Editorials

Social Media: Elected officials should set a better example

Last month, a Parkersburg resident asked City Council to consider adopting a social media policy for city employees. She made it clear at the time that her suggestion was motivated by the social media activity of a particular elected official; and City Attorney Joe Santer explained such a ...

Nutrition: SNAP guidelines are not adequate for good health

There has been much discussion at the federal level about the difficulty in feeding kids a healthy diet on a limited income — particularly in regions labeled “food deserts.” For many families, it is more affordable to feed kids what amounts to junk food; and a trip to a large grocery ...

Walker: Censure was right call for justice

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker’s appearance of contrition and her pledges to make reforms at the court may have played a role in her acquittal after a short trial before state senators last week. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Safeguards against profligate ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the coincidence in which Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority members approved an endorsement of Contour Airlines to take over federally subsidized Essential Air Service to Charlotte from Via Air ... and Via Air’s subsequent raising of fares. “This is going to kill us, these ...

Education: Tough decisions needed to stop money drain

Wood County Schools is facing the need to spend as much as $11 million to improve energy efficiency at aging schools that cost the school system hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. When CMTA Energy Solutions conducted a survey of the district’s schools and administrative buildings it ...

Fine Print: Commissioners learn money lesson

Wood County Commissioners are learning an important lesson in reading the fine print, as they discover they “don’t have any choice” but to accept a $674,992.93 grant from the West Virginia State Election Commission that is to be matched with $768,500 in local funds to purchase ...

Moving target: Find facts or apologize to Kavanaugh

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted if he is seated on the nation’s ...

Heart Walk: Event still helping fight two big killers

Though the American Heart Association Heart Walk event in Parkersburg has changed its format this year, the mission is no less important — to save lives. Raising money for research and awareness of heart disease and stroke is a tall task; they are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of ...

Monument: Gold Star families deserve recognition

Families across the Mid-Ohio Valley know the sacrifices made on the homefront when loved ones leave to defend our nation. “Every community, really of any size, (has) Gold Star families in them, going back to when we first became a nation,” said Hershel “Woody” Williams, whose Medal of ...

Preservation: Public input needed to develop plan

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know our region is dotted with historical buildings and sites at nearly every turn. We also know that far too many of those sites are not receiving the attention they deserve. Too often, it is not until they are in danger — or have reached the point of no return — ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Wood County Board of Education’s approval of funding to purchase 325 new laptops, to be distributed to all administrators and high school teachers. The idea is to eliminate the challenges created by what Superintendent Will Hosaflook calls a “hodgepodge of technology;” to ...

MIA: Finding Korean War dead is important

It is likely few people had more than passing interest in the report this summer that North Korea had turned over to U.S. representatives 55 boxes said to contain the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War. That conflict was a long, long time ago, after all. But for one West ...

Vital Funds: Congress must reauthorize LWCF

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Voting: Register and make your voice heard

No matter how you feel about the results of the 2016 general election, the fact is only 57.4 percent of eligible voters — 732,362 people — in West Virginia went to the polls that day. In Wood County, the numbers were just a bit better: 64.9 percent of eligible voters, or 36,600 people, ...

Settlements: Legislators should take a look at system

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is right to be upset about other officials depriving him of his day in court. Taxpayers should be concerned, too, about what taking the easy way out of lawsuits is costing us. When Warner took office, he replaced 16 employees in his department. ...

Lessons: Drunk driving’s dangers can’t be ignored

Last week, students from Parkersburg High School got an important lesson when School Resource Officer Chris Morehead of the Parkersburg Police Department set up demonstrations to simulate drunk, buzzed and distracted driving. Driving in anything but a sober, focused state is a bad ...

Visionaries: More needed to take a chance on Parkersburg

“There’s no reason why Parkersburg cannot be a technology center,” said Mike Williams, owner and president of iTech, in announcing a planned technology center in the former Parkersburg Office Supply building at Fifth and Avery streets. He is right, of course. We have the space, we have ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the laying of a cornerstone at the future Williamstown Elementary School, which included a capsule filled with items ranging from newspaper articles from the Sept. 15, 2018 edition of the News and Sentinel, to letters from and photos of current Williamstown Elementary students. With ...

Conservation: Community forest is a treasure to preserve

Parkersburg residents know our community holds many treasures. Among them is the Johnson T. Janes Nature Preserve, which is now receiving recognition as a Community Forest of the Old Growth Forest Network. While the honor is meant to “bring public awareness to such local resources and to ...

Opioids: Doctors who abuse trust should be prosecuted

An Ohio man, Dr. Tod Hagins of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at ...