Editorials

Shatterproof: Addiction treatment ratings are good idea

Finding any addiction treatment program near our communities and at an affordable price is a challenge, in West Virginia. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones find providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Good Luck: Rileys had positive impact on community

Parkersburg Area residents may not always have been aware of the hard work — day in and day out — put in by Salvation Army Majs. Matt and Cathy Riley, but those who have been given a helping hand as the Rileys carried out the mission to “do the most good” certainly knew. Now the ...

Opioids Settlement: AG’s decision was reasonable

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is being criticized by some for his handling of a lawsuit settlement for a whopping $37 million. Could the state have collected more from drug distributor the McKesson Corp.? Maybe. But the bottom line is $37 million is big money and far from a ...

Saber Rattling: Kim needs a reminder of American resolve

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. When North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast, it appears the rockets were a new ...

Hard Choices: Belpre City Schools must weigh options

As has happened for many years, in nearly every school district with fiscal challenges, changing demographics and concerned, involved parents, there is an uproar in Belpre over proposed reductions in force — and the specific positions that may be at risk. And while it would be wonderful to ...

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UP: To Belpre City Council member Susan Abdella, who bucked the trend in today’s political discourse by graciously accepting her departure from council after receiving the lowest number of votes in Tuesday’s election. “Everybody running for council is qualified,” she said. “I’m very ...

Corruption: Criminal misconduct can’t be ignored

When the light shone brightly enough on judicial misconduct in West Virginia to result in concerns that the entire state Supreme Court of Appeals would have to be replaced, it appears to have inspired others to take a closer look at those sitting on the bench at all levels in the Mountain ...

Education: Lawmakers should pay heed to survey results

Though state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, has already begun the predictable work of discrediting results of this spring’s eight regional education roundtable events and online surveys, the results must not be ignored by lawmakers gearing up for a special session to revisit ...

Disaster Aid: Investigation warranted on how funds were spent

When the federal government dumps tens of millions of dollars into a state to help disaster victims, crooked politicians smell opportunity. Who’s to notice if some of the money gets siphoned away? After more than a year of questions concerning how more than $200 million in federal flood ...

Give Local MOV: Your donation can make a difference

Many local residents make special effort during Small Business Saturday to visit and spend a little money at locally owned shops, understanding the money makes far more impact here at home than if it had been spent at a national retailer. Today is our opportunity to do the same thing for local ...

Education: Committee needs an effective leader

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Infrastructure: Officials should embrace federal initiative

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. Trump is proposing a $2 trillion federal ...

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UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for receiving the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations. The PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program provides summer jobs and civic ...

Firearms: West Virginia must account for weapons it owns

In the comedy of errors that is Charleston bureaucracy, not much surprises these days. But a legislative audit released earlier this week should raise some eyebrows. It seems not only does the state have a difficult time keeping track of the number of vehicles it owns, it also finds it ...

Schools: Consolidations, closures are necessary

The can that has been kicked down the road by Wood County Boards of Education for more than a decade has finally landed at the feet of the current board. Though that board still includes two of the folks who did some of the kicking, it MUST make some truly difficult decisions — and then act ...

Education: Public input is vital to any legislative proposal

West Virginia legislators are taking a much better approach to public school improvements than they did last winter. This time around, they are setting the initiative up for success. After the “omnibus education bill” was killed in the Legislature, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special ...

West Virginia Invests: New initiative is worthy use of taxpayer money

A new program approved just last winter by West Virginia legislators is up and running. Good for state officials for not letting it get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape of the kind that often delays implementation of new programs. The initiative, West Virginia Invests, will pay community ...

Education: WVU buyouts needed to reduce costs

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, last week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Corruption: Jail overdoses show need for scrutiny

Drug overdoses are not uncommon in many West Virginia communities, including Charleston. But the five women who had to be treated at a hospital there last Monday appear to have overdosed at the South Central Regional Jail. That ought to prompt an investigation of drug smuggling at other ...

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DOWN: To news that cases of measles in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 25 years. Much of the resurgence can be traced back to (sometimes deliberate) misinformation about vaccines. Measles is, of course, only the beginning for misguided individuals intentionally eradicating herd ...