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Opinion

Common Sense: Do not flood 911 with non-emergency calls

Editorials

As bad as it is to spread false information and rumors at a time like this — and don’t get us wrong, that is awful — it is even worse to put a drain on first responders and tie up our emergency lines by making excessive and unnecessary 911 calls to tattle on folks who are out and about ...

Irresponsible: Faith leaders putting congregations at risk

Editorials

Pastor Tony Spell, of the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., is intentionally putting the lives of his parishioners and the rest of the East Baton Rouge Parish community in danger. He — and a few elected officials and church “leaders” here in West Virginia who are pretending they ...

Timelines: There is no quick fix for this pandemic

Editorials

A few days ago, President Donald Trump made a statement that may have been more a reflection of his hopes for the progression of COVID-19 in our country than reality. He spoke of his hope that the U.S. would be “opened up and just raring to go” by Easter — less than two weeks from ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Knowledge is power with virus

Local columns

In my last column, I talked about the fog of war when it comes to the coronavirus. That’s why more, not less, information is needed from the state on not just positive cases, but the state seems content peddling information that in some cases is two days old. The state Department of Health ...

Spend the money on disease defense

Local columns

How long did it take modern humans to evolve from our primitive ancestors? Well, Neanderthals roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago. Let’s say it required 2,000 generations for creatures like us to evolve to what we are today. Compared to Neanderthals, we are much more capable physically ...

Census: An accurate count is vital for funding

Editorials

In an odd turn of events, the federal mechanism for determining how many people are living where — and therefore how to distribute, for example, healthcare funding — has been derailed a bit by COVID-19. Census 2020 workers have already been told to temporarily suspend field operations and ...

Stuck in the concrete jungle

Local columns

Last week I got a reminder of the challenges being faced in some parts of the country that simply will not happen in a place like West Virginia, as we continue to deal with COVID-19. A friend of mine lives in New York City, but is a Tennessee native. She’s not the type to get homesick often ...

Op-ed: Inside the Wood County Courthouse

Local columns

If you are planning on doing some construction work on your property this spring and you live outside the corporate limits of the cities, remember you will need a building permit. Sarah Farnsworth, Wood County compliance officer suggests first checking your property deed for any restrictions, ...

Agree on economic action

Letters to the editor

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on a previously strong economy with workers and small businesses caught in the crossfire. Jobless claims are expected to top two and a half million in one week as a result of the economic shock from coronavirus. Every major economic forecast is predicting some type ...

Be our best selves

Letters to the editor

Several days ago federal guidelines were put in place in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in this country. It has been my observation here in Parkersburg that many are not taking these guidelines seriously enough. Case in point: (last) Friday evening in City Park there were multiple ...

Take least disruptive approach

Letters to the editor

This letter is intended to clarify some of the misinformation and misunderstanding concerning coronavirus. I am not an expert in this matter, but there is sufficient public information upon which to form a few basic conclusions. First, if the public health system is competently run, ...

Still other epidemics to face

Letters to the editor

I am a healthcare worker. Not one of the brave, frontline workers, but a support service staff member. I don’t get to serve the sick directly through my work, but I do share a characteristic that is vital to public health — I care. For the past three years, I have been immersed in public ...

Keep calm, stay healthy

Local columns

We all are living in the same frustrating days with the spreading of the coronavirus and we all are wondering when and if this virus will affect us personally health wise. Since this is new and an unknown virus, it makes it very difficult for our medical virus specialists to know how to treat ...

Try out the vegan life with Buddha Bowls

Local columns

Considering a lot of the grocery stores are missing meat on the shelves, now might be the time to try being vegan. And Cara Carin Cifelli’s book, “Vegan Buddha Bowls” is here to get you started. Carin Cifelli, the creator of Cara’s Kitchen, is also a holistic health coach and podcaster ...

Downtown PKB pulling together

Local columns

As Jessica and I work ahead to plan our communications about upcoming fun events, downtown projects and other business developments to share with the community, today I’ve decided to hit pause and take a step back to process what is going on in the world, our country and our community. Over ...

Be careful what you wish for

Local columns

This week, I had a phone conversation with a friend of mine, Harry, from northern New Jersey who works in New York City. Things are rough up there right now with the Corona virus. Harry said they have even gotten rougher. Starting March 1st New York state has banned single use plastic bags. The ...

John Adams trial on display

Local columns

Live PD host and legal analyst Dan Abrams returns to the book world along with David Fisher with “John Adams Under Fire.” Abrams and Fisher look at Adams as he relates to the Boston Massacre that occurred on March 5, 1770. Many years before he was a Founding Father (and a character in a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editorials

DOWN: To those in positions to give residents of our region information that will help them not only understand the situation they face, but keep themselves healthy or seek testing, who instead choose to hide behind privacy regulations in releasing as little information as possible and in an ...

Op-ed: A better at-home learning experience

Local columns

As many local parents find themselves in the unusual position of having to guide their children through at-home lessons — perhaps for several more weeks — there are a few ways to tackle the problem more effectively. Here are some tips for those providing home instruction to Pre-K-12 ...