Editorials

Terrorism: Giving in to fear is no way to live

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel last week, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly ...

Addiction: Economic revitalization would help problem

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in the Mountain State last week, courtesy of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Sessions was speaking as part of West Virginia on the Rise: Rebuilding the Economy and Rebuilding Lives, but his focus was the substance abuse epidemic that has ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the expansion of the ArtCart program to three more Wood County schools next month. The program, administered by Artsbridge, funded through the Spartan Foundation and Artsbridge, and for which Kate Esbenshade Hushion serves as the artistic director, provides art classes once a week for ...

Venezuela: Trump is correct on pressuring leader

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations earlier this week did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. ...

Motivation: Relocating ARC could focus wasteful agency

While President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates the Appalachian Regional Commission — with good reason — two members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation still see enough value in the agency to propose a way for it to continue. Though the commission has been almost ...

State Farms: Lawmakers should cut wasteful expense

For 15 years, lawmakers and West Virginia officials have known the state-run farms are inefficient and unsustainable. That is because a review by the Post Audit Division back in 2002 reached that conclusion, and offered solutions to the problem. According to Justin Robinson, a legislative ...

Bright Idea: LED bulbs will save thousands for taxpayers

Change comes slowly to the bureaucracy — usually by design. But for as easy as it is for those living in the real world to criticize the workings of West Virginia’s massive non-elected government, it appears some agencies are taking small steps in the right direction. At what is projected ...

Worth Study: Health risks of surface mines should be studied

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. After that, Obama invented some new tools to harass the folks in coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back ...

Clean Energy: Inflated job numbers do not help cause

Ohio has the second-highest number of renewable energy jobs in the Midwest (behind Illinois), according to Clean Jobs Midwest 2017, a collaboration between Clean Energy Trust, an investment group, and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit comprised of business groups and investors. In fact, ...

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UP: To news that West Virginia 11th-graders will be able to take the SAT for free and send their scores to up to four colleges or universities at no cost, as the state Department of Education has chosen the SAT as its statewide summative assessment beginning in spring 2018. The change is a ...

Pensions: Parkersburg City Council must weigh all options

At a poorly attended meeting of Parkersburg City Council’s Finance Committee this week, the three members who were present voted to make an unsettling recommendation to the council as a whole: Enact a dedicated 1 percent sales tax to help fund the police and fire pension liability that has ...

Justice: Better communication needed at state level

When Mountain State lawmakers spoke before members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month, they set out an agenda that should serve them well in 2018 legislative session ... if they stick to it. Among the priorities will be continuing to downsize and streamline ...

Virgin Islands: Do not forget hurricane victims

Texans, Floridians and Georgians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than ...

Give Blood: Red Cross needs your donations

As donations pour in to organizations such as the American Red Cross to help victims of the flooding this summer in West Virginia and hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there is something more than cash and bottled water in desperately short supply: blood. According to Rodney Wilson, communications ...

Remember: Honor the victims of Sept. 11

For 16 years, Americans have gotten an annual reminder that no matter how divided we think we are, extremists around the world think of us as one —a united nation of infidels that must be terrorized and punished for the very freedoms that make us so strong. On Sept. 11, 2001, those Islamist ...

Show Goes On: Film Office not a big loss for West Virginia

Former bureaucrats and their bitter lobbyist hangers-on appear to be trying to raise a fuss to distract from the fact their responsibilities have been absorbed quite handily by another government office. They picked the wrong target. When the West Virginia Legislature made it clear it was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To The Castle Historic House Museum for receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Public Programming for the “Lest We Forget: Remembering Washington County in WWI” concert. Officials certainly reached their goal of commemorating a forgotten time period in an ...

City’s Future: Keeping, attracting young people is vital

Too often, elected officials and the citizens who put them in office are so focused on the challenges of the present (and past) that they lose sight of the opportunities that will propel them forward. During a Parkersburg Finance Committee meeting earlier this week, Councilman Jeff Fox made a ...

United Way: Organization worthy of your donations

As the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this week, Executive Director Stacy DeCicco talked about the challenge that comes in trying to raise money amid difficult economic conditions. “When that happens, that’s when the community needs us ...

Labor Force: Job participation rates are too low to sustain

With the focus on the American worker at the beginning of this week came plenty of talk about what we contribute to the economy of this nation. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you believe. It is ...