Editorials

Compromise: Tax reform bill should not be too watered down

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To a Vienna Public Library program to collect nonperishable food donations instead of monetary fines for overdue books, Nov. 14-18. With each donation equalling $1 in fines, the effort could garner lots of food for the local food bank, and encourage folks to do some good while returning ...

Terrorism: Extremists must be eradicated

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this country ...

Tax Relief: Country could use a tax cut

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

Flexibility: Council members display proper attitude

Politicians have a lot of grand ideas and make big promises on the campaign trail. Voters send them into office hopeful they will be able to fulfill that promise. But almost inevitably, politicians find out they had no idea what they did not know, before winning an election for the first ...

Opioids: More resources needed in addiction battle

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was right to express his frustration about a federal campaign against abuse of opioids and other drugs. “I don’t understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West Virginia,” complained McKinley during a congressional ...

Terrorism: No one-size-fits-all solution to battle

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Aftermath: Too many unanswered questions in IEI fire

It took most Mid-Ohio Valley residents who were not experiencing eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; coughing; or nausea only a few days to adjust to last week’s new normal. “The wind must have shifted again, the haze is back. Wow, it smells awful outside!” Wood County Schools ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the firefighters, other emergency responders and contractors who are still laboring away — a week later — at the scene of the IEI Plastics warehouse fire on Old Camden Avenue in Parkersburg. Those men and women have given a great deal of their time and energy (some of them ALL of ...

Transitions: Feds should help with problem they created

Those who set and implement national policies do not seem to care how they affect American families and local governments. We in West Virginia and Ohio have been aware of that for many years. A little to the north, the once-powerful steel industry is but a memory, thanks in part to the ...

Protection: First responders deserve care

During a press conference Tuesday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice applauded the work of local firefighters and other first responders who rushed to the scene of an enormous fire at the former Ames shovel plant, now an IEI Plastics warehouse facility. He said “You’re fighting Godzilla, and ...

Agriculture Commissioner Leonhardt cleaning up government waste

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Given the governor’s theatrics last year, he could probably shed some light ...

Rumor Mill: Misinformation will not help with fire’s effects

For more than four days, the men and women of as many as 31 fire departments from two states have worked themselves to the point of exhaustion fighting the blaze at the IEI Plastics facility in the former Ames plant in south Parkersburg. Those folks cannot receive enough gratitude and support ...

Terrorism: Finding wannabes is vital to keeping us safe

David Wright is a troubled young man, an American citizen, and a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. Via the Internet, Islamic State operatives convinced Wright that ...

Adversity: West Virginia’s children deserve better

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior, including: having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or be divorced/separated; ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Elks Club for its delivery of more than 900 dictionaries to Wood County third-graders. The books are meant to help support reading and literacy, but also to help kids with their grammar and research skills. It will also give them a reference book to take home with them at ...

Backlogs: More resources needed to test evidence kits

Two men indicted in Cleveland this week might have escaped justice but for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s effort, launched a few years ago, to devote more resources to analysis of thousands of “rape kits” that had sat on law enforcement shelves for years, even decades. The two men ...

Inefficient: wvOasis problems point to larger issue

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, shared the sentiment of many in West Virginia when he said, “I’m so sick and tired of hearing about this Oasis thing. The point of technology is to reduce the number of employees needed and gain efficiencies.” Carmichael’s frustration ...

Fletcher Lamkin: Outgoing WVU-P president deserves praise

Wood County residents should join the board and staff of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in extending their gratitude to WVU-P President Fletcher Lamkin, who announced this week he plans to step down to return to his previous post at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Lamkin and the ...

Addiction Treatment: Medicaid waiver should have more urgency

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are not just academic. ...