Editorials

Visionaries: More needed to take a chance on Parkersburg

“There’s no reason why Parkersburg cannot be a technology center,” said Mike Williams, owner and president of iTech, in announcing a planned technology center in the former Parkersburg Office Supply building at Fifth and Avery streets. He is right, of course. We have the space, we have ...

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UP: To the laying of a cornerstone at the future Williamstown Elementary School, which included a capsule filled with items ranging from newspaper articles from the Sept. 15, 2018 edition of the News and Sentinel, to letters from and photos of current Williamstown Elementary students. With ...

Conservation: Community forest is a treasure to preserve

Parkersburg residents know our community holds many treasures. Among them is the Johnson T. Janes Nature Preserve, which is now receiving recognition as a Community Forest of the Old Growth Forest Network. While the honor is meant to “bring public awareness to such local resources and to ...

Opioids: Doctors who abuse trust should be prosecuted

An Ohio man, Dr. Tod Hagins of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at ...

Economy: ‘Recovery’ leaving many behind

Still wondering when that alleged economic recovery is going to come along for you? You are not alone. In West Virginia, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, nearly one-fifth of the population is below the poverty line. Notice the word “still” was not used in ...

Fear: Library trustees made right call on book

Donna Crocker is learning a lesson this week, and it is one that SHOULD sink in with folks everywhere who hope to ban or exclude books as a means of stopping the spread of certain information and ideas. But let’s not hold our breath. Crocker is director of the Morgan County (W.Va.) Public ...

Residency: Court should answer Justice question

West Virginia’s state Constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Launchpad: Local small businesses deserve our support

Mid-Ohio Valley residents who love to shop small, eat local and support the entrepreneurs among us, should be thrilled with the options that got a little time in the spotlight during the third annual Launchpad event in Parkersburg last week. Think of it, within an easy drive, most of us can ...

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UP: To the announcement of nearly $675,000 in State Election Commission grant funding coming to Wood County to go toward the replacement of older voting machines. County Clerk Mark Rhodes says the county hopes to purchase 300 Express Vote machines, as part of the effort to have the most secure ...

Recovery: Justice, others must learn from past mistakes

As many Mid-Ohio Valley residents remain glued to storm trackers showing Hurricane Florence may hook its way north —heading straight for us — by the wee small hours of Tuesday morning — the entire Mountain State is bracing for days of rain that could result in another round of flooding. ...

Be Prepared: Florence may cause problems for the Mid-Ohio Valley

“The phrase of the day is ‘Be Prepared.’” Wood County 911 Director Rick Woodyard wants everyone in our region to understand the rain that led to our current river flooding is not the end of the weather headed for the Mid-Ohio Valley. Hurricane Florence is coming. High winds — ...

Foster care: West Virginia kids need support

In a report released at the end of August, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said there are 6,623 children in foster care from the state, but nearly 400 of them are being housed out-of-state, mostly in group homes or long-term psychiatric facilities. And, according to ...

Patriot Day: Never forget the lessons learned on 9-11

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Former President George W. Bush told a frightened nation on the evening of Sept. 11, ...

Farm Tariffs: Congress skating past ethics rules

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been officially criticized for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Education: Money does not solve all problems

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news out of Gov. Jim Justice’s office that for the second month in a row West Virginia’s tax revenue collections came in above budget estimates. August general revenue fund collections came in at more than $33.4 million above estimates, or $353.2 million — 14.9 percent more than ...

United Way: Step up and make a difference

Each year, the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley kicks off a campaign to remind us, “We can’t fight alone.” But this year, Executive Director Stacy DeCicco shook things up a bit. Local residents are used to seeing a monetary goal accompany the start of that campaign. This year, ...

Distressed: West Virginia must diversify its economy

West Virginians are hearing a lot of good news about an allegedly booming economy; the return of jobs — the purported “comeback” of an entire industry, in fact; millions more flowing into state coffers ... We’re in the money, it seems. A significant number of those Mountain State ...

Despotism: U.S. should strive to help embattled citizens

Promoters of socialism often promise paradises that turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Labor Day: Celebrate workers and be safe

Each year, the Labor Day holiday weekend signifies the end of summer, the first break in a young school year, the return of college football ... it is another holiday that often includes a lot of good food and a chance to spend a day off work with family and friends. It is a celebration of all ...