Editorials

Prevention: Take advantage of free child safety seat checks

Folks of a certain generation are occasionally guilty of romanticizing an era in which they road bicycles without helmets, stood looking out the back window in the backs of their parents’ station wagons, etc. and “we survived.” The sentiment is a shot at what some believe are an ...

Education: Panel should include voices from MOV

Major changes in West Virginia’s network of four-year public colleges and universities may be on the horizon. Those changes will depend largely on recommendations by a group established by Gov. Jim Justice. It is a matter affecting all Mountain State residents. Yet, when Justice appointed ...

Technology: Isolation makes addiction hard to fight

During Sunday’s Your Voice MOV conversation in Parkersburg, some familiar points were raised: our stagnant economy has created a sense of hopelessness, pharmaceutical companies put profit before conscience and flooded our region with “legal” opiates, our healthcare system is unprepared to ...

Harassment: Ohio State University officials have questions to answer

Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including former ...

Shop Small: Local small businesses need your patronage

Most of us are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the nationwide effort to encourage those beginning their Christmas shopping to consider local small businesses, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But West Virginia’s Small Business Administration has asked residents to “Shop Small in ...

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DOWN: To the uncertainty surrounding organization and financing for this year’s Parkersburg Homecoming events. Surely the homecoming committee and president will begin to finalize details and provide more assurance to local residents — and potential visitors — that the event they know and ...

Kavanaugh: Manchin should not use litmus test in vote

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. Monday, Trump introduced his ...

Curb Appeal: Attracting tourism can’t be our only goal

For 10 years, from 2007-2017, this country’s population has grown. Every state has seen slow population growth ... well, every state but two — Michigan and, you guessed it, West Virginia, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study. In fact, West Virginia lost residents faster than ...

Challenges: Local nonprofits could use your help

While many of us are enjoying the slower pace of summer — no school, vacations, trips to the pool or park — the folks running our local nonprofit organizations are working as hard as ever, and are facing challenges that seem to have increased during this time of year. Most recently, House ...

Drug Risk: CDC statistics should be a wakeup call

West Virginia’s young people are still not convinced misusing drugs is a bad idea, it seems. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It measures how frequently high school students engage in ...

Good Works: State officials could learn from charities

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Carbon Tax: U.S. can’t afford Canada’s mistake

Among the punitive solutions bandied about by those seeking to “address climate change” as quickly as possible is the placement of a tax on carbon emissions. Our friends north of the border are giving us a chance to preview how that might work out for the United States. Canada plans to ...

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UP: To the grand opening of the West Virginia Division of Forestry Region 6 office at noon today in Elizabeth. The celebration coincides with the 40th annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade and introduces new Region 6 forester Vernon ...

Swimming: Remember water safety when beating the heat

With the onset of really hot weather, many local residents will decide the best way to cool off is to head for the water, whether it be a swimming pool, a lake or the river. That may mean trouble. Deaths by drowning remain a regular occurrence in our region. Just a few weeks ago, a man ...

Tourism Gimmick: Celebrate our lack of psychopaths

Here’s a new one for the folks in the Division of Tourism to pull out when they need a marketing gimmick: West Virginia — The Least Psychopathic State! It is true, according to Ryan Murphy, a professor and economist at Southern Methodist University, who actually wrote a research paper ...

Independence Day: Do not forget what we celebrate

Today our nation celebrates 242 years since our founders signed a document that declared our independence from Great Britain. That same document declares a few other things: That “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among ...

Be Safe: Independence Day offers its own hazards

Tomorrow brings one of those holidays that tends to result in more trips to the emergency room than others. There is no quicker way to ruin a pleasant summer afternoon than a sparkler to the eye or too much lighter fluid on the grill. But in all seriousness, it does bear repeating that the ...

True Colors: Release report and stop protecting drug makers

Some of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration have shown their true colors in their fight to stop the release of data showing how many prescription opioids shipped out to flood which pharmacies. Rather than focus ...

Procedure: Impeachment process should not be rushed

West Virginia lawmakers have begun a process that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by a federal grand jury ...

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UP: To a new beginning for Wood County Schools, as the contract for new superintendent Will Hosaflook, and the terms for new board members Debbie Hendershot, Rick Olcott and Justin Raber begin tomorrow. While there is plenty of work ahead for them, we are sure they will always remember their ...