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Opinion

Wear a Mask: Avoiding a lockdown means doing your part

Editorials

We’ve all heard by now the cry that “masks don’t work!” They are just an infringement upon our rights, some folks say. Well, even if you are of the opinion that masks do not stem the spread of COVID-19 (they do), or that being asked to wear one in public is taking away your freedom (it ...

Comfortable in the woods

Local columns

More than once in this space I have encouraged readers to get out and enjoy the natural beauty we so often take for granted in the Mid-Ohio Valley. I have suggested they should seek the joys of hiking on our many fantastic trails. An incident this past week made me realize I should clarify. I ...

Op-ed: Getting angry about COVID-19

Local columns

I’m getting angry. As COVID-19 begins to affect the health of members of my extended family, I’m getting angry. As COVID-19 puts a friend (who’s also a more distant family member, and whose health is compromised in various ways) in the hospital for an extended stay, I’m getting ...

Look Back: 19th Century vaccine drama

Local columns

Our new Mayor does not seem to lack in energy. We are pleased to learn that he is taking precautions against the spreading of that dreadful disease, the small pox. Now only enforce Mayor, your orders, and be immovable toward the sinners. The Parkersburg Daily Times Jan. 24, 1866 *** Six ...

Help economy AND climate recover

Letters to the editor

It’s safe to say that a lot of interesting things happened on Nov. 3. But chief among them to me was a segment during Fox News’ election night coverage, during which hosts examined a voter analysis of average Americans’ opinions on a range of various issues. Now, bear in mind, this is ...

Dodging a bullet with Biden’s victory

Letters to the editor

Donald Trump’s defeat on Nov. 3 was a giant weight lifted off the nation’s shoulders. Biden’s victory brought hope. Biden’s victory guarantees competent leadership in the Oval Office. And Biden’s victory also solved another problem. Donald Trump can’t open his miserable mouth ...

COVID-19 won’t stop the Festival of Trees

Local columns

The historical Blennerhassett Hotel will once again this year will display the Festival of Trees although this year it will be sponsored by The United Way along with the Blennerhassett Hotel instead of Easter Seals. Wayne Waldeck and Lee Rector , the new owners of the hotel graciously agreed ...

Pick a fall dessert for Turkey Day

Local columns

It’s time to start thinking about some sort of fall dessert to have at your Thanksgiving table! Even if your table this year will only be immediate family because of COVID, there’s no reason why you can’t splash out on an awesome dessert, so here are a few books to help you decide what to ...

Example we can follow

Local columns

With COVID and the issues surrounding it, the 2020 high school soccer season was in question last summer. Coaches had a new set of rules dealing with COVID to work under. Everyone’s temperature needed to be taken before practice including coaches. Players needed to wear a mask during warmup ...

Festival of Trees a community staple

Local columns

As the saying goes “it takes a village.” That could truly be the tag line for our United Way and the nonprofit community we represent. So much at times that I think we should just consider painting that mantra across our windows, thresholds and sidewalks! There may have been few times when ...

‘Business owners, watch out for this…’

Local columns

Each year, businesses and non-profit organizations that are licensed in the State of West Virginia are required to submit an Annual Filing to the Secretary of State’s office. The deadline to file the report is July 1 each year; it takes 10 minutes tops and costs $25. You will usually get a ...

It’s time for some new Amish fiction!

Local columns

An Amish woman who had her heart broken and an Amish man who lost his wife find a connection through a shared love of painting in “A Picture of Love” by bestselling author Beth Wiseman. Naomi meets Amos when he comes to stay at the inn she works at while reluctantly attending a wedding ...

Assistance: Council, police deserve praise for outreach

Editorials

Parkersburg City Council took an important step this week in adjusting its approach to the way law enforcement interacts with our community’s homeless population. Members approved on first reading an ordinance that creates a civilian homeless outreach coordinator to work with the Parkersburg ...

Numbers: Accurate COVID-19 statistics are vital

Editorials

It would not be a surprise if Gov. Jim Justice’s language turned even more colorful than normal and perhaps a bit angry when he was informed of a “communications lapse” regarding COVID-19. If so, we don’t blame him. We agree, in fact. Monday morning, the state Department of Health and ...

Back Issues: ‘The Empty Man’ is full of scary vibes

Local columns

The trailer for “The Empty Man,” now in theaters (those that are open, anyway), frames it as a type of urban legend horror story, about a man investigating the disappearance of teens trying to invoke the title character’s name. It carries a creepy vibe, but appears to barely scratch the ...

Veterans Day: Honor and aid those who served

Editorials

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 102 years ago, an armistice stopped World War I — the “war to end all wars” was over. More than a century later, we Americans know that hope was short-lived, and that generations of men and women have continued to be willing to make ...

Drug Crisis: Resources needed to focus on fight

Editorials

By Friday evening, West Virginia had recorded 487 deaths from COVID-19. Most — not all, unfortunately — Mountain State residents have come to realize the coronavirus is serious business. Another epidemic has been more deadly and more long-lasting. It is substance abuse. The Centers for ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley, which has dedicated three homes over the past several days. It is difficult to overestimate the good done by an organization that helps people build and purchase their own homes, without simply giving a handout. Homebuyers are required to work ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Catching the GOP wave

Local columns

I’ve now had a week to digest all the elections results and what they mean, and man, I’m still flabbergasted. It’s not that I didn’t think Republican candidates would do well. I don’t do predictions, at least not in print. I do sometimes privately talk to people about who I think can ...

Politics of personality dangerous

Local columns

You have to wonder how long it took state Sen. Mike Maroney’s enemies to find Chapter 61, Article 10, Section 21 of the West Virginia Code. It’s not the kind of thing one just stumbles upon. It certainly isn’t common knowledge. Cpl. R.S. Marant of the Pleasants County Sheriff’s ...