Editorials

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UP: To the Wood County Home Confinement staff, for receiving the Hero of Hope Award from the Wood County Juvenile Drug Court this week. “You are all soldiers in the field,” said Judge Darren Tallman. “We hear the feedback, and we know you go above and beyond what would be required of you. ...

Find Money: Do not put off vital Capitol dome repairs

West Virginia government finances are tight, these days. State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice felt they had to increase taxes and fees by about $130 million a year merely to take care of our roads and bridges. Special interests and government-funded entities have complained vociferously that ...

Addiction: Bureaucracy should seek more budget cuts

With its budget zeroed out for 2017-18, and the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention likely to be reduced from an 8-person staff to one, there are folks — particularly in Charleston — pointing to the office as a prime example of the evils of budget cuts. People will lose their jobs ...

Take a Hike: MOV groups could organize exercise trips

A library director in Kentucky is putting together a remarkable piece of community outreach that should be emulated by as many communities in Appalachia as possible. He is doing something about the abysmal state of our physical and mental health in this region, one person at a time; and he is ...

Seniors: State should build on ‘livability’ strength

Much of the focus on attracting new folks to West Virginia has been on young people. After all, our state has an aging population and a desperate need for new ideas and new energy. But one group has decided to take what we have already got to work with, and run with it. Imagine WV studies the ...

Incompetent: Justice should replace persons delaying audit

“When I find out who is responsible heads will roll,” said Gov. Jim Justice, upon being called out for a mistake that could cause considerable difficulty for West Virginia’s two- and four-year colleges. Mountain State institutions of higher learning are being penalized by the U.S. ...

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UP: To Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes’ role on President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Rhodes’ own experience, winning an election by only five votes, is a perfect example of the need for fraud-free elections. “I just want to make sure we have ...

Infrastructure: MOV should receive its fair share of spending

Jockeying for position in the massive road improvement program Gov. Jim Justice has in mind for West Virginia already has begun. Fortunately, some of that lobbying has been on behalf of Wood County — but more needs to be done. Oct. 7, the date set for Mountain State voters to decide the fate ...

Education: ESSA public hearing schedule should be expanded

For months, state public education officials have been working on a strategy to move West Virginia schools forward and tactics to make it happen. In view of the fiasco revolving around another major initiative, Common Core curriculum, it might be expected every effort would be made to get the ...

Obligations: Gov. Justice should pay the taxes he owes

There are any number of good reasons why a taxpayer might argue with government about his or her bill. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be running out of them, however. Before the gubernatorial election last year, it was reported Justice’s companies owed taxes, fines and other bills ...

Privacy: Election officials safeguarding our private info

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate. Still, secretaries of state Mac Warner in West Virginia and Jon Husted in Ohio are absolutely right ...

Service Clubs: Groups offer a chance to give to community

“If our club no longer existed, are there entities and organizations that would pick up these efforts or would we see a void?” Jill Parsons, president of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, posed that questions as part of a look at what local civic organizations are doing to make sure their ...

Predictable: Gov. Justice playing the blame game

Last week, West Virginia made bottom of the list in yet another of those national rankings of states — this time CNBC’s Top States for Business. It has become a regular occurrence, and one most Mountain State residents know does not reflect the reality of, in this case, doing business ...

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UP: To Wirt County resident Nancy Boyce, whose quick-thinking and instinct to help led her to pound on the door of a burning home until the young couple inside was awakened and able to escape. “Thank God the woman stopped (when she saw the home was burning, during her drive to work). They ...

Blight: National Guard could demolish buildings

Several communities in our area, in both West Virginia and Ohio, could use up their entire annual budgets on one thing — demolishing dilapidated buildings — if they did not have other spending priorities. But critical services must be maintained, so many of the junk structures remain ...

Pass the Pork: West Virginia needs Byrd-style clout

It has been 7 years since West Virginia lost the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, perhaps its greatest advocate in Washington, D.C. Though our current representation in the nation’s capital has done good work for the Mountain State, no one has emerged to fill Byrd’s considerable shoes. A look at ...

Get Alarmed: Volunteers needed for smoke alarm effort

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are fortunate to be served by some of the best professional and volunteer fire departments in the region. But though they do incredible work to save structures and people, they should not be our first line of defense. Every home and business should be equipped with a ...

Pensions: Action should be taken now, not later

As members of both the Parkersburg Police and Fire departments’ pension boards and city council get a chance to look over proposed changes to the city’s pension plans, it is important for them to remember the city MUST do something to control the costs of these plans, or the financial ...

Addiction: FDA must work faster in opioid battle

It is not enough, and it took them far too long to get to this point, but the federal government has finally taken action that will help remove some of the opioids it allowed to flood the market. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical company Endo to pull Opana ER, or ...