Editorials

Tourism: #AlmostHeaven a fun idea to boost state’s image

West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby has an assignment for everyone who loves the Mountain State, and it is a bit of homework that should be taken up with great enthusiasm. Leading up to West Virginia Day June 20, the Division of Tourism hopes to combat the state’s image problem ...

Paris Accord: President Trump right to pull U.S. out of agreement

It is important for the U.S. not to throw out the baby with the bath water, as it withdraws from the Paris climate change agreement. Certainly President Donald Trump had very good reasons for not sticking to that bad deal — designed much more to hamstring developed economies than to do any ...

Making Music: Loh a welcome addition to W.Va. Symphony

Last week, music lovers received the news the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra had name Lawrence Loh its new artistic director. It is an exciting time for Mid-Ohio Valley residents who have come to love and look forward to the WVSO’s performances in Parkersburg, and have met with mixed ...

Drug War: Shutting down pill mills is only the start

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the Department of Veterans Affairs’ continued inability to do right by the people who should be getting the best care and attention this nation can give. VA hospitals across the country are plagued by the theft of prescription drugs. More than 100 criminal cases involving theft or ...

Nutrition: Summer Food Service Program deserves praise

For many children, summer is a carefree time to break out of the school-year routine; but for some kids, that freedom brings uncertainty. When they are in school, they know they can get at least a couple of good meals per day. On school days, there is breakfast and lunch available to ...

Tick-Tock: Time is running out for a reasonable budget

Unless a budget is in place by June 19, state and local governments in West Virginia will have to cope with serious problems. Though the fiscal year does not begin until July 1, it will take time to make arrangements for it. So when legislators resume their special session on taxes and the ...

Access: Telecommunications are vital to our future

As West Virginians discuss the funding needed to repair and improve the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, there is another kind of infrastructure that is almost as vital to our transitioning economy, and must not be forgotten. Fortunately, the Federal Communications Commission has its ...

Public Transit: MOVTA seeks your input on services

“Public transit is a very important piece to economic growth,” said Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority General Manager Tim Thomas, as he was inviting people to a meeting that could help improve the public transit system here at home. Wednesday, local officials, transportation providers and ...

Memorial Day: Honor those who sacrificed for our freedom

For nearly 150 years, Americans have set aside time at the end of May to honor those who lost their lives in defense of this great country. Back in 1868, Gen. John A. Logan asked that the 30th of May be “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves ...

Fear: Lawmakers must move out of comfort zones

Last week, during a speech to local residents and business leaders gathered for a Shale Crescent USA program in Parkersburg, West Virginia University men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins made an important point for Mountain Staters: “You can’t fear change.” In fact, West Virginians ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the unofficial start of summer — Memorial Day weekend. Have a fun, safe and happy holiday, everyone! *** UP: To local young people like the Jackson Middle School students (and staff) who collected personal care items for the Good Samaritan Center in Vienna. Volunteer Barbara ...

Stay Strong: Parents must prevent underage drinking

It is graduation season. It is Memorial Day weekend. It is the start of summer. It is party time. And for parents whose under-21 children are asking to attend, or even host, some of these parties, there might be some tough negotiations ahead. Do not weaken. As the Drug Free Action Alliance ...

Manchester: ISIS attack a new level of cowardice

Lest there be any doubt there is no limit to the evil in the hearts of those who seek to strike terror in the West, among the 22 dead after an explosion outside a concert in Manchester, England, was an 8-year-old girl who was part of the crowd. It was the kind of concert where parents line up ...

Mueller: Special counsel’s probe must clear the air

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Food Deserts: Grant can help improve state’s nutrition

West Virginia was built by families who knew how to fend for themselves — feed themselves, by hunting, planting gardens, and perhaps setting up farms big enough to feed some other families in the region, too. But economies change, the land changes, and people change. Today, large sections of ...

Public Input: State board should not be locked to agenda

West Virginia Board of Education members are right to be back-tracking from an agenda item that appeared last month, banning members of the public from speaking during meetings about items not listed on the agenda. Board President Tom Campbell has said he wants to remove the ban from agendas ...

Audits: Commission earns kudos for fund recovery

Wood County Commissioners have experienced first hand the sloppiness and inefficiencies that plague our state bureaucracy and have ground the gears of government in Charleston nearly to a halt. Bills from the North Central Regional Jail, administered by the Regional Jail and Correctional ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the annual Calhoun Stargaze event this weekend, which reminds us all what a treasure we have here in West Virginia. Still being wild and wonderful means there is enough left untouched to give us a window to the cosmos, in this case, because there is so little light pollution near ...

River Sweep: Sponsors, volunteers deserve our thanks

Every year the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission organizes a cleanup of the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries that brings thousands of people from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., out for a day of service. And since 2001, DuPont — and now, Chemours — has provided a large ...