Editorials

CASA: Volunteer and support this worthy cause

At this moment, there are more than 5,000 children in foster care in West Virginia. According to the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, one of the factors driving so many kids into foster care here is the opioid epidemic. “The needs of West Virginia’s children coming into care ...

Hypocrisy: Mine safety requires greater oversight

Federal hypocrisy is nothing new. But when it puts in danger the lives of folks whose jobs have been viciously targeted by that same federal government, it is particularly difficult to swallow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General, negligence on the part of the ...

High on Hope: Event is proof that drug fight is not lost

A glance through Tuesday’s edition of the News and Sentinel included headlines such as “Traffic stop leads to arrests — Meth, marijuana confiscated,” “Driver under influence hits house — Witness: Men appeared to be having seizures,” and “Ex-doctor sentenced for bogus pain ...

Common Sense: Don’t punish children for playing make-believe

School systems may be getting a little more flexibility in how they allow teachers to educate the kids in their classrooms these days, but an incident in North Carolina shows there is still no wiggle room for common sense in some school districts. A 5-year-old girl was playing with her ...

Opioids: Time running out for finding solutions

Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., read on the Senate floor a letter from a Parkersburg family that has been devastated by the opioid epidemic. Renee and Criss Fisher bravely retold their story for Manchin to share with the nation, perhaps in the hope that their tragedy might help ...

No on SB 412: Public has a right to know contractors

Complaints about public money used to pay out-of-state workers on big construction projects prompted West Virginia legislators to insist a few years ago that at least 75 percent of employees in such contracts be residents of our state. An enforcement mechanism requires contractors to submit ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the state House of Delegates’ passage of a bill sponsored by Del. John Kelly, R-Wood, which could establish additional substance abuse treatment facilities in West Virginia. Kelly has been working on this for a long time, and we join him in being “happy the bill came out the way it ...

Improvement: We can change unhealthy lifestyles

Despite its abundance of outdoor recreation and fitness opportunities and a heritage of backyard garden cuisine that stands up with the finest dishes anywhere — we have festivals for everything from ramps to Golden Delicious apples around here — West Virginia is routinely named among the ...

Budget: Charleston politicians still spending too much

When was the last time an ordinary citizen had a check returned for insufficient funds, then had the bank quietly say “Just kidding, we’ll let you slide on a little of that?” The answer, of course, is that does not happen. But the folks in Charleston do not have to live like the rest of ...

False Starts: GOP should try again to repeal health law

How long and how many tries did it take the far left to achieve what they planned to be a government takeover of the health insurance industry? Many years, accompanied by several false starts. Americans disappointed at defeat of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare should keep that in mind. ...

Addiction: Women trying to kick habit need resources

Ohio has seen its rate of infants hospitalized for opioid withdrawal symptoms soar to more than eight times what it was a decade ago. For 2015, it was 159 for every 10,000 live births. That boils down to approximately 84 infants being treated for opioid addiction in Ohio hospitals every ...

Special Needs: Mid-Ohio Valley provides opportunities

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a designation cemented 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan, who asked Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” needed for those with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. Events in the Mid-Ohio ...

Dead Last: Lawmakers must find ways to innovate

West Virginians — lawmakers, business owners, workers, students ... all of us — are struggling mightily with how to make the changes that will propel us past the mess we have been trying to clean up for the past few years. We are proud, tradition-based people who sometimes lose sight of the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s renovation and expansion projects, which will be the first major renovations to the building in 40 years. This fall, the guild will kick off a capital campaign by presenting giving opportunities to patrons, members and the general public. Given the ...

Dumb Stunt: Justice should focus on making needed cuts

Gov. Jim Justice’s brand of folksy political theater has crossed a line, and West Virginians should let him know they have had enough. Earlier this week, Justice made the mind-boggling decision to light the emergency lantern at the top of the Capitol dome, and keep it lit for the duration of ...

Education: Next superintendent must read mixed signals

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education will begin today the next phase in their search for a new state schools superintendent. As they consider each of the three finalists — including Jackson County Superintendent Blaine Hess—board members should add to their checklist of skills ...

Sunshine Law: J.R. Carpenter should exercise greater care

Parkersburg City Council President J.R. Carpenter continues to walk a very fine line when it comes to conducting the business of the city as transparently as the public deserves — and the law requires. Carpenter says he has been trying to help first-time council members understand the ...

Defund It: Appalachian Regional Council has done little

Just as some in Charleston are scrambling to hold on to pieces of a bloated bureaucracy that serves itself much better than it serves West Virginians, there are some in Washington, D.C., looking to save themselves from President Donald Trump’s decree that a $54 billion boost in defense ...

Abortion: Notification bill should be enacted

Del. Roger Romine, R-Tyler, is among the co-sponsors of a bill that would prohibit unemancipated minors, and other females who have been appointed a guardian or conservator under certain provisions, from obtaining an abortion without parental notification. The bill is a common sense effort to ...

Overdose: Murder charges may be appropriate

The Parkersburg Police Department made an important move forward in the fight against the horrific drug epidemic that is plaguing our region when it was able to gather enough evidence to charge a suspected drug dealer with murder. According to Police Chief Joe Martin, a series of unusual ...