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UP: To officials with the City of Parkersburg who quickly moved to address a potential safety concern at the new splash pad. Though there were only a few reported injuries to children attributed to a component of the tube slide, even one injury would have merited the switch-out that took place ...

Cancer Fight: Cheap shots at Biden’s work are unnecessary

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. That ...

Motor Voter: DMV is weak link in push toward progress

In the backs of some state lawmakers’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Shameful: Officials dangled hope to help Trump

Mid-Ohio Valley residents had heard this story before. They could have told the rest of the state how it might turn out. Still, it was exciting to hear, a year-and-a-half ago, that China’s Energy Investment Corp. would be spending nearly $84 billion in West Virginia over the next 20 ...

Bipartisanship: Capito’s leadership making a difference

Some members of Congress who have been vocal in wringing their hands over the humanitarian crisis among people coming across our southern border into the United States seem to be among those reluctant to do anything about it. Good for U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, for forging ...

Coal: Renewable energy is not ready for primetime

A verbal misstep by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice last week was the perfect illustration of why President Donald Trump is right to be calling retreat in the war on coal launched by his predecessor. It was announced that the Trump administration is implementing its Affordable Clean Energy ...

Addiction: Substance abuse treatment requires compassion

“We don’t have to import addicts. We have plenty here.” West Virginia State Trooper Matt Jarvis was right to be so blunt in dismissing one of the fears expressed by Wirt County residents, that a transitional home for addicts would bring more addicts from out of the county, into ...

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UP: To plans for Hino’s grand opening celebration for its facility near Mineral Wells. There are 470 people working at the assembly plant, and we join Wood County Economic Development Director Lindsey Piersol in being grateful Hino chose to stay here in Wood County as it outgrew its ...

Girls Rise Up: Capito’s initiative important for growth

Most West Virginians would agree that old, illogical barriers to women in many careers ought to be eliminated. Yet in many ways, we still have a long way to go in gender equality. One study, by the Wallet Hub people who specialize in state-by-state ratings, ranked West Virginia 42nd in the ...

West Virginia Day: Our history can be our strength

It has been 156 years since a little legal wrangling allowed the Restored Government of Virginia to approve the creation of a new state out of the northwestern counties of Virginia. When West Virginia was born — officially on June 20, 1863 — not all of the counties came along gladly. In ...

Kids Count: Report shows state must improve conditions

Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book creates a snapshot of how well we are doing in taking care of the next generation as it grows. Often the report on the wellbeing of children in West Virginia is disheartening. In fact, again this year, the Mountain State ranks ...

Conservation: Bipartisan effort should not fall prey to politics

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives have been assisted by the LWCF. Projects ranging from local recreation to state parks ...

Ethics: Lawmakers must disclose conflicts of interest

State legislators should not have to ask whether their peers will financially benefit from laws they help enact. But this is West Virginia. History, including recent events, tells us the questions have to be asked. One came up before state senators voted to approve an education savings account ...

Research: WVU’s work lays foundation for future

Perfluoroalkyl chemicals, including the C8 that has contaminated some water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio, can be harmful to health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Mid-Ohio Valley residents did not need the federal government to tell them that. What may have come as ...

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UP: To Ellie Mommessin, 17, of Girl Scout Troop 1063 in Vienna, who is working on easy ways to help local pollinators — bees, butterflies and bats — increase their population ... and do good things for us, in turn. “I wanted to do my part to help,” Mommessin said, after the completion ...

Omnibus 2.0: Education measures should be split among bills

If you believe the West Virginia Senate’s Student Success Act was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have missed a step or two. Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But the bill includes a variety of other provisions that, beyond any ...

Addiction: Lower income should not mean less treatment

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been reported. It turns out if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health care as those ...

Monitoring: Husel’s actions should prompt review

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Kevin’s Law: Pharmacist’s discretion can be life-saving

Last week, a law went into effect that shows just how far we have fallen in terms of allowing the use of common sense and decency. That Kevin’s Law was necessary at all demonstrates an appalling societal failure. Too many pharmacists and customers behaved badly, it seems, to allow those ...

WalletHub: Ranking shows need to diversify economy

While studies such as those regularly produced by WalletHub are not, by themselves anything on which to take immediate action, sometimes their vast oversimplification can bring the big picture into focus. Recently, WalletHub announced West Virginia has one of the five worst economies in the ...