Editorials

Holocaust Survivor

Several times a month, Marion Blumenthal Lazan stands before groups of people and relives the most terrifying years of her life. Lazan is a Holocaust survivor and author. She has dedicated her life to letting people know no matter how terrible this event sounds in history books it was worse to ...

Bold Step

CVS Caremark took a bold step last week when it announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at all its pharmacies by October. CVS is the first chain of its kind to make such a move, though they have already paid a price for their vision. Share prices fell nearly 2 ...

Country Roads

The West Virginia Legislature hits the session's mid-point, and much important business remains. However, we are pleased that things have not been so busy that a resolution introduced by Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, seems to be moving forward. Mercer would like to see John Denver's ...

Wrong Solution

Too many activists and elected officials believe the solution to any problem is to create more layers of regulation and legislation. The attitude seems almost to be "Let's just make it illegal for bad things to happen." The truth, of course, is that there are already a multitude of laws in ...

Getting Help

Every year, thousands of American servicemen and women are sent to serve in dangerous corners of the world. Some of these servicemembers have served multiple tours. This is a time of extreme anxiety for both the service members and for their families back home, who await the day their loved ...

Job Killer

Congressional Budget Office projections show Obamacare is about to negatively affect the workforce in a way that may not show up in the more obvious labor-force indicators. Within the next decade, the labor force could be reduced by 2.5 million people, solely as a result of the Affordable Care ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the Wood County Commission for backtracking on its position on the need for an overnight shelter to house people arrested for public intoxication. When Westbrook Health Services announced recently it was not renewing its lease with the county to operate the agency's Amity Center, the ...

Olympics

While some events began Thursday, this evening's opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, will be watched on television by millions of people around the world.Because it happens once every four years, there is something beautifully inspirational about seeing the joy on ...

Heroin Scourge

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a rumpled version of every man. An Oscar winner, who was called among the greatest actors of his time, this generation's Marlon Brando.Now he is dead.Hoffman, 46, was found by a worried friend on Sunday in a Greenwich Village apartment, a needle dangling from his arm, ...

Hidden Dangers

This week's weather reminded residents there are greater dangers hidden in the cold, snow and ice than a dinged bumper or frozen fingertips. Measures taken to protect from the bitter cold require preparation and vigilance in order to avoid a greater disaster.As Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. ...

Class Schedule

The weather may be a godsend for winter sports enthusiasts, but it has been a calamity for the school calendar in every county in the Mid-Ohio Valley.Since mid-January, frigid temperatures and snow have kept students out of class more days than they have attended. Those rare days when school ...

Senseless

Sometimes, a tragedy is so senseless as to be unexplainable. Such was a shooting Jan. 25, in Barboursville, W.Va., where a man killed two men he said were trespassing on his property.Only it wasn't his property. The property was owned by the victims.Rodney Bruce Black, 63, called 911 after ...

Water Crisis

It has been nearly 10 days since the last of the 300,000 customers of West Virginia American Water Co. were told they could once again use the water pumped from the company's Elk River facility.However, many customers still have valid questions about the long-term health effects of using that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Criss Elementary fifth-graders Rylee Harner and Madison Spears, who were recently recognized by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for their "Bracelets for a Cure" campaign which raised money for a local breast cancer program. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the two 11-year-olds made ...

Ironclad

On March, 9, 1862, off the coast of Hampton Roads, Va., the USS Monitor, a strange-looking, low-riding ship with a round, iron turret steamed into the harbor. Its purpose was to do battle with a Confederate ironclad warship that on the previous day had done severe damage to several of the ...

Hindsight is Easy

In hindsight, it is easy to see that members of the Parkersburg High School Stadium Renovation Committee were in over their heads during the recent Stadium Field construction project. Their well-intentioned blundering led to serious cost overruns on the project and a question about who will pay ...

A Bad Gamble

When West Virginia legislators and the state Lottery Commission began allowing video machine gambling outside racetracks several years ago, it was decided fraternal organizations deserved a break. Many of them had helped defray their expenses for years with illegal gambling machines.So ...

State of Denial

When President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address tonight, one of his themes will be the one he has hammered away at during the past few months: income inequality.For the president and his followers, the way to overcome this inequality is a redistribution of wealth ...

Liberal Intolerance

Liberal Democrats are fond of condemning so-called extremist conservatives. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did it the last week, slamming "these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay ... They have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New ...

Obamacare Magic

For most of January, President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies have been touting the increased number of people registering for the Affordable Care Act since the government's website has - finally - become more operable. They say it is now almost meeting earlier projections.They haven't, ...