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Opinion

Stand up for America

Letters to the editor

Someone has to say something. I will. Stand up, put on your mask if it is required. Go register to vote. If we do not go vote on Nov. 3 we may find our country being run by followers of the devil. You may say, how do you know this? The answer is simple. Those willing to murder the unborn ...

Thank you for the kindness

Letters to the editor

On Aug. 17, I ate dinner at Cheddar’s restaurant in Vienna. When I asked for my bill, I was told that somebody had already paid it. Whoever it was, and for whatever reason, please understand I appreciate it very much. Thank you. Joe Kennedy Belpre

COVID-19 is no hoax

Letters to the editor

If you still think the coronavirus is a hoax, you are getting your information from Facebook or from President Trump. Not only are you misinformed but it could cost you your life and the lives of those around you. And because some of our governors and President Trump have not listened to ...

District needs Cline

Letters to the editor

According to the Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, The Congress shall have the Power ... To establish Post Offices and post Roads. When I was away at school, my mother faithfully wrote to me. When we lived in rural southern Ohio, we got mail even though some of the ...

The beauty of the seasons

Local columns

As we getting closer to the fall season, I am starting to see a few yellow leaves coming down and on the ground which tells me that fall is just around the corner Every season has its beauty, but I must say spring is my very favorite season of all, with grass growing and making a beautiful ...

‘Tailgreat’ remembers when we could gather

Local columns

Though football tailgating parties may be ‘a thing we used to do’ that we reminisce about during COVID-19, we can still have some flavors while stuck at home for the foreseeable future. James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Masters contestant John Currence has recently released ...

Leaders can make the decision right

Local columns

We (Lynnda & I) have been doing seminars on effective communication for years to groups. We make the statement most decisions are emotional and then justified by logic. One question we ask, “Before deciding to get married how many of you took a legal pad, drew a line down the middle and ...

Downtown PKB touts latest expansion

Local columns

One of our newest additions to downtown Parkersburg has been busy over the recent months working with their clients, expanding their programming and planning improvements for their property and Market Street. The Wood County Society, a local non-profit organization in downtown, provides ...

Backyard Gardener: Growing grass in the shade

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners. If you have some extra room in the garden or a raised bed, seed turnips this fall. This vegetable is easy to grow and both the root and greens are edible. My grandma would mix turnips with mashed potatoes for a little ‘kick.’ Seeds are cheap and ...

Young adult thriller for all

Local columns

A girl begins to question everything she’s believed in the young adult thriller, “They Wish They Were Us” by Jessica Goodman. Reminiscent of “Gossip Girl,” Jill goes to a posh school, Gold Coast Prep, on scholarship, surrounded by the rich and elite. She has managed to get into the ...

The legend of Big Foot

Local columns

Television trucks and news celebrities outnumbered the population of 410 people in this tiny Oregon town, nestled next to mostly uncharted wilderness. Do not forget the 100 self-acclaimed Big Foot hunters of the world, some so camouflaged that you could hardly see them until they were right up ...

Guidelines: Gov. Justice right to let school bands play

Editorials

If any group of students can maintain a required distance from the people around them while performing, it is marching band members. Thank goodness West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice understands that. As confusion and concern arose Tuesday morning over the news that the West Virginia Secondary ...

Education: West Virginia students need laptops, tablets

Editorials

It was predictable. We were surprised when there was a shortage of face masks and other personal protective gear. But then a crash program was needed to find enough medical ventilators for COVID-19 patients. Now, the shortage is — you guessed it — affordable iPads and Chromebooks. With ...

Outbreaks: Vulnerable nursing homes need safeguards

Editorials

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes? State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection ...

Funding: Justice made right call to help events survive

Editorials

When Gov. Jim Justice announced approximately $2.7 million was coming from the Governor’s Contingency Fund in the form of grants to fairs and festivals across the state, it is understandable that some might have wondered why the organizations who makes those events happen need that kind of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To thorough police work in Jackson County that led to the arrest of an Akron man who had been on the run for two years. After being stopped for a traffic violation, Duane Eugene Griffin Jr. provided a fake name to the officer. But when a search of the vehicle yielded methamphetamine, ...

Extend census count

Letters to the editor

As required by the Constitution, every ten years, the people living in the United States are counted so that federal, state, and local electoral districts can be apportioned. These will exist until the next recount ten years later. The count is also used to allocate federal funds for many ...

Local car dealerships a better bet than online

Local columns

With all due respect to your father, you don’t want the car he told you to buy, the salesman told one of my daughters a few years ago. He explained why a different car would be better — and he was right. She took it. It was priced lower than what I’d suggested. That meant a bit less ...

Dangerous: Students who can’t obey rules should go home

Editorials

For several years, West Virginia University had the unenviable reputation of being a “party school.” Let us hope that does not lead to it becoming the Typhoid Mary of higher education. Typhoid Mary Mallon was a domestic worker in the United States during the late 1800s. Somehow, she ...

Living on unstable ground

Local columns

I read an article the other day about the phenomenon of an entire society’s “surge capacity” being depleted. I’m paraphrasing, so I apologize if I mangle the researchers’ findings, but essentially, we were coping OK for a while and now we’re not. For some high-functioning, ...