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Opinion

Transparency: Hiding legal notices online keeps us in dark

Editorials

West Virginia Delegates Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh; Tony Paynter, R-Wyoming; and Geoff Foster, R-Putnam, want to make it harder for Mountain State residents to receive the information that is required to be made available to the public through legal advertising. Rather than employing the method ...

Using Stalin’s playbook

Local columns

Many of us grew up receiving history lessons that included a section on the Josef Stalin era and the Soviet Union. Among the examples used to teach us about the horrors of that time was the altering of photos to better serve Stalin’s agenda. As Erin Blakemore, a writer for history.com, put ...

High time for change

Local columns

Widescale legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana is just around the corner for the United States, and with it, an abundance of opportunities. These opportunities include broadened research, the ability to expand the hemp industry and nationwide access to its medical benefits. ...

Op-ed: Create the State Parks and Recreation endowment fund

Local columns

West Virginia State Parks are a wonderful and important part of our state. They protect irreplaceable natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources as a legacy for generations to come, while providing recreational opportunities to our citizens. Further, they are one of our foremost tourism ...

This is why West Virginia can’t wait

Letters to the editor

West Virginia Can’t Wait is a movement to win a people’s government, and the first candidate for office to sign on was Stephen Smith. We need a change. As he says, this should be the richest time in state history. Still, we’re losing people — by one estimate, 41 people a day are leaving ...

Precedent may backfire

Letters to the editor

If President Trump were removed from office, on such flimsy charges as abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, etc., imagine the precedent the Democrats would have set. Future presidents would be at the mercy of the majority party in Congress. Any time the majority party disagreed with the ...

Tolerating slaughter

Letters to the editor

61,628,584 American babies slaughtered. Disgusting, sickening, immoral, and nothing but pure evil, are those who demanded, performed, assisted, legalized and financed these horrible crimes against the most innocent babies in this country. These slaughters will be dealt with when Jesus ...

Sharing cookbooks with friends

Local columns

I think I have made it obvious that I love to cook and bake, and also love reading cookbooks which I do daily! Several weeks ago, I received a call from Bob Goldenberg, former lawyer in town and an awesome individual. I knew Bob from coming into the Olympic Deli as he and his son David would ...

Cookbooks stir many meals out of one pot

Local columns

One pot meals are great for weeknight cooking because of their convenience. With that in mind, here are two new cookbooks for harried cooks. The first is “I Love My Instant Pot Soups, Stews and Chilis” by Kelly Jaggers. The book contains 175 recipes that will get people like my friend who ...

Dining in downtown Parkersburg

Local columns

For the past year, Downtown PKB’s Downtown Development Committee has been discussing the idea of coordinating TV commercials that features our family-owned downtown restaurants. We know what a treasure we have in downtown and the value they bring to our community. We wanted to assist our ...

Dream stealers, closer than we think

Local columns

I received an email from a reader recently. He read an editorial saying we shouldn’t be going after a cracker plant and all the jobs it will create because of the possible risk to public health and the environment. The editorial writer apparently had a job. Maybe it didn’t matter others ...

Making a difference

Local columns

This week we watched our nation absorb the news of a tragic accident involving a celebrity. The sad reports of nine lives lost without warning. They poignant, painful reminder that no level of socio-economic status can protect us from all misfortune. In the flurry of social media reaction and ...

History behind Groundhog Day

Local columns

As nocturnal creatures, most mammals hide under the cloak of darkness. Squirrels are one exception to that rule. Even young children recognize gray squirrels, fox squirrels, and chipmunks that frequent backyards and city parks during daylight hours. And of all North American squirrels, only ...

Cozy mystery time

Local columns

Cozy fans can grab up several new books for their February reads! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Cahoon returns to her Cat Latimer series with “A Field Guide to Homicide.” Cat, a former English professor turned bed-and-breakfast owner, is hosting another writer’s ...

Thirty-One bingo today

Local columns

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Come to Beverly-Center Elementary School in Beverly for an afternoon of Thirty-One Bingo. Doors open at noon and games start at one. Tickets at the door are $25 for 20 games, and each bag will be filled with items following a different theme. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To the continued use of time and resources in the pursuit of an absolutely nonsensical distraction by lawmakers, and now Gov. Jim Justice, himself, who are pretending they believe there are counties in Virginia that would like to join West Virginia. In fact, Justice, who is of course ...

Gold shines in Parkersburg High School fieldhouse

Local columns

There were a lot of gold colors in the stands, on the court and at courtside last Saturday night during the Parkersburg and Parkersburg South high schools boys basketball game at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Gold is not a color usually associated with both high schools. PHS’ colors are red and ...

Look Back: The name game

Local columns

Changing the Names There is now before the Senate on its third reading a law authorizing the council of this city to change the name of the streets at the first meeting of that body in April 1866. This will doubtless pass. We would suggest to our citizens to make suggestions to the Council ...

Life Through the Lens: Finding lessons in love and violence

Local columns

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence… Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The ...