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Op-ed: Working toward more perfect union

According to Gallup polling in 2019, Americans had either a great deal of or quite a lot of confidence in church or organized religion (36 percent), the Supreme Court (38 percent), Congress (11 percent), organized labor (29 percent), big business (23 percent), public schools (29 percent), ...

Winning the Dad lottery

A weekend that begins with Juneteenth, proceeds into West Virginia Day, and ends with Father’s Day should provide plenty of material for writing a column, but anything written about the first two days would be based much on the person honored on the third. It’s hard to describe what it’s ...

Look Back: A few days in the life of Parkersburg

City paragraphs * The street cars and the carettes did a good business all day yesterday. * The Bull Frog Quartette assisted by an augmented chorus met Saturday night and had their regular monthly sing. Their music was greatly enjoyed — by some. [This was a bit of sarcasm directed toward ...

Op-ed: Yearning for better

I yearn for a president who is not devoid of honor; who has integrity; who doesn’t lie as easily and readily as he breathes. I yearn for a president who gets his information from books, journals and briefing papers rather than cable news and social media. I yearn for a president who ...

Op-ed: U.S. Senate makes landmark investment in nature

In times of trouble and uncertainty, humanity has always turned to the natural world for solace. In West Virginia, this is no different. West Virginia is a place encompassed by beautiful landscapes, sprawling mountain ranges and endless outdoor recreation opportunities for both residents and ...

Fathers are special to everyone

First of all, I want to wish ALL the fathers everywhere a Healthy and Happy FATHERS DAY. Today is a huge day for celebrating and acknowledging our fathers. Since we celebrated Mothers Day last month, it is only fair and just that we also celebrate Fathers Day as well. Fathers play an ...

Keeping history in mind as a nation

“A nation that forgets its past has no future.” — said Winston Churchill. To put it another way, “Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity.” I have heard this many times. The message is, we need to learn from our history and not repeat past mistakes. This is ...

Things to do in downtown Parkersburg

With online school work completed, temperatures rising outside and the kids anxious for “something to do,” I’d like to share some opportunities for the whole family to take advantage of in downtown, some at little to no cost. * Get Out Your Walking Shoes — When is the last time you ...

Mix technology, women’s fiction

A woman moves into the lap of luxury and finds all is not what it seems in “A Woman Alone” by Nina Laurin. After a home invasion ruined her life, Cecelia and her husband decide to try again in a new suburb, Venture, in which the luxe neighborhood is anything but the usual. An experimental ...

MOV Parent: Teach your children to tell the truth

It is very important for parents to teach and instruct their children not to lie or tell fibs to their parents, friends, playmates or others. Teach your child also to be honest, fair and respectable to others even sometimes when it seems hard to do. We all make mistakes, but there is no need to ...

MOV Parent: What can we learn from COVID-19?

COVID is a term that is full of meaning for all of us now. The response to the pandemic has caused us all to wonder if the cure was worse than the disease. The COVID shutdown hasn’t been all bad, right? Is there a silver lining to this dark cloud hanging over us? It depends on how we ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Some post-primary thoughts

We made it through the extended primary and there is a lot to unpack on how it affects November. One thing for sure: thanks goes to the staff of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, employees of the 55 county clerks and the poll workers who helped create a smooth election. Google ...

Police officers must show where they stand

I’ve known quite a few police officers and sheriff’s deputies. A few were rotten apples who believed the badge was a license to push people around. I can count them on the fingers of one hand. Overwhelmingly, the cops I’ve known were good people. Two — state troopers, it happens — ...

Lal’s work worthy of cheer

Ohioans in search of a bright spot, a person and accomplishment of which they can truly be proud, need look no further than an Ohio State University professor who is quietly working to save the world on two fronts. Rattan Lal is founding director of the university’s Carbon Management and ...

Look Back: The snows of July 1901

City in grasp of July blizzard! B-r-r-r-r-r how the icy wind whistled across our streets yesterday, driving the fine icy particles of snow before it, swirling them into great drifts, dashing them with stinging force into the faces of pedestrians. With the mercury dropping down, down, down in ...

Hot summer — yard time

Finally the hot summer is here, but also along come the rainy days to remind us the weather is in complete control. The good thing with having periodically rainy days is that we do not have to worry about watering or gardens and flowers. Our one son-in-law (Brian) was here yesterday helping me ...

What is really important to us

Putting on socks and running shoes; my mind goes back to December when I was still in the wheelchair. I needed a special tool to put on my socks back then. I wore slip on shoes if I went out. They were easier for my wife, Lynnda to help me to get on and off. Getting dressed in the morning was a ...

So much has changed

Things I used to take for granted: * Finding paper products at the grocery store * Going into the vet appointment with my dog * Breathing freely during my hair appointment * Walking right into a retail store * An impromptu gathering with friends for a drink at The Blennerhassett at 6:30 ...

Mysteries to keep you guessing

There’s plenty of mystery to be had with several new releases. USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower continues her Amish Candy Shop cozy mystery series with “Marshmallow Malice.” This time, Bailey’s boyfriend’s mother, Julia, is marrying her love, Rev. Brook. A heat wave ...

Backyard Gardener: Cucumbers in the garden

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. Home food preservation is expected to be very popular this year as more people are turning to gardening. Media outlets are reporting up to 300% increases in vegetable seed sales this spring. Everyone enjoys tomato juice, frozen corn, and canned ...