electoral ...

So much for which to be thankful

Local columns

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was originally published Nov. 25). *** This Thanksgiving is unlike any Americans living today have ever observed. We are in a war against an invisible enemy. Yet we have so much for which to be thankful. We see blessings all around us, as the vast majority of ...

Shopping: Make Small Business Saturday a habit

Editorials

Saturday, officially, is Small Business Saturday. It is the day on which, for the past several years, clever marketers have suggested we spend a single day altering our shopping habits to explore the small, locally owned businesses in our communities. It’s a great idea, but it is not big ...

A case of the stubborns

Local columns

Ever try to save brown bananas by making banana bread? It seems such a waste to throw them out, right? That’s a whole 90 cents you’re talking about, after all. Last weekend, I tried to salvage two bananas ... because a new bunch had been placed in the bowl. (Yes, I suffer from produce ...

Look Back: 1885 penitentiary visit continues

Local columns

Many of the convicts make considerable money by extra labor, and they are allowed to purchase tobacco, cigars, fruits, books, in fact any article they may need. Many of them have their cells nicely fitted up and are apparently comfortable, and it is not an uncommon thing for a prisoner to have ...

Where to begin?

Letters to the editor

On Nov. 21, the News and Sentinel printed a letter titled “Real loss if Biden wins,” which was in response to a letter I wrote on Nov. 15. I love it when I am challenged to defend my position. Gee whiz, where do I start? Let’s start with the truth, which was sadly absent in all 14 ...

Not my president redux

Letters to the editor

In response to the letter on Nov. 15 titled “Dodging a bullet.” The author said “Donald Trump can’t open his miserable mouth without puking up another lie.” I personally can’t call Biden a liar because he is incapable of even remembering what office he is running for. What he says ...

Only want a fair election

Letters to the editor

Donald Trump may be the most maligned president in American history. Before the election, his campaign was spied on by the FBI. After he took office, he was further spied on. The news media hounded him for nearly four years over alleged Russia collusion. After numerous investigations, ...

Biden is the end of the American dream

Letters to the editor

This is another response to the letter titled “Dodging the bullet” with a Biden victory, printed Nov. 15. First, the horrible ungodly name-calling showed me the letter writer’s character of what kind of person he really is. God help him. The apparent (no doubt from voter fraud) victory ...

‘Thanks’giving

Letters to the editor

My husband was at Aldi shopping. A nice lady had left her purse on the counter. He caught up with her outside the door and told her she had left her purse inside. She was so grateful, she told him there were still honest people around and thanked him. When he was in Piggly Wiggly, when he ...

First taste of the holidays

Local columns

You might be wondering why I would choose a title like “First Taste of the Holidays?” After you read my article you will understand why. We just went through the most boring, lonely, quiet and disappointing Thanksgiving that I have ever experienced. This is the first year in my 55 years ...

Cookbooks offer recipes to help save you time

Local columns

Two new cookbooks are out that will teach you how to use several home cooking accessories, including my favorite, The Instant Pot, as well as how to save time cooking from frozen — something I never especially enjoy doing. In “Instant Family Meals” by Sarah Copeland, there are plenty ...

An attitude of gratitude!

Local columns

Whenever I see my friend, Hall of Fame Speaker and author Dr. Willie Jolley at our professional speakers’ conferences and ask, “How are you doing Willie?”, he always responds, “I’m blessed and highly favored.” Willie truly is blessed and highly favored. He has a great marriage, ...

Christmas stories to cozy up with

Local columns

A novella is available wherever you download books right now to get you in the Christmas spirit with “Candy Cane Crime” by Amanda Flower. Flower brings back a side character from her Amish Candy Shop series to track down a candy cane mystery. While Charlotte has been helping her English ...