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Opinion

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 ...

Impeachment: Investigation should not be rushed

Editorials

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether their ...

Back Yard Gardener: Winter wheat, a valuable cover crop

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley farmers and gardeners! Finally, rain has returned to the Valley. Many areas received more than an inch of rain to end our dry spell. The combination of moisture and cool, fall like temperatures make working outside a whole lot easier. Fall is a great time to apply soil ...

Foster Care: Improvements made, but are they enough?

Editorials

Nearly 2 percent of the children in West Virginia — more than 6,800 of them — are in some form of foster care administered by the state. Are we doing enough for them? A lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health and Human Resources last week argues we are not, to the point that ...

In the Red: Be realistic in trimming next budget

Editorials

West Virginia’s state government fiscal dilemma is illustrated well by the relief state officials exhibited last week when they learned, one-fourth of the way through the current fiscal year, the general revenue budget is only $29.7 million in the red. It could have been worse, to judge by ...

Kids Count: Children need economic improvement

Editorials

Too often, those studying how to improve the lives of West Virginians conclude the answer is giving more of our hard-earned money to state government, to be doled out as officials in Charleston wish. Good for the West Virginia KIDS COUNT organization for coming to a different — and correct ...

Fitch Ratings: Responsible budget cuts send right signal

Editorials

West Virginia officials — and taxpayers — got good news last week when Fitch Ratings announced it is continuing its “AA” rating of state finances. That is desirable because ratings such as Fitch’s are used to determine interest rates on bonds sold by the state. Fitch rates the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Democratic gubernatorial race shaping up?

Local columns

It looks like monied front-runner Stephen Smith might be getting some serious challengers for the Democratic primary for governor. That’s good, because that primary needed some excitement. It also needed more traditional West Virginia Democrats, which it looks like it is getting some. I ...

Solving our secondary roads woes

Local columns

In Washington, everyone knows the national debt is a disaster, at $22.6 trillion and growing by leaps and bounds. No one seems capable of building a bipartisan consensus to do anything about it, however. We have an equivalent here in West Virginia: the State Road Fund. Both it and the national ...

Hard Call: Wood County Board of Education made right decision

Editorials

Last week, Wood County Board of Education members voted to close McKinley and Worthington elementary schools. It is likely they will again do the right thing Oct. 23 and vote to close Waverly Elementary School. But doing the right thing is not always easy. It does not always leave one feeling ...

Know your five freedoms

Local columns

This is National Newspaper Week, a time during which those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to work in the news business reflect on our role in the communities we serve. This year, the theme is “Think First: Know your five freedoms.” Our founders knew it was essential to establish ...

Op-ed: The economy, jobs and renewable energy

Local columns

The future of the energy economy and jobs in the U.S. clearly lies in renewables, especially wind and solar power. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (U. S. Department of Labor) predicts that the fastest employment growth from 2016-2026 is expected to be in the occupations of solar photovoltaic ...

Evangelicals and the right

Letters to the editor

Protestant Evangelicals flock to the moral majority and the teachings of television evangelists who own multi-million dollar mansions and multiple airplanes and never give it a thought. Lambs led to the shearing. A portion of the Republican Party’s following continues to spread false stories ...

Get rid of deniers

Letters to the editor

I’m real encouraged by the millions of kids striking to protest political inaction on climate change. They’re trying to tell us something and we should listen. There’s evidence everywhere that climate change is very real and very scary. Just look at the pictures of the massive ice melt ...

Do the right thing

Letters to the editor

Back in 2016 I was ashamed that West Virginia voted for Donald Trump to be our president. Of course if we had voted in Clinton, I would still be ashamed. The fact that those two were the best the Republicans and Democrats could give us was pitiful. I want a president that is respectful, honest ...

Another ban not the answer

Letters to the editor

When proven facts do not favor liberals, liberals manufacture their own facts. Only 30 percent of people in the U.S. own a firearm? Actually over 50 percent of Americans own a firearm or multiple firearms. The exact number is unknown. Many people won’t admit they own firearms because they ...

On the right track

Letters to the editor

I recently attended Gov. Jim Justice’s town hall in Vienna. When I heard he was coming to town, I felt I had to go and ask what he’s doing to create opportunity for us again. I’ve lived in Vienna for 38 years, and I’ve seen many people, including neighbors, who have lost their jobs in ...

Wrong is wrong

Letters to the editor

I want to be “outspoken” for the Lord, Jesus Christ and would encourage all believers to again stand together to make our desire for our city known to our city council. Dare to be bold in your faith — remember we are as Christians a people set apart — in this world but not of this ...