Editorials

Desperation: Substance abuse fight will require effort

Officials from across the education spectrum in West Virginia gathered last week in Parkersburg to announce the MVB Bank Opioid Awareness Summit that will bring thousands of Mountain State students to Morgantown and Huntington in September to begin a project meant to “Be A Game Changer” in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport’s highest number of enplanements in two years, last month. “We’re really starting to see things take off,” said Airport Manager Glen Kelly. There are still goals to surpass, but good decision-making and solid management appears to have set the ...

Work Camp: Worthy project may inspire others

If is it true that Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch has heard grumblings in the past from painting businesses that believe the Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp is somehow siphoning away their business, Couch was right to offer them a little education on the mission of the Work Camp ... and that a ...

Appeal: Separation of powers question must be resolved

Most West Virginians who were upset and outraged about last year’s impeachment summer, involving state Supreme Court members, probably would prefer to forget about it. It is over and done with — except for one critical detail. Three of the high court’s five members were replaced as a ...

Veterans: Volunteers needed to give transportation

Last month, we Americans paid homage to those who gave their lives for our nation. Within a few weeks, some military veterans who survived their service will need our help. There is no better way to honor them than by providing it. Many veterans who need medical care at Department of Veterans ...

Parrish: Instructor’s legacy worthy of praise

Last week, Wood County Drug Free Schools Instructor Judy Parrish was honored by both Wood County Board of Education and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice for her work to develop and then get established girls’ sports programs in the state. She earned the Governor’s Service Award for the ...

Needles: Cabell County HIV cluster raises questions

HIV, which can lead to fullblown AIDS, is exploding in Cabell County. The cause: People who share needles to inject illicit drugs. One unsettling aspect of the “cluster” of HIV cases, as health professionals are referring to the situation, is that the Cabell County Health Department has a ...

Plagiarism: DeMoss set poor example for students

What will Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss say next school year when a student is sent to his office by a teacher who suspects that student of having plagiarized an assignment? “Sorry, kid, I’ve got to hold you to a higher standard than I hold myself?” DeMoss made a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Board of Education members — and all the members of the dental committee who worked on recommended changes — for approving the alteration of the district’s employee dental plan that will save the school system nearly $650,000 a year. It is not easy to correct the ...

Emergencies: Tech boost needed to improve response

Each year the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation uses 129 measures to determine the country’s and individual states’ ability to monitor and respond to manmade and natural disasters. In this year’s study, West Virginia dropped: 3.2 percent in health security and 7 percent in ability to monitor ...

Education: Special session action should not be rushed

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete Senate ...

Relief Funds: Money must be managed properly this time

West Virginia will receive $106 million more in federal disaster relief funds, because of floods that devastated some communities in 2016, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced last week. Let’s get it right this time. It has been three years, and we have given scant reason for the feds ...

Immigration: Refusing Trump request may do harm

When Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration $4.5 billion last week, it prevented spending that would have stopped an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Memorial Day: Give thanks to our fallen heroes

Unofficial start to summer, the opening of municipal swimming pools, school is out (or nearly so) and a three-day weekend. Memorial Day has drifted so far from its origins it is no wonder Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to encourage us all to stop at 3 p.m. today to think ...

Honor Them: Resolution for Woody Williams is right call

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. Williams earned his medal “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the ending of another school year, the sending off of graduates to the next chapter in their lives ... and the beginning of summer (unofficial as it may be). Parents may be bracing themselves, but the change presents an opportunity for a very different kind of learning for many kids. ...

Bee City: Get buzzed for Williamstown project

We already know Williamstown loves its Yellowjackets. But the city is looking to provide a better habitat for all bees, and residents can help. City Council is working toward passage of an ordinance to certify Williamstown as a Bee City U.S.A. community. That part is more a formality to help ...

Restraint: Do not be goaded into war with Iran

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would love to see even the smallest of military conflicts between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Safe Travel: Holiday, drunk driving do not mix

It may be difficult for Mountain State residents to hear, but according to a company called ASecureLife, West Virginia is the most dangerous state in the nation for those traveling on Memorial Day weekend. Their report used statistics from 2013-17 to determine Memorial Day is the third-most ...

Education: Mental health challenges must be met by state

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...