Editorials

Hunting Safety: Exercise caution and be safe out there

West Virginia’s deer gun season began Monday, and the state Division of Natural Resources says it expects a quarter million hunters to take to the woods from now through Dec. 1. That is a lot of folks walking around in need of a few safety reminders — and, by the way, not all the risks are ...

Spruced Up: Reclamation project is a good beginning

Those concerned with the health of our environment can be quick to point to drastic, instant-result “solutions” that do more harm than good. Their sense of urgency often leads them to bypass solutions that are perhaps slower, but provided by the planet (and smart humans who study it). Here ...

Fundraising: Hosaflook deserves praise for safeguards

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook is absolutely correct to want to have all Is dotted and Ts crossed when it comes to the various community organizations that raise money to help our schools. Last week, he reminded board of education members that any such group should be ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news of a clean and “exceptional” audit report on West Virginia University at Parkersburg. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, WVU-P Executive Vice President Alice Harris deserves an enormous amount of credit for making changes that led to such results. “We worked hard ...

Workman: Delegates should move on, drop impeachment

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

Children: Find a way to show them you care

Young people in the Mountain State are facing a crisis. Officials talk about the potential for not one, but two lost generations as a result of the substance abuse epidemic, our continued struggling economy and changes in social/community behavior. Isolation is a problem across populations but ...

Court Vacancy: Governor Justice must choose carefully

For the third time in less than three months, Gov. Jim Justice faces the task of appointing a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Let us hope he chooses as wisely as he did in filling the first two vacancies. Earlier this year, Justice appointed Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins to two ...

Oversight: Post Audit Division spotlights problems

It is beginning to sound like a broken record, the parade of discoveries of “mismanagement” and poor communication that has been costing West Virginia money, resources and credibility. Difficult as it is to stomach the many revelations of the degree to which our bureaucracy has failed us, ...

Poll Workers: Humans step up where machines fail

West Virginia voters, for the most part, saw a smooth, relatively problem-free election last week. In fact, the Mountain State was the proving ground for a new kind of election technology as block-chain, mobile voting was tested for the first time — and successfully. But there was a ...

Veterans Day: Honor our military men and women

The Armistice that inspired our modern Veterans Day observance happened 100 years ago today. During that time, generations of military men and women have continued to demonstrate that there are simply some people who are willing to do more, to sacrifice more, to keep the rest of us safe and ...

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UP: To all the local schools and other organizations putting together programs and services to commemorate Veterans Day. It is important for those who remember to teach those who must carry on the lessons learned because so many were willing to sacrifice everything for the rest of us — so ...

Education: Thanks to voters for approving school levy

Wood County voters proved once again this week that they understand our young people are worth a little continued sacrifice, if it means providing resources to give them the education they need. In fact, an astounding more than 72 percent of Wood County voters said yes to renewing the school ...

Drug War: Keep momentum going against criminals

Earlier this week, law enforcement officials seized what they say are enough drugs to kill — KILL — 300,000 people. Multiple drug traffickers were arrested. They are believed to be part of a trafficking operation that worked between Akron, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va. Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Safety: Follow traffic rules and keep our kids safe

Mid-Ohio Valley residents care deeply about the safety of our kids. There is no doubt. But it takes only a second of distraction to turn a daily drive into a tragic situation. Likely every school bus driver in our area has watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored flashing red ...

Donate: Feed Seniors Now needs your help

Though the need never changes, Comfort Keepers and FaithLink of Wood and Washington counties are changing one of the ways they take care of local seniors. With the Feed Seniors Now program, the organizations are working together to fill FaithLink’s Thrive community empowerment centers and ...

Oversight: Voters should vote yes on Amendment 2

Only one state in the entire nation, West Virginia, allows the judicial branch of government to spend taxpayers’ money with no legislative oversight. Events this year have made it obvious that needs to change. Voters in the Nov. 6 election have an opportunity to make that happen, by casting ...

Judiciary: Armstead, Jenkins deserve your vote

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To numbers showing early voting during its first six days in West Virginia has already surpassed early voting from the last midterm election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, there has been a nearly 38 percent increase over the 2014 elections. Significantly, there has been a ...

Tony Dunn: Superintendent impact deserves praise

Belpre residents will be sorry to see Superintendent of Schools Tony Dunn retire in January after eight years in which he worked hard to improve educational opportunities for local students. As board member Leonard Wiggins pointed out, at the time of his hiring “we really needed a leader ...

Judge Recht: He made a difference to education system

West Virginia, on Sunday, lost a great man who dedicated a significant portion of his life to the improvement of education for its children. Judge Arthur Recht made a difference in the lives of generations of students — and for our state’s future. Recht had an incredible record of public ...