Editorials

Nonsense: Gov. Justice makes no sense on park fee

Before the idea could get off the ground, Gov. Jim Justice has put a stop to a pilot program that would have charged a very small entrance fee for seven West Virginia state parks or forests. His reason for doing so is jaw-dropping: “West Virginians are struggling and at this time there is no ...

Try This: Get involved and improve community

As West Virginia —and the Mid-Ohio Valley — seek new economic opportunities, and ways to attract visitors while growing our population, one idea that is just waiting to be brought to fruition is the exploitation of our region’s incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. Thursday, the ...

Pressure: Legislators losing time to craft state budget

Not much has been heard for a while regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact Justice has not held ...

Transparency: Trump should release visitor logs

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. President Donald Trump, however, reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter that ...

Bright Spot: West Virginia has successes on which we can build

Last week, a writer for Bloomberg View took a stance on West Virginia that likely surprised many readers who do not live in the Mountain State. He said West Virginia is an example of a “productivity miracle,” and that we must focus more on our successes than the many obstacles in our ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Earth Day, and to celebrate our planet and learn more about how to take care of it. Today is a fantastic opportunity to look for new ways to be good stewards of our little corner of the solar system; and to think about how to best move forward with our desire to take care of the planet ...

Opportunity: Millennials can help shape West Virginia’s future

When national organizations release reports in which they make conclusions such as West Virginia being the “worst” state in the country for millennials, it prompts the question: Is there anything that can be done about it? Millennials — no one can quite agree on their age range, but ...

Accountable: VA problems require stronger oversight

Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated once again the federal government’s inability to serve the healthcare needs of American citizens — in this case, Americans who deserve the best care our nation can give to them, but instead are still being horribly ...

First Contact: Thankful for emergency telecommunicators

Last week, some unsung heroes got a week of their own, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. But the men and women who serve as the first contact for those seeking help deserve our appreciation and gratitude year-round. In Wood County alone, they deal with 10,000 calls a month ...

Vaccinations: Ohio parents must not put kids at risk

Ohio’s public elementary schools are struggling with the effort to get vaccinations rates for incoming students up to a level that will prevent outbreaks of diseases ranging from the measles to whooping cough. In fact, according to the Dayton Daily News, only about 62 percent of the more than ...

Ethics: Training course is a valuable opportunity

West Virginia has a nine-member Ethics Commission, meant to “investigate, initiate, process and adjudicate complaints of potential violations of the Ethics Act.” The commission issues advisory opinions regarding the Ethics Act and Open Government Meetings Act, oversees registration and ...

Happy Easter: Celebrate life, light and love on this day

Happy Easter! Today marks the centerpiece of the ecclesiastical year, the date on which most Christians celebrate the foundation of their faith — and on which most of the world celebrates the wonderful return of sunshine and spring as we throw off the cold, gray winter. Pope Leo I said the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the use of common sense, intuition and just plain good police work that has led to the relatively uneventful resolution of a couple of intense situations encountered by local law enforcement recently. Well-trained, cooler heads prevailed in incidents that could very well have ended badly ...

Volunteer: Adopt-A-Highway cleanup needs you

Earth Day is a little more than a week away, and those looking for ways to do their part have a fantastic opportunity in the Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Spring Cleanup, April 29. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations from volunteers until April ...

Paws to Help: Donations can help this worthy cause

Pets can make an enormous difference in the lives of older folks, who may live alone. Among other benefits, having a pet can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity, and reduce depression and the sense of loneliness. But sometimes those who benefit ...

Challenges: Ohio must rise to meet new realities

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivered an admonition the Buckeye State needed last week when he asked them to put aside political divisions, fear of change and maybe even a little bit of comfortable laziness if the state is going to move forward. “People say, can’t we take a break? Can’t we ...

Prevention: Resources available to combat suicide

Suicide prevention is the kind of battle for which many people may feel they are unequipped and unsure. But there is no weapon like information, and later this month, the Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County and the Washington County Behavioral Health Board will be holding a training ...

Dog Safety: Remember to keep animals under control

Sgt. Kelly McGilton, dog warden with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, had an important reminder for local residents last week, after an incident in which a dog had to be shot and killed when he bit two men in a short period of time. Make sure your dogs are properly secured at all ...

Painkillers: Rule change is vital to fight opioid crisis

Hysteria from a small group of Ohioans who say they are chronic pain sufferers and will be negatively affected by the state’s new rules to restrict the prescription of painkillers should be dismissed by Gov. John Kasich and others in Columbus who understand why such rules are absolutely ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the West Virginia Division of Culture and History featuring a new exhibit on Mister Bee Potato Chips, at the Culture Center in Charleston. Historical photos and artifacts from Parkersburg’s own Mister Bee — the only potato chip made in West Virginia — will be part of the show, ...