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Opinion

Veterans: Travel legislation should be enacted

Editorials

Especially in areas such as West Virginia, it can be difficult for veterans to find transportation to veterans’ centers and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and five other senators want to make it easier for them. A bill introduced by the ...

Missing the real problems

Local columns

Tomorrow, members of the West Virginia House of Delegates will hold a news conference in which they (probably) rail against the unfair stereotypes used by Hollywood to portray Appalachians. This time, though they will follow up their letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on ...

Support the Fairness Act

Letters to the editor

A recent press conference at the Capitol in Charleston focused on introduction of the Fairness Act in the 2020 legislative session. This is not a new idea. A similar bill has been introduced in every session since 1993. Nor is this a radical idea. This act will simply add “sexual ...

Christ about more than church

Letters to the editor

One minister recently wrote an article entitled “In Lieu of Flowers” in The Parkersburg News & Sentinel. In summary, he described obituaries that indicate that a person was a lifelong member of a church thereby giving the idea that the person was Christian. It floored him that someone ...

Cooperate, President Trump

Letters to the editor

If a person is suspected of committing a crime, they are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. There’s an investigation; if there’s enough evidence, it goes to trial. Even then, the guilt or innocence of the person is determined only after thorough examination and questioning of ...

Needle exchange is necessary

Letters to the editor

Every day people are dying from infection of HIV due to sharing contaminated needles with others. Every single day people find an easy place to shoot up quickly in fear of being caught causing them to leave any evidence of their presence behind. This is causing our streets to be filled with ...

Practice kindness this holiday season

Local columns

Last week, I dwelt on how it was better to give than to receive, and this week I am going to dwell on “acts of kindness” to go along with the giving and receiving. Even the smallest act of kindness can be appreciated, like opening a door for someone, a big smile and hello greeting, helping ...

Make some dough for the holidays

Local columns

Making bread has always been a struggle for me. Other than quick breads, I mean, which are more like a cake than an actual bread. So it was with a glimmer of hope that I looked at “Ready, Set, Dough!” by Rebecca Lindamood. Lindamood, the author of “Not Your Mama’s Canning Book” and ...

Stand on our own two feet

Local columns

This week physical therapy was exciting for me. For the first time since October 27th I actually stood on my own two feet. After laying on my back in bed and sitting on my butt in a wheelchair it felt good to be vertical again. I needed coaching to get me on my feet for the first time from the ...

Thrillers for chilling fans this December

Local columns

Perhaps someone on your gift list craves a thriller? Here are a few new titles to choose from! British crime writer Robert Bryndza launches a new series starring a former detective-turned-private investigator Kate Marshall in “Nine Elms.” Marshall is haunted by the scandal that took her ...

A Birder’s Poem

Local columns

Every December, readers make two requests: please reprint your Christmas poem and your suet recipe. I’m happy to oblige. I offer this a bit early to get a jump on Christmas. First published in 1988, the poem is an attempt to instill in younger family members a sense of the wonder and fun ...

Christmas drawing winners announced

Local columns

The Beverly-Waterford Community Pool Foundation, as of this writing, has chosen the first five winners in its “!2 Days of Christmas” raffle in support of the community pool. Congratulations to these first winners: Day 1 — Air Pods — David Jarvis; Day 2 — $250 Lowe’s gift card ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the 33rd annual Festival of Trees auction to benefit Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in West Virginia, which was held at the Blennerhassett Hotel earlier this month. Approximately $15,000 was raised for the organization, because of both the outstanding work of the artists who designed ...

Kindness abounds in Wood County

Local columns

With all the negativity and division swirling around us, I am thankfully often reminded of the positive actions and kindness of people in Wood County. For instance: * Ashlen Martin, 14, of Vienna surpassed her goal of collecting 600 toys to give to foster children in Wood County for ...

Look Back: Wave riding with Marion Sullivan

Local columns

“WAVE RIDING” by Marion D. Sullivan “Wave Riding is the title on the first page [of this paper.] Many of our readers will recognize, in the authoress, an old acquaintance — a quondam denizen of our town. We are pleased to find her a contributor to Godey’s Lady’s Book, and trust ...

Life Through the Lens: Forever chemicals and consequences

Local columns

“The system is rigged! They want us to think it’ll protect us. We protect us! We do!” *** A modern, Mid-Ohio Valley retelling of “The Good Samaritan”: One day... let’s call it a Tuesday... one day there was a farmer. He was a poor Parkersburg farmer. All he had was his farm, his ...

Fairness Act: Lawmakers just have tough conversations

Editorials

Advocates who saw a glimmer of hope in the attendance by state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, at a panel discussion of the proposed Fairness Act hosted by Fairness West Virginia, should pay close attention to the language Carmichael ...

Climate: Ignoring China will not reduce carbon emissions

Editorials

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Obesity: Health crisis must be addressed

Editorials

West Virginians are accustomed to seeing their state rank at or near the bottom in national reports. In the case of a couple of recently released analyses, however, it is no better news to be at the top. The Mountain State has the highest adult obesity rate in the nation and second-highest rate ...

Tech Jobs: Viking Voyagers reflect positive direction

Editorials

Last week, during the annual TechConnect Coding and Cyber Summit in Charleston, there was good news about the effort to diversify our state’s struggling economy and push it forward. “We know there are already about 1,000 (high-tech) jobs open in West Virginia. What we want to do is get the ...