Editorials

Radon: Take action to stay safe

Mid-Ohio Valley homeowners should take heed of the reminder from the American Lung Association that January is Radon Action Month, and there are steps everyone can take to reduce the risks associated with the gas. “You can’t see, taste or smell radon, but it is the second-leading cause of ...

Therapy Dogs: Program worth the search for funding

A few Wood County Schools have gone to the dogs, and it appears to be a wonderful thing. Grant funding has allowed two teachers to bring their certified therapy dogs to Franklin Elementary Center and VanDevender Middle School in a program that serves as both a comfort and reward for students; ...

Balance: Raising taxes requires careful consideration

A group calling itself Protect West Virginia has precisely the wrong idea when it comes to addressing the state’s budget woes and our citizens’ dependence on state government. The organization’s sole piece of policy advice for lawmakers and the governor? Do not make any cuts to the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To committee members preparing for this year’s Allohak Council of Boy Scouts’ 48th annual Community Leadership Dinner, which will be held March 2 at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. UP: To changes and improvements that have led to the best quarter in three ...

Tourism: Amy Shuler Goodwin leaves positive impact

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice has announced he will replace Division of Tourism Commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin — whose husband Booth Goodwin ran against Justice in the Democratic primary for governor — with Chelsea Ruby, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Commerce. While ...

Filling a Need: Hamilton Middle School students deserve praise

See a need; fill it. That is a hard enough mission for most adults. But students at Hamilton Middle School are proving that, with a little help from the staff and a partnership with the Parkersburg Woman’s Club, they can make a big difference for some local families in need. Sparked by a ...

Slow Bleed: Audit shows state has places to cut budget

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice insisted throughout his campaign that there is nothing left to cut in state government, no fraud or waste left to eliminate. Yet examples continue to fall at his feet, some of them from the Legislative Post Audit Division. Among the problems with state ...

Addiction: Babies paying price for drug epidemic

West Virginians are well aware of the evils plaguing so many of our residents because of the substance abuse epidemic, yet it seems there is always some new consequence rearing its ugly head. Last week, data from the West Virginia Health Statistics Center revealed nearly 5 percent of Mountain ...

Charitable: Marietta police give aid to cancer center

Marietta police officers appear to have found a fun way to pay it forward, after one of their own was helped out by the Fraternal Order of Police in Columbus last year. When Chief Rodney Hupp was injured in an on-duty car accident in September, the FOP helped him and his family. Marietta ...

Balance: Incoming EPA chief has right attitude

Last month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he was encouraged by the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At the time, Morrisey said he believed the nomination would mean good things, and he was optimistic ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To volunteers who joined Marietta Main Street for downtown cleanup that prepared the city for the Small Business Revolution visit Friday — at the new First Fridays event and then today’s visit with local business owners. Volunteers swept through Front through Third streets, Butler and ...

Mine Safety: Still room for improvement

Setting aside the matter of job security — if there are fewer miners working, fewer of them will be killed on the job, it has never been a safer time to be a miner in the United States. According to U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration numbers, fewer miners were ...

City Council: Hope for optimism, hard work ahead

A new era has begun in Parkersburg city government — a new mayor, a new council, a few fresh faces in administrative positions — and there is plenty of optimism. “I’m excited for a good year,” said second-term councilman J.R. Carpenter, who was chosen as council president. “We ...

Academia: Universities can find courses to drop

Members of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, which represents the Buckeye State’s public universities, want more money from the state and the opportunity to ask more money of its students. Predictably, officials at some of those universities are warning that if they do not receive ...

Fresh Ideas: New revenue streams are vital to our future

In a few weeks, lawmakers will be tackling problems made even more challenging by the ever-shrinking revenue coming into state coffers. Among the suggestions for improving revenue intake have been some pretty out-of-the-box ideas — things like marketing our twisting, turning, scenic roads to ...

Things to Do: Mid-Ohio Valley has cures for boredom

Those who complain there is nothing to do in the Mid-Ohio Valley — particularly during the winter months — have spent little time exploring the options available at our numerous, excellent museums. It is a shame that sometimes visitors from outside our region have a better idea about the ...

A New Start: Let us greet 2017 with determination, hope

Today is the start of what we all hope will be a bright new year. It is the end of a year that saw upheaval, the end of a presidency, the loss of what felt like far too many icons, natural disaster and tragedy, and a decline in the way Americans communicate with one another. It is a chance to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the announcement of the upcoming closure of Kmart in south Parkersburg. While the closure of an unprofitable store is certainly understandable from a business perspective, the change will leave a hole in the southside retail community, and the routines of shoppers who have frequented ...

Social Media: Mall brawls show risky behavior

Monday evening, in shopping malls across the country — Connecticut, Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina — fights broke out that sparked panic and confusion. The series of apparent coincidences largely involved teenagers who brought social media mob mentality to very real, public ...

School Buses: Drivers deserve praise for keeping kids safe

Thousands of Wood County parents send their children off to school each day, and wait for them to arrive home in the afternoon, via school buses. They do not think twice about trusting their children’s safety to the men and women who drive those school buses because they know the drivers have ...