Editorials

West Virginia Invests: New initiative is worthy use of taxpayer money

A new program approved just last winter by West Virginia legislators is up and running. Good for state officials for not letting it get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape of the kind that often delays implementation of new programs. The initiative, West Virginia Invests, will pay community ...

Education: WVU buyouts needed to reduce costs

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, last week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Corruption: Jail overdoses show need for scrutiny

Drug overdoses are not uncommon in many West Virginia communities, including Charleston. But the five women who had to be treated at a hospital there last Monday appear to have overdosed at the South Central Regional Jail. That ought to prompt an investigation of drug smuggling at other ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To news that cases of measles in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 25 years. Much of the resurgence can be traced back to (sometimes deliberate) misinformation about vaccines. Measles is, of course, only the beginning for misguided individuals intentionally eradicating herd ...

Investment: Job numbers may not see promised boost

West Virginians patiently waiting for news about that $84 billion President Trump and Gov. Jim Justice said was going to be invested here by China, over the next 20 years, are getting some data out of Ohio that shows we might not be missing out on as much as the politicians claimed. According ...

Education: Diverse economy needs diverse job training

Harrison County education officials are working on programs they believe will genuinely prepare students for their next steps after graduation — even if that does not mean a four-year college education. Administrators and members of the board of education recently met with representatives of ...

Take Back: Drop off expired or unused prescription drugs

West Virginians are all too familiar with the consequences of legally prescribed drugs falling into the wrong hands. We are in the midst of a substance abuse epidemic that many believe got its start with legally prescribed opioids, and which piggy-backed on the methamphetamine scourge that led ...

Infrastructure: Maintaining bridges should be a priority

Reports about bridges and dams in dire need of repair need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the officials responsible for maintaining them remind us. Still, some of them raise disturbing questions. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association notes that nearly ...

Life Lessons: Teaching children to use 911 is important

A (very) young man was honored last week as a hero of Wood County for having the presence of mind to call 911 when his mother had a seizure while it was just the two of them at home. “My mommy needs help,” 3-year-old David Lee Mosley III told dispatcher Patrick Smith at the Wood County 911 ...

Easter: Celebrate rebirth and new hope

Today, most of the Christian world celebrates the most important event to the faith — the discovery of an empty tomb and a risen Lord. It is a day on which many in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be attending church services in celebration of the most joyous and hope-filled occasion, singing “We ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To breaking ground on the Gold Star Families Monument in Parkersburg’s City Park this week. “As time and future comes and goes, many will view this memorial and somehow know their freedoms and the freedoms of others were preserved by those we honor here today,” said Hershel ...

Road Repair: West Virginia must maintain momentum on job

Though not all questions about funding, manpower and resources have been answered, West Virginia Department of Transportation and Division of Highways officials are to be commended for getting a jump on the vital work to repair our secondary roads. “I can tell you we’ve never had an April ...

Vaccination: Mandatory immunization law should not be relaxed

We are just three months into 2019 and, already, the number of measles cases in the United States has topped the total recorded for last year. It has been nearly 20 years since measles had the impact being seen now. Twenty states have reported the sickness. West Virginia is not one of them. ...

Education: Belpre residents must get involved

Belpre residents should take advantage of Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley’s calls for community involvement as he and board of education members move to change the way the district educates and prepares students. Last month, Greenley and Treasurer Lance Erlwein presented ...

Ethics: Training sessions are invaluable to local government

West Virginia Ethics Commission personnel conduct training sessions for public officials periodically. Special sessions on ethics laws in general and on the Open Meetings Act are being held this month — including one here in Parkersburg last week. One reaction to such educational programs ...

Justice: Residency lawsuit must be decided

No thoughtful judge or appeals court justice wants to become involved in a confrontation with a governor. It is understandable, then, that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King is not delighted about a lawsuit he must handle. Filed by House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, ...

Venezuela: United States should not try to oust Maduro

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt. Many Americans feel sympathy for them, but there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help them. So far — as far as we are aware — U.S. intervention has been ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To at least the pretense of bipartisanship and cooperation that has Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., working together to bring oil, natural gas and petrochemical industry growth to our state. That includes Manchin’s efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy to bring ...

Bernie’s a Bust: ‘Medicare for All’ plan doesn’t add up

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Trauma: Education needs mental health investment

“If we do not fix this, we will lose public education.” That was strong language from Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook Tuesday, but he had good reason for using it. There is a desperate need in our local schools to address the damage being done to too many of our ...