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Opinion

Op-ed: Where do we go from here?

Local columns

Our country is very clearly at a tipping point. The events of the last month have shown that we, in many ways, have lost our collective ethos as Americans. Our divisions have overcome our unity. Our judgment of others has overcome our compassion for their struggle. Our anger has overcome our ...

MOV Parent: Discipline your children at home

Local columns

It’s been almost a year now that your children have had their daily routines changed by the existing circumstances. Many things have just been turned upside down as to what we consider normal. Still that means we must continue to discipline our children now while they are still young, even ...

MOV Parent: Willing and able, aware and care

Local columns

In the dark comedy movie “Downhill,” a vacationing family faces imminent threat from an avalanche. The crisis of the story occurs when Will Farrell’s character Pete runs away right when his wife and family needed him the most. The rest of the movie entails Pete trying to regain his ...

Technology: Remote employment could aid West Virginia

Editorials

When the world was turned upside down last winter, one of the immediate moves to stem the spread of COVID-19 was for employers to send their workers home, if they could. Suddenly many of us had to figure out how to work remotely. A host of technology companies were ready to hand us the tools to ...

Life Through the Lens: Be careful what you wish for…

Local columns

“The truth is enough.” *** The thunder peeled an ominous warning as the darkness throttled all hope ... but the White family sat snuggly in their little house. As long as the door latches and the windows sit tight, a warm fire is all you need to escape and enjoy. Herbert and his father ...

Legacy: Land donation will make difference in community

Editorials

In finding a way to honor their late father, a pair of brothers thought outside the box; and Doddridge County is better for it. Richard Barton was an outdoorsman. His sons, Rick and Greg Barton have found a way to use their father’s legacy to help more people enjoy the outdoors, by donating ...

Recovery: West Virginia’s economy will need reforms, initiatives

Editorials

It is difficult to resist the temptation presented by the New Year to breathe a sigh of relief and proclaim the events of 2020 nothing but a bad memory. This year is going to be different — better. We all want to believe that, even as we know deep down it’s not quite true. World Bank ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Parkersburg South High School math teacher Sara Klesel, one of 19 Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers Noyce Fellows. She will be part of a project to build on previous efforts to support secondary mathematics teacher leadership and instructional improvement across West Virginia. ...

Looking back at a terrible week

Local columns

This past week will go down as one of the worst weeks, not only for what occurred in our nation’s capital, but also for our newspapers. Last week we lost Mike Myer, the executive editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer, an accomplished columnist and a giant in West Virginia journalism. He was ...

Economy: Legislative promises have not been kept

Editorials

Mountain State residents who were certain there would be dramatic change and improvement a few years back when decades of Democratic majority in Charleston gave way to what was supposed to be a Republican — conservative — revolution might be surprised by the analysis in the free-market ...

He always had the right words

Local columns

I don’t know where to start. And the man I used to call when I was stuck is not at the other end on the phone, now. I don’t have the right words. But he did. For 46 years he poured words onto the page for readers as a reporter, an editor, a columnist ... there were times in his career ...

Look Back: Under new management

Local columns

The Mineral Wells, continued. In the previous item, about the “famed” Mineral Wells, in January 1867 the resort was listed for sale. The item below may shed light on just why it was being sold. *** Parish Fork, WV July 8 Ed. Times. — Ever since I have been in this State I have had ...

Remember what happened

Letters to the editor

I was struck by something President Trump tweeted in the midst of the chaos he incited at the Capitol building on Wednesday. The tweet was a tepid call for his supporters to stand down and an instruction to “remember this day forever.” I agree with the President, we must always remember ...

Community support appreciated

Letters to the editor

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 26th year on Nov. 21, 2020, a little differently than in past with no opening ceremonies. Because of the pandemic the committee decided all opening functions would be canceled to keep the community safe. There are over 150 displays in the City ...

Political correctness gone too far

Letters to the editor

The 117th Congress, which was sworn in Jan. 3 — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has proposed a rule change that is as follows: In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, strike “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, ...

Thank you for taking a stand

Letters to the editor

Thank you to all who signed petitions and were willing to take a stand for NOT allowing another gambling place in our small town of Williamstown, WV. The Planning Commission denied the request for a variance on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Thank you to the entire Planning Commission and Martha ...

As the world continues to turn

Local columns

Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year. It seems like I have so much I would like to tell you about food however with everything that’s taking place in the world today other subjects become more important It was the vaccine they were waiting on that was a big problem and now the ...

Historic, Amish fiction

Local columns

Historical fiction and Amish fiction will take readers to new places. Switching between 2019 and 1988, two women are drawn to a lavish estate and the people there in “The Perfect Guests” by Emma Rous. In 1988, its orphaned 14-year-old Beth who is being taken to Raven Hall, to act as a ...

Let peace begin, with us

Local columns

My wife, Lynnda and I were in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Florida on Jan. 1, 2002, after the 9-11-2001 bombing of the World Trade Center. Their evening closing light show and fireworks was called Illuminations Reflections of Earth. It was a great show and had incredible music to go along with ...

New stimulus bill overview for small businesses

Local columns

Happy New Year! If you are like me, you held your breath over the last two weeks of 2020 waiting to see what would happen with the new stimulus bill. Here’s just a quick overview and I will include a link to the U.S. Chamber’s summary at the end that helps to outline everything. First, ...