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Opinion

Justices: Impeachment impasse may return one day

Editorials

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in the ...

Nutrition: Economic, cultural shift is needed

Editorials

It has been centuries since obesity was a sign of wealth and status. That table has turned. Now, obesity affects the poor at a much higher rate —and here in the Mountain State, that means we have a problem. According to data released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week — the ...

Economy: More workforce participation needed

Editorials

Our state’s economy has “a lot of uncertainty,” West Virginia University economist John Deskins noted during an economic outlook conference last week in Charleston. Deskins, director of WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, explained, among other things, the uncertainty ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Can’t we all just get along?

Local columns

I’m going to take a break from the political races and talk about an issue that concerns me greatly: the division in our country. Nationally, an example of this divide can be found in the response to daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a ...

Don’t play games with healthcare

Local columns

If you think politics is divisive, take a look at health care. Relationships in that industry sometimes make Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi look like chums. Charleston Area Medical Center, the largest health care provider in West Virginia’s capital city, is severing its relationship with The ...

Bless Her Heart: Cummings should embrace her roots

Editorials

Poor Whitney Cummings. Never heard of her? She tried to boost her profile a bit last week by appearing on a late-night talk show to discuss her roots. Those would be here in the Mountain State, by the way. What she managed was to prove that often for celebrities it is more important to make a ...

Teachers should take fewer sick days

Local columns

How would your employer react if, year after year, more than half of employees took at least ten sick days per year? What about if more than ten percent of employees were taking at least 20 sick days in a year? What if, during the years of such a rash of absences, production/performance at your ...

Op-ed: The foster parent retention solution no one is discussing

Local columns

Jamie became a foster parent to change the lives of West Virginia children. She requested to foster one child and shortly, three teenagers were placed in her home. Rising to the challenge, she became a wonderful parent. Two years later, when they became available for adoption, Jamie decided to ...

No good reason to close school

Letters to the editor

Regarding the 2020 closing of McKinley Elementary School as voted 4 in favor, 1 opposed by the Board of Education (thanks to new board member Debbie Hendershot for casting the single “no” vote; other board members had likely made their decision beforehand): The meeting was well attended ...

Thank you for the support

Letters to the editor

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, local businesses, Belpre City Schools and the City of Belpre who made the Second Annual Belpre Cross-Country Invitational such a success on Sept. 14. This success once again proved that when a community comes together, the result is a positive day for ...

Welcome fall…finally

Local columns

How long has it been since you have heard that they closed a school in October because of heat and the school did not have air conditioning? I cannot remember that ever taking place in the past. If you want to see the changing of the leaves, get ready for the time is almost here to take a ride ...

Better together: Teams with common purpose

Local columns

This week Lynnda and I had dinner with a couple of our friends at the 12th Annual West Virginia Governor’s Energy Conference at Stonewall Resort. They are involved with a radio museum. Our friends were telling us about a short-wave radio recording made during the bombing of England by the ...

Market Street Monster Mash

Local columns

Get your scariest, cutest or most creative costume ready for a Halloween themed party on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg. On Saturday, October 26, Downtown PKB will take to the street once again for our annual Monster Mash. The event takes place from 5:30–7 p.m. on the 400th Block of ...

Biological basis for deer hunting

Local columns

According to statistics from the Fish & Wildlife Service, hunters purchased 11.5 million hunting licenses in 2016. Of those, about 80 percent (approximately nine million) were for big game species, mostly deer. As a result, hunters spent more than $25 billion to finance their ...

Women’s fiction follow romances in stories, poems

Local columns

Thurber-prize winner and New York Times bestseller John Kenney follows up his “Love Poems for Married People” with “Love Poems for People with Children.” His humorous poetry tackles parenting in all its disheveled glory, from kids texting your contact list, the search for privacy, to ...

Fall offerings at Beverly Public Library

Local columns

The Beverly Library has many offerings for patrons of all ages this week, starting off with the youngest readers. Baby Bookworms, held this Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. is for children age 2 and under. The children must be accompanied by a participating adult. These times can include games, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To Wood County Board of Education members who have made a concerted effort in recent months to acknowledge accomplishments of students, teachers and schools, during their meetings. It is important to make time to talk about the good things happening in our schools — and there are a lot of ...

Blankenship runs 24-hour race

Local columns

Dave Blankenship keeps running and running and running. The former Parkersburg resident finished ninth overall and first in his age division 70-74 in the North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run last month at Edgewater Park along the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. The run is the USA Track & ...

Look Back: Potpourri of Parkersburg’s past

Local columns

A chain gang We desire to call the attention of our Town Council to the importance of establishing a Chain Gang, for the benefit of the miserable loafers who are daily prowling around our streets. In other places the Chain Gang has operated admirably, and saved great expense in repairing ...

Life Through the Lens: Bringing laughter and joy to the world…

Local columns

“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” *** Three things: the painting “The Blue Boy” by Thomas Gainsborough, the movie Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin, and a city-wide garbage strike. Three things that seem random…yet all ...