Editorials

Responsibility: Pharma exec cites role in opioids crisis

Kudos to Joseph Mastandrea, chairman of the board of wholesale pharmaceutical distributor Miami-Luken Inc. Of the officials representing five distributors giving sworn testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, Mastandrea was the ONLY person to answer “yes” when asked ...

Communism: Apologists deserving of condemnation

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Vote! Make a difference at the polls

If you have not already done so, and are a registered voter, get out to the polling places and make a difference today, folks. Whether you believe your city, county, school district, state and country are doing very well, or doing very badly, get out and vote. Today’s primary election ...

Dumping: Devote resources to punish scofflaws

Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit, tracking down those who toss broken down couches over the hill or stash tires and old appliances in a convenient hollow. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or exciting, but it is important. Last ...

Balance: Business, environment can go hand-in-hand

West Virginians hear time and again that they must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important partner in maintaining the health ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To donors and sponsors who made this year’s Give Local MOV event such a success. According to Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Development and Communications Officer Julie Posey, this year’s total comes to approximately $310,000. This year also marked the first time a single agency ...

Transparency: Ohio, West Virginia still have work to do

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

PEIA: Task force needs input to find solutions

West Virginia has its own “entitlement” problem, and it will be the subject of public meetings during the next several weeks. Programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the elephants in the room when talk turns to reining in deficit spending by the federal ...

Consequences: Ignoring warning signs from kids is not an option

There was a time when the idea of arresting a 10-year-old child would be laughable to most people. Zero-tolerance policies resulting in the arrests of young children for minor offenses that should have been treated with common sense and flexibility were rightly met with derision. Such is not ...

Expansion: Handle With Care’s success deserves praise

Lawmakers from West Virginia and Virginia have teamed up to bring the Mountain State’s Handle With Care program to the rest of the nation. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced the Handle With Care Act to broaden what has been an ...

Early Voting: Take advantage of this option and be heard

West Virginia’s early balloting process, open to any registered voter, means those who anticipate being unable to vote May 8 still have a chance to participate in this very important election. Early voting has proved to be very popular. It is convenient because, for a period of about two ...

You Can Help: Give Local MOV is a chance to aid groups

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are incredibly generous people. Time and again they step up when their neighbors (whether a block away or a continent away) are in need. But most of us feel best about our giving when we can direct funds to local organizations doing local work. We know who is making ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the level of confusion and general feeling of disarray surrounding recent Wood County Board of Education meetings. Members of the board and administration must conduct themselves in a manner that leaves no doubt in the minds of the public as to their competency, intent and priorities. ...

Useful Data: ARC report shows need to make changes

The Appalachian Regional Commission, along with the Population Reference Bureau released a report last month that puts a lot of data in one spot, purportedly to help development officials tackle the challenge of rebuilding our region’s economy. There is nothing surprising in the information ...

Kasich: Enforcing gun laws on books is important

Among complaints from conservatives worried about violating the Second Amendment by creating new gun control laws is the observation that we are not enforcing even the laws already on the books. In fact, some cases of gun violence might have been prevented had the laws already in place been ...

North Korea: Disarming rogue nation is an imperative

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt a multi-faceted approach to negotiations. It is ...

Tourism: Soccer championships offer great opportunities

Mountain State residents will have a chance to show off a little more of the hospitality for which we are known when young people — and their families — from around the country make their way to West Virginia next year and in 2020 for three major national youth soccer tournaments. Anyone ...

North Korea: Trump should demand preconditions

Are U.S. officials being too naive in dealing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly ...

Earth Day: State parks offer many ways to celebrate

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92. Bush is being fondly remembered by a nation who grew to know her as the wife of a two-term vice president, then First Lady, then the mother of more than one governor, and mother of a two-term president. ...