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Opinion

What’s on the menu?

Local columns

No year is a good one to bring up politics or religion at the Thanksgiving table, but this year it might be even more important to have some safe topics for discussion. When I asked my newsroom for ideas, I was surprised how much debate there is about the appropriate food for the ...

‘Simple answer’

Letters to the editor

Why would University of London professor emeritus of biogeography Philip Scott rebut the notion that CO2 is a main climate driver? In many instances, he has proclaimed “The fundamental point has EVER been — climate change is governed by literally hundreds of factors or variables and the ...

Long Tom will be missed

Letters to the editor

I want Karen Ashbury and others to know how I feel about “Long Tom” being moved from City Park. My husband’s great-grandfather built the cabin, so it’s a part of many people’s lives, but Long Tom was special. We could climb and wonder about all it had done. I like Fort Boreman. We ...

A job well done

Letters to the editor

I had a motorcycle stolen recently and Officer Sanchez came to take my statement. He took copious notes related to the motorcycle’s specifics and distinguishing features. And a week later, he successfully recovered it. I certainly didn’t expect to see it again, So, here’s a big ...

Happy Thanks & Giving = Thanksgiving

Local columns

Now that the Thanksgiving season is upon us, it is simple to understand why and how we are to celebrate. I separated the word “Thanksgiving” into two different words “THANKS” and “GIVING” with each word having a lot of meaning. The first word, “thanks,” is a very important ...

Get fancy with Downton Abbey themed treats

Local columns

As the holidays draw near, some may start to think of holiday shopping for the foodie in their life. Here are two new cookbooks that might fit the bill. For fans of the television show and now movie, “Downton Abbey” comes “The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook Expanded Edition” by ...

Perceptions continue

Local columns

Last Sunday I was in church and rolled into the communion line on my wheelchair. One of the ushers, Tony a friend, approached to push me. I smiled, waved him off and said, “I’ve got this.” I kept up with the line and easily wheeled back to my place in back. Tony came up after church and ...

Downtown PKB plans for #GivingTuesday

Local columns

#Giving Tuesday was created to combat the ever growing rush of holiday shopping that has begun to eat away at the original concept of the holiday season. GivingTuesday is annually held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year on Dec. 3. The global celebration runs for 24 hours and begins at ...

Everyday leadership

Local columns

“Joe! Jack! Glenn!!” Mom’s words echoed up the stairs, bounced off the window that framed the landing at the top, and funneled into my room where my two brothers and I slept. It was our wake-up call. Time to get up and perform the farm chores that waited for us each and every ...

Making a difference

Local columns

Recently a mentor and colleague of mine engaged me in a conversation wrapped around the concept of “even better if”. The premise of our specific conversation was really wrapped around job performance and opportunities for professional growth. The intent of the conversation was not about ...

Talking turkey at Thanksgiving

Local columns

Thanksgiving is almost here, so let’s talk turkey. Anyone who has ever tried to get a good look at a wild turkey knows they have incredible eyesight. One moment you’re looking at a big bird; then you blink your eyes, and it’s gone. You swear you didn’t move a muscle, but obviously you ...

Seasonal books get into the holiday spirit

Local columns

Get ready for the holidays with several Christmas-themed books! First is a historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly in “The Highlander’s Christmas Bride.” Donella was thrown over by her fiance and then fails as a nun. Her only choice now is to return to her ...

Students of the month named at Beverly Elementary

Local columns

These Beverly-Center Elementary school students were chosen ‘Student of the Month’ for October for going above and beyond in demonstrating a positive attitude inside and outside of the classroom: Kindergarten — Daniel Evans and Miles Rake; First Grade — Skyla Offenberger and Owen ...

To us, we were autumn

Local columns

To us, we were autumn. A group of ignorant youths, hanging from the treetops like the foliage. Members of the limb, painted red, rocking back and forth with the wind. Gossiping among the branches the secrets of the wood. A myriad of shapes and sizes joined together in song. Wood sprites gaily ...

Kids in Heaven: The untold story

Local columns

As an altar boy, I served many funeral masses with Father Terrance. They were all sad, especially when it involved a child. My soul’s journey is blessed to have been touched by Father Terrance. Somehow, he had a special way to ease the silent pain. In later years when I was managing a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To the 33rd annual Easterseals Festival of Trees, at the Blennerhassett Hotel. As a fundraiser for the organization, the event helps bring physical, occupation and speech therapies, early intervention and rehabilitative medical care to children and adults throughout the Mid- and Upper Ohio ...

Bears move throughout West Virginia

Local columns

A recent item in the News and Sentinel police reports caught my attention. “A deputy responded to U.S. 50 (Robert Byrd Highway) in reference to a single-vehicle accident involving a bear.” Vehicles hitting deer on Wood County roadways are common occurrences. But a bear being struck by ...

Look Back: Johnson family history tied to Blennerhassett Island

Local columns

When last seen alive The sensational death of young Morgan Johnson, whose body was found floating in the Ohio River near the island yesterday, has led to some investigation and also to some comment upon his unfortunate end. From what can be learned Johnson was last seen alive on last Tuesday ...

Life Through the Lens: A superb satire on love and fear

Local columns

“We have to dance to show God we are grateful to be alive.” *** Adults…how do I put this nicely: we tend to get lost in the mire. Adults tend to miss the forest “for all these dang trees. How could anyone see anything in this mess? Why don’t we level these trees to get a better ...

Hong Kong: Protests against China deserve support

Editorials

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were ruthlessly crushed. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese standing up to the government. Now, ...