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Opinion

Jorgeson tribute set for Smoot Theatre

Local columns

Kent Jorgeson’s life will be celebrated with music on June 13 at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg. As an acclaimed musician and music educator, Jorgeson inspired generations of music students and entertained countless music fans throughout West Virginia and Ohio. Jorgeson of Parkersburg ...

Look Back: Traveling through the past

Local columns

Second Ulysses An old man of very acute physiognomy, answering to the name of Jacob Wilmot, was brought before the police court of Philadelphia. His clothes looked as if they might have been bought second handed in his youthful prime, for they have suffered more from the rubs of the world ...

CTE Classes: Middle school proposal deserves consideration

Editorials

Career and technical education — called CTE by some school officials — is an on-again, off-again emphasis in many West Virginia counties. Three state legislators — Delegates Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, Andrew Robinson, D-Kanawha, and Sen. Glenn Jeffries, D-Kanawha — think CTE offerings ...

Bail Reform: Lawmakers can learn from Ohio’s proposals

Editorials

West Virginia lawmakers are joined by those in approximately 40 other states this year in jumping on the criminal justice/bail reform bandwagon. It is this year’s hot legislative item nationwide, which should give you a little insight into how politics works in our country. But here in the ...

Impeachment: Manchin, Capito must be impartial jurors

Editorials

No doubt West Virginia’s U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, understood when they took office that they would be making critically important decisions, not just for our state but also for the nation, even the world, as a whole. Neither may have imagined ...

Voting: Kudos for expanding voting accessibility

Editorials

Good for state senators for acting quickly on a bill that fills a need for a substantial number of West Virginians. It is SB 94, which passed the Senate by a vote of 33-0 (with one senator absent). SB 94 provides that disabled Mountain State residents who are registered to vote can cast ...

Honor Him: Martin Luther King Jr.’s work continues

Editorials

Perhaps you have the luxury of spending a little more time reading this on a Monday morning because your place of business is closed, or you have stayed home to be with your kids because their school is closed today. Three-day weekends are nice, aren’t they? It is more important now than ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week two at the Legislature

Local columns

While the second week of the 2020 legislative session was going on upstairs on the second floor of the State Capitol Building in Charleston, on the first floor candidates were lining up to get on the May 12 primary ballot and the Nov. 3 general election ballot. According to the West Virginia ...

Remove unreasonable DMV policy

Local columns

“How can they do that?” my friend used to ask me. “How can they set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner? Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’” It was all perfectly legal, I had to tell him. That didn’t make it right, I would add — but he knew that. My ...

Our Money: West Virginia treasurer is just doing his job

Editorials

West Virginia state Treasurer John Perdue certainly deserves credit for prudent management of our money. It is OUR money, of course, because we all pay taxes in the Mountain State. But last week, Perdue was praised by Gov. Jim Justice for agreeing to transfer $20 million out of the ...

West Virginia bill targets LGBTQ students

Local columns

Buried deep in committee at the moment is West Virginia House Bill 4153 — “Displays and, teaching related to sexuality forbidden.” Yeah, you read that right. Sounds like it was written in the Dark Ages, doesn’t it? (And, the comma placement is not mine.) So far the language associated ...

Op-ed: Preserving absolute standards, moral truth

Local columns

I am responding to the Jan. 7 front-page article, “Religious Support for Fairness Act protections growing.” Andrew Schneider and Fairness WV would deceptively have citizens of our great state believe that there is growing support for the Fairness Act among people of faith. Nothing could be ...

Op-ed: As a new decade begins, let West Virginia continue to roar

Local columns

As a beautiful snow blankets much of West Virginia, I am reviewing the many blessings of life in the mountain state. The beauty of the snow is a reminder that we live in a wondrous place. We are surrounded by the embrace of nature. Our communities are made up of good, caring people. I have the ...

Op-ed: Getting to know the MOVRC

Local columns

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council (MOVRC) has been in Parkersburg since 1971. Created by an act of WV Legislature the MOVRC works to promote, advance and improve the community and economic well-being of the region. They have multiple program focusing on community development, workforce, ...

Find way to help, act

Letters to the editor

Like millions of people around the world, I’ve watched heartbroken from afar as Australia’s hellish wildfires devastate the nation. These have been the worst fires seen in the country’s history, so far killing a total of 25 humans, scorching 25 million acres of land, and ending the lives ...

Unleash community’s greatness

Letters to the editor

I would like to share my thoughts on our drug crisis in our community. I don’t believe addiction is a choice. More like they have fallen victim to a way of life. Does our wonderful community truly believe our victims of addiction want to live in pain, crime, no self worth, losing family ...

Public’s support appreciated

Letters to the editor

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 25th year on Nov. 23, 2019. There are over 150 displays in the City Park that the all-volunteer Board and Committee, along with area businesses, provide for the pleasure of those driving or walking through the park during the holiday season. ...

Voicing a few concerns

Letters to the editor

Rayon Drive when the kids get out of school and they are walking home — they get down onto Rayon Drive and there are no side walks for the kids to walk on. I went through there one day when it was raining and the kids had to walk into the road or they would’ve been walking in water ...

Debt paydown talk just fantasy

Letters to the editor

Several years ago, I wrote a few letters to the editor talking about the national debt and how important it was for our leaders to take it seriously and begin measures to pay it off. A recent editorial in this paper focused on the need to pay down this debt. I was stunned in 2010 when ...

How are the diets holding up?

Local columns

Yesterday, a lady was telling me that she was already ready for some good ol’ fat foods with it only being a couple weeks into the New Year, and asking me for some fattening recipes. If you notice all the ads and articles are still pushing diets, low-fat foods and plenty of exercise. ...