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UP: To the celebration of Easter, as churches and other organizations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley found ways to safely observe the holiest of Christian holidays yesterday. The weekend was filled with Easter egg hunts and other events to get us into the spirit of the season — a time of joy, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Wrapping up in Charleston

Local columns

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...

Education: Sweeping budget cuts send wrong message

Editorials

Lawmakers know they have tough choices to make when it is time to cut spending. They are supposed to look for fraud, waste, incompetence, redundancy and all the items for which no one can explain why, when they are simply “the way it has always been.” Instead, state senators who approved a ...

Relief of being vaccinated

Local columns

I took the first step this week toward feeling more confident in an eventual return to whatever “normal” is going to look like. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and an appointment for my second in a few weeks. From the beginning, getting my place in line — filling out an online ...

Look Back: Jackson County full of potential

Local columns

Jackson County is improving, both in villages and farms; but not as rapidly as it ought to. We can see an improvement in Ravenswood where several houses have gone up and a new mill nearly completed. The splendid farms around it are being improved in a better manner than heretofore. Maj. Brown ...

What will you do with your experience?

Letters to the editor

Experience is a great teacher. The whole world has been through over a year of COVID and death, so what have we learned? I am a survivor and blessed beyond measure. I am alive and well and so is my family. I was blessed before the pandemic and I will now share why. I was born in another ...

About three-year bachelor’s degrees

Letters to the editor

Do the first two years of general education courses really teach one how to live a thoughtful, ethical and responsible life? Do the second two years of specific education guarantee a job in one’s chosen field? Neither question can be answered in the affirmative. Some college graduates are ...

Open discourse is encouraging

Letters to the editor

After debating with one of my friends about letters to the editor, I realized that a letter should be written to the editor for her encouraging a broadened free speech platform in the editorial and opinion pages of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The paper has enhanced reader knowledge by ...

Hoping to clear up any Constitutional confusion

Letters to the editor

The News and Sentinel printed a letter to the editor on March 28 titled, “A constitutional explanation.” That letter was pure silliness from a writer who obviously has zero understanding of the U.S. Constitution. It completely distorted the meaning of Article VI Clause 2 of the ...

Celebrating Easter

Local columns

HAPPY EASTER!!! This week I had to give up my social activities and other things to prepare and concentrate on the family Easter dinner and get-together on Sunday. Easter celebration is a very important day for our family as it is for many Christians. Every year on Good Friday I always look ...

Showering April with mysteries, thrills

Local columns

A mysterious spring that has the ability to heal and to give you what you wish for — but at a price — is at the heart of a chilling ghost story in “The Drowning Kind” by Jennifer McMahon. Jax has distanced herself a bit from her mentally ill sister and doesn’t pick up the phone for ...

Get stuff done

Local columns

I was in my local grocery store and saw something I had not seen in over a year, four cartons of disinfectant wipes in one spot! These were not the name brand. I went over to check it out. I assumed they were probably made in China. I assumed wrong. They were made in the U.S. and were cheaper ...

About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Local columns

The American Rescue Plan Act established a $28.6 billion “Restaurant Revitalization Fund” to be administered through the Small Business Administration. The SBA is currently in the process of creating the grant funding website and has not released when the grant program will go live.* (*Just ...

Slow Down: Rushing to change taxes creates problems

Editorials

For most people, the word “compromise” conjures images of meeting in the middle, taking good components from two ideas and blending them into a new idea that works well for as many people as possible. It appears as though the West Virginia state senate thinks of compromise as introducing a ...

Social Media: Tech giants must be held accountable

Editorials

Facebook and other social media giants have demonstrated rather handily they can control the content that appears on their platforms when they choose. It is absurd, then, for the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pretend they can do nothing about the continued use of their platforms to ...

Transparency: Tool to track tax spending is welcome

Editorials

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling over their heads when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan signed in March, $677 ...

Power Grab: Charleston eager to take away local control

Editorials

State Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, may have thought he was scoring extra points with a little distraction when he told another media outlet “I think this is a very good chance for us to STAND OUR GROUND (emphasis ours) on our 2nd Amendment rights,” while discussing Senate Joint Resolution ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To West Virginia lawmakers who appear to have lost their minds in Charleston this year, focusing on backward-looking and unnecessary legislation that conveys an appallingly narrow-minded and exclusionary message about what West Virginians represent. Mountaineers are always free, remember? ...