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Opinion

What this day means

Local columns

Tears are damp on her field of stars Stained with blood her bright red bars In hallowed halls debates rage on As they lay still in fields of stone We all must speak for each honored soul Who sacrificed and paid our toll So as she waves this Independence Day For all who care we ...

Vacation: West Virginia offers many attractions

Editorials

Many Mountain State residents have cut back on or even canceled vacation plans for the summer. But with the Independence Day holiday weekend upon us, we suspect some are thinking a recreational trip would be just the thing. Good. A day trip or even a weekend away from home need not break the ...

VA Deaths: Families deserve answers and closure

Editorials

It has been nearly a year since U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., learned of suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg — and asked for a federal investigation. Since then, three lawsuits have been filed by relatives of people ...

Priorities: Fairs and Festivals funding should not be cut

Editorials

Many, if not most, of the fairs and festivals that make life in the Mountain State a little more enjoyable are not being held this year. They were victims of COVID-19 and the necessity for social distancing. Ways will be found to hold some of them, of course, if the danger from COVID-19 ...

Broadband: FCC definition of access must change

Editorials

Working and learning from home this spring made many Americans familiar with— even dependent upon —the online world. All too many lacked the experience, however, because they do not have access to high-speed broadband service. That is especially a concern in areas such as ours, which are ...

Backyard Gardener: Heirloom squash varieties

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and Gardeners. It is hard to believe June is almost over and the July 4th Holiday is fast approaching. As we enjoy family, friends, fireworks and fire up the grill for burgers and hot dogs let us remember what we are celebrating. The United States of America is a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To outgoing Parkersburg Utility Board vice chairman John Lutz, whose 16 years of service to the board ended last week. Board member Paul Hoblitzell told Lutz “you have been an asset to us.” Certainly anyone who is willing to dedicate the time and energy it takes to serve on one of our ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Proud to be a reporter

Local columns

As we wrap up the month of June, this will mark two years since I came on board your newspaper as your state government reporter, keeping you abreast of all the goings on underneath the golden (now-wrapped-in-plastic) dome. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the trade of journalism, ...

No cause to celebrate, for some West Virginia kids

Local columns

As we celebrated our state’s birthday June 20, West Virginians could take some pleasure in how well we’ve handled the COVID-19 epidemic. Though it has been bad here in several respects, we have escaped the horror experienced by many of our fellow Americans. Too bad we can’t say the same ...

Right Call: Qualified immunity does not apply to fraud

Editorials

There’s been plenty of talk lately about those who believe they are above the law. Last week, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had to remind some Mountain State bureaucrats that, no, they are not above the law, either. Appeals court judges J. ...

Talking with the other side

Local columns

Has anyone else lately been wondering how to handle the version of themselves our “friends” feel comfortable sharing on social media? It’s uncomfortable. People we thought we knew; people who never reveal THAT side of their belief system in face-to-face conversation ... or, at least, not ...

Look Back: Parkersburg’s beginnings

Local columns

June 20 of this year was to be the first of three days of celebration, recognizing two hundred years since the Town of Parkersburg was made official by an Act of the Legislature of Virginia; this Act was passed Jan. 22, 1820. Unfortunately, after months of planning for the three-day ...

No one entitled to presidency

Letters to the editor

After reading the letter containing the biased account of the 2000 election in Florida, in the Sunday, June 14 newspaper, I felt compelled to respond. In Florida, Bush carried the state by over 500 votes, a close election. The votes were recounted by the voting machines and Bush won, again by ...

As the virus continues in the world

Local columns

As the virus continues spread even more in many states, have you stopped to think how our lives have changed in the past five months. It now seems and feels like we are prisoners in our own homes, plus the fear as to where or not we should go. Should we wear a mask ? Should we be sure to ...

The Great Do Over with opportunity

Local columns

If I’m playing golf for fun with a group of friends and hit a bad shot, I like it when they say, “Take a mulligan.” That means a do over. I remember in school, occasionally most of the class would not do well on a test. Our teacher went over the material again and then said, “We are ...

Upcoming events to make businesses stronger

Local columns

It is our goal at the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber to offer programming to make our business community as vibrant and strong as possible, an important goal now more than ever. Below is a sampling of upcoming events that we hope you will take advantage of during the month of July. *** Lunch and ...

Scary thrillers for summer reading

Local columns

A wedding on a small island turns into a murder mystery in “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley. In alternating points of view between the bride, a wedding guest, the best man, the wedding planner and the bridesmaid, a lush wedding preparations are underway. The groom is a handsome television ...

COVID-19: Impact on minority groups should be studied

Editorials

From nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, it was clear the impact of the disease has a racial component. Black Americans have been affected far more severely than whites. Exactly why that is so has yet to be learned. Obviously, getting answers is critical. But ...

Resurgence: States must plan ahead to protect care facilities

Editorials

Before Mid-Ohio Valley residents had a grasp of the seriousness of COVID-19, it had already moved into nursing homes and other long-term care facilities all over the country. Many of the nearly 120,000 Americans whose lives have been claimed by the virus were residents of such facilities. We ...

Going Viral: Vacation trips require safety

Editorials

There is no such thing as a carefree vacation this summer. That was made clear last week, though so many have been hoping to get away from it all for a few days. Eight West Virginians who made the trek to a popular vacation area for people in our state — Myrtle Beach — appear to have come ...