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Opinion

Education: West Virginia should approve charter school policy

Editorials

Proposed policies to govern charter schools in West Virginia have been made public by the state Board of Education. Fred Albert, leader of the second-largest teachers union in the state, appears not to care what policies are adopted, however. Any policy permitting charters is unacceptable to ...

Vaping: More study needed before lawmakers act

Editorials

State Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, is right to be worried about e-cigarettes. It was in his district, after all, that two teenagers had to be hospitalized after using e-cigarette cartridges laced with heroin. Last week, Beach wrote to Gov. Jim Justice suggesting a public health emergency be ...

Retirements: West Virginia’s public employees not ready to leave

Editorials

West Virginia’s public employees just aren’t retiring like they used to. According to Consolidated Public Retirement Board executive director Jeffrey Fleck, significantly fewer public employees — including teachers — are choosing to retire this year. In a normal year, an average of ...

Putting off now will mean paying big later

Local columns

We’ve seen some amazing coincidences during the past few years, haven’t we? Take the Interstate 70 bridges in Ohio County. Isn’t it incredible that after decades of service, nearly all of them went bad at the same time? Equally fascinating is the fact that decades passed during which ...

Education: West Virginia should examine school funding model

Editorials

When members of the West Virginia Board of Education voted last week to approve Wood County Schools’ plan, which includes closure of three elementary schools in spring 2020, they did so in a manner that suggested they understood the difference between emotions and fiscal reality. In fact, ...

The future of journalism

Local columns

Want a snapshot of how much damage has been done to our collective psyche and the Fourth Estate in recent years? Take a look at the absolutely embarrassing editorial written by The Daily Northwestern, in which the student newspaper APOLOGIZED for covering the news. A snippet: “On Nov. 5, ...

Op-ed: Shale Crescent report confirms industry’s impact

Local columns

Natural gas users — households, businesses, manufacturers — have saved $1.1 trillion since 2008 because natural gas production increased in the three Shale Crescent states. Trillion. With a “T.” It’s described in a report — Natural Gas Savings to End-Users — released by Shale ...

Op-ed: Transgender Day of Remembrance is Wednesday

Local columns

On Wednesday, people all over the world will come together for the 20th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. After the death of transgender woman of color Rita Hester in 1998, activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created the event in 1999 to honor Hester and all of the transgender women ...

Be open with investigation

Letters to the editor

Unfortunately, our new Bishop, Mark Brennan doesn’t get it. He was sent to our state after the betrayal of the Diocese by former Bishop Michael Bransfield. Bransfield took $21 million from the Diocese and Wheeling Hospital to spend on an extravagant lifestyle and gifts for high ranking ...

Thank you, coach

Letters to the editor

Having refereed football, basketball, track and field and soccer at the local, state, regional, national and some international level, I have had contact with hundreds if not thousands of coaches at every level. With the retirement of Don Fosselman as head boys soccer coach at Parkersburg High ...

Kindness of strangers

Letters to the editor

I recently had the misadventure of falling on black ice at a Vienna store parking lot. Once I got my bearings, all I saw and heard were the kindness of strangers. Hands handing me tissues and wipes to clean up the awful mess from my busted nose. Words of encouragement and offers of assistance ...

Restore the teaching profession

Letters to the editor

“Keeping Score” by Steven Allen Adams was front page news Sept. 15. The article made plain the schools are not making the grade. Dr. Paine, the state superintendent of schools said “We need to talk about how we work with local school boards but step up our efforts to hold districts ...

Beware smear campaigns

Letters to the editor

I can visualize the headlines now: Joe Biden and Hunter Biden are two corrupt Democratic politicians who put a computer server in Ukraine to hack Republican election plans. Folks, studies, investigations, and research will not change the political narrative because some have determined that ...

A much appreciated good deed

Local columns

Several months ago, the church we attend — St James Orthodox Christian Church, which is the old St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Belpre, 120 Maple St. — decided to do a complete remodeling and renovation. This would take several months to complete and the problem arose as to where would we ...

Cookbooks to make use of kitchen gadgets

Local columns

Instant Pots and air fryers and devices that are combinations of both, are hot items for the kitchen and may be on several people’s holiday gift lists. Now gift givers can add a cookbook to make use of these tools to the mix with several new ones. With something for everyone is “The Big ...

The power of our mind at work

Local columns

After surgery on both knees walking is out for the time being. I spent the last week at rehab learning how to take care of myself from a wheelchair until my legs heal. Things like putting on pants and socks requires some training when you are in a wheelchair and can’t bend your knees. I had ...

Staying thankful for community

Local columns

As we step closer towards the Thanksgiving season I find myself once again enumerating my blessings and centering my thoughts on all that I am thankful for in my life. A predominant and prevailing thought seems consistent in my mind this year. I’m thankful for my community. I’m thankful for ...

Food for thought: Hunting is fading

Local columns

According to data from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting is fading as a recreational activity. In 1980 Americans bought 16.3 million hunting licenses. By 2018 that number had dropped to 15.6 million. During that same time period, the total U.S. population grew from 227 million to ...

Mysteries to keep you guessing

Local columns

A mystery may be just the thing for cooling, dark nights. First is a book in the Robert B. Parker series, “Angel Eyes” by national bestselling author Ace Atkins, starring Parker’s character Spenser. Hardboiled and sarcastic private investigator Spenser heads from Boston to L.A. at the ...

Beverly-Center Elementary School names first quarter honor roll

Local columns

These students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period at Beverly-Center Elementary School: Kindergarten — Mastered 5 Super Skills: Kyndyl May Bauerbach, Summer Dixon, Edward Duskey, Annistyn Dyar, Brantley Erb, Daniel Evans, Brenley Henry, Audrey Kesselring, ...