Editorials

Sunshine Law: J.R. Carpenter should exercise greater care

Parkersburg City Council President J.R. Carpenter continues to walk a very fine line when it comes to conducting the business of the city as transparently as the public deserves — and the law requires. Carpenter says he has been trying to help first-time council members understand the ...

Defund It: Appalachian Regional Council has done little

Just as some in Charleston are scrambling to hold on to pieces of a bloated bureaucracy that serves itself much better than it serves West Virginians, there are some in Washington, D.C., looking to save themselves from President Donald Trump’s decree that a $54 billion boost in defense ...

Abortion: Notification bill should be enacted

Del. Roger Romine, R-Tyler, is among the co-sponsors of a bill that would prohibit unemancipated minors, and other females who have been appointed a guardian or conservator under certain provisions, from obtaining an abortion without parental notification. The bill is a common sense effort to ...

Overdose: Murder charges may be appropriate

The Parkersburg Police Department made an important move forward in the fight against the horrific drug epidemic that is plaguing our region when it was able to gather enough evidence to charge a suspected drug dealer with murder. According to Police Chief Joe Martin, a series of unusual ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To 9-year-old Colt Bitz, whose calm reliance on what he had been taught led him to quickly call 911 and wake his grandparents when his home was on fire. “I just knew I needed to get out of there,” Colt said. “It wasn’t scary because I was taught what to do.” Not only did he ...

Explanations: Board members must explain their votes

Wood County School Board members Rick Tennant, Ron Tice and Peggy Smith do, indeed, owe an explanation for their votes against a school closure hearing, which effectively kept Waverly Elementary School open despite plans for closure of both it and Williamstown Elementary and consolidation into ...

Strong Kids: YMCA fundraiser could use your support

Among the important things to remember about the YMCA of Parkersburg’s Strong Kids Campaign is that the money raised does not go toward capital improvements, but rather to families, kids and senior citizens. It goes toward the financial assistance program that ensures everyone can benefit ...

Budget Cuts: Government agencies must adjust outlook

Government agencies in West Virginia have been served notice by legislative leaders — the taps are about to be turned off. Lawmakers have been told there will be $4.055 billion in general revenue for fiscal year 2018, and that is what they are going to allocate. Any hope that the bloated ...

Regulations: Oil and gas industry needs legislative aid

Lawmakers who are still holding out hope for a revival in the coal industry must also be aware that the extraction industry in West Virginia has evolved to again include oil and natural gas. But the effort to clean up regulations holding back those industries has fallen dangerously behind as ...

Taking Part: Schools teach vital lessons with families

Families are as important a part of children’s educations as teachers and school administrators. In many ways, they are the most important part of a child’s learning experience. To remind families of that responsibility, and to show them new ways to get involved, two Marietta elementary ...

Sunshine: Citizens have a right to know

It is a shame so much about government of the people, by the people, for the people is kept from the people. In fact, often, the more a governing official promises transparency, the more is being concealed — or, at least, the harder it is to access what should be public information. Each ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg South High School’s student council, which is collecting dress clothes for kids and adults, for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. This fills a need many do not consider, when they are donating warm coats and other necessary items. “It can range from prom ...

Drug Scourge: Indigent burial fund out of money again

For five years in a row, West Virginia’s fund to pay for indigent burials has run out of money — this time with five months to go in the fiscal year. The $2 million set aside to help funeral homes cover the costs of burying those without the resources (or family resources) to pay final ...

Right Move: BOE back on track to build new school

Wood County Board of Education members are to be commended for their decision earlier this week to begin purchase negotiations for the Fenton Arts Glass property in Williamstown. The vote to do so was unanimous, and shows an important willingness on the part of three board members — Ron Tice, ...

Consolidation: State BOE must recognize fiscal reality

Newly appointed state Board of Education President Tom Campbell sounds as though he is poised to lead the school board in the right direction, when he focuses on common sense and community. “If we can build on community and get that into our education system, if we can support the teachers ...

Promises: Joyce right to let data drive his decisions

Politicians know all too well that campaign promises and intentions often run up against reality — and might be discarded — once the candidate has made it into office. Sometimes it is not so much because a person meant to mislead voters as because a new set of facts is available once the ...

Entitlements: Republicans face risk in tackling Obamacare

Former President Barack Obama should get credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Warner: Secretary of State doing good work

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has been in office for approximately a month and a half, and already, he has gotten to work on some of his big goals. As he travels the state rebuilding bridges between the 55 county clerks and the Secretary of State’s office, Warner appears to be ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To first responders, power company workers, teachers and school administrators who worked throughout Wednesdays storms and high water to keep Mid-Ohio Valley residents calm and safe. From keeping young students laughing while they sheltered in place to answering a number of weather-related ...

Voter Rolls: Ohio database effort is a good start

Shrugging off allegations of voter fraud as a “myth,” has been a heavily used tactic of late. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this week voter fraud may be relatively small-scale in Ohio, but it is far from a myth. In 2016, 385 non-citizens registered to vote in the Buckeye ...