Opinion

Fear: Library trustees made right call on book

Editorials

Donna Crocker is learning a lesson this week, and it is one that SHOULD sink in with folks everywhere who hope to ban or exclude books as a means of stopping the spread of certain information and ideas. But let’s not hold our breath. Crocker is director of the Morgan County (W.Va.) Public ...

Residency: Court should answer Justice question

Editorials

West Virginia’s state Constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Rules in place for a reason

Local columns

Most of us have been in line at the grocery store, wishing people ahead of us would get moving, I suspect. Can’t they tell we’re in a real hurry? But we don’t push ahead of them. The rules are that we wait our turns. We follow them and other rules of daily life, because, if too many ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wheels of justice still turning

Local columns

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11 I was given a tip ...

Launchpad: Local small businesses deserve our support

Editorials

Mid-Ohio Valley residents who love to shop small, eat local and support the entrepreneurs among us, should be thrilled with the options that got a little time in the spotlight during the third annual Launchpad event in Parkersburg last week. Think of it, within an easy drive, most of us can ...

Burke shows true bravery

Local columns

During last week’s Addiction Action Summit at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, one woman spoke out with incredible bravery — and in the face of active opposition to what she had to say. Rebecca Burke has been in recovery for more than two months after having struggled with ...

Leading the way toward responsible growth

Local columns

West Virginia Republicans have led the way in passing legislation that promotes responsible development of our natural gas industry, and our state is beginning to reap the benefits. The Lord has blessed our state by placing an abundant supply of natural gas beneath our feet, and we’re only ...

Open the records

Letters to the editor

Over the past month, I have written two letters to the editor, published in The News and Sentinel and elsewhere, calling on the Catholic church to be proactively transparent about the scope of the sexual abuse scandal in the wake of the revelations in the August Pennsylvania grand jury report. ...

Why not turn to wind?

Letters to the editor

After reading Del. Frank Deem’s letter “Why turn to wind?” I felt very concerned for West Virginia for having elected officials so out of touch with science and reality. Not understanding the world we are moving into and not pushing hard for a more diverse economy that opens the ...

Take responsibility

Letters to the editor

Last Sunday, I went with a delegation of concerned Catholics to present a letter to Bishop Michael Bransfield requesting that he lead the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in addressing child sexual abuse by priests in the Church openly and completely. There is nothing to be gained by trying to ...

Get out and vote

Letters to the editor

With the havoc in our country, the hatred being expressed so openly, the lack of leadership in D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the need for people to vote in this election is extremely important for the survival of our country. Those people who did not vote in 2016 need to reconsider their duties ...

More info on prostate cancer

Letters to the editor

Since September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, I’m confident that many of your readers, including me, appreciate your publishing of Mary G. McKinley’s timely and informative op-ed Sept. 9. The purpose of this letter is to provide some additional information to assure readers ...

We do need to make America great

Letters to the editor

It was quite obvious that there was a deep feud between John McCain and President Trump, even through his illness and until his death, McCain held the grudge. Fortunately, Trump took the high ground after McCain’s passing. He ordered the flags at half mast, he sent Air Force Two to pick up ...

The day the world changed

Local columns

It was a late summer/early fall day, many people were starting the day by sending their kids off to school and getting ready for work. I know for us, it was our annual vacation to Greece and on that particular day we were on the island of Santorini. It was a beautiful morning, we were swimming ...

Visit the Mediterranean with new cookbook

Local columns

Home cooks can take a tour of the Mediterranean with “Catalan Food” by Daniel Olivella. In this debut cookbook, Olivella, a born and raised Catalonian before moving to the United States, shares his culture and heritage through photos and recipes. Recipes are divided into seven chapters: ...

Persistence is key to success

Local columns

When I was in high school I rarely got turned down for a date. My secret was simple. I didn’t ask. I was afraid of rejection. The result was I didn’t have much of a social life. When I went to WVU I knew that if I wanted a social life I would have to get uncomfortable. I became a rejection ...

Backyard Gardener: The American Chestnut

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. Hopefully we have said goodbye to the heat and humidity of summer as we now focus on college football, cookouts and canning and preserving the harvest. An abundance of vegetables from the garden as well as from fruit trees should keep us busy all ...

Get tense with thrillers

Local columns

It’s time to get tense and hide under the covers with some chilling thrillers! First a young boy contends with his family’s housekeeper in “The Boy in the Keyhole” by Stephen Giles. Samuel lives in his family’s crumbling estate in Cornwall with his housekeeper, Ruth. His father is ...

Beverly Public Library offers new program

Local columns

The Beverly Public Library is continuing its new program “Baby Bookworm Lapsit” this Tuesday and Wednesday. This program is for children ages 0-2 and an adult caregiver. During the program children will listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun with rhymes. This Tuesday, September ...