Editorials

Racism: Warren paints system with too large a brush

If you follow the definition that bigot is “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits it to a T. Warren still hopes one day to be president of the United States. She was in top form recently during a speech to a ...

Projections: Too early to celebrate revenue growth

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To local teachers, who are busily preparing for next week’s start of the school year by attending their own training sessions. Among the topics covered in training were state testing requirements, dual credit courses for high school students, legal issues and responsibilies, technology ...

The Wall: D.C. bureaucracy wasting our tax money

Given the waste of time and money evident in the federal government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. It is difficult to avoid skepticism upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the U.S. government ...

‘Personalized’: Justices’ lavish spending a betrayal of public trust

Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, made an important point after members of the House Judiciary Committee toured the offices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Monday. In those offices, committee members saw the results of the court having spent $1.5 million on renovations and ...

Surprises: Reporting uncovers crisis hotline problems

Give Washington County Behavioral Health Board executive director David Browne credit, he didn’t know what he didn’t know, but now that he has been made aware, he intends to do something about it. Last week, a local reporter responded to suggestions from members of the community — ...

Space Force: New bureaucracy is not a good idea

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Food Woes: Political jabs will not solve problems

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

Diversity: Coal report shows need for greater change

Coal is an important part of West Virginia’s economy — still. But a study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics shows it is not as big a part as it once was, and will likely never rebound to levels seen during its ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg South High School alumnus Ben Wilson, who has been named a drum major for West Virginia University’s marching band. Wilson called finding out about the selection “pure joy and excitement,” and he is right to be thrilled and proud of the accomplishment. We look forward ...

Retail Boost: Sales tax holiday good for the economy

For a fourth year in a row, back-to-school shoppers in Ohio can take advantage of a sales tax holiday on certain items today through Sunday. It is an important way to help those faced with an extra hit to their budgets this time of year — and the must-have items for kids can certainly add ...

PEIA Report: Subcommittee’s woes do not inspire confidence

Members of the Public Employee Insurance Agency Taskforce Public Outreach Subcommittee are demonstrating precisely why so many ordinary folks feel distrustful of the work done by government-formed committees. The group was asked to submit a final report based on the comments and suggestions of ...

Kavanaugh: Manchin right to meet with Supreme Court nominee

Monday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., became the first Democrat senator willing to meet with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Rather than make his choice based solely on the party of the president who nominated Kavanaugh, Manchin wanted ...

Secrecy: ‘Trade secrets’ ruling protects drug companies

Beside the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, there appear to be no critical trade secrets in need of protection by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Education: Charter school fraud demands accountability

It is no wonder that legislators in West Virginia and many other states are reluctant to approve taxpayer funding of charter schools. Two of our neighbors have demonstrated the potential pitfalls convincingly. Last week, a long saga of charter school fraud in Pennsylvania came to an end. ...

Tourism: Group effort needed to expand on successes

Creativity, energy and hard work do, indeed, pay off, and West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby should receive a great deal of credit for dedicating hers to bringing more people here to experience Almost Heaven. According to statewide hotel occupancy figures reported by global hotel ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Police Department, for its intention to participate in the viral video lip sync challenge for law enforcement agencies. City Councilwoman Sharon Kuhl is correct that the fun video will be good for relations with community members, but also a boost to morale for the ...

Bright Spots: Community vital to tackling challenges

West Virginia counties do not often get pointed out as positive examples to study, particularly when it comes to healthcare. But in a series of companion reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Appalachian Regional Commission, eight Mountain ...

Move Over: Planned crackdown will reinforce safety

Many drivers, spotting an emergency vehicle ahead of them on the berm, instinctively edge to the left in their lane or, if on a multi-lane highway, scoot over to the left lane. It just makes sense. In West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, it also happens to be the law. All three states are ...

Finances: Wood County making progress in operations

When the Justice Department found Wood County at “high risk” in 2013, local officials had some choices to make in cleaning up the county’s financial operations. It appears as though they have not only made good choices, but done some good work in moving away from that designation. In ...