Editorials

Fletcher Lamkin: Outgoing WVU-P president deserves praise

Wood County residents should join the board and staff of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in extending their gratitude to WVU-P President Fletcher Lamkin, who announced this week he plans to step down to return to his previous post at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Lamkin and the ...

Addiction Treatment: Medicaid waiver should have more urgency

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are not just academic. ...

Health: Fighting obesity is up to us

Fall is in full swing, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity are ...

‘Cleanup’: EPA doing little to help Minden residents

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the successes and hard work of Lindsey Piersol and Wood County Economic Development over the past year. So far, Wood County residents should be grateful Piersol “saw more here. I saw the ability to live near my family, to have my money go further due to a low cost of living and have a ...

Outrageous: VA culprit deserves more than a lecture

How should a Department of Veterans Affairs manager who defrauded the government, took chances with veterans’ health care, then devised a coverup be punished? Readers probably have their own ideas about that. But according to the federal government, the answer is ... counseling. One of U.S. ...

Playing Fair: Congress should approve Johnson bill

One reason many Americans are upset with how federal lands are administered in Washington is that when there is money to be made from them, little or none of it goes to local communities. A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is aimed at changing that. Johnson has introduced the ...

Energy: Dropping Clean Power Plan not a disaster

Sierra Club officials, who likely speak for most environmental extremists, believe withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be “a double whammy for our communities: It will result in increased rates of respiratory illness and premature death while worsening climate ...

Student Loans: High number of defaults deserve scrutiny

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

CHIP: Extend funding through a clean bill

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Natural Gas: Delay of pipelines is costing region money

There is more natural gas being produced from the Marcellus and Utica shales than is necessary to meet the demand in the regions to which that gas is easily transported. It is a problem that has been apparent for quite some time to those living in the regions — including the Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news that Solvay plans to double production capacity at its Willow Island site with multiple expansions that should total approximately $70 million in investments and 30 to 40 new jobs at the facility. A second, independent high molecular weight HALS manufacturing unit is expected to be ...

Responsibility: Treasurer should seek repayment from scam

More than eight years ago, West Virginia taxpayers lost $1.5 million to a very sophisticated scam. About a year later, state officials went to court in an attempt to recover the money. At the rate the matter is proceeding through the courts, some of those involved may never see the case ...

Habitat: Caring Campaign worth your donations

Those moved to give are usually looking for organizations that offer a hand up, not a handout. It is better to support organizations that do more than simply dispense money without expecting those in need to participate in their own relief effort. There is no better example of one that helps ...

Road Bond: Vote yes on referendum to save our infrastructure

West Virginia’s deteriorating and insufficient roads and bridges are a can that has been kicked down the road for decades. Now, everyone who has gotten backed up in bottleneck traffic on a busy highway or held his or her breath crossing an ancient-looking bridge can stop asking “Why ...

Tax Reform: Inventory tax should be phased out

West Virginia legislators must keep their noses to the grindstone on tax reform. This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely need something to help struggling families and give businesses an incentive to create jobs. Republicans in the Legislature had an idea ...

Accountable: ECOT may deserve closer scrutiny

Ohio’s relationship with ECOT — the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — warrants further scrutiny by lawmakers. The online charter school made it past the first step last week toward becoming one of the state’s dropout recovery schools, which would instantly raise the program’s grade ...

Obamacare: Forget full repeal and fix it as needed

There may be no sense in crying over spilled milk, but an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean up at least some of it. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally last week, when a vote on ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the easing of restrictions on fireworks in the city of Parkersburg, which should not only give residents an opportunity to celebrate — hopefully with safety in mind — but also lift some of the burden on law enforcement to respond to calls. The new ordinance lifts the restriction on ...

Betrayal: Republicans need to get their act together

Former President Barack Obama and his followers might be forgiven if they are tempted lately to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “ ... even despite our ...