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Opinion

Education: Access to mobile WiFi hotspots is vital

Editorials

Remember bookmobiles — the large vans many libraries used to employ to serve rural residents? More widespread access to personal vehicles and, of course, limited funds prompted the abandonment of many mobile libraries — but the idea may have merit in the digital age. Millions of Americans ...

Give Local: MOV nonprofits need your donations

Editorials

For many of us, the past several weeks has been eye-opening in terms of how very fortunate we are. Daily gratitude exercises encouraged as a means of combating the depression and anxiety of adapting to our “new normal” have led quite a few folks to understand just how much they truly have. ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Voices in the viral maelstrom

Local columns

I have to keep telling myself that our country is not as divided as a country as we appear to be, but with the loud voices on the fringe left and fringe right regarding the coronavirus, it’s easy to be a little disheartened. I have no idea where the middle exactly falls on the scale, but I ...

Withholding information is a scare tactic

Local columns

Revealing national security secrets to a foreign enemy can result in a long prison term — even in execution, in extreme cases. No one wants the people in Moscow or Beijing learning how a stealth bomber works, after all. But what about the people in Wheeling or St. Clairsville who want all ...

Graduation: Wood County Schools deserves praise for plan

Editorials

Wood County Schools has a smart plan in place for making sure this year’s high school seniors have at least a semblance of the end-of-year ceremony for which they were hoping as their public school careers end. Student leaders pushed for graduation ceremonies to be held at the end of June, ...

Serving our readership

Local columns

Last month, West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with members of the Ogden Newspapers editorial board via video conference. (I was the one whose audio kept cutting out, and who, according to a colleague, was frozen several times with ...

Op-ed: Resuming healthcare safely, together

Local columns

Since early March many of us have stayed home, followed the guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We know these actions weren’t always easy, but they made a difference, and for that, we thank you. These actions have helped prevent a massive spike in cases that would have potentially ...

Act quickly for climate, too

Letters to the editor

Last year at this time I submitted a letter concerning Earth Day, which was started 50 years ago under a Republican administration. As we pass Earth Day 2020 we need to ask, what have we as a country done to reduce carbon dioxide in the last year? Nothing. The present administration in ...

Something stinks

Letters to the editor

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Some language has been altered with an abbreviation.) In a widely viewed press conference, the president proposed a medical study of injecting disinfectants into the human body to treat coronavirus. When this type of study was conducted during World War II, some male ...

Is this all a bad dream or reality?

Local columns

Have you ever had a dream where you’re so terrified that it woke you up to realize that it was only a dream and you were so relieved and said “Thank God” it was only a dream. Over the years that has happened to me several times and it is always such a relief to wake up and realize it ...

Pair food and wine with new cookbook

Local columns

Explore Italy through a new cookbook that brings 80 recipes and wine pairings home in “Friuli Food and Wine” by Bobby Stuckey, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Meredith Erickson. The book visits the northeastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia through photos and recipes in the ...

Seven weeks that changed everything

Local columns

May has finally arrived — hard to believe it’s only been 7 weeks since we changed up our entire worlds. I shared that statement in an email to one of our Board members on Friday. His response? “And yet it feels like an eternity...” We’ve all seen the meme that illustrates that ...

Paying for COVID-19 — are you ready?

Local columns

My physical therapists have done an incredible job taking me from a wheelchair to running again. I’m running a virtual 5K with my daughter in May. The focus for me is going the distance for the first time since October, not speed. At my PT session on Wednesday, I overheard the remarks one of ...

Strong communities and strong partners

Local columns

Strong partners build strong communities. You’ve probably heard us say those words before. We say those words often. We craft those words into hashtags. We talk about and promote collaborative relationships always. .... and we really, truly believe those words. We have always valued that ...

Cozies for staying home and reading

Local columns

Since everyone is stuck at home, now is a good time to curl up with a cozy mystery! USA Today bestselling author Rose Pressey returns with a second installment to her Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries with “Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua.” Celeste Cabot and her paranormal paintings are ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To those in the professional service industries and other small businesses who are making tough decisions about how to best preserve their businesses and keep staff and customers safe. As they prepare to reopen soon, with masks, sanitation, parking lots as waiting rooms and plenty of other ...

Look Back: Rural cemeteries dot county

Local columns

LEST WE FORGET! On April 22, 2013 the Wood County Commission approved the following RESOLUTION: “WHEREAS, Wood County has over 150 [actually over 300] rural cemeteries throughout the county. “WHEREAS, several of these cemeteries have fallen into a state of disrepair. “WHEREAS, many ...

Backyard Gardener: Parsley is more than a garnish

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. April is gone and we begin the beautiful month of May! Many of us are looking forward to planting season for the summer garden as well as adding flowers and shrubs. Keep calm and carry on gardening with the Wood County Master Gardeners and their ...

Nursing Homes: Sobering numbers show need for safety

Editorials

In many ways the most important new data on COVID-19 released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is a report on nursing homes. Not all states have been as forthcoming with information on individual long-term care facilities. As you may have suspected, most of the ...

Brook Trout: DNR release is reason to celebrate

Editorials

During this time of social distancing and changes in many people’s fitness routine, there has been perhaps more interest in taking a walk in the wood. If you are among those who have done so, you might have spotted a fish or two in some of our waterways. In fact, one of the delights of a ...