Editorials

Gratitude: Local law enforcement deserves our thanks

Last week, the men and women who serve and protect the people of Wood County were honored by the Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 and the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association for the incredible work they bravely do every day — most of which the rest of us do not notice ...

Wild Elk: Restoration project may aid West Virginia tourism

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That is changing. And if human interference drove them out, it is good to know human perseverance is bringing them back. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A ...

STEM-CARE: Partnership will bring new opportunities

West Virginia’s kids (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than kids in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President Gordon Gee knows something all those ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To selection of Christopher Gilmer to be the new president for West Virginia University — Parkersburg. Though members of the Board of Governors acknowledged the choice was not an easy one, and the quality of the four finalists made it a tough decision, Gilmer appears to be an excellent ...

North Korea: There can be no trust with Kim Jong Un

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia earlier this month, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete ...

Compensation: Bureau may have more money to return

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation does not receive much criticism these days. Though there will always be complaints from injured workers who claim they did not get fair shakes from workers’ compensation programs, it appears the BWC is doing well for itself. Employers who pay ...

Redefine: Kudos to ad campaign for responsible drinking

Despite television, movies and an aggressive effort by alcoholic beverage companies to target younger folks by insisting a good time is not a good time until someone breaks out the drinks, most adults reach a point in their lives where they realize alcohol is not necessary for leading a fun, ...

Education: Wood BOE could use a change of pace

Newly elected members of the Wood County Schools Board of Education will take office July 1. They likely spent most of last weekend’s special meeting of the board wishing that current members would pump the brakes. In what seemed like a confused, hurried and divided attempt to leave no ...

Stereotypes: West Virginia voters defy pundits again

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead up to last week’s primary election here. They do not. Political arrogance, snark, belittling or downright nasty activity on social media ... ...

Accidents: Drivers must pay attention to safety

“Put the phone down and just slow down,” was the simple message from West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith, as he spoke last week during the announcement of a zero tolerance policy for those speeding through road construction zones. This time, the impetus may have been multiple ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To all those working to raise funds for the Relay for Life teams, in preparation for the event this coming Friday and Saturday in Wood County. The 25th anniversary celebration is an important opportunity for healing, laughter, support and community-building as we all work to support the ...

ECOT: Ohio lawmakers have not learned lesson

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were, to be kind about it, a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Nope. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state ...

Responsibility: Pharma exec cites role in opioids crisis

Kudos to Joseph Mastandrea, chairman of the board of wholesale pharmaceutical distributor Miami-Luken Inc. Of the officials representing five distributors giving sworn testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, Mastandrea was the ONLY person to answer “yes” when asked ...

Communism: Apologists deserving of condemnation

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Vote! Make a difference at the polls

If you have not already done so, and are a registered voter, get out to the polling places and make a difference today, folks. Whether you believe your city, county, school district, state and country are doing very well, or doing very badly, get out and vote. Today’s primary election ...

Dumping: Devote resources to punish scofflaws

Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit, tracking down those who toss broken down couches over the hill or stash tires and old appliances in a convenient hollow. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or exciting, but it is important. Last ...

Balance: Business, environment can go hand-in-hand

West Virginians hear time and again that they must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important partner in maintaining the health ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To donors and sponsors who made this year’s Give Local MOV event such a success. According to Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Development and Communications Officer Julie Posey, this year’s total comes to approximately $310,000. This year also marked the first time a single agency ...

Transparency: Ohio, West Virginia still have work to do

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

PEIA: Task force needs input to find solutions

West Virginia has its own “entitlement” problem, and it will be the subject of public meetings during the next several weeks. Programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the elephants in the room when talk turns to reining in deficit spending by the federal ...