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Opinion

Numbers: COVID-19 recovery will require vigilance

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and his public health advisers may have spent much of the three-day weekend with their fingers crossed. West Virginians were being tested in our move to recover from the COVID-19 epidemic. Human beings are creatures of habit. For many of us, Memorial Day weekend is the signal ...

WVSTRONG: State park discount is a smart move

Editorials

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice said he wanted to thank all the front-line heroes in the battle against COVID-19 by doing something nice for them. But, he noted, it is inevitable that any list of such occupations will leave someone off. So the governor decided every West Virginian should receive a ...

Virus ripple effects could be deadly

Local columns

You’ve heard of “the butterfly effect.” If not, the Cliff’s Notes version is that the most minuscule action on our plant can spread and, like ripples in a pond, grow until it has gargantuan effects. Well, the butterfly may turn out to be a lightweight, compared to the COVID-19 virus. ...

Backyard Gardener: The mortgage lifter tomato

Local columns

Hello Mid-Ohio Valley Farmers and Gardeners. Memorial Day or fondly remembered as “Decoration Day” traces its roots back to the Civil War here in America. Graves of fallen soldiers from both sides of this bloody conflict were decorated with flowers. Christened officially in 1971 by The ...

Memorial Day: Give thanks to our fallen heroes

Editorials

Today is a Memorial Day unlike any we can remember. In many ways, we are freer this year to focus on the true reason for the holiday — not picnics, parades and swimming pools, but honoring the men and women who have given their lives in military service to this country. More than 1.35 ...

That forgotten legion

Local columns

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Reporter’s Notebook: We remember the fallen

Local columns

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I published this column last Memorial Day. This coming Memorial Day will be quite different, with most events and parades canceled. Even Alumni Weekend in St. Marys is canceled, where I would have celebrated the 20th anniversary as a member of the Class of 2000. The ...

Life Through the Lens: Unforgettable perfection, 20 years later

Local columns

“I have to believe that, when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there.” *** Teaching, as a profession, has many unparalleled-highs and many unmatched-lows. It is a profession that supplies something daily that you aren’t prepared for or aren’t equipped to handle. It is also a ...

Infection: Prison cases create a new challenge

Editorials

If state officials manage to avoid a mini-epidemic at the West Virginia prison where, it was announced last week, four people had tested positive for COVID-19, they will pull off something of a miracle. A prison is an unusually friendly place for a virus looking to spread. After weathering two ...

Sour taste of biblical cherry-picking

Local columns

It is astounding these days the degree to which people are willing to display beliefs and behaviors most of the rest of us came to understand were just plain WRONG generations ago, and to top it off with a willful lack of understanding about the way our democratic republic — and, more ...

Look Back: Teamwork restores cemetery

Local columns

Continuing to use the works of John A. House, the items below will conclude our 2020 jaunt into the “Silent Cities of the Departed.” *** Edelen Cemetery Following is an excerpt of John House’s chronicle of his visit to the Edelen Cemetery in 1927: “The old Edelen Graveyard is ...

Thank you for cemetery support

Letters to the editor

Friends of Auburn Community Cemetery Inc. made its debut in the 7th annual “Give Local MOV” day of giving held on May 5. The results greatly exceeded our expectations — with donations amounting to $6,439 from 29 supporters (including 17 first-time donors), plus $2,500 in matches from the ...

Happy 2020 graduation

Local columns

This is the time of the year when so many students are looking forward to their graduation day where they can finally celebrate by changing the hat tassel and throwing their hats in the air. However we must start with the graduations starting when the child is in elementary school going into ...

Use that air fryer with new cookbook

Local columns

For those trying out the Keto diet, and want a simple recipe to make in it instead of just french fries (which I have been guilty of) comes the new book, “I Love My Air Fryer Keto Diet 5-Ingredient Recipe Book” by Sam Dillard. The beauty of this cookbook is the faster prep time, having it ...

Breaking out to find opportunity

Local columns

This is “break out” week for Lynnda and me. For over two months our travel consisted of a weekly trip to the grocery store and me going to physical therapy. This week we got our hair cut for the first time since mid- March. Saturday, we get to dine in at our favorite restaurant. Sunday, we ...

Downtown PKB launches Fill the Glass campaign

Local columns

Downtown PKB’s Taste of Parkersburg typically serves as the official kickoff to summer for our vendors and participants. We love all the planning and preparations that come together to make for a fun-filled evening in Bicentennial Park. Those who attend love the tasty samples from area ...

Poems for anxiety and a Founding Father biography

Local columns

Everyone is anxious right now, and that seems like the perfect time for this humorous book, “Love Poems for Anxious People.” New York Times bestseller John Kenney brings his funny poetry back, this time with a theme of anxiety, which is really relevant now. From the conversations you have ...

Economy: Balancing safety and recovery is necessary

Editorials

Not since March 1984 has West Virginia’s unemployment rate been so high. Last month, it hit 15.8 percent, matching the rate 36 years ago. Chances are it is even higher now — on Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice said the number of claims for unemployment compensation since the coronavirus epidemic ...

Leonhardt: Agriculture Commissioner deserves your vote

Editorials

Since he took office as commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

W.Va. Supreme Court: Armstead is right choice for seat

Editorials

West Virginia voters knew in November 2018 that we needed to get back to basics on the state Supreme Court. Justices committed to fairness, honesty, frugality and upholding the law and the state constitution were needed. Voters selected Tim Armstead to fill one of the unexpired terms on the ...