Opinion

Education is changing, and that’s a good thing

Local Columns

Change is a scary word. For most, the difficulty with change is due to the fear of the unknown. When individuals know change is on the forefront they find themselves asking questions of "what will the change look like" and "how will the change impact me?" Those questions are natural for all ...

In zeal to prosecute, the case was lost

Editorials

On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Md., police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. He was placed into the back of a police van, where he fell into a coma. He died in a hospital seven days later, of injuries to his spinal cord.Some in the ...

EPA, Clinton are killing mining jobs

Letters to the Editor

You know, we have retired coal miners in Washington and surrounding counties. Coal miner's jobs are going to be a thing of the past, and their pension and health care is in jeopardy! It is a fact that Obama and his "EPA" regulations on coal have eliminated thousands of coal miner's and related ...

Restored theater and its music offers respite

Letters to the Editor

On the heels of the Nice France tragedy and the failed coup in Turkey, the world threatens to erupt into even more, sustained, widespread violence. In the United States, we are reeling from killings of citizens by police officers and the killing of police officers by citizens. But in Marietta ...

Volunteers helped make Marietta Day a success

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank all the ones that worked hard on Marietta Day. This takes a lot of time. It was the hottest day of the year. I would like to thank Tammy Burke for standing over the hot grill on a hot day fixing hot dogs. I think this was their 60th year. Keep putting this on. I had a good ...

Trump the candidate to rejuvenate the economy

Local Columns

A letter writer wrote an editorial in Sunday's Parkersburg News & Sentinel paper and he did not feel that (Donald) Trump convinced him that he is going to improve the economy. It is truly amazing that two people can listen to the same speech and obtain two different impressions. First ...

It’s time to eliminate terrorists

Editorials

Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass Tuesday. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throat.The attack was the most recent in a string of atrocities committed by Islamic terrorists, who seem to be ...

Let’s help heal the planet for future generations

Letters to the Editor

We have all been aware of the effects of our earth's changing climate for a while now. As we witness harsher natural disasters such as the horrendous wildfires in the western states, or the devastating floods in southern West Virginia, along with sobering realizations like rising oceans that ...

Some voters feel there is no good option

Letters to the Editor

Thought from a Donkey:This election will be truly difficult for me. I am against Muslim incursion, yet for proper immigration. I am against abortion, (*sucks all around, but feel someone should always stand for the baby); yet I am against electing someone you legitimately feel could cause a ...

Reading program improving kids’ lives

Editorials

Summer is when many children really struggle with reading.While they may be practicing every day with while at school, they may not be in homes where reading much is a habit. Particularly for those struggling a bit with the skill, the hot-weather months are a time when they can fall even more ...

Positive resources already in place in community

Letters to the Editor

In response to the woman who looks to these pages for positive and encouraging information from other readers, here goes.It will be positive and encouraging when people start actively sacrificing to build their communities up, and stop burning them down, literally and figuratively. We here in ...

So many conflicts in our society and its laws

Letters to the Editor

Do you know it is a crime to even "disturb" an unborn eagles egg, but you can crush the skull of, or butcher an unborn human baby, and call it "women's rights"? Who is in charge? The Devil.Do you know that we claim concern about the rising tide of opioid deaths, but we vote to legalize pot ...

Help is available for school supplies

Editorials

In just a few short weeks, Mid-Ohio Valley students will return to class so it isn't too soon to begin preparing for all of those back-to-school expenses.Luckily, Washington-Morgan Community Action is once again accepting applications for backpacks and school supplies. Those who are income ...

Society is morally, spritually bankrupt

Letters to the Editor

The headline reads, "At Least 84 Killed in France After Truck Plows Through Crowds Celebrating Bastille Day." Now, my question is, "Where is the debate or outcry to limit or ban large trucks?" Sound silly? So does the idea that banning guns will stop people who want to kill.No, the problem ...

Belpre BOE drug testing decision supported

Letters to the Editor

Congrats to the Belpre Board of Education for their passage of random drug testing for extra curricular activities. I am sure it will not go without some problems along the way, but I applaud the effort and the attempt to show that you have to start somewhere.Do I think this will solve big ...

Programs important in fighting drug abuse

Editorials

There are three important programs available to the public this week, all with the common theme of providing parents and community members with information on drugs, drug abuse and other at-risk behaviors.We urge readers to attend one of the sessions.The first begins at 6:30 p.m. today at ...

Keep other terror groups on watch, too

Editorials

The Islamic State is the politically incorrect terrorist organization of the year. That means that what military resources the major powers are willing to devote to battling Muslim militants are directed almost solely at the IS.That is not inappropriate - for now. The IS still controls large ...

Asia’s new era of conflict, confrontation

Local Columns

Asia's political landscape is replete with earth-shattering challenges, all centered on a major power, China.On the Korean peninsula, after years of talks, Washington and Seoul announced on July 8 the decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea.China ...

Peaceful Cleveland convention testimony to city’s police

Editorials

Remember the lead-up top the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? For weeks before it opened, there was speculation about violent demonstrations and confrontations among competing protesters as well as between them and police.Well, the convention ended Thursday. Most of the fireworks ...

Law enforcement risk lives, deserve support, respect

Letters to the Editor

I recently was told a story of a lady who was attacked by a group of people on the sidewalk. She was able to call 911 but could not talk since she was being beaten up by her attackers.This young woman was praying the law enforcement would arrive in time to save her life. She was badly bruised ...