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Reporter’s Notebook: The unelected versus the elected

In this day and age, we’re often forced to pick between two opinions, but I believe some issues are nuanced and can result in having two seemingly opposing opinions in one’s head. For example, one can believe in the ample scientific evidence showing schools are safe places for students ...

We climb the hill together

By the time you read this, Amanda Gorman’s words will likely have been played and read repeatedly in the days after she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” during the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony. She deserves that kind of attention, and I’m going to give her a little more. ...

Look Back: Parkersburg’s other airport

Before opportunities of simulated flight offered by modern computer games, few children had the opportunity to fulfill the childhood dream of flying. Most kids had to imagine looking over a crowded instrument panel, and could only dream of peering through the blades of a propeller. But, for ...

Still time for those New Year’s resolutions

There is still a week left in January for you all to decide and to implement a New Year’s resolution for 2021 . I’m going to list a few cute quotes on diets for your enjoyment. 1. I put my scale in the corner today and it’s going to stay there until he apologizes to me. 2. My summer ...

Cookbook offers simple recipes for those looking to lose weight

January is usually the start of new diets, and after 2020 and the pandemic weight we’ve all gained, now is especially the time! A popular diet has been the Keto diet, and there is a new cookbook out now to help those following it to have some food that is quick to make and tastes good ...

Business as usual

We have been asked how the change in Washington will impact the Shale Crescent USA economic development and job creation initiative. We are moving forward with business as usual. Here is why: The Shale Crescent USA Mission doesn’t change no matter who is President or regardless of state and ...

Science fiction, horror twists in books

There are several new books out that give superheroes, chosen ones and horror a new twist! A young woman who has been ordinary in between her two extraordinary sisters finds herself at the center of a puzzle to the apocalypse in the young adult novel “Unchosen” by Katharyn ...

Life Through the Lens: L.O.V.E. = Life’s Only Valid Expression

“She sees me very well, but she forgets that I can see her, too.” *** Have you ever tried to define “love”? It is, in many ways, indefinable ... but it is universally received and gifted. It is so easy a baby can do it! How can something so hard to explain be so easy to express? Here ...

Back Issues: If you think Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ is weird…

The Disney+ series “WandaVision” is treading new ground for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but its roots are firmly planted in the comic book histories of its title characters. Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, debuted in 1964 in the pages of “X-Men” as a member of Magneto’s ...

Reporter’s Notebook: You can’t please everyone

For two weeks straight, Gov. Jim Justice lambasted West Virginia media outlets for not reporting more positive stories about the state’s vaccine distribution. So far, I have not seen a quota for how many stories one must write in order to not earn the Governor’s wrath. I’m the primary ...

Op-ed: Educational process is broken

A “Nation At Risk,” the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, stated that the decline in educational performances is the result of disturbing inadequacies in the way the educational process is conducted. The report indicated that these inadequacies are causing the ...

Taking back conservatism

“‘Liberty! Liberty!’ Pho! Let Mr. Webster, for decency’s sake shut his lips for once and forever on this word. The word ‘Liberty’ in the mouth of Mr. Webster sounds like the word ‘love’ in the mouth of a courtesan.” That was Ralph Waldo Emerson, reacting to Sen. Daniel ...

Op-ed: Thankful for the opportunity and pleased with the progress

At the conclusion of my term in elective office, I pause to express my heartfelt appreciation to the citizens of West Virginia for the opportunity to serve our state. The historic honor of serving as first Republican Majority Leader, and to be unanimously elected as the first two-term ...

Op-ed: Doubtful Mountaineer NGL will store ‘green’ hydrogen

Once again, oil and gas companies are trying to use some well-crafted PR messaging to greenwash their industry. There was a recent press release titled “Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC Exploring Green Hydrogen Storage” in which the company said it is launching “a non-binding open season to ...

Look Back: Ill-gotten gains from the past

(Editor’s note: The following contains historical excerpts that contain language which would not be used in today’s reporting.) *** Arrested in the South Three residents of Parkersburg, and well-known characters about here, were arrested on last Monday at Winston, N.C., on the charge of ...

January a month for new resolutions

I would love to be able to talk to different people just to see and hear different resolutions that people make for the new year. Many use the same resolutions year after year because they did not succeed the previous year and are trying once again with hopes of succeeding. The most popular ...

Eating well while living with diabetes

Some may be coming from a new diagnosis for the new year like diabetes. But what should you eat to stay healthy? Out next week is “The Easy Diabetes Cookbook” by Mary Ellen Phipps ($21.99; Page Street Publishing, Co.) In this cookbook, Phipps teaches three key nutrients diabetics need ...

Back to basics

When I was growing up my grandfather (mom’s dad) lived next to us. Grandpa would come over almost every morning during the week to visit. He would tell us stories about growing up in the old country of Slovakia. His family worked for a wealthy landowner taking care of their estate. Grandpa ...

WVUP renews commitment to Downtown PKB

West Virginia University at Parkersburg renewed its membership in Downtown PKB’s Partner Program at a Visionary level. Downtown PKB’s Partner Program is “designed to move our organization forward into the future in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the ...

Stories ripped from headlines

New mysteries take a cue from real life tackling the #MeToo movement and immigration. Spenser returns to help a case that is ripped from the headlines in “Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins. When Mattie, a college student Spenser once helped who now wants to be ...