Editorials

Wasteful: $150M payroll debacle should be addressed

Back in 2014, the state of West Virginia paid a LOT of money for a computer suite and software that was going to handle payroll, accounting and asset management. Three years later, you guessed it: “We bought a $150 million computer platform that has the ability to actually have a ...

Good Pick: Johnson should get resources in drug war

Let us hope Jim Johnson hits the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced last week. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role will be to ...

Stay on Track: College students, take 15 credits per semester

Young people across West Virginia have begun yet another year on college campuses as they work toward their degrees and pursuing their career goals. In fact, West Virginia University reported a record number of new freshmen enrollments this year — 6,224 of them, to be exact. As part of the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the thousands of folks who turned out this morning for The News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two Mile races, to be part of a Parkersburg tradition that draws competitors from around the world. Thank you, to the participants, the volunteers, the organizers and everyone in the community ...

Sen. Mike Hall: Justice chose well for chief of staff

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday he has named state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, as his new chief of staff. From the standpoint of dealing with the state budget, it would have been difficult for the governor to make a better selection. Hall is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and has ...

Red Cross: Donations, volunteers needed for organization

“Our volunteers are the best people in the world,” said Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia. For those looking for an opportunity to do something good, to help others, and maybe pitch in on a specific need like flood relief, the Red ...

As a new school year begins, be safe and do your part for community

Today marks the start of another school year for most of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Students will join the teachers who have spent the last few days preparing their classrooms in a brand new journey to learn and grow. Teachers, of course, have had busy summers making sure they have all the tools ...

Charlottesville: Stand united against neo-Nazis, racist thugs

It seems positively insane that a group of people large enough to bring a city the size of Charlottesville, Va., to the boiling point — and garner international attention — could believe and behave in the way the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched there over the weekend do. But ...

Research: Ohio finds way to spur opioid solutions

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to be nice. It there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s idea to spur research ...

Voter Rolls: Do your part to keep information updated

With voter fraud on the minds of so many lately, it should be encouraging to know West Virginia is once again seeking out voters — 130,000 of them this time — who may need to update their addresses and other contact information to ensure our voter rolls are updated and as accurate as ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To officials in both West Virginia and Ohio, who are submitting only the publicly available voter registration information that complies with state laws, to President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was correct to say that while ...

WVU-P: Charleston should follow their lead

It seems as though the folks in Charleston could learn a thing or two from officials at West Virginia University—Parkersburg, particularly chief financial officer Alice Harris. Despite a 4.6 percent budget cut from the state, WVU-P is rolling, with solid enrollment, a 2 percent pay increase ...

Development: Hino’s success a model for West Virginia

Economic development officials across the state should have a talk with Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford and the executives at Hino Motors Manufacturing. The message they have for companies looking to expand should drown out all the nonsense and fear circulated — often by West Virginians — ...

Health Affairs: West Virginia faces several grim challenges

Residents of Appalachia tend to be “more accepting of tobacco use as a social norm,” according to Gopal K. Singh, senior health equity adviser with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the same time, a substance abuse counselor working in West Virginia told a room full of ...

Vote: Register, weigh in on road projects bonds

In approximately two months, West Virginians will be asked to vote in a special election — scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 — in which they will decide whether the West Virginia Legislature should have the authority to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to fund road projects over the next four ...

Repair It: Congress must improve Affordable Care Act

Though attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare have stalled, for now, there is little doubt the Affordable Care Act MUST be fixed. There is too much wrong with it for it to bump along endlessly in its current form. For example, filings in Ohio show insurers there are requesting premium ...

Accountable: State agencies need to start doing their jobs

In private enterprise, if employees had gotten so lazy and complacent, had become so unconcerned with job performance, and were able to hide amongst such great numbers of other workers that their systemically poor job performance called down financial pain from the federal government, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the formation of a drug interdiction team in Wood County that brings the sheriff’s department, and the Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown police departments together in a cooperative effort meant to cut off the flow of illegal drugs into or through Wood County. With specialized ...

Unclaimed: Treasurer may have money for you

Interested in picking up a substantial amount of “found money” without buying a lottery ticket, making a bet with a friend or doing anything illegal? Then watch the newspaper for the next Unclaimed Property supplement from West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue’s office. Your chances of ...

Fair Rides: Review of inspection rules is in order

County fairs are coming up in Washington, Athens, Monroe, Noble and Morgan counties in August and September. It is that time of the year throughout our area — time to admire the special exhibits, root for your favorites in various competitions, partake of that incomparable midway food and ...