Editorials

Show Goes On: Film Office not a big loss for West Virginia

Former bureaucrats and their bitter lobbyist hangers-on appear to be trying to raise a fuss to distract from the fact their responsibilities have been absorbed quite handily by another government office. They picked the wrong target. When the West Virginia Legislature made it clear it was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To The Castle Historic House Museum for receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Public Programming for the “Lest We Forget: Remembering Washington County in WWI” concert. Officials certainly reached their goal of commemorating a forgotten time period in an ...

City’s Future: Keeping, attracting young people is vital

Too often, elected officials and the citizens who put them in office are so focused on the challenges of the present (and past) that they lose sight of the opportunities that will propel them forward. During a Parkersburg Finance Committee meeting earlier this week, Councilman Jeff Fox made a ...

United Way: Organization worthy of your donations

As the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this week, Executive Director Stacy DeCicco talked about the challenge that comes in trying to raise money amid difficult economic conditions. “When that happens, that’s when the community needs us ...

Labor Force: Job participation rates are too low to sustain

With the focus on the American worker at the beginning of this week came plenty of talk about what we contribute to the economy of this nation. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you believe. It is ...

Ideas: Free speech proposal deserves hearing

A reasonable person might suppose that college and university campuses are havens for exchange of and debate about ideas. Too often, that is not true. Faculties at most institutions of higher learning are weighted toward people with liberal social, economic and political views. Many are ...

Labor Day: Celebrate the spirit of American workers

While Labor Day may have been born of the labor union movement of the late 19th Century, and its first celebrations were set out as parades to show the world “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” during those times, the holiday has evolved into a national ...

Forward: Economic study deserves a close look

When the great minds at West Virginia’s colleges and universities are bent to the same challenge, the rest of us can be confident they will come up with solutions that mean progress. It is encouraging, then, to know the folks at West Virginia University and Marshall University have joined ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To programs such as Guitars4Vets, which teaches military veterans how to play guitar as a form of recreational therapy. West Virginia’s only chapter of the organization covers Clarksburg and Parkersburg, and local teachers are always looking for more volunteer instructors to help. UP: ...

Accountable: Charter schools must meet higher standards

There is some irony in Democrat Zack Space’s choice of an issue to promote his candidacy for Ohio state auditor. In accusing some state officials of not doing their jobs regarding the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Space indirectly gives the Republican incumbent, Dave Yost, a giant pat on ...

Rosie: Mid-Ohio Valley bells should join celebration

At 1 p.m. on Labor Day, bells will be ringing at five locations in West Virginia, to celebrate the enormous contribution American women working in industry made toward victory in World War II. We refer to them now by the collective term, “Rosie the Riveter.” But there will be no bells ...

Children: Foster families needed to help innocent victims

Amid the devastation wrought by the substance abuse epidemic that has swept across Appalachia, truly innocent victims —children — are adrift in a world where parents are being arrested, or dying, and other family members are often unable to take them in because addiction has poisoned the ...

Transparency: Hiding information is not in the public good

As another round of investigations winds down in the search for fault over West Virginia’s three-years-in-a-row tardiness turning in statewide audits of every agency, the likelihood that any “heads will roll” in the matter diminishes. The investigations are also getting increasingly less ...

Addiction: Kasich should consider treatment proposals

By one estimate, drug abuse claims an average of 11 lives each day in Ohio. A natural disaster — for example, an emerging disease rampaging through the state taking that many lives — would be viewed as an emergency. Many in law enforcement and state government treat substance abuse as such ...

Addiction: Long-term treatment facilities need help

Last week, Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., invited guests from Washington, D.C., to get a first-hand look at the damage the substance abuse epidemic is doing to West Virginia — and the work being done to combat it, in the face of enormous challenges. Lawrence Muir, general counsel and acting ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To a partnership between Wood County Schools and the City of Parkersburg that will result in Wood County Technical Center and Caperton Center students designing and building a new shelter for Southwood Park. “It provides them the opportunity to build something that is used by the whole ...

Football: Adults should let kids enjoy the game

It’s back! High school football has returned to the Mid-Ohio Valley, and thousands of students, parents, and fans are thrilled to be able to watch local kids compete, cheer, play in the band and become part of a tradition that is nearly as old as football, itself. It is a joyful, exciting ...

Afghanistan: Trump’s reset button shows no retreat

Throughout our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared ...

Rainy Day Fund: Safety cushion making lawmakers complacent

Lawmakers who listened to state budget director Mike McKown’s description of relatively healthy Rainy Day funds in West Virginia should thank McKown for the information ... and then immediately forget it. Anyone who has been faced with a challenging financial situation only to be reminded ...

Wasteful: $150M payroll debacle should be addressed

Back in 2014, the state of West Virginia paid a LOT of money for a computer suite and software that was going to handle payroll, accounting and asset management. Three years later, you guessed it: “We bought a $150 million computer platform that has the ability to actually have a ...