Editorials

Tax Breaks

It seemed to come as something of a shock to state officials that what did not seem like an expensive tax break, enacted with the best intentions, may end up costing West Virginians $100 million in lost revenue. But the episode brings to mind an old piece of advice - look before you leap.It ...

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UP: To the Parkersburg Homecoming, the Homecoming Parade, the News and Sentinel Half Marathon, the fireworks, the free entertainment and all the fans, volunteers and participants today and Sunday.UP: To a ceremony to honor the memory of former West Virginia University at Parkersburg President ...

Homecoming

There are many reasons to take advantage of the Parkersburg Homecoming, but at the top of the list would be the price of the majority of this weekend's attractions - free.And for what attendees will receive during the three-day festival that is a price hard to beat.The music, as always the ...

Overcrowding in Prisons

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving prison overcrowding in California should worry people in West Virginia, where too many convicts and too few cells also have been major problems during the past several years.In 2011, the high court ordered California to reduce overcrowding in prisons, which ...

Right Approach

It would be understandable if officials in many West Virginia state agencies had developed something of a siege mentality during the past year or so. After all, they were required to cut spending substantially last year to keep the state budget in balance. Last week they were warned the same ...

A Good Start

With the new school year already underway in some West Virginia communities, and getting ready to begin in the coming days in others, many West Virginia residents may have a new sense of hope and confidence in the way public education is handled in the state. After many years of debate, a ...

Cooperation

What some are referring to as an experiment in public education - a single elementary school serving students from two West Virginia counties - is in progress for some youngsters in Gilmer and Lewis counties.All sorts of interesting questions about education, including how well the two ...

Rehabilitation

Several changes in where West Virginia incarcerates juvenile offenders, along with $2 million in facility upgrades, are the result of a judge's order that two centers for underage criminals be closed. The question now is whether new surroundings will translate to more appropriate treatment and ...

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UP: To the area bicyclists traveling to Columbus today to participate in Pelotonia 13, an annual bike ride aimed at raising funds for cancer research. All of the local riders have had their lives affected by cancer in some way and chose to participate in Pelotonia 13 as a way to raise funds and ...

Well Safety

West Virginians have long been aware of the dangers of coal mining. Much of what miners and their companies are required to do is focused on safety.State and federal governments take the issue seriously.Still, four men have been killed in coal mine accidents this year in West Virginia, ...

Fanatical Soldier

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated ...

Hands On Wheel

Despite a new, stiffer law against using cellular telephones or other electronic devices while driving in West Virginia, the practice still remains common. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to see motorists chatting away or texting on their phones every day despite the practice now being ...

New Front

On Aug. 15, many state residents will get to hear about a wonderful success story for West Virginia. But even as it is being told, radical environmentalists will be working to make it no more than history.From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, a panel of experts will gather in a forum at West ...

Super-Sized Ego

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but ...

Free Market

Privatization of workers' compensation has paid off for West Virginia employers - to the tune of nine consecutive years of reduction in loss costs. Since the system was taken out of government hands, the amount of money needed to pay all medical and indemnity costs associated with workers' ...

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UP: To the 81st Belpre Homecoming, which concludes today with several events. Belpre's annual homecoming not only is a wonderful event in itself, it also kicks off the festival season in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Parkersburg's Homecoming will be celebrated in two weeks, and concludes with Marietta's ...

Reasonable Safeguards

Women who make the difficult decision to have their babies aborted in West Virginia deserve reasonable safeguards for their own health. Yet state government has adopted something of a hands-off attitude concerning abortion clinics.That became clear earlier this year after a lawsuit was filed ...

More Than a Police Action

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many West Virginians and Ohioans, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Elswick

Given the cloud hanging over Wendy Elswick's career, it is unlikely Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will appoint her to fill a vacancy in the West Virginia House of Delegates, even though her name is one of three suggested to the governor.Not getting the appointment may be the least of Elswick's ...

A Learning Opportunity

Although federal officials recently gave hydraulic fracturing at gas and oil wells a clean bill of health, much more remains to be learned about the practice. Researchers at Ohio State University want to study a working well, but money seems to be a problem.It is not, for a change, too little ...