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Flooding: Find ways to help disaster victims

Last weekend, families in Wetzel County shook the mud off their feet and walked to supply distribution centers and emergency shelters where they sat down to tell the volunteers “We lost everything.” Everything. Their homes — and everything in them, their vehicles, their pets ... all they ...

Night Out: Event promotes strong police-community bond

Law enforcement officers cannot perform their jobs in isolation — it takes a good relationship with the community and the help of organizations like Neighborhood Watch for police to be able to serve and protect. One of the ways to maintain that relationship is the annual National Night Out ...

Ethics: Genetic editing will require oversight

Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old in the U.K., will be gone by the time you read this. He was the center of an international controversy for weeks, and was moved to a hospice, where doctors turned off life-support equipment last week. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Corrections: $1 raise for officers is an important first step

Men and women who choose to work as officers in our state’s correctional facilities perform a job few people are capable of doing well. “It has to be one of the most challenging jobs in all of West Virginia,” said Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Wood County Home Confinement staff, for receiving the Hero of Hope Award from the Wood County Juvenile Drug Court this week. “You are all soldiers in the field,” said Judge Darren Tallman. “We hear the feedback, and we know you go above and beyond what would be required of you. ...

Find Money: Do not put off vital Capitol dome repairs

West Virginia government finances are tight, these days. State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice felt they had to increase taxes and fees by about $130 million a year merely to take care of our roads and bridges. Special interests and government-funded entities have complained vociferously that ...

Addiction: Bureaucracy should seek more budget cuts

With its budget zeroed out for 2017-18, and the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention likely to be reduced from an 8-person staff to one, there are folks — particularly in Charleston — pointing to the office as a prime example of the evils of budget cuts. People will lose their jobs ...

Take a Hike: MOV groups could organize exercise trips

A library director in Kentucky is putting together a remarkable piece of community outreach that should be emulated by as many communities in Appalachia as possible. He is doing something about the abysmal state of our physical and mental health in this region, one person at a time; and he is ...

Seniors: State should build on ‘livability’ strength

Much of the focus on attracting new folks to West Virginia has been on young people. After all, our state has an aging population and a desperate need for new ideas and new energy. But one group has decided to take what we have already got to work with, and run with it. Imagine WV studies the ...

Incompetent: Justice should replace persons delaying audit

“When I find out who is responsible heads will roll,” said Gov. Jim Justice, upon being called out for a mistake that could cause considerable difficulty for West Virginia’s two- and four-year colleges. Mountain State institutions of higher learning are being penalized by the U.S. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes’ role on President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Rhodes’ own experience, winning an election by only five votes, is a perfect example of the need for fraud-free elections. “I just want to make sure we have ...

Infrastructure: MOV should receive its fair share of spending

Jockeying for position in the massive road improvement program Gov. Jim Justice has in mind for West Virginia already has begun. Fortunately, some of that lobbying has been on behalf of Wood County — but more needs to be done. Oct. 7, the date set for Mountain State voters to decide the fate ...

Education: ESSA public hearing schedule should be expanded

For months, state public education officials have been working on a strategy to move West Virginia schools forward and tactics to make it happen. In view of the fiasco revolving around another major initiative, Common Core curriculum, it might be expected every effort would be made to get the ...

Obligations: Gov. Justice should pay the taxes he owes

There are any number of good reasons why a taxpayer might argue with government about his or her bill. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be running out of them, however. Before the gubernatorial election last year, it was reported Justice’s companies owed taxes, fines and other bills ...

Privacy: Election officials safeguarding our private info

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate. Still, secretaries of state Mac Warner in West Virginia and Jon Husted in Ohio are absolutely right ...

Service Clubs: Groups offer a chance to give to community

“If our club no longer existed, are there entities and organizations that would pick up these efforts or would we see a void?” Jill Parsons, president of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, posed that questions as part of a look at what local civic organizations are doing to make sure their ...

Predictable: Gov. Justice playing the blame game

Last week, West Virginia made bottom of the list in yet another of those national rankings of states — this time CNBC’s Top States for Business. It has become a regular occurrence, and one most Mountain State residents know does not reflect the reality of, in this case, doing business ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wirt County resident Nancy Boyce, whose quick-thinking and instinct to help led her to pound on the door of a burning home until the young couple inside was awakened and able to escape. “Thank God the woman stopped (when she saw the home was burning, during her drive to work). They ...

Blight: National Guard could demolish buildings

Several communities in our area, in both West Virginia and Ohio, could use up their entire annual budgets on one thing — demolishing dilapidated buildings — if they did not have other spending priorities. But critical services must be maintained, so many of the junk structures remain ...