Opinion

Memorial Day: Give thanks to our fallen heroes

Editorials

Unofficial start to summer, the opening of municipal swimming pools, school is out (or nearly so) and a three-day weekend. Memorial Day has drifted so far from its origins it is no wonder Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to encourage us all to stop at 3 p.m. today to think ...

Reporter’s Notebook: We remember the fallen

Local columns

Today is Memorial Day, when we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a ...

That forgotten legion

Local columns

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Time to get something done about education

Local columns

It appears Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature are doing precisely what I suggested earlier this month that they might. They are pulling the rug right out from under the feet of the state’s three big public school employee unions. Union leaders are not happy about that. In ...

Honor Them: Resolution for Woody Williams is right call

Editorials

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. Williams earned his medal “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as ...

‘Harmful dog’ list is the pits

Local columns

Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center published research recently that has me shaking my head. The results of their study are flawed, in my opinion. Makes me wonder who is minding the store in academia. A group of researchers decided ...

Capturing carbon, revisited

Local columns

In her column, Capturing carbon emissions, in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, April 28, Christina Myer quotes U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., “Last week, the firing up of NET Power’s plant provides hope for those researching a way to make carbon capture technology so efficient and ...

One school system all we need

Letters to the editor

Few people have responsibility for the mortal safety of more people than an airline pilot. But the only qualifications for the job are regular physical examinations and considerable experience. Most of them get their experience in the military. They do not even need a pilot’s license there, ...

Democrats are afraid of Barr

Letters to the editor

I couldn’t believe the letter in the Sunday, May 19 News and Sentinel titled “Barr must be removed.” Previously we had do-nothing attorney general Jeff Sessions. Before him, during the Obama administration, we had two of the worst attorneys general in history, Eric Holder and Loretta ...

Positions important for student wellbeing

Letters to the editor

As a 2007 graduate of Belpre High School and a seven-year teacher in Indiana, I am shocked and disappointed that the Belpre Board of Education has decided to reduce the position of school nurse from a full-time position to that of a position requiring five hours a week and to eliminate the ...

Lawsuit a waste of money

Letters to the editor

In the Saturday, May 4, edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel an article stated that the City of Parkersburg is seeking $9,800 for an insurance deductible to cover the costs of a lawsuit filed against Parkersburg City Council for leading a uniquely Christian, unconstitutional prayer to ...

Transparency in government

Letters to the editor

Good governance begins with transparency. The City of Parkersburg deserves credit for the job they do in advance of any city council or committee meeting. Parkersburg releases the full agenda with all supporting documents to the public and news media five days before any meeting. This gives the ...

United Way thrives on collaborations

Local columns

Collaboration. What does that mean? Is it the same as cooperation? Is it a product? A process? A concept? A notion? Or just a buzzword? At United Way, we build our success on solid and positive collaborations. We know it’s something much bigger than an industry buzzword. We know it is a ...

Congratulations to the graduates of 2019

Local columns

A big congratulations goes out to all the local and all grads everywhere. And another aspect of their lives begin. Another year has just flown by and the warm weather is setting in and the anticipation of the end of the school year will soon be here. Teachers and students are getting a little ...

Recipes help teach basics to home cooks

Local columns

For home cooks that may be novices or those just wanting to learn more techniques comes “Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook” by Carla Lalli Music. With 70 flexible recipes, the food director at Bon Appetit, shows six essential cooking methods that will ...

Death, taxes and change

Local columns

At a conference, pre-Shale Crescent, a few years ago the luncheon keynote speaker was a senior coal company executive. I will call him Mr. C. He opened with a question. “Are there any gas people here?” I was the only person who held up their hand. Mr. C pointed directly at me with fire and ...

Taste of PKB kicks off summer events

Local columns

We are less than a week away from kicking off Downtown PKB’s signature event — Taste of Parkersburg. One of the area’s favorite summer events, the Taste brings together dozens of the area’s best restaurants, local wineries and breweries and live entertainment — all in downtown ...

Plenty of cozies to read

Local columns

There’s a lot going on in the cozy mystery market in May! Lee Hollis returns to her Hayley Powell series in “Death of a Wedding Cake Baker.” Hayley’s best friend, Liddy, is getting married, and Hayley is going to be the matron of honor. While Hayley is dealing with her frienemy, ...

Poison ivy: Leaflets three, then let it be

Local columns

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. That means little league games, swimming pools, and maybe some beach time. But summer also brings sunburn, sweltering heat, and biting/stinging insects. Today, however, let’s focus on the botanical scourge called poison ivy, which sits ...

Beverly Lions hold dining out drawing

Local columns

The Beverly Lions Club is having a “Dining Out” drawing June 6. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The winner of the drawing will enjoy gift certificates totaling over $500 from the following businesses: Lisa’s Sweet Stop, Riverbend, Domino’s, Dough Boyz, Jukebox, B&W ...