Editorials

Nonprofits: Local groups give needed boost to region

When Mid-Ohio Valley residents think of the organizations that bring help and support to local folks in need, there are some names behind the scenes that do not always come to mind. For example, last week, the Sisters Health Foundation honored the 63 organizations, programs and agencies that ...

Drug Abuse: New campaign may help opioid epidemic

Gov. Jim Justice had it right last week in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He is ...

Business: Gaunch can spearhead change for W.Va.

West Virginia lawmakers did a lot of work when potential employers pointed out there was a chill against moving into any state designated a “Judicial Hellhole.” Regulations and laws were adjusted, progress was made. The Legislature wanted to give every appearance of being friendly toward ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To those who organize annual ceremonies commemorating the events of Dec. 7, 1941, and the folks who because of that day were forced to save the world. They are a fading generation, and we offer them a woefully inadequate “thank you,” as well. UP: To Jackson Middle School students who ...

School Funds: Local systems need money more than state

State Board of Education members are considering changes in West Virginia’s public school funding formula. Needless to say, that has some educators in the 55 counties concerned. Board members have a variety of initiatives on which they would like to spend more money. They range from paying ...

Rumor Control: Think before you hit the ‘share’ button

At one time, the policy in most newsrooms was NOT to report on bomb threats, or other threats deemed uncredible by law enforcement or administrators of the threatened facility. The idea was to avoid giving the attention often craved by those who would do such a thing, if, indeed, no one was ...

Excessive Force: Video of incident should be released

Two West Virginia State Police troopers and a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy have been suspended while an alleged beating incident is investigated. That is being handled by three separate agencies. On the night of Nov. 19, a 16-year-old boy allegedly struck a sheriff’s department ...

George H.W. Bush: Former president was a patriot

Today, the casket of former President George H. W. Bush lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, and a nation continues to mourn the loss of a truly great man. But many who grew up observing the political world that changed so rapidly it drove Bush from the White House after only one term may need ...

Approval: Rules for state borrowing are long overdue

What if your employer allowed you to make big purchases, borrowing money in the company’s name, without prior approval? Absurd, you say? Not in West Virginia state government. There, until a few days ago, executive branch agencies could borrow enormous amounts of money without getting the ...

Clergy Abuse: Releasing names is important to justice

Last week, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston did an important thing, releasing the names of 31 clergy members who had been accused of sexual abuse, going as far back as the 1950s. A disappointing number of those clergymen had served congregations or schools here in the Mid-Ohio ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the number of events drawing folks to downtown Parkersburg today. Our city’s annual Christmas parade, Winterfest, the Paranorm MOV expo, the Easter Seals Festival of Trees at the Blennerhassett Hotel ... this place is bursting with opportunities to get into the community and holiday ...

Voter Rolls: Husted’s plan is just common sense

Claims of “voter suppression” have sunk to new, ridiculous lows in many parts of the United States. Good for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, soon to be lieutenant governor as a result of the Nov. 6 election, for refusing to be cowed by them. Like conscientious chief election officers ...

Clothes Closet: Partnership helps men dress for success

Clothing might not truly make the man, but it is certainly true that the right clothing can make a difference. Men seeking to polish their professional appearance for a job interview — but without the means to purchase an entirely now suit of clothes — may find help at the Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Tiny Trial: WVU aims to help pain patients

Those experiencing severe, chronic pain have been victimized in two ways by opioid drugs, but West Virginia University researchers are concentrating on giving them some relief. Widespread use of opioids for pain relief during a period of several years resulted in some people inadvertently ...

Don’t settle: Lawmakers must improve oversight

Was West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner acting illegally when he fired and replaced 16 employees in his agency, not long after taking office in January 2017? It is a question to which Mountain State residents deserve an answer — but we may never get it. Pointing out the people ...

Savings?: Officials should examine program’s results

An initiative by the West Virginia Department of Education to repair old computers and other electronic devices instead of selling them at auction sounds like a wonderful idea. The concept of recycling and reusing has built-in appeal. But is it saving taxpayers money? When state government ...

Economy: State government may be acting too soon

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice no doubt has heard the warning about counting one’s chickens before they are hatched. Let us hope he and Republican leaders in the Legislature have not done just that. A few weeks ago, Justice engaged in a bit of “I told you so” rhetoric regarding state ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the many volunteers who brought to the Mid-Ohio Valley events ranging from fun-filled turkey trots to community dinners that give us all a reason to be thankful. We are fortunate to live among such generous, caring and community-minded souls. UP: To Franklin Elementary School students ...

Options: Show support with Small Business Saturday

Those of you braving the Black Friday shopping crowds today might wish you had waited a day — stayed out of the herd, as it were — to shop with a little less of the madness, on Small Business Saturday. Each year, smaller, locally owned, brick and mortar retailers take advantage of the ...

Thanksgiving: Celebrate and count your blessings

What a wonderful holiday is Thanksgiving. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our families and friends all for which we are grateful — simple as that. Certainly there is a lot of food, football, a parade, and the military-level planning of Black Friday shopping strategies, but at ...