Editorials

Rep. Mooney: Devoted public servant deserves another term

U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., has spent his years thusfar serving the state’s 2nd Congressional District focusing on the people he represents. That includes residents of Jackson, Roane, Wirt and Calhoun counties Though he has been a supporter of policies meant to benefit all Americans, he ...

Tourism: Affordability should be part of campaign

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state markets, ...

Bill Johnson: Representative deserves another term

Voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District already know U.S Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is a true representative for them in Washington, D.C. They know he goes to Capitol Hill to do a job — for them — and returns home as often as he can. It will not be a difficult decision for those ...

Family Courts: Lawmakers must look into problems

When candidates for the Division 2 seat on West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals gathered last week in Wheeling for a candidate forum, there was more than a little discussion about the Mountain State’s broken family court system. Candidates took advantage of their time to point out our ...

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UP: To word from Contour Airlines that it intends to provide reliable, affordable air service out of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, beginning Dec. 5. Local residents should, of course, be cautiously optimistic; but Contour CEO Matt Chaifetz says the company specializes in rehabilitating ...

Healthy Drinks: PHS student Spears deserves praise for idea

Most of us are aware of the dangers of consuming too much sugar. And most of us know there is plenty of sugar hidden in some of our most popular drinks. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended maximum daily intake of added sugar for men is 37.5 grams, and for women, 25 ...

FirstEnergy: Pleasants decision is good news for future

For some time, it appeared the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that seemed logical. It was clear an all-out offensive against coal and ...

DeWine: Ohio AG right for governor’s seat

Two years ago, Ohio voters made clear they were finished with politics as it had always been. Voters in 2016 were ready to send in some outsiders. But one man, a long-time insider, has earned Ohio residents’ trust. Now, state Attorney General Mike DeWine is running for governor in the Nov. ...

McKinley: Congressman a worthy advocate for W.Va.

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., rarely misses an opportunity to help his fellow West Virginians on the national stage. We need to retain him in Congress so he can keep up the excellent work. Just during the current session of Congress, McKinley has sponsored bills to: ∫ help ...

Health Care: Technology addresses gaps in coverage

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that is a fair assumption. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Manchin: West Virginia Senator deserves another term

It seems sometimes as if partisanship reigns over principle in Washington, D.C. Questions about what is right or wrong for Americans are pushed aside in favor of what is best for Republicans and Democrats. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., doesn’t see that as his mission. For nearly eight ...

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UP: To RightCycle’s partnership with the Jackson County Developmental Center to both provide employment for those who have survived traumatic brain injuries or been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other conditions, and help the environment. At a facility in ...

Education: Belpre BOE takes right approach to report card

Belpre Board of Education members had a lot to digest when they received the district’s grade on the state’s report card, released last month. Based solely on the letter grades presented, the news was not good. However, it is important for the district to recognize where there is value — ...

CASA: Child advocates program needs help

Court Appointed Special Advocates in West Virginia are facing an enormous challenge. Right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, CASA is representing more than 300 children. The program needs help. Because of the substance abuse epidemic gripping our state, “We’ve got more kids than volunteers able ...

Reality Check: Mine closures should spur W.Va. to action

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...

Education: Funding needed for vocational training

There are all sorts of state and federal grant programs intended to encourage innovation in public schools. They tend to focus purely on academics. Anything involving STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — seems to be appealing to those handing out the money these ...

Development: Ready sites needed to attract businesses

Officials hoping to attract new or expanding businesses to Wood County got a wake-up call last week when Lindsey Piersol, director of Wood County Economic Development, explained the difficulties in attracting prospects. “We lost or passed on to other counties several leads because we did ...

Crisis: U.S. Supreme Court must resolve dispute

There has been plenty of talk lately about constitutional crises; and West Virginia is in the midst of a doozy. Last week, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman — informing the state Senate it cannot hold a trial on accusations against ...

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UP: To the Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s ReDesign contest, which gives talented local upcyclers the opportunity to display their skills in turning donated items into even more fabulous decorator items or pieces of furniture. “Part of the mission of the ReStore is to keep useful items out ...

Questions: Lawmakers can’t let lottery matter slide

Most people who resign from their jobs feel no need to get their attorneys involved. The fact that an official with the West Virginia Lottery did ought to prompt state legislators to ask for more details about what is going on at the agency. Some lawmakers already have expressed concern about ...