Editorials

Hit the Books

Young West Virginians without good mathematics skills will find themselves handicapped in the job market, which increasingly is an international one. To judge by a test given to eighth graders in dozens of countries, that should concern Mountain State residents.Few statistical instruments exist ...

DUI Consequences

Matthew Cordle learned doing the right thing can have consequences.Last week, Cordle, 22, of Powell, Ohio, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for killing Vincent Canzani, 61, Gahanna, Ohio, in a traffic crash in June. Cordle admitted in a YouTube video he was driving drunk.Cordle was driving ...

One at a Time

During the partial shutdown of federal government, Republicans in the House of Representatives had a good idea: They passed several bills providing money for specific agencies, including some involved in helping veterans, public health and national parks.President Barack Obama vowed to veto ...

Federal Rules

State Board of Education members agree West Virginians ought to have more local control over public schools. To that end, county school boards will have more latitude regarding when classes start and end each year.But they'd better not hand out cupcakes.Most of the time, local control over ...

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UP: To the Marietta College students participating in today's Make a Difference Day, the largest day of community service in the nation. Student organizations have planned projects for today, including Alpha Tao Omega, Cross Country and the Psychology Club. Twelve of the 20 projects have been ...

New School

Construction of a new elementary school in Williamstown is among the most pressing needs of the entire Wood County School System. The current school is antiquated and inadequate in every way and no amount of repair can do anything to change that fact. A new school is warranted and has been for ...

Domestic Violence

On Monday, the Family Crisis Intervention Center, which operates the domestic violence center here, held a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence at Point Park. While the event was held to shine a light on the darkness of this type of violence, the majority of speakers were women ...

Clean Bill

After weeks of demanding a "clean" federal spending bill, President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress last week agreed to one loaded with billions of dollars in special interest spending. The law, used to end the partial shutdown of government services, was anything but "clean."But the ...

Park Funding

West Virginia's state parks-the natural gems that attract thousands of visitors to the state every year-are in need of a facelift. Many of the parks' buildings are at least 75 years old-some older. They are showing that wear. In addition, the storms of 2012-the June derecho and October's ...

Tight Rein

State officials are putting the finishing touches on a master plan to upgrade the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston. From the published reports, the plan sounds as if it is a nearly ground-up replacement plan for virtually everything but the Capitol itself.Six new office buildings, ...

Obamacare

Republicans were the political losers in the government shutdown that finally ended on Thursday.During the crisis, the GOP was rightfully blamed by nearly everyone for the situation, with polls showing favorable numbers only in the 20 percent mark for the Republican Party.About the only people ...

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DOWN: To the tea party Republicans in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who during the government shutdown allowed their hatred for President Barack Obama's health care law to threaten the economy. Only when faced with the possibility of going over the fiscal cliff, did reason ...

Possible Solution

Don't look for many convicted criminals to volunteer, out of the goodness of their hearts, to help out the criminal justice system that put them behind bars.Still, West Virginia officials are right to be considering proposals by two companies that operate private prisons in other states. The ...

Runaway Spending

It appears the long standoff between liberals and conservatives in Washington is about to end. While the confrontation may have been labeled as one between Democrats and Republicans, it really amounted to a duel between big-government liberals and fiscal discipline conservatives.So getting a ...

EPA Hearings

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out regulations that will mean the death of the coal industry, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency would hold a series of public hearings across the country to discuss them.The EPA will hold 11 hearings in cities where the agency ...

Poor Judgment

President Barack Obama has been at best disrespectful, and at worst dishonest in dealing with important members of the U.S. military while he and Congress lock horns. Either he does not understand how important the National Guard is to our security and well being, or he hoped they were not ...

Up and Up

One wonders, sometimes, whether President Barack Obama and others involved in his vendetta against the coal industry pay any attention to their own administration's energy forecasts.Consider one issued this week by the Energy Department. Analysts there expect the vast majority of American ...

Bad Management

In late Septemter, the West Virginia Legislative Auditor reported a multi-year, $38 million communications tower project was mismanaged badly. State purchasing laws were broken, the auditor said.At the heart of the problem were two state officials, homeland security Director Jimmy Gianato and ...

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UP: To the third annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff scheduled today from noon-3 p.m. at Point Park. The event, held by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, will feature at least 39 chili cooks, many representing businesses and organizations in ...

Robert Crooks

It is with much saddness we learned of the death of longtime Parkersburg pediatrician Dr. Robert Crooks. Crooks, 91, died Tuesday at his home.With his passing, the area lost a man who had contributed so much to our area during his lifetime. For more than 40 years, Dr. Crooks was a beloved ...