Editorials

Useful Data: ARC report shows need to make changes

The Appalachian Regional Commission, along with the Population Reference Bureau released a report last month that puts a lot of data in one spot, purportedly to help development officials tackle the challenge of rebuilding our region’s economy. There is nothing surprising in the information ...

Kasich: Enforcing gun laws on books is important

Among complaints from conservatives worried about violating the Second Amendment by creating new gun control laws is the observation that we are not enforcing even the laws already on the books. In fact, some cases of gun violence might have been prevented had the laws already in place been ...

North Korea: Disarming rogue nation is an imperative

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt a multi-faceted approach to negotiations. It is ...

Tourism: Soccer championships offer great opportunities

Mountain State residents will have a chance to show off a little more of the hospitality for which we are known when young people — and their families — from around the country make their way to West Virginia next year and in 2020 for three major national youth soccer tournaments. Anyone ...

North Korea: Trump should demand preconditions

Are U.S. officials being too naive in dealing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly ...

Earth Day: State parks offer many ways to celebrate

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92. Bush is being fondly remembered by a nation who grew to know her as the wife of a two-term vice president, then First Lady, then the mother of more than one governor, and mother of a two-term president. ...

Opioids: Policy changes at DEA can make a difference

No one wants to deny relief from pain to those who truly need opioid prescription drugs. But regulators have had a difficult time walking the line between limiting their access and shutting down the notorious pill mills that have helped to create the substance abuse crisis in our state. A ...

Work Zones: Slow down and help keep workers safe

Anyone driving through Wood County regularly in recent weeks has become familiar with the site of orange cones and barrels, reduced speed limit signs, blinking arrows and workers in safety gear out on the roads. Those men and women are out there doing an essential job that is far more dangerous ...

IEI Cleanup: Commissioners right to request updates

Wood County Commissioners are right to ask for an update from West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection officials on the cleanup of the site of the International Export-Import Plastics site fire last October. According to Commission President Blair Couch, the last update was received ...

Deterrent: Chemical attack deserved response

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in last week’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Ryan’s Debt: Speaker failed to cut entitlement spending

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said last week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Superintendent: Wood County residents can make their voice heard

Wood County residents have an opportunity Wednesday to weigh in on the search for a new superintendent to lead their public schools. It is an important opportunity, and residents should take advantage of it. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the district offices at 13th and Plum streets, Parkersburg, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, where Via Air has been completing 94 percent of its flights since November. Airport Manager Glen Kelly hopes that with the improved performance, the airport can soar past 10,000 enplanements a year, within the next 18 months. UP: To the Wood County ...

Almost Heaven: Tourism officials right to embrace slogan

West Virginians who have done much traveling know the song “Country Roads,” and the state for which it has come to stand, are known all over the world. Bar patrons in almost any country sing along, word for word, if the tune comes over the sound system. If there happens to be a West ...

Broadband: Expanding service is vital to Ohio’s interests

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state is high enough to discourage the effort by private companies. Some help ...

Pet Owners: Make sure pets are restrained, controlled

Animal control officials in Washington County are dealing with a problem that is likely widespread in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Dogs running loose, sometimes in groups, and sometimes getting into trouble — attacking people and other pets. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, ...

Opioids Fight: New federalfunding levels may not be high enough

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. West Virginia and Ohio are ...

Cold War: The world is still a dangerous place

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed last week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in an answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

It’s a Start: Surgeon General finally steps into opioids fight

Last week the U.S. Surgeon General did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory — the last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. What could be so important, that it roused the mostly invisible U.S. surgeon general to such ...