Editorials

Addiction: Substance abuse treatment requires compassion

“We don’t have to import addicts. We have plenty here.” West Virginia State Trooper Matt Jarvis was right to be so blunt in dismissing one of the fears expressed by Wirt County residents, that a transitional home for addicts would bring more addicts from out of the county, into ...

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UP: To plans for Hino’s grand opening celebration for its facility near Mineral Wells. There are 470 people working at the assembly plant, and we join Wood County Economic Development Director Lindsey Piersol in being grateful Hino chose to stay here in Wood County as it outgrew its ...

Girls Rise Up: Capito’s initiative important for growth

Most West Virginians would agree that old, illogical barriers to women in many careers ought to be eliminated. Yet in many ways, we still have a long way to go in gender equality. One study, by the Wallet Hub people who specialize in state-by-state ratings, ranked West Virginia 42nd in the ...

West Virginia Day: Our history can be our strength

It has been 156 years since a little legal wrangling allowed the Restored Government of Virginia to approve the creation of a new state out of the northwestern counties of Virginia. When West Virginia was born — officially on June 20, 1863 — not all of the counties came along gladly. In ...

Kids Count: Report shows state must improve conditions

Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book creates a snapshot of how well we are doing in taking care of the next generation as it grows. Often the report on the wellbeing of children in West Virginia is disheartening. In fact, again this year, the Mountain State ranks ...

Conservation: Bipartisan effort should not fall prey to politics

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives have been assisted by the LWCF. Projects ranging from local recreation to state parks ...

Ethics: Lawmakers must disclose conflicts of interest

State legislators should not have to ask whether their peers will financially benefit from laws they help enact. But this is West Virginia. History, including recent events, tells us the questions have to be asked. One came up before state senators voted to approve an education savings account ...

Research: WVU’s work lays foundation for future

Perfluoroalkyl chemicals, including the C8 that has contaminated some water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio, can be harmful to health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. Mid-Ohio Valley residents did not need the federal government to tell them that. What may have come as ...

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UP: To Ellie Mommessin, 17, of Girl Scout Troop 1063 in Vienna, who is working on easy ways to help local pollinators — bees, butterflies and bats — increase their population ... and do good things for us, in turn. “I wanted to do my part to help,” Mommessin said, after the completion ...

Omnibus 2.0: Education measures should be split among bills

If you believe the West Virginia Senate’s Student Success Act was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have missed a step or two. Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But the bill includes a variety of other provisions that, beyond any ...

Addiction: Lower income should not mean less treatment

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been reported. It turns out if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health care as those ...

Monitoring: Husel’s actions should prompt review

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Kevin’s Law: Pharmacist’s discretion can be life-saving

Last week, a law went into effect that shows just how far we have fallen in terms of allowing the use of common sense and decency. That Kevin’s Law was necessary at all demonstrates an appalling societal failure. Too many pharmacists and customers behaved badly, it seems, to allow those ...

WalletHub: Ranking shows need to diversify economy

While studies such as those regularly produced by WalletHub are not, by themselves anything on which to take immediate action, sometimes their vast oversimplification can bring the big picture into focus. Recently, WalletHub announced West Virginia has one of the five worst economies in the ...

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 ...

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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 ...