Editorials

Despotism: U.S. should strive to help embattled citizens

Promoters of socialism often promise paradises that turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Labor Day: Celebrate workers and be safe

Each year, the Labor Day holiday weekend signifies the end of summer, the first break in a young school year, the return of college football ... it is another holiday that often includes a lot of good food and a chance to spend a day off work with family and friends. It is a celebration of all ...

IEI Fire: Hazardous material should be made public

Last fall, Mid-Ohio Valley residents watched for a week and a half as the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue went up in flames, smoldering and sputtering fumes. No one was quite sure what was burning, let alone what had caused the fire — or whether it was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To efforts such as the Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program, meant to help our kids tackle challenges that also include suicide and school violence. “The idea is you are accepting Rachel’s challenge to be a better person,” said Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss. ...

Infrastructure: WVDOT picture of roads is realistic

West Virginia Division of Highways officials visiting our region this week have a lot of good things to talk about. But among their missions seems to be dispelling the starry-eyed sentiments from Gov. Jim Justice that “Roads to Prosperity” was some kind of magic phrase that would bring all ...

Threats: Ignoring potential for violence not an option

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

Transparency: Backroom tactics hinder commission’s work

West Virginia’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education met again this week. So far, the group has, as commission member Eric Lewis of Shepherd University put it, “wasted 30 days. “We haven’t done anything in 30 days except schedule when the next meetings are,” he ...

John McCain: The United States has lost a true hero

U.S. Sen. John McCain was a statesman, a patriot and a hero. He was a man of honor. No matter whether one agreed with him on matters of politics, there can be no doubt, the American political landscape is poorer with his passing. Last week, his family announced the Arizona Republican had ...

Smaller Scale: World War I anniversary could still have parade

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Crowdfunding: School board makes right call on policy

Belpre City Schools’ Board of Education is right to be considering a policy on online fundraising tools such as Go Fund Me, DonorsChoose and Kickstarter, for its employees. Guidance on use of such technology is important as those platforms are sometimes used to raise money for school ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the many programs, such as Shop With a Cop or Backpack Blessings that help ALL Mid-Ohio Valley kids get ready to go back to school. Certainly those organizations who put together such programs do a world of good for students who need a helping hand, but, as Det. Dianna Hively, also the ...

Football: Enjoy the game, but do not ruin the fun

It’s back! That wonderful time of year when the sound of marching bands warming up, cheerleaders shouting and clapping and popcorn makers firing up at the concession stands signal our local high school football teams are about to return to their fields under the Friday (or Saturday) night ...

Sexual Abuse: Remaining silent does more harm than good

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Sovereign Immunity: Escaping punishment should not be an option

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

State Parks: Revitalization plan is good for economy

West Virginia is full of natural treasures. Many of them are on display in our state parks and forests. That is why it is good to hear Gov. Jim Justice announce the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance, and improvements in those ...

Safety: Airport security must be beefed up

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. Though we all still roll our eyes and groan at the thought of removing our shoes and emptying every last metal object into the bin, in general, ...

Procedure: Impeachment trials must be fair, impartial

State senators will tomorrow decide the rules for the process under which West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker will be tried, based on the articles of impeachment approved by the House of Delegates last week. Former Justices Menis ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the thousands of men and women lined up to participate in this morning’s News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Good luck to all the runners and walkers — and thank you, to the spectators who line the course, keeping spirits up from first to last. Another thumbs up goes to organizers of ...

Due Process: Davis’ political stunt ignores accountability

In choosing to step down from her position as a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Monday, Robin Jean Davis robbed herself of the due process of law she claimed has been missing from the legislative proceedings that led to her impeachment for a range of concerns — perhaps ...

‘Fake News’: Trump’s attacks on journalism are harmful

Donald Trump began very early in his presidency to hit the accelerator on use of the term “fake news” in what, at the time, seemed a battle with major national media outlets. He has not let up; and the ripple effects go far beyond the organizations at which the president might initially ...