Editorials

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When U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller revealed he will not run for re-election next year, West Virginia Democrat leaders began looking for someone to run in his place.That won't be former Gov. Gaston Caperton. He has no intention of seeking public office again, Caperton has said.Obviously, Caperton ...

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UP: To Ritchie County residents Brian Morton and Anthony Farr for raising $2,500 for the Parkersburg chapter of the American Red Cross. The pair, known to friends as "Morty" and "Ant", raised nearly $1,864 of the money during a three-hour fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims at the ...

Gaffe-Prone

E. Gordon Gee, the personable, owlish-looking, bowtie-wearing president of The Ohio State University, said his recent retirement announcement was not because of his latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease.While that may be true, it also is obvious Gee's outrageous remarks have worn thin with many ...

Unified

Getting Republicans and Democrats to work together in West Virginia can seem like begging dogs and cats to play nice. Too often in the past, even when issues critical to our state were involved, it proved impossible.But now leading figures in both parties - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, ...

Eldon Miller

The evolution of West Virginia University at Parkersburg from a two-year community college to an institution offering several four-year baccalaureate degree programs has made it an invaluable cornerstone of the Mid-Ohio Valley.For years, first as Parkersburg Community College, it provided a ...

Out of Order

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail. They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.But we didn't ask to be included in the lawsuit. We don't recall ...

Just Politics

Some champions of the free market insist Congress - usually its liberal wing - simply can't abide success.That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say defenders of initiative that results in profits.Well, it is not quite that simple. For ...

Animal Control

On Thursday, the Wood County Commission made the latest move in its dance marathon with the Humane Society of Parkersburg regarding animal control duties for the county.Commissioners unanimously agreed to offer the humane society a mulit-year contract for animal control that would pay the ...

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UP: To longtime Wood County educator and administrator Sue Woodward who is retiring later in June after a 40-year career in education. Woodward, an assistant superintendent and Wood County native, is a true professional and will be missed. We wish her well in her retirement.UP: To the U.S. ...

Stealth

Consider for a moment what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Young Mothers

During the past five years, the rate of teenage girls becoming pregnant has declined substantially in all but two states. You guessed it: West Virginia is one of them (the other is North Dakota).Our state's rate of births to females 15-19 years of age is 44.8 per 1,000, according to the Centers ...

Stealth

Consider for a moment what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Unethical

Does President Barack Obama's administration know no bounds regarding unethical behavior? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is evidence it does not.During the past few weeks that included revelations the Justice Department seized Associated Press telephone records, the ...

Choice

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Memorial Day

Most of us are by now well into the first long weekend of the year. But Memorial Day is much more than just a day set aside to give people a three-day weekend. It is a day America honors those men and women who wore the uniform of the armed forces and gave their all to this country.According to ...

Education Readiness

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed a task force to look into the physical and intellectual well-being of West Virginia children from birth to 5 years of age. One concern into which it ought to look might be termed "dueling preschools."Tomblin has asked members of the Early Childhood Planning ...

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UP: To the Red Cross, its volunteers and everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley who have donated money, time or items for the victims of this past Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. Once again the caring people in this area do not hesitate to come to the aid of others in need, even when those in need ...

Tarnished Legacy

A politician can pull off only so many well-timed maneuvers before even his staunchest supporters must admit the efforts do not pass the smell test.Last week, President Barack Obama hastily asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce an old media shield bill. The Free Flow of Information ...

Helping Hand

West Virginians have every right to be proud of what first-year West Virginia University Mountaineer baseball coach Randy Mazey and his team have accomplished this year.The Mountaineers, who just completed the team's first regular season in the perennially tough Big 12 Conference, are in ...

Reaching Out

The scenes of Moore, Okla., residents combing through the debris left of what had been their lives before Monday's catastrophic tornado hit was heartbreaking to watch. As is normal in disasters, the brave first-responders - police, firefighters and emergency medical workers - could be seen ...