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Oversight: Audit shows need for keeping an eye on funds

It is not enough to have someone minding the store, as a new report from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost makes clear. When the public’s money is involved, there needs to be plenty of oversight. Yost’s report, “Pocketed Payments: Preventing the Theft of Incoming Funds,” targets local ...

Be Thankful: Celebrate good fortune and share blessings

Today we are thankful, as we should be every day, for the bounty we have been given in this great country, and beautiful valley. We gather with friends and family for wonderful meals in welcoming homes — maybe a football game on the TV — and we remember just how much we have for which to be ...

Safety: Exercise caution with generators, kerosene heaters

As the mornings bring frost on the ground and an extra layer of clothes on the way to work, we must take a warning from a tragedy in the Eastern Panhandle and remember to heat our homes safely. Four people — two adults and two children — died in a home in Kearneysville over the weekend, ...

Advocacy: Protecting children from abuse is vital

Most West Virginians would do just about anything to prevent a child being harmed, yet child abuse may be increasing in our state. During the 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the state’s 21 advocacy centers for children provided services to 3,914 youngsters, according to a published ...

Study Needed: Mountaintop removal mining deserves scrutiny

For months, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine worked on a major study of the health effects of mountaintop removal mining on people living nearby. Abruptly after President Donald Trump took office, the project was shelved. Cost was the reason, according to the Office ...

Mine Safety: Reducing transparency is a misguided idea

Members of the House Financial Services Committee have advanced a bill sponsored by Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., that would repeal a requirement for publicly traded mining companies to make regular disclosures to investors about safety violations and worker deaths. The bill should receive intense ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the honoring of Gold Star families in Marietta by renaming Lookout Park to Gold Star Park. Fundraising continues to erect a Gold Star Families Memorial monument in the park; and it is an important reminder that those who serve us do not sacrifice alone. UP: To the presentation of a ...

Suspensions: Ohio bill deserves strong consideration

Ohio State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-District 6, has introduced a bill that should receive serious consideration from her colleagues in Columbus. The idea is that public schools would resort to home suspensions only for the worst offenses — bringing a gun to school, for example — rather than ...

Compromise: Don’t let deductions derail tax reform

Members of Congress had better remain focused on their goal, and remember politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise, as the tax reform debate hits a bit of a snag. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and ...

Opioid Epidemic: W.Va. needs solutions to substance abuse

No one living in the thick of West Virginia’s substance abuse epidemic needs to be told it is exacting an enormous cost — from everyone. But a reminder by John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, puts some numbers on that ...

Medicaid: Work requirement not an outrageous idea

Officials are looking at the possibility of adding a work requirement for the 170,000 people in the Mountain State covered by Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. According to Jeremiah Samples, deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, this would affect ...

Outrage: Agencies could have flagged church shooter

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened Nov. 5 in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. His ...

Good Policy: Material storage rules should be strengthened

Last month’s enormous fire at the IEI Plastics warehouse in part of the former Ames site in Parkersburg turned out to be an eye-opener for residents and public officials alike. As officials scrambled to find out what, precisely, was burning and sending pungent fumes into the air inside a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To those who have served their country as members of the armed forces, and who we honor this Veterans Day for all they sacrificed for the rest of us. Ceremonies and parades throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley today give us the smallest of opportunities to let veterans know how grateful we are ...

Investment: Announcement may signal brighter days for W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice calls it the largest investment in West Virginia’s history. State Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher says it is the latest in a significant line of foreign investments that will strengthen and diversify our economy. Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., calls it an unparalleled ...

Enforcement: Air Force inaction aided Texas shooter

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Addiction: Socioeconomic factors must be addressed

According to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, there are four states in which the rate of death from opioid overdoses are consistently much higher than the national average. No one living in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be shocked to learn they are West Virginia, Ohio, ...

Election Day: Ohio voters must let their voices be heard

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. for today’s general election in Ohio, in which local voters will have a say in everything from city council and school board members to fire and emergency or road and bridge levies. In many ways, the votes cast will have a greater impact on the lives of local people ...

Education: Wood County Schools made right call on smoke

Wood County Schools officials had to make some difficult decisions in the wake of a massive industrial fire that spewed strong-smelling smoke into the air for more than a week last month. To their credit, they took heed of both the fears of parents and the possibility that an abundance of ...

Compromise: Tax reform bill should not be too watered down

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...