Editorials

Audits: State agencies must crack down on cards

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

Memorial Day: Celebrate their lives and honor their names

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far off lands. We mourn them all this Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give thanks ...

North Korea: Dictator facing new setback in nuke talks

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

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UP: To the winners featured in the 2018 Wood Whispers creative writing magazine. From photography to cover design to poetry, these young people demonstrate the importance of combining creativity and skill to create something wonderful. The middle- and high school students honored in this ...

Children: Foster home lawsuit would do little good

Though the federal government bears a significant portion of the blame for the flood of pills that started the opioid crisis in West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice may be considering suing the state of West Virginia ... for not doing enough — or in the way the federal government ...

Invaluable: Pavilion project gave students good experience

For some graduating high school seniors, the final projects and other work done during the last few months of their secondary school education is now shoved in a drawer or stored away as a computer file somewhere, perhaps never to be looked at again. But for drafting students at the Caperton ...

Gina Haspel: Focus on human assets is the right decision

Newly sworn-in Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel appears to have her priorities in order, judging by comments she made moments after the ceremony. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel ...

Gratitude: Local law enforcement deserves our thanks

Last week, the men and women who serve and protect the people of Wood County were honored by the Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79 and the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association for the incredible work they bravely do every day — most of which the rest of us do not notice ...

Wild Elk: Restoration project may aid West Virginia tourism

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That is changing. And if human interference drove them out, it is good to know human perseverance is bringing them back. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A ...

STEM-CARE: Partnership will bring new opportunities

West Virginia’s kids (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than kids in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President Gordon Gee knows something all those ...

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UP: To selection of Christopher Gilmer to be the new president for West Virginia University — Parkersburg. Though members of the Board of Governors acknowledged the choice was not an easy one, and the quality of the four finalists made it a tough decision, Gilmer appears to be an excellent ...

North Korea: There can be no trust with Kim Jong Un

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia earlier this month, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete ...

Compensation: Bureau may have more money to return

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation does not receive much criticism these days. Though there will always be complaints from injured workers who claim they did not get fair shakes from workers’ compensation programs, it appears the BWC is doing well for itself. Employers who pay ...

Redefine: Kudos to ad campaign for responsible drinking

Despite television, movies and an aggressive effort by alcoholic beverage companies to target younger folks by insisting a good time is not a good time until someone breaks out the drinks, most adults reach a point in their lives where they realize alcohol is not necessary for leading a fun, ...

Education: Wood BOE could use a change of pace

Newly elected members of the Wood County Schools Board of Education will take office July 1. They likely spent most of last weekend’s special meeting of the board wishing that current members would pump the brakes. In what seemed like a confused, hurried and divided attempt to leave no ...

Stereotypes: West Virginia voters defy pundits again

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead up to last week’s primary election here. They do not. Political arrogance, snark, belittling or downright nasty activity on social media ... ...

Accidents: Drivers must pay attention to safety

“Put the phone down and just slow down,” was the simple message from West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith, as he spoke last week during the announcement of a zero tolerance policy for those speeding through road construction zones. This time, the impetus may have been multiple ...

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UP: To all those working to raise funds for the Relay for Life teams, in preparation for the event this coming Friday and Saturday in Wood County. The 25th anniversary celebration is an important opportunity for healing, laughter, support and community-building as we all work to support the ...

ECOT: Ohio lawmakers have not learned lesson

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were, to be kind about it, a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Nope. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state ...

Responsibility: Pharma exec cites role in opioids crisis

Kudos to Joseph Mastandrea, chairman of the board of wholesale pharmaceutical distributor Miami-Luken Inc. Of the officials representing five distributors giving sworn testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, Mastandrea was the ONLY person to answer “yes” when asked ...