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Opinion

The ends do not justify the means, even for Trump

Local columns

Ends, no matter how laudable, are no justification for using questionable means to achieve them. Either we engage in the delicate balancing act required to preserve our freedoms, or we do not. Either we follow our moral compasses in any situation, or we do not. What brought all that up, you ...

Truth Seeker: Paranormal activity travel wish list

Local columns

Just like every other person out there who is interested in the unknown, I too have a wish list of locations that I want to visit someday. Some I have more desire to visit than others. Some of the locations are not because of the paranormal activity but due to the unusual characteristics of ...

Education: Teacher development should be considered

Editorials

In what appears to be an effort to do something good for West Virginia teachers, school administrators AND parents, the House of Delegates Education Committee passed a bill last week that would fix the school year in all counties to between Sept. 1 and May 31. It would also reduce the required ...

Rain forest infrastructure

Local columns

I looked it up. To be considered a rain forest, annual rainfall in an area must be at least 65 inches. We’re not quite there — yet. But, according to the National Weather Service, in 2018 Parkersburg got 53.48 inches. So far in 2019, we’ve gotten about 10. Basements that have been dry ...

Liberty is under attack

Local columns

Well isn’t it nice to see the return of the “Fairness group,” trying to incite the same militant, rowdy crowd that took over Parkersburg City Council chambers last year. Op-ed writer Jeanne Peters is a member of Fairness Parkersburg, serves as Steering Committee Chair of Our Children Our ...

It’s in the seventh inning…

Local columns

It feels like we are in the seventh inning of a very long baseball game. The “game” is our annual campaign and the wind-up pitch was delivered back in September. Like a four-seam fast ball, we came out firing, energized and ready to go the distance. Our team was prepared, well-conditioned ...

Answers are needed

Letters to the editor

This is in reference to the Wood County Senior Citizen Association Inc. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Feb. 6, printed an article and a picture showing the new executive director accepting a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. This donation was to be used for the Meals on Wheels ...

Say no to ‘gag rule’

Letters to the editor

Title X is under assault and this is an attack that should concern everyone. A proposed “gag rule” being reviewed by the Office of Budget and Management in Washington D.C. would damage men and women’s access to health care across the country. This proposed rule takes direct aim at Title ...

Build bridges, not walls

Letters to the editor

As the president declared his emergency on our south border, I daydreamed of Frost’s poem “Mending Wall:” “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down. ... I saw (my neighbor) there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone ...

Point counterpoint on abortion

Letters to the editor

First I’d like to thank Ralph Chambers for his kind words regarding my submissions to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. I also appreciate Mr. Chambers and his efforts very much. But I’m writing today in response to Dan Kessinger and his, well, interesting response to some of my most recent ...

Oppose rule change

Letters to the editor

A proposed rule change currently being considered in Washington, D.C., by the Office of Management and Budget would restrict doctors and other healthcare providers from giving needed information to their patients. This rule would prohibit doctors and nurses from providing their patients with ...

Senate bill deserves support

Letters to the editor

Education has dominated this session of the West Virginia Legislature for many good reasons. The knowledge and skills of our citizenry set the tone for our economic prosperity, freedoms and quality of life. The focus of our legislators on K-12 and higher education is meaningful, and today I ...

Air travel on trips

Local columns

I will share a few experiences as I and part of our family traveled to Las Vegas last week by air. First of all, traveling by air anymore is not as pleasant for many people as it used to be. You can leave me out on that, however, because I love to fly and don’t really care if I have two or ...

Get out slow cooker for some easy dishes

Local columns

Get out your slow cooker once again for some easy meals that will make you fall in love with that appliance again with “3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook” by Drew Maresco. I haven’t used my slow-cooker for a while since my love affair with the Instant Pot began. But when I got this book, I ...

Member spotlight with Balsimo Strategic Marketing

Local columns

This week, we would like to highlight Balsimo Strategic Marketing who joined our Chamber at the end of last year. Balsimo Strategic Marketing (BSM) may be a new member to the Chamber, but owner Mike Balsimo certainly isn’t a stranger to the Mid-Ohio Valley. After 13 years in corporate ...

Own it, then fix it

Local columns

It seems like a long time ago in a career far far away. I was working for a Service Company on the Project Team for one of our large customers who was doing a major expansion. As part of this Team I got to sit in on my customer’s company meetings. This particular meeting is memorable to me ...

Thrillers to scare

Local columns

A nightmare of a thriller that will keep you up all night — or possibly never sleeping again comes in C.J. Tudor’s “The Hiding Place.” You can’t go home again — or maybe you shouldn’t. Joe never wanted to come back to his hometown where his father and little sister were killed in ...

Why plants are green

Local columns

Gaze across any late winter landscape as February winds down, and you’ll soon notice small patches of fresh greenery. Longer days, warmer temperatures, and frequent rainfall promote lush plant growth. Because plants — grass, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees — are such ubiquitous parts of ...

Beverly Elementary names Students of the Month

Local columns

Beverly-Center Elementary School has named their students ‘Student of the Month’ for January. These students were chosen for going ‘above and beyond’ in demonstrating honesty: Kindergarten — Iziah McNight and Skyla Offenberger; First Grade — Taytum Skinner and Raylan Wickham; ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg South High School’s speech and debate team, which has earned charter membership in the National Speech and Debate Association because of its more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate activities, over the past three years. “It’s a goal ...