Editorials

Medicaid: Ohio lawmakers right to curb enrollment

When 32 Ohio state senators voted on a budget bill last week, it is unlikely they had any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. Money does not grow on trees, though, no matter what you hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and liberals in ...

Bad Sign: Lack of enthusiasm raises concerns

When an event has carried on for 33 years, bringing well over half a million dollars to worthy local organizations, one would expect it would draw a great deal of enthusiasm and interest from those same local organizations and from volunteers looking for a way to do something good for their ...

Drug Deaths: Same mistakes are still being made

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the groups that participated in the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Day of Action Wednesday, volunteering to help local organizations and schools with special projections. “It is simply inspiring to see so many people willing to invest in our community by sharing their ...

Obamacare: Congress must take action

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are ready to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill had been kept well under wraps, but efforts have been made for it to be a better version than that approved by ...

Nonsense: Justice has chance to do more than showboat

Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made ...

Drug Bust: Law enforcement dedication appreciated

Ravenswood Police Chief L.B Morrison said he believes his department has “one of the best criminal interdiction teams in the state of West Virginia,” and he may not be far from right, as the department was instrumental in the arrest of a man who was transporting two kilograms of heroin ...

West Virginia Day: Mountaineers must always look forward

She has been “Open for Business,” she has been “Almost Heaven,” and today, she is “Wild and Wonderful,” according to the signs posted at her borders. But one thing that has not changed for 154 years in West Virginia is “Montani Semper Liberi” — Mountaineers are always free. ...

Hear This: Council must not ignore public input

Last week, Parkersburg City Council voted to split its public forum time — discussion of items on the agenda, near the beginning; discussion of other matters, at the end. While Councilman John Reed is correct, the move does expand the number of opportunities for the public to address ...

Responsibility: Angry political rhetoric serves no purpose

Last week, James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car, retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the continued mess in Charleston that has left us (still) with three competing plans for the budget, and three sides that cannot break the habit of being hard-headed — one of them veering toward becoming a sideshow distraction while the other two appear unwilling to compromise. The ...

Excellence: Fire Department rating helps us all

Parkersburg residents are fortunate to live in a city where first responders are constantly working to improve their ability to serve and protect. That commitment to excellence received a little recognition recently, when Insurance Services Office Inc. issued a Public Protection Classification ...

Front Lines: Faith-based groups have role in drug fight

When local and state officials, members of the faith community and first responders gathered this week for a panel discussion on Combating Addiction With Grace, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the county has seen 271 overdoses and 17 deaths so far this year, but: “The good thing is ...

Flag Day: Honoring the symbol of our nation

When the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States, 240 years ago, our founders were making an important statement about the uniting of this rag-tag band of colonies under a single banner — as one nation. By 1861, that unity was in peril, and a Mr. Morris, a New ...

Illogical: Reason flies out the window in drug fight

Among the (many) challenges in fighting the plague of substance abuse that has washed over our region is that, for the most part, the people fighting it are logical, reasonable thinkers. There is no logic or reason on the other side. In fact, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out a ...

Gardens: Community plots putting food on tables

In most families there are one or two relatives who show their love by feeding everyone. Family and friends will not go hungry when they visit. But in communities at large it is a little harder to make sure no one goes hungry, though a few folks are finding a way to try. Community gardens are ...

Upgrades: New records software a good step for VA

No one outside Washington was surprised to learn the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), was developed by the agency and has been in use since ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the new class of K-9 cops working with Parkersburg Police and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department — Maggi, Ogi and Hawk. Their inclusion brings the total number of dogs working in Wood County to 8, meaning there is a dog on duty 24/7. “It’s going to be a benefit to the city to ...

Hard Data: Mileage reports show vehicles underutilized

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them — have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

McDougle: Wishing airport manager the best in retirement

Members of the Wood County Airport Authority have a tough task on their hands, as they begin the process to find a replacement for Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Manager Jeff McDougle. McDougle announced this week he plans to retire in the fall — though, true to his dedication to the ...