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Opinion

A new paradigm

Letters to the editor

“Keeping Score,” by Steven Allen Adams was front page Sunday, Sept. 15. The public schools are not “making the grade,” in spite of the enormous effort of the West Virginia Department of Education, Adams reports. Schools seem to be falling backward. “West Virginia’s schools saw a ...

Impeachment steps right move

Letters to the editor

Mitch McConnell’s refusal to fund the $400 million appropriation by the Democratic controlled Congress to our states, to protect the integrity of our voting machines, voting process as the money will be used to updating our voting machines and voters records to prevent what happened in the ...

Gun laws to target criminals

Letters to the editor

I am writing this letter in response to a letter in the Sept. 8 newspaper. Already manufacturers are making bullet-proof panels of Kevlar to put in school kids’ backpacks. Prices vary, depending on the level of protection, but they are generally priced below $200. Licensed firearms dealers ...

Parkersburg High School runners hold reunion

Local columns

A few columns ago, you may recall my mentioning that before opening Chick-fil-A, my son George was actually a school teacher and cross country/track coach. This past weekend, Francis and I had the opportunity to join him and many of his former athletes as they celebrated not only the 25th ...

Learn from poor leadership skills

Local columns

My mother’s mind at age 91 was still sharp. She lived in Pittsburgh and every Sunday night I called her. We had some deep conversations in addition to our light mother and son family stuff. Mom suddenly began to lose some of her sharpness. After a physical she was diagnosed with an inoperable ...

Gearing up for ArtOberfest

Local columns

What do red umbrellas, Edison lights, food, chalk and art all have in common? They are all components of the upcoming ArtOberfest event in store for downtown Parkersburg. ArtOberfest is an outdoor art fair hosted by the Parkersburg Art Center. The event takes place on Saturday, October 19th, ...

A look at words of past

Local columns

For those interested in how words change over the years or writers who just want to use a new word comes “The Little Book of Lost Words” by Joe Gillard. Gillard, a history buff and founder of the digital publication History Hustle, explores more than 86 words that have become archaic, but ...

Feeding birds, apartment style

Local columns

Over the last 30 years I’ve written dozens of columns about feeding backyard birds. Based on my experiences, I’ve recommended specific foods (black-oil sunflower seeds, peanuts, and mealworms) and specific feeders (tubes, hanging bowls, and suet baskets). My mission has always been to ...

Flea market, vendor show scheduled

Local columns

The Beverly Lions Club is sponsoring a Flea Market and Vendor Show Friday, October 11 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Beverly United Methodist Church, 700 Park Street in Beverly, Ohio. Come to shop or come set up a table to sell your items. Spaces are ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those working as part of the Appalachian Region Prescription Opioid strike force, who were again able to take off the streets a significant number of contributors to the substance abuse epidemic in our region. The 13 arrests —including one right here in Vienna — were for alleged ...

John Marshall film shot on Blennerhassett Island

Local columns

A movie crew visited Blennerhassett Island on Sept. 12 as part of a documentary being developed about John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Plans call for the 90-minute documentary “Rediscovering John Marshall” to be completed next spring, said Lyn Rappaport ...

Look Back: Everything from dancing to daredevils at Terrapin Park

Local columns

Performances given yesterday at Terrapin Park were fine The season at Terrapin Park was in reality opened last night by several specialty companies that are now showing there and which will remain all week. Fully six hundred people visited the park during the afternoon and evening yesterday ...

Purchasing: West Virginia State Police must stop dragging their feet

Editorials

West Virginia taxpayers have had more than their share of reasons to believe the folks in Charleston — particularly the bureaucrats — are not always good stewards of their money. Attempts have been made over the years to modernize and standardize purchasing procedures so the public has a ...

Painkillers: Irresponsible prescriptions help drive addiction

Editorials

Easy access to prescriptions for opioid painkillers put many people on the path to addiction. That is known. But, thanks to drastic reductions in marketing of painkillers, they no longer are the major factor they were at one time, say some analysts. Not so fast. There may be some truth to that ...

Giving Back: State’s expats can always return with jobs

Editorials

Perhaps there will be some advantage after all to the number of sharp young minds that have left West Virginia in search of brighter futures. At least some of them never forgot their homes among the hills, or stopped thinking about how to help it reach its full potential, too. In southern ...

First Ladies: Michelle Obama, Melania Trump perform good works

Editorials

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the ...

Budget Cuts: Lawmakers should start planning now

Editorials

Mountain State lawmakers may be getting a bit nervous about the amount of money with which they will be able to play during the upcoming legislative session this winter. Despite Gov. Jim Justice’s assurances that in a few weeks we will see an uptick in revenue numbers reported for the month ...

Reporter’s Notebook: West Virginia legislative potpourri

Local columns

The September legislative interim meetings start this morning, as does the resumption of the special session. You thought that was over? Nope. The special session for “education betterment,” called by Gov. Jim Justice the day after the 2019 legislative session ended on March 9 after he ...

Tax relief will be difficult

Local columns

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Republican leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have big plans for the lawmaking session that begins in January. They hope to eliminate the property tax on business inventory. Then the report on August revenue came in. For the second month in a ...

Community: Rivalries put aside to support Miller family

Editorials

When young life is taken from us suddenly, it shakes us all — and we yearn to comfort one another. Here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, our communities may indulge surface “rivalries” on the athletic field, but those imaginary differences disappear when someone is in need. A family and community ...