Editorials

Budget: Lawmakers should consider changes

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia lawmakers are preparing for a legislative session in which one of their highest priorities will be coping with a budget shortfall expected to be hundreds of millions of dollars. Some indications suggest Justice plans to recommend state spending cuts of between ...

Education: Begin search for state BOE superintendent

West Virginia state school Superintendent Michael Martirano announced he plans to leave his post in June. Yet as of last week, state Board of Education members had not begun searching for a replacement. That may be due, in part, to the almost total turnover of board members that is allowing ...

Recovery: Flood victims still need our help

When the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter last week, some folks in counties still recovering from last summer’s devastating floods may have cursed the little guy just a bit. Recovery has been slow — painfully so, for some families — and the thought of an early spring was ...

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UP: To the completed purchase of the former Century Aluminum property in Ravenswood by Applied Partners Inc. It is encouraging to note the optimism from Applied Partners President Mark Cenit, who said the redevelopment of the site is very important to the future of the area. “My prediction is ...

Overdoses: Naloxone does not solve drug addiction

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin summed up perfectly the difficult mix of reactions that come with news that Naloxone, a medication that can be administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available without a prescription at some local pharmacies. “We had 50 ...

Tax Season: Kudos to W.Va. for sharing prep options

It is that time of year again — tax season. Until this year, the West Virginia State Tax Department had the luxury of being able to offer state tax return preparation help to those who just walked in to their locations throughout the state. Not so, this year. Gov. Jim Justice’s edict to ...

Keep Calling: Citizen reports help police fight drugs

Lt. Josh Staats of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, made an important point in discussing the effort to curtail the massive heroin epidemic that is gripping the Mid-Ohio Valley. “We make more arrests in the cities, but people who live out in the country who know their neighbors ...

Vaccinations: Get your shots and avoid the flu

Though only a few serious cases of flu have been reported in Washington County, residents should heed the warning of Ohio officials: “Next week, I think we will see an increase, which is what normally happens,” said Sietske de Fijter, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and ...

Pipelines: President Trump can unleash our resources

President Donald Trump’s move last week to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines was a good start. But what about accelerating federal action on natural gas pipelines important to our region of the country? Former President Barack ...

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UP: To locals whose career paths took them to Washington, D.C., Jan. 20 during inauguration events for President Donald Trump. Sistersville native Anthony Bolton was part of the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard marching during the inauguration ceremony; and Parkersburg native Jennifer Gardner, ...

Chilling: Gag order on EPA should raise alarms

As part of the “contract and media blackout” imposed by President Donald Trump on the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been ordered to not award new contracts or grants, not issue press releases and not update EPA social media accounts. Instead, reporters’ inquiries will be ...

Research: Natural gas fleet needs more work

Vehicles running on gasoline or diesel fuel got a bad reputation as electric vehicles or those running on “clean-burning natural gas” became all the rage. Many heavy-duty vehicle fleets were quickly switched over to natural gas. It turns out, all those vehicles have become the largest ...

Education: West Virginia has nowhere to go but up

West Virginia’s young people can no longer count on a job waiting for them at the mines, mills, plants or factories that perhaps sustained their communities for generations. Our economy is transitioning. The kinds of employers we want to be part of that transition will be seeking a well ...

Gabapentin: States must track drug’s prescriptions

Once again demonstrating the disconnect between the federal government agencies who regulate the prescription drug industry and the state agencies who are fighting the battle against those pills, a committee of West Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy is recommending the nerve-pain medication ...

‘Efforts:’ Stopping sexual assault requires shift in priorities

Ohio’s Department of Higher Education has been keeping track of sexual-violence prevention efforts at institutions of higher education, through its Changing Campus Culture initiative. Last week, the agency released the good news that there have been significant improvements in those ...

Path Forward: Americans must work together for our future

President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in his inauguration speech Friday, “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.” Together. Not as blue states at odds with red states; or Wall Street at odds with Main Street, but as one nation, we will ...

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UP: To the partnership between the Blennerhassett Island Foundation and Chemours, that resulted in a $10,000 check from the company that will help the foundation pay for infrastructure upgrades on the island. Combined with a $4,000 grant from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the money ...

Responsible: Justice changes mind on cutting budget

On the campaign trail, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made clear his belief that “we’ve cut about all that we can cut,” and “You will not be able to cut your way out of this (state budget) mess.” Happily, it appears as though Justice, upon being presented with new information as ...

Research: OVU may have an ally in Rep. McKinley

As Ohio Valley College was making the transition to becoming Ohio Valley University, about 12 years ago, the school received a $1.8 million federal grant to expand its science programs and facilities. Among the benefits reaped from that expanded science program may have been the opportunity to ...

For Bailey: Marietta police turn a terrible situation around

“I really don’t think I could thank them enough,” said Chris Knowlton, of Williamstown, after the Marietta Police Department took extraordinary measures to make right a situation that had gone wrong for three-year-old Bailey Clipner. Bailey’s mother’s boyfriend was arrested for ...