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Opinion

Korean, Thai cookbooks offer international flavor

Local columns

If you like to try cooking dishes that are outside of our everyday area, why not try these two new books? First for those who enjoy thai food or vegans who want a new take on their dishes, try “Vegan Thai Kitchen” by Sarah Jansala and Renoo Jansala. Sarah Jansala is the co-owner and ...

Beware the dream stealers in life

Local columns

My wife had a dream to be a nurse since she was a little girl. She worked as a candy striper in the local hospital when she was 14 and trained to be a certified nursing assistant in high school. Her plan was to go to nursing school after high school until her advisor told her she was “too ...

It’s time to start planning for events

Local columns

Our last event of 2019 was just held a little over a month ago, but it’s now January 2020 and a new year means it’s time to start planning for this upcoming year’s events. A lot of time and energy goes into each of these events. With so many moving parts, a significant amount of time must ...

Women’s fiction runs the gamut

Local columns

There’s a lot to offer in women’s fiction right now! First from Kathleen Fuller is “The Innkeeper’s Bride,” as part of her Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. Levi has moved into town with his father, sister and grandmother seeking a fresh start in the small community and running a ...

Birding can take flight via computers

Local columns

People keep asking if we’re going to skip winter this year. I don’t know. There have been a few snowstorms here and there; rain and high winds have replaced snow and frigid temperatures in many places. Here in western North Carolina at an elevation of 2,000 feet, I’ve only recorded one ...

Get ready, get set, hop

Local columns

It may still be ‘winter’, but it’s time to start getting in shape for the Bunny Hop. Registration forms are now available for the 18th annual Beverly-Waterford Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. for runners and 8:35 a.m. for walkers. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

UP: To a proposal approved by the West Virginia state Senate that would make shelter dogs the official state dog. “Just because a dog is at a shelter doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with the dog,” said state Sen. Ryan Weld, a Republican. “That dog needs a second chance and ...

Football banquet draws praise

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“I was very impressed. The kids and director did an outstanding job,” Buddy James, former Parkersburg High School football coach, said. “I think it was a superior job done by the students and Jeff (Totten) on an outstanding event,” Dwain Hartley, facilities director at the Parkersburg ...

Rainy Day: Medicaid reserve fund idea makes little sense

Editorials

State officials’ announcement that West Virginia’s Medicaid program next year will require $309 million less than had been anticipated earlier is good news, no matter how one views it. But keep one thing about the funds firmly in mind: It is not “found money” for state government. ...

Investment: Coal research company is a welcome addition

Editorials

Though it may not be exactly what some economists had in mind when they stressed —over and over again — that West Virginia needs to diversify its economy, it is encouraging to read news that a Wyoming-based carbon technology company plans to build at least one facility in the Mountain ...

Back Issues: Aliens, Predator and more menace comics

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Movies continue to draw concepts from comic books, but it’s not uncommon for the process to flow in the other direction as well. A host of popular big-screen properties have jumped to comics over the years, some for brief entries and others establishing their own impressive runs. After ...

Bureaucracy: Is another office vital for flood relief?

Editorials

Imagine for a moment you are one of the hundreds of folks still waiting for the help from state government that was promised as you try to recover from devastating flooding that happened three-and-a-half years ago. You hear there is another outreach effort by West Virginia Voluntary ...

Mark Horwich: Firefighter’s death leaves hole in community

Editorials

It is easy for communities to forget, in their day-to-day, how much we owe the men and women who make up our volunteer fire departments. They aren’t members of the larger municipal departments, they don’t have the same resources, and they are not getting paid. But they run toward danger ...

Children: Governor’s proposals should be approved

Editorials

We West Virginians — or, at least, our public officials — talk a lot about “investing in the future.” If there is a foundational aspect to that, it is ensuring our children grow up safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. Two proposals by Gov. Jim Justice, outlined during his ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week one at the Legislature

Local columns

Last week was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. Really, it was just three days, but I'm counting Monday and Tuesday since January legislative interim meetings started then. While it remains to be seen how the next 55 days of the 60-day session will go, this week was a bit ...

Teach WHY historical events took place

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Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...

Right Stuff: Working together, not pandering, needed

Editorials

While it is always entertaining to see which props Gov. Jim Justice will haul out for his annual State of the State addresses, his choice of a rocket ship (strikingly similar to one used in graphics distributed by West Virginia University, by the way) to illustrate the Mountain State’s ...

Learning the costs of war

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Though he did so with some lingering defiance, I was glad to read President Donald Trump had decided against keeping Iran’s cultural sites as potential targets, as tensions remained high last week. But I still had the matter on my mind, when a couple visited me to provide their perspective ...

Op-ed: Focusing on new era in the life of the Diocese

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For better or worse — mostly for worse during the past year and a half — the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been in the news. The media reports about former Bishop Michael Bransfield have gone national and international. Pope Francis, acting on a lay commission’s report, which he ...