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Opinion

Be Smart: Follow guidelines and stop the spread

Editorials

West Virginia now has community spread of COVID-19, and in fact saw its number of confirmed cases nearly double in one day earlier this week. There is no more pretending we have managed to avoid the monster that is attacking the rest of the nation. According to Dr. Jeff Coben, dean of the ...

Exercise: Get outside, but keep your distance

Editorials

So your gym is closed, and you stocked up on enough non-perishable foods to last quite some time, maybe not spending as much money on the fresher, healthier stuff. Now what? How do we stay active and healthy while sticking to the governor’s stay-at-home order? Some local gyms have begun ...

Stay Home: Keeping apart is something we can do

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct over the weekend in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. By Monday, Justice was giving the stay-at-home order to ...

Rainy Day: The time to tap the fund is near

Editorials

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We are not alone, of ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Coronavirus in the Mountain State

Local columns

CHARLESTON — In this time of increased anxiety, worry, and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the ...

Corruption: Insider-trading senators should be prosecuted

Editorials

Members of Congress and federal officials who dragged their feet at the end of last week in developing and presenting language for an economic relief package should be ashamed of themselves. If nothing else, it shows how little they care about seeming absurdly out of touch with ordinary ...

Journalists have you covered

Local columns

Anyone else in a bit of a “what the heck is happening?” fog? A person could go nuts trying to read every last bit of information and evolving guidance that has come our way in the past week. I read someone said “I constantly feel like I’m either over- or underreacting, or really both at ...

Stay the course, help each other

Letters to the editor

Although the recent developments in our country are certainly unique and unprecedented for multiple generations, tough times are not anything new to West Virginians and the Mid-Ohio Valley. The past two weeks have once again made me proud to be a lifelong resident of West Virginia. West ...

It is not worth it

Letters to the editor

In 1947, Winston Churchill famously said that democracy is the worst form of government but is so much better than what is in second place (paraphrased by this author). Well, we are about to see what is in second place. Amidst all the current turmoil in the United States and around the world, ...

No due process in laws

Letters to the editor

A few months back, I wrote a letter concerning the dangers of poorly written, overly broad “red flag laws,” which invite abuse because they have no due process written into the law. It has been reported, the story of Stephen Nichols, a kindly 84-year-old ex-police officer and Korean War ...

Respond to climate change, too

Letters to the editor

Transport your mind back to the beginning of this year. Or for that matter, to even a few short weeks ago. Imagine someone telling you that somewhere, at a distant seafood market in a sprawling Chinese city, an infectious respiratory disease will make the leap from a bat or a pangolin into the ...

Murder vs. enrollment

Letters to the editor

Just a thought on the declining enrollment of students in Wood County schools: When this nation allows the murder of innocent unborn children, why would it surprise anyone that there are less children? James Tibbs Parkersburg

Concerns on coronavirus

Local columns

It is almost unbelievable the situation that has arisen lately which has spread worldwide. A few weeks ago everything was going along nice and normal with people living a normal life with plans for vacations and events with no fear for the future, and all of a sudden everything took a big ...

Do something positive now

Local columns

This week was a struggle. In life, I have experienced losses, failures and challenges. This feeling was different. It was more like depression. It is an unusual emotion for me. The last time I experienced it was in November after my injury. I was in the hospital stuck in bed because I ...

MOV Restaurant Facebook group opens

Local columns

I was truly hoping today’s article would be a fun recap of our Partner in Education luncheon or of the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Business After Hours from Tuesday evening, but unfortunately those events were postponed. So, my article today will be a recap of a different nature — it will be ...

A story for dog lovers to read

Local columns

A social media influencer finds a new leash on life with an abandoned puppy in “Who Rescued Who” by Victoria Schade. Elizabeth is trying to make her living in Silicon Valley when she loses her job. Her life in upheaval, she goes to Fargrove, England, to meet her estranged aunt and uncle as ...

Family Literacy Night is held

Local columns

Beverly-Center Elementary celebrated Family Literacy Night March 11. All Beverly-Center students and their families were invited to “Discover a Whole New World Through Reading” as they visited each classroom for an open house showcasing grade-level literacy activities. The evening was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the City of Parkersburg, which was informed of no major issues or findings in its 2018-19 fiscal year audit. Mayor Tom Joyce is right. “I would think that the public should be pleased with the fact that it was a clean audit, there were no findings, which is rare when you consider the ...

Dancing fundraiser moves to October

Local columns

Dance teams in the popular Dancing with the Docs fundraiser in Marietta have a few more months to practice. In light of the nationwide coronavirus outbreak, the fifth annual Dancing with the Docs has been moved from April 18 to Oct. 17 at Peoples Bank Theatre. Eight two-person teams of dance ...

Look Back: Parkersburg navigates the shirtwaist controversy

Local columns

Shirt Waist Club now organized Chicago, July 12 — The barring of citizens in shirt waist from a LaSalle street restaurant yesterday started the Central District Shirt Waist Club and the membership promises interesting times for any restaurant or theatre proprietor who dare say aught against ...