Editorials

Sober Living: Treatment needed for improving workforce

Last week, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced more than $22 million to fund eight projects it says are part of job retention and expansion efforts in West Virginia coal communities. Funding included the usual nonsense, such as nearly $60,000 to, according to the Associated Press, ...

Education: Teacher development should be considered

In what appears to be an effort to do something good for West Virginia teachers, school administrators AND parents, the House of Delegates Education Committee passed a bill last week that would fix the school year in all counties to between Sept. 1 and May 31. It would also reduce the required ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg South High School’s speech and debate team, which has earned charter membership in the National Speech and Debate Association because of its more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate activities, over the past three years. “It’s a goal ...

Home Rule: Legislators must stop dragging their feet

Nearly three weeks ago, the West Virginia state Senate amended and passed Senate Bill 4, which would make the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program permanent. Just a few days prior, however, the House of Delegates Government Organization Committee had tabled its version of the bill, and the House ...

Energy: Emissions technology deserves support

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

Voting: Warner’s initiative should expand

With all the accusations of “voter suppression” being made against Republicans, it is good to note West Virginia’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Mac Warner, seems to be doing all he can to increase the number of people who cast ballots. In the process, Warner, a Republican, ...

Not so Fast: Lawmakers trying to limit your access to information

West Virginia lawmakers are quietly considering two bills that would limit your access to information — even information about YOU — and could make it easier for government officials to pull the wool over your eyes, or arrange for the unfair and speedy sale of YOUR property. One is House ...

Arrogance: Loughry’s punishment should send a message

Disgraced former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry will pay a stiff price for abusing the trust voters placed in him. Good. It would be nice to be able to think that will serve as a deterrent to others tempted to abuse their power. Loughry was found guilty last fall of 11 ...

National Debt: When do we reach the breaking point?

Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To neighbors who helped a wheelchair-bound Parkersburg woman escape a house fire Wednesday. There were no injuries — even two cats escaped the blaze needing nothing more than a little oxygen from firefighters. Kudos to those who saw someone in need of help and stepped in to a potentially ...

Pollution: Energy companies must be held accountable

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. It is imperative that we insist the energy industry play by the rules ...

Potholes: Special session on roads would be welcome

At least the potholes are good for something, according to state Sen. Randy Smith. Smith, R-Tucker, explained during a discussion in the Senate about the sorry state of many secondary roads in West Virginia. He told fellow lawmakers that during a weekend trip back to his home, he saw ducks ...

Porterfield: Voters should hold delegate accountable

Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, told another newspaper he believes the backlash against his hateful remarks last week will increase his chances of getting re-elected. If he has been led to believe that is the case, it is truly a shame. Porterfield unapologetically said he thinks “the LGBTQ ...

Road Fund: Lawmakers must find solution to downturn

With state officials in a quandary over how West Virginia’s secondary roads are going to be maintained in the future, the Department of Transportation may have a more immediate problem. At the end of January, seven months into the fiscal year, revenue collections to support the State Road ...

Oil and Gas: Temp jobs show need for diverse economy

When members of the West Virginia Press Association gathered in Charleston last week to hear from lawmakers and lobbyists during the group’s annual Legislative Breakfast, one of the topics of discussion was the oil and natural gas industry — and, in particular, pipelines. State Senate ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To efforts to clean up the system for determining the number of state-owned vehicles in West Virginia, which have (after three years) resulted in discovery that the state owns 8,380 vehicles (rather than the 12,500 that were being insured by the Board of Risk and Insurance Management). That ...

Racism: Hold public officials to a higher standard

Far too many Americans do not seem to understand the rights granted to us under the First Amendment. What it does not provide is any right to incite violence or to prompt the public to suspect whether one’s employer, private or public, condones racism. The former deputy director of emergency ...

Public Safety: Warehouse inventory lists are a necessity

It has been less than a year and a half since a devastating fire at one of the IEI Plastics warehouses in Parkersburg filled the air — not just in our community, but in communities many miles away — for eight days. No one knew what was burning. Our burning eyes and throats told us we needed ...

Conflicts: Legislators should not be exempt from rules

Local and state officials in West Virginia are prohibited in a variety of ways from using their positions for personal gain. One is steering local or state contracts to businesses in which they have interests. For example, a county board of education member whose family sells school buses ...