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Opinion

‘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 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Thoughts on the COVID-19 resurgence

Local columns

The one bad thing about the election season being over is now having to re-focus on COVID-19, which is finally starting to really balloon in West Virginia. It’s not that the coronavirus isn’t an important story. It very much is, but it’s also a story I’ve been on mostly non-stop since ...

Nursing homes may be vulnerable still, and all over again

Local columns

We just can’t seem to keep COVID-19 out of our nursing homes, where men and women most vulnerable to the disease live. As of (last) Tuesday, 19 nursing homes in West Virginia and 258 in Ohio were reporting COVID cases among residents. Most of the outbreaks were relatively minor. A few, such ...

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 ...