Editorials

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UP: To programs such as the one that allows inmates at the Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio, to use their skills to build bicycles for local children in foster care. One participant in the program was frank about his reasons for doing so: “My past doesn’t reflect on a ...

Tobacco: Reduction in smoking rates is a good sign

Mountain State residents are tired of being told, year after year, they are among the unhealthiest folks in the country. The factors used in creating such reports are often politically motivated, and incomplete indicators of health. One measure often cited, however, is smoking; and West ...

Opportunity: Technical Center expansion is a win

Wood County Director of Career and Technical Education Program Pier Bocchini knows how important it is to be poised for the opportunities that appear to be just around the corner for the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We feel we’re leading the way for other county tech centers by making a better ...

Military: Boosting Naval defense is necessary

Something was missing during solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii, where men who were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor were able to attend ceremonies on the 76th anniversary of the event. To those who understand history and current threats to our freedom, the ...

Identity Theft: Exercise caution during holidays

Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who might be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning for folks to protect their personal information as ...

Incentives: Opioid Challenge rewards solutions

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic that ...

Homelessness: Struggle still growing despite HUD claims

Anyone reading the news in recent weeks might be tempted to wonder whether incidents of sexual assault and harassment are increasing. Certainly the public is much more aware of them. But what is on display is not any increased number of incidents, but rather an increase in reports. Something ...

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UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its continued work to provide funding for the programs and services that help sustain our communities. By helping individuals, businesses and other groups create legacies that establish permanent charitable funding, the PACF works “to build ...

Yemen: United Nations shows lack of effectiveness

When the United Nations replaced the League of Nations, it was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world right now is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several days, violence there has ...

Pearl Harbor: Remember lessons learned on that day

Many of those who were witnesses to Dec. 7, 1941 are gone now. Certainly those who were old enough to fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor are leaving us quickly. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 550,000 of the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II ...

Connections Wood County’s voice is being heard in Charleston

Local folks got quite a bit of good news out of Charleston Monday, and it appears as though part of the reason is the hard work being done to make connections and maintain good relationships by both elected officials and other leaders. Wood County Commissioners knew from the start of the IEI ...

Free Speech: Campus violated students’ rights

Students for Life planned to erect an anti-abortion display on Miami University’s Hamilton, Ohio, campus earlier this year. It would have included a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of time. Such “cemetery of ...

Blankenship: Ex-coal boss should stay out of campaign

Once two very strong contenders have entered a political race, lesser names throwing their hats into the ring tend to muddy the waters. Few have any realistic chance of winning. Their influence is only to pull votes away from leaders in the contest. Two very good candidates have begun running ...

Bosley: Company deserves praise for action

Private companies get a bad rap. The bigger, the badder. But one local business is reminding us that what is good for the community is good for them, and they are willing and able to lend a hand when their resources fit the need. J.C. Bosley Construction Inc. teamed up with the city and Wood ...

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UP: To today’s Parkersburg Christmas Parade and and Downtown PKB’s Winterfest — fantastic reminders of all our community (and downtown) have to offer, as we celebrate the holiday season and prepare for the colder months ahead. Organizers and participants are to be commended for the work ...

Loophole: Fix problem that lets child rapists walk free

In 2010-2011, Ona, W.Va., resident Michael Joe Adkins had sex with an 11-year-old girl, apparently multiple times. He impregnated her. Later, Adkins and his wife, Amanda, forced the girl to have an abortion, in an attempt to cover up the crime. Adkins will not spend a day in prison for what he ...

Great Lakes: Restoration effort is worth the money

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Education: New balance needed in college degrees

We have been hearing it for years — four-year college degrees are not the end-all, be-all of higher education, and in fact can do more harm than good to students who graduate with a mountain of debt and not much to offer a potential employer. West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven ...

Poverty: U.N. investigation should tell whole truth

Next month, a United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will travel to West Virginia (among a few other places) to “investigate government efforts to eradicate poverty in the country, and how this relates to the United States’ obligations under international ...

Marsy’s Law: Justice must be overriding concern

Earlier this month, Ohio voters handed a lopsided victory to proponents of crime victims’ rights. More than 82 percent of those casting ballots in the Nov. 7 election said yes to Issue 1, the so-called Marsy’s Law. Issue 1 reinforces a variety of rights for crime victims and their ...