Editorials

Vaccination: Mandatory immunization law should not be relaxed

We are just three months into 2019 and, already, the number of measles cases in the United States has topped the total recorded for last year. It has been nearly 20 years since measles had the impact being seen now. Twenty states have reported the sickness. West Virginia is not one of them. ...

Education: Belpre residents must get involved

Belpre residents should take advantage of Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley’s calls for community involvement as he and board of education members move to change the way the district educates and prepares students. Last month, Greenley and Treasurer Lance Erlwein presented ...

Ethics: Training sessions are invaluable to local government

West Virginia Ethics Commission personnel conduct training sessions for public officials periodically. Special sessions on ethics laws in general and on the Open Meetings Act are being held this month — including one here in Parkersburg last week. One reaction to such educational programs ...

Justice: Residency lawsuit must be decided

No thoughtful judge or appeals court justice wants to become involved in a confrontation with a governor. It is understandable, then, that Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King is not delighted about a lawsuit he must handle. Filed by House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, ...

Venezuela: United States should not try to oust Maduro

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt. Many Americans feel sympathy for them, but there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help them. So far — as far as we are aware — U.S. intervention has been ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To at least the pretense of bipartisanship and cooperation that has Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., working together to bring oil, natural gas and petrochemical industry growth to our state. That includes Manchin’s efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy to bring ...

Bernie’s a Bust: ‘Medicare for All’ plan doesn’t add up

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Trauma: Education needs mental health investment

“If we do not fix this, we will lose public education.” That was strong language from Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook Tuesday, but he had good reason for using it. There is a desperate need in our local schools to address the damage being done to too many of our ...

Preservation: Sumnerite Museum deserves our help

Kudos to Parkersburg city officials who found a way to use $8,500 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding to fund an assessment of what it will take to restore and preserve the Sumnerite Museum on Avery Street. “This building’s a treasure, and if we don’t take some ...

Loughry: Justice’s fall shows need for scrutiny

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry has begun seeing the other side of the criminal justice system. Last Friday, he reported to a federal prison in South Carolina where he began serving a two-year sentence for misdeeds committed while in office. Loughry was sentenced ...

Business: Work with job creators deserves praise

For a long time, West Virginia was viewed by some as anything but a business-friendly state. That is changing in many desirable ways — and not just for the big guys. Among them is Secretary of State Mac Warner’s goal of making it as easy as possible for businesses to deal with his office. ...

Bureaucracy: Changes needed for overdue disaster relief

In the “here we go again” category, the bureaucrats in Charleston continue to prove to the federal government that they simply cannot be trusted with large sums of money. One would think, after having been placed on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “slow spender” ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Glenville State College student Jacob Bullard, a senior criminal justice major who is interning with the Burnsville Police Department. Bullard’s quick assessment of an overdose victim and recent certification in CPR meant he was able to immediately begin delivering chest compressions ...

Speak Out: Dental insurance forum needs stakeholder input

Ladies and gentlemen, if an issue is important to you, and an opportunity has been offered to be part of the discussion on that issue, do not ignore it. If it was important to you to have your voice heard on public education in our state, for example, the logical thing would have been to attend ...

Research: New classification is huge boost for WVU

For years, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has suggested the Mountain State’s universities should be receiving a larger share of the research dollars available from the federal government. News this week out of West Virginia University might prove a step in that direction. WVU has been ...

I Ask: Asking for consent is healthy, normal

Gov. Jim Justice, in proclaiming April Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in West Virginia, called the increase both here in the Mountain State and nationally in child abuse and sexual assaults against men, women and children a “terrible commentary on a sector of society that ...

Blowing Smoke: Justice right to veto tax break for big marijuana

Giving a tax break to big marijuana businesses that allegedly have a financial advantage over small ones makes absolutely no sense. Yet a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature would have done just that. Gov. Jim Justice was right to veto the measure. Any attempt to resurrect it ought ...

Equipment: Machinery upgrades needed at DOH

Not all the suggestions submitted in response to Gov. Jim Justice’s request for information on secondary road repairs were for specific highway projects. A substantial number of Division of Highways officials say they need better equipment if they are to do a good job of maintaining ...

Bureaucracy: We can’t afford business as usual

Effective tomorrow, West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed is retiring, though one gets the impression she may have believed she did not have much choice in the matter. Reed has become the public face of the latest lifting of the veil on the mess that is Charleston ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Board of Education President Rick Olcott’s move to seek guidance from the state Ethics Commission regarding whether members of the board who receive dental benefits through the school district may still vote on the matter when insurance comes up for review. There are three ...