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Opinion

Look Back: Locals spent term in Moundsville

Local columns

Stars and Bars: A visit to the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville The West Virginia Penitentiary is an institution in which Parkersburg and Wood county has a particular interest, by virtue of the fact that nearly one-tenth of all the prisoners confined within its walls have been sent ...

About American civilization

Letters to the editor

“America is great because America is good. When she ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Those words are attributed to Alexis De Tocqueville, a French political scientist and historian who came to America in 1831 to study prisons, but became fascinated by the goodness of the ...

Do better protecting each other

Letters to the editor

The “personal liberty” vs. “for the good of society” debates that have been endemic to the epidemic surely puzzle me. Think of our parents (grand-parents to me) as part of the “Greatest Generation” (born ’10-’24) and how they approached the challenges and hardships of the Great ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Mid-Ohio Valley planning committee would like to thank the community for its continued support of the walk and its efforts to raise awareness and funds. More than 5 million people across the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s and hundreds of thousands more care for ...

Virus still a threat

Letters to the editor

I’m staying home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pandemic is not a hoax. Over 250,000 people have died and if we all just followed CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, keeping a distance from each other, not attending large gatherings and washing our hands often, we could slow the spread of ...

The real loss is if Biden wins

Letters to the editor

This is in response to the letter titled “dodging a bullet with a Biden victory in the Nov. 15 paper. Apparently the author has been living on Mars for the last 12 years or watching CNN and MSNBC nonsense. A Biden victory means little hope and no leadership in the White House for four ...

Time for real climate efforts

Letters to the editor

It’s become a fad of late for government, corporate and industrial entities to promise emissions reductions by the end of the decade and carbon neutrality by mid-century. These goals and commitments, at the very least, offer tacit acknowledgments of the climate crisis we find ourselves in and ...

Sweet as pie any way you slice it

Local columns

Thanksgiving is the time of year that most people think about baking pies. And two new pie books have you covered this year. First is “The Book on Pie” by Erin Jeanne McDowell. McDowell has plenty of pies to choose from, as well as recipes for different kinds of pie crusts, whether its ...

When a stranger becomes a dear friend

Local columns

In Greece there is a saying that “only the mountains do not meet” and I will share a story to confirm that statement. In the summer of 2006 we took our annual trip to Greece and that year also we included a week in Amsterdam and Belgium… Upon returning from Europe we would always ...

Shopping small, helping big in downtown Parkersburg

Local columns

Downtown PKB along with several other downtown businesses have put together an exciting line-up of activities and shopping for Shop Small (previously Small Business Saturday) on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. Shop and eat in downtown Parkersburg and kick off your holiday season by ...

You either use it or you lose it

Local columns

It was just a year ago. Laying in my hospital bed I watched my leg muscles shrink, wasting away because I couldn’t put any pressure on them. I could work my upper body and keep those muscles in tone. My arms got me to my wheelchair and in and out of the car. Muscles lose tone and get weak ...

‘The Push’ a tale of new life, murder

Local columns

Six couples that met in an expectant mother group come together for a party to welcome the newborns that ends in murder in “The Push” by Claire McGowan. While a young police officer investigates the crime, the reader still doesn’t know who was murdered. Or why. Following several of the ...

Manchin: Moderate Democrat puts brakes on party

Editorials

Some in the Democratic Party are suggesting a virtual re-do of our political system. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is both right and responsible in letting them know he will not go along with that. Depending on how two U.S. Senate races scheduled for January in Georgia go, it is possible ...

MOV Parent: Dealing with unwanted guest during holidays

Local columns

The holiday season is the culmination of the year. November and December bring times of celebrating with family, friends and the community. Occasionally, we have to deal with someone that makes the holidays less enjoyable, like Cousin Eddie in “Christmas Vacation.” This year, we all have ...

MOV Parent: Staying connected during COVID-19

Local columns

Friends are important to positive youth development. Developing friendships is about more than just having a good time; friendships teach children very important life lessons like communication, conflict resolution and cooperation. Friendships are important to social and emotional development, ...

MOV Parent: What precautions are you taking?

Local columns

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are our pride and joy, and I am sure you have heard the expression, “Had I known grandchildren would be so much fun — I would have had them first,” that sounds funny, but it is very true. Children are blessing to us from above and are sent ...

Progress: Homeless program deserves to continue

Editorials

In discussing the city’s program to reconnect homeless individuals with their families, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said it “hasn’t put a dent” in the crimes linked to some homeless individuals in our area. One thing is certain, though, it has made an enormous difference for 25 people ...

Energy Policy: Biden must clarify his agenda

Editorials

While Joe Biden is not yet officially president-elect, it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. Certainly within days of the election, some energy companies began revealing their own plans. ...

Outdated: Week-old COVID info is unacceptable

Editorials

People are dying virtually every day at nursing homes in West Virginia. You would not know that to look at the website maintained by the state Department of Health and Human Resources (dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19). On Friday, a representative of a nursing home in West Virginia told its local ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the number of organizations that last week found a way to observe Veterans Day without the usual parades and large gatherings. “(Veterans) are our protectors who protected us against all enemies foreign and domestic ... you protect our way of life,” said Veterans Advocate Darren ...