Editorials

Be Safe: Do not drink and drive as you greet new year

Tonight across the Mid-Ohio Valley there will be gatherings of folks who may be bent on partying in perhaps a more indulgent way than they normally would — in fact some who do this sort of thing only once or twice a year. Of course, the idea is to have fun, enjoy the sending-off of 2018 and ...

Pollution: Enforcement offers model for expansion

Officials up the river believe it is very likely construction of the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will proceed at Dilles Bottom, Ohio. If so, it will open a door of opportunity for many in that region. But it is also an opportunity to get environmental protection right — ...

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UP: To Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt, who was off-duty and shopping at Gabe’s last weekend when he saw a pair of alleged shoplifters. After attempting to help stop them inside the store, Proffitt followed the two, alerting local law enforcement to the pursuit and their whereabouts. He ...

Black Lung: Manchin should use border vote to secure measure

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians and Ohioan who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal ...

Child Care: Ohio right to set standards for spending

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk, if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

PEIA: Lawmakers have time to find fiscal solution

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia got a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them whose health ...

Christmas: Remember the reason for the season

Today, as we gather around Christmas trees and food-filled tables, perhaps spending time with family and friends we have not seen in far too long, let us take just a moment to remember we are not doing so to celebrate shopping, or complicated but festive recipes. We are not celebrating reindeer ...

Population: West Virginia must reverse declining numbers

Mountain State officials have quite a challenge ahead as they must look for ways to stop the bleeding when it comes to our population numbers. Again this year — from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 — the state lost a significant number of residents. There are 11,216 fewer West Virginians than ...

Problems: Lawmakers must stop avoiding our problems

It is difficult to fathom, but during the same era in which one federal agency was aggressively targeting the citizens of Appalachia who depend on the coal industry both for employment and for affordable electricity, another federal agency was turning a blind eye — ignoring its own rules and ...

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DOWN: To the $5 million in “accounting errors” discovered at the Department of Veterans Assistance Veterans Nursing Home Facility in Clarksburg. Since 2013, the facility has left $5 million in invoices unpaid, according to the state auditor’s office. It is the latest revelation in a ...

Greenley: Belpre superintendent taking proper first steps

Belpre City Schools has brought on board former Switzerland of Ohio Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley to replace retiring Superintendent Tony Dunn. Certainly much is expected of Greenley, who has already made a mark in the geographically largest school district in Ohio when he “led the ...

Clubs: Policy protects student rights

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook is absolutely correct to have presented to the Board of Education guidelines for non-curricular clubs in our public schools. Having such guidelines in place — and enforced — will better ensure ALL students’ rights are protected. Hosaflook ...

Corruption: Gwinn sentencing shows need to investigate

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added this week, when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for ...

Manchin: Senator’s new post carries clout on energy

It is a feather in U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s cap that he has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It also is a boon to residents of West Virginia and Ohio. “Ranking member” is the top position on a committee for a member of the political party ...

Medicaid: W.Va. model could help Ohio save money

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So they cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend drugs for ...

Volunteer: The gift of your time is always needed

We hear a lot at this time of year, about giving. And, for many people, that word means giving money — a financial donation. But a special group of people working with the American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia took some time last week to talk about a different, but no less ...

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UP: To Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for American Troops), which, with the help of the Ladyburgs and some local Verizon employees, fill boxes to be donated to long-term patients at veterans’ facilities in Cleveland and Sandusky, Ohio, and Erie, Pa. As with many such organizations, founder ...

Dangerous: Entering abandoned mines is foolish, risky

First responders, including mine rescue personnel, don’t ask questions when someone needs their help. They just go, often putting themselves in peril. When greed or plain old stupidity are what put those who need help in trouble, the rescuers have every right to be angry. Yet they still ...

Outreach: Shop With a Cop good for community

Last weekend, approximately 100 kids had their Christmases made a little brighter thanks to the annual Shop With a Cop event organized by the Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79. Officers from law enforcement Parkersburg, Vienna, Williamstown, the Wood County Sheriff’s ...

PEIA: Task force must find real solutions

Early last spring, thousands of West Virginia public school teachers stayed out of classrooms and took to the picket lines. They wanted and got higher pay. They also demanded someone “Fix PEIA.” Whether that will happen remains a question. Tens of thousands of working and retired state ...