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Opinion

Planning family fun events

Local columns

At Downtown PKB, a big part of what we do is hold events. With the cancellation of all our events thus far in 2020, we have been missing the community and are anxious to bring some normalcy to downtown. The guidelines for holding a safe event are extensive, however, after doing research and ...

Classical mysteries that come with a twist

Local columns

A corporate retreat turns deadly in this very Agatha Christie reminiscent story “One by One” by Ruth Ware. While the two caretakers of a small chalet in the Alps prepare for a tech-start ups corporate retreat, little do they know the violence soon coming their way. The corporate meeting is ...

An Old Gravestone

Local columns

The little red church had gone through many face-lifts since the 1800s, but it remained the little red church. The congregation was always 35 to 40. If you counted all the old stray cats that hung around over the years, it was a few more than that. It is now 2020, the era of religion over the ...

9/11: Lessons learned must be carried forward

Editorials

Today marks a somber anniversary for Americans — our annual reminder that we told ourselves we would “never forget,” after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We would never forget the nearly 3,000 lives lost — citizens of 78 different countries, by the way. We would never forget ...

Op-ed: Honor those who died

Local columns

The Mountain State is home to some of the most patriotic Americans and as a result many West Virginians are called to serve our country resulting in one of the highest rates of military service in the nation. For the past six years I’ve participated in the Ride for Fallen Service Heroes to ...

Internet Access: State resources needed for homebound students

Editorials

Perhaps state plans to extend internet access in West Virginia will do some good, eventually. But, as was the case earlier this year, it appears local initiatives will have to take the lead in serving children who are supposed to be learning from home, but without any way to get online ...

VA Deaths: Possibility of coverup demands investigation

Editorials

A former employee of the veterans hospital in Clarksburg has filed a lawsuit maintaining he was fired for attempting to alert the public to a string of suspicious deaths there. Earlier this summer, a former nursing assistant at the hospital, Reta Mays, pleaded guilty to murdering seven ...

Safety: Parents must review rules with kids

Editorials

This morning, as many Mid-Ohio Valley parents are sending their children off to in-person classes again for the first time since March, they must have one very important conversation: Do not share or trade masks. Do not share or trade food ... or anything else, for that matter. Do not run up to ...

Labor Day: Holiday feels different during pandemic

Editorials

There is some debate, as there often is with good ideas, about who thought of it first. Was it Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or was it machinist Matthew Maguire, secretary of Local 344 of the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Joe Manchin’s proxy race for governor

Local columns

It’s been just over one year since U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would remain in the Senate and not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, but it sure seems to me like he’s still running. No, Manchin won’t be on the ballot in November. His proxy, Kanawha County ...

Hindsight on 2020

Local columns

Among freedoms granted by the First Amendment is that of “the people to peacefully assemble...” So why wasn’t Fort Henry Days held this year? Why were some high school football teams in West Virginia being told to stay on the bench last weekend? Because public health officials, backed ...

Landfills: Trash R.E.A.P. if it can’t provide results

Editorials

It is no great surprise the amount of garbage, trash and junk Mountain State residents send to landfills has increased during the past decade. Still, legislators should be asking questions, especially because a state agency was created to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. As we ...

Fall is a time to explore

Local columns

While we were focused this summer on a pandemic, a sluggish and unstable economy, the will-they-or-won’t-they of everything from public school to live sports, and any number of other things that are making 2020 a year to fill volumes in the history books, fall snuck up on us. We knew it was ...

Before it is too late…

Local columns

There are many books recently published and readily available speaking to the incompetence, corruption and general lack of fitness of the current president: “Everything Trump Touches Dies,” by longtime Republican operative and Lincoln Project founder Rick Wilson, “A Very Stable Genius,” ...

Look Back: School days in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Local columns

EDITOR’S NOTE: As this column is a reproduction of historical newspaper excerpts, the following item contains language that would not be used and is understood to be inappropriate today. *** The rod, as we are informed, is too freely used in one of our public schools. We hope the Board of ...

Ignore chatter, learn more

Letters to the editor

“your a dummy!” “drink the kool-aid snowflake” “how about you go into your basement cupcake” “you need to seriously change your name to Aaron Dumbar.” These are a few of the very mature responses I received when I dared to bring up the subject of climate change on a Republican ...

Looking ahead

Letters to the editor

The election coming up on Nov. 3 is a matter of life and death if the wrong people get in office and will be the end of our Constitution and our God-given freedoms. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness. Prayer should be the ...

Resist the devil

Letters to the editor

It is very disheartening to see all the problems in our country today. Surely people that are made in the image of God should be able to resolve their differences without afflicting so much pain on everyone. I had a brother in the Lord tell me many years ago that the farther people get away ...

Don’t let fear, hypocrisy win

Letters to the editor

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.” (Proverbs 19:5) Last week a reverend decided to practice a little fearmongering among the sheep of Christ. He wanted you to believe the heathens were coming for you, your flags, your Bibles and your ...

Trump telling the Big Lie

Letters to the editor

It’s worrisome listening to Trump saying over and over that voting by mail will lead to massive fraud. He has a lot of his followers believing that. This is nothing more than the “Big Lie.” The Big Lie is a tool used often by tyrants and too often with success. It’s evil and it has ...