Editorials

Poor Judgment

President Barack Obama has been at best disrespectful, and at worst dishonest in dealing with important members of the U.S. military while he and Congress lock horns. Either he does not understand how important the National Guard is to our security and well being, or he hoped they were not ...

Up and Up

One wonders, sometimes, whether President Barack Obama and others involved in his vendetta against the coal industry pay any attention to their own administration's energy forecasts.Consider one issued this week by the Energy Department. Analysts there expect the vast majority of American ...

Bad Management

In late Septemter, the West Virginia Legislative Auditor reported a multi-year, $38 million communications tower project was mismanaged badly. State purchasing laws were broken, the auditor said.At the heart of the problem were two state officials, homeland security Director Jimmy Gianato and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the third annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff scheduled today from noon-3 p.m. at Point Park. The event, held by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, will feature at least 39 chili cooks, many representing businesses and organizations in ...

Robert Crooks

It is with much saddness we learned of the death of longtime Parkersburg pediatrician Dr. Robert Crooks. Crooks, 91, died Tuesday at his home.With his passing, the area lost a man who had contributed so much to our area during his lifetime. For more than 40 years, Dr. Crooks was a beloved ...

Drugs

If asked, most West Virginians probably would say that drugs are a big problem in the state. However, most may be surprised to learn that West Virginia leads all states in the number of prescription overdose deaths.The study, released last week by the Trust for America's Health, says that in ...

Political Points

Last week, a group of World War II and Korean War veterans from Mississippi, having traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Monument, were told they could not enter the outdoor facility, because of the "government shutdown." The monument was closed, the National Park Service ...

The Right Focus

Government can do little about some of what impedes economic development in West Virginia. That being the case, it makes sense for public officials to focus on changes they can make to spur job creation.During a conference last week in Charleston, West Virginia University College of Business ...

No Compromise

Politics may be the art of compromise, but there has been precious little of it from President Barack Obama. That is why West Virginians, Ohioans and others who understand the importance of coal-fired power plants should temper any celebrations of a political defeat the president suffered this ...

Newspaper Week

Newspaper people don't talk much about what we do, but as we enter the 73rd National Newspaper Week, it's appropriate to remind you, our readers, about the daily contributions newspapers make in your lives.The Parkersburg News and Sentinel is published seven days a week. When you walk by a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To members of the U.S. Congress who allowed the federal government to shut down, causing numerous problems that threaten to become more than just a nuisance as the debt limit deadline is nearing. This is a total embarrassment and the American people deserve better than what has happened ...

Political Points

President Barack Obama is making certain the government "shutdown" does not affect some pet programs.Obamacare, for example, is plowing right along as if nothing had happened.But elsewhere in government, mine safety inspections have been reduced drastically, veterans are being told they will ...

Rolling

After decades of steaming up and down America's waterways, the historic Delta Queen was tied up at Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2009. There, she serves as a floating hotel. Local and state safety officials seem to have no concerns about that.Many area residents will remember that for many years, the ...

Overpayments

Efforts to eliminate fraud in West Virginia's Medicaid program are inexcusably backlogged - with 23 complaints at least four years old - legislators were told last week.If you're a veteran watcher of the state bureaucracy, you may be guessing right now how Medicaid officials responded to the ...

Crumbling Parks

West Virginia state parks are havens of recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation for many West Virginia residents. They also are one of the larger pillars of the state's tourism industries in some regions.West Virginia's state parks have long been recognized for their stunning beauty. They are ...

Deadline

Admissions from President Barack Obama's administration that it isn't really ready to roll out the new national health insurance program have become regular occurrences.By Jan. 1, every American will be required to have health insurance or pay a hefty tax for failure to comply. Those without ...

Changes Needed

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling had an interesting reaction this week to a consultant's recommendation her agency be overhauled. Bowling, discussing the consultant's study, said more study is needed.On orders of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Public Works, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Volcano Days, Mountwood Park's annual celebration of the area's oil and gas history. The celebration, which runs through Sunday, will include antique engines, wagon rides to the historic Stiles Mansion, music, food, and many other forms of entertainment.UP: To Warren High School junior ...

No Smoking

We applaud the Parkersburg City Council Public Works Committee's passage of a resolution this week to ban tobacco products within 15 feet of municipal playgrounds.We were surprised by the questioning by some members of city council of whether the measure was needed.Of course it is needed.First, ...

Drinking and Driving

Matthew Cordle, 22, of Powell, Ohio, made headlines earlier this month when he posted a video of himself online, admitting his drunken driving killed a man and vowing to take responsibility for the crime.That would not have mattered in the criminal case against Cordle, prosecutors have said. ...