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Opinion

Fort Frye kindergarten registration begins tomorrow

Local columns

Registration begins tomorrow for children who will be attending kindergarten in the Fort Frye School District. Children must be five years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2020 in order to attend kindergarten in the fall of 2020. All registrations will be at the Central Registrar’s Office, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the Belpre Tree Commission, which works to help keep that city’s tree population healthy. Last year they planted 15 trees, but perhaps just as importantly, removed 10. Those willing to donate more than 230 hours of volunteer time to the effort perform an enormous service to the city. ...

Nutter sang first song in Parkersburg

Local columns

Mayf Nutter remembers singing “Jesus Loves Me” at 3 years old in Parkersburg’s Epworth United Methodist Church. “It was my first solo (performance) in public ... before I was in the first grade,” Nutter told me recently. The Nutter family attended Epworth UM Church while living in ...

Look Back: Group activities keep resident busy

Local columns

Community activities The Catholic Festival at the Market House the evening of the 4th, was attended by one of the largest crowds that ever assembled in the Market House. It was a perfect jam. One end of the building was fixed up for dancing and the young people tripped the light fantastic ...

Life Through the Lens: All the world’s a stage

Local columns

“If you wish to be the king of the jungle, it’s not enough to act like a king. You must be the king. There can be no doubt.” *** So much of life is acting. Acting like you have it all together. Acting like you know what you are doing. Acting like you know where you are going. Acting ...

Wildlife: Solutions needed as funding sources dwindle

Editorials

Though it does not seem matters such as big government, taxation and fees and bureaucracy would be much concern when it comes to our nation’s wildlife, it turns out we have a problem. “The wildlife in America belongs to everybody, but only about 10 percent to 20 percent are paying for it. ...

Safeguards: Money, resources needed for children

Editorials

Children are a top priority in the minds of most West Virginians. Some legislators wonder whether they are a high enough priority in state government, however. During a news conference last week in Charleston, a bipartisan group of lawmakers suggested state government needs to do more to ...

Back Issues: Getting up to speed on Sonic’s comics

Local columns

Sonic the Hedgehog is finally making the jump from video games to movies tonight, but he’s been thriving in the medium of comic books for more than two decades. The hypersonic hedgehog sped from the Sega Genesis to the pages of Archie Comics with a four-issue limited series that began with ...

Energy: Investment in renewables is vital to state’s future

Editorials

West Virginians understand how much we owe the generations of coal miners who have kept our — and the rest of the country’s — lights on. Our emotional response to the idea anyone would want to “put a lot of miners and coal companies out of business,” sparked a political wave most did ...

Outcomes: Process casts shadow over Drake appointment

Editorials

Lindsay Dennis was right when she said it seemed as though members of Belpre’s Republican Central Committee already knew the outcome for which they hoped, when they met to appoint someone to fill a vacant council seat. “It seemed like the decision was made before the meeting even ...

Compromise: Bipartisan effort needed for property tax bill

Editorials

Regarding an important bill in the West Virginia Legislature, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers deserve credit for making their branch of government work as the nation’s founders intended. That is, without partisanship being the key to decision-making. A measure that would give some ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week five at the Legislature

Local columns

As you read this we are now on the 34th day of the 2020 legislative session and by the end of the week two-thirds of the session will be behind us. It’s kind of ironic then, given that one of the key pieces of legislation — Senate Joint Resolution 8, phasing out the business and inventory ...

Find out exactly why RISE failed

Local columns

Successful military professionals understand the importance of learning from their mistakes. Severe defeats are studied, a period of soul-searching ensues, and sometimes — but not always — corrections are made to avoid catastrophes in the future. So let us hope Major General James Hoyer, ...

Ethics Laws: Lax enforcement does not bode well

Editorials

Surely West Virginians understand by now that firm, consistent enforcement of ethics rules for public officials is required in our state. Our long, sordid recent history of corruption makes that clear. Yet enforcement of the rules has not been consistent. Take the case of former state lottery ...

Freedom to speak honestly

Local columns

There’s something to be said for politicians who know the weight of worrying about getting re-elected has lifted. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, announced last year he does not plan to run again. Among the frustrations he expressed at the time was the degree to which outside ...

Op-ed: A Bill of Rights for West Virginia workers

Local columns

In deep red West Virginia can a Democrat win the governorship in 2020? The Republican Party line is no, the Democratic Party line is yes. Of course. The truth — from a partisan Democrat — is that it is unlikely that we will retake the governorship in 2020. However, it was also unlikely ...

Op-ed: Finding common ground on climate change

Local columns

As the election year of 2020 unfolds, there is plenty of rancor and polarization in the political world. One issue that can potentially achieve bipartisan support is addressing a serious and time-urgent problem facing our world and our country — climate change. The facts about climate change ...

A shameful halftime show

Letters to the editor

I am not a great speaker nor a great writer, however writing is my voice. I watched the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. I had not watched one for several years. I was amazed at this game. Both teams were evenly matched. Flags and penalties were in short supply. Fights between players on opposing teams ...

Put Pitts column in its place

Letters to the editor

I was perusing a copy of Sunday’s News and Sentinel when I came across a column by Leonard Pitts and I wondered. Why would any respectable newspaper give this man even a half inch of column space? After I read his racist, hate-filled angst, I was faced with a dilemma. How do I retire this ...

Join the Alzheimer’s fight

Letters to the editor

The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s — Mid-Ohio Valley is months away, but the planning already has begun and we invite anyone who’d like to help us in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease to join us! We are seeking volunteers to help our planning committee, which works in the months ...