Editorials

Oversight: Post Audit Division spotlights problems

It is beginning to sound like a broken record, the parade of discoveries of “mismanagement” and poor communication that has been costing West Virginia money, resources and credibility. Difficult as it is to stomach the many revelations of the degree to which our bureaucracy has failed us, ...

Poll Workers: Humans step up where machines fail

West Virginia voters, for the most part, saw a smooth, relatively problem-free election last week. In fact, the Mountain State was the proving ground for a new kind of election technology as block-chain, mobile voting was tested for the first time — and successfully. But there was a ...

Veterans Day: Honor our military men and women

The Armistice that inspired our modern Veterans Day observance happened 100 years ago today. During that time, generations of military men and women have continued to demonstrate that there are simply some people who are willing to do more, to sacrifice more, to keep the rest of us safe and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To all the local schools and other organizations putting together programs and services to commemorate Veterans Day. It is important for those who remember to teach those who must carry on the lessons learned because so many were willing to sacrifice everything for the rest of us — so ...

Education: Thanks to voters for approving school levy

Wood County voters proved once again this week that they understand our young people are worth a little continued sacrifice, if it means providing resources to give them the education they need. In fact, an astounding more than 72 percent of Wood County voters said yes to renewing the school ...

Drug War: Keep momentum going against criminals

Earlier this week, law enforcement officials seized what they say are enough drugs to kill — KILL — 300,000 people. Multiple drug traffickers were arrested. They are believed to be part of a trafficking operation that worked between Akron, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va. Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Safety: Follow traffic rules and keep our kids safe

Mid-Ohio Valley residents care deeply about the safety of our kids. There is no doubt. But it takes only a second of distraction to turn a daily drive into a tragic situation. Likely every school bus driver in our area has watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored flashing red ...

Donate: Feed Seniors Now needs your help

Though the need never changes, Comfort Keepers and FaithLink of Wood and Washington counties are changing one of the ways they take care of local seniors. With the Feed Seniors Now program, the organizations are working together to fill FaithLink’s Thrive community empowerment centers and ...

Oversight: Voters should vote yes on Amendment 2

Only one state in the entire nation, West Virginia, allows the judicial branch of government to spend taxpayers’ money with no legislative oversight. Events this year have made it obvious that needs to change. Voters in the Nov. 6 election have an opportunity to make that happen, by casting ...

Judiciary: Armstead, Jenkins deserve your vote

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To numbers showing early voting during its first six days in West Virginia has already surpassed early voting from the last midterm election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, there has been a nearly 38 percent increase over the 2014 elections. Significantly, there has been a ...

Tony Dunn: Superintendent impact deserves praise

Belpre residents will be sorry to see Superintendent of Schools Tony Dunn retire in January after eight years in which he worked hard to improve educational opportunities for local students. As board member Leonard Wiggins pointed out, at the time of his hiring “we really needed a leader ...

Judge Recht: He made a difference to education system

West Virginia, on Sunday, lost a great man who dedicated a significant portion of his life to the improvement of education for its children. Judge Arthur Recht made a difference in the lives of generations of students — and for our state’s future. Recht had an incredible record of public ...

Rep. Mooney: Devoted public servant deserves another term

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., has spent his years thusfar serving the state’s 2nd Congressional District focusing on the people he represents. That includes residents of Jackson, Roane, Wirt and Calhoun counties Though he has been a supporter of policies meant to benefit all Americans, he ...

Tourism: Affordability should be part of campaign

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state markets, ...

Bill Johnson: Representative deserves another term

Voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District already know U.S Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is a true representative for them in Washington, D.C. They know he goes to Capitol Hill to do a job — for them — and returns home as often as he can. It will not be a difficult decision for those ...

Family Courts: Lawmakers must look into problems

When candidates for the Division 2 seat on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals gathered last week in Wheeling for a candidate forum, there was more than a little discussion about the Mountain State’s broken family court system. Candidates took advantage of their time to point out our ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To word from Contour Airlines that it intends to provide reliable, affordable air service out of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, beginning Dec. 5. Local residents should, of course, be cautiously optimistic; but Contour CEO Matt Chaifetz says the company specializes in rehabilitating ...

Healthy Drinks: PHS student Spears deserves praise for idea

Most of us are aware of the dangers of consuming too much sugar. And most of us know there is plenty of sugar hidden in some of our most popular drinks. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended maximum daily intake of added sugar for men is 37.5 grams, and for women, 25 ...

FirstEnergy: Pleasants decision is good news for future

For some time, it appeared the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that seemed logical. It was clear an all-out offensive against coal and ...