Editorials

Changing the Rules

No state in the country suffered to the degree West Virginia did last year, when it comes to an economy so stagnant even Barack Obama has to admit it continues to stumble and stall. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said this week that in 2013, personal income in our state grew by the lowest ...

Necessary Cuts

Not everyone is happy about it, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin did the right thing with cuts to appropriations in the 2014-15 budget bill passed last week. The governor made 42 spending cuts totaling nearly $67 million - a necessary effort, even if it will mean difficulties for those who had hoped ...

Staying Local

The recent order by the U.S. Department of Transportation continuing flights from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Cleveland through June 14 was certainly good news. In February, Silver Airways, the airport's carrier, announced it was going to end service to Cleveland no later than May ...

Superintendent

Wood County Board of Education members have an important task ahead of them, as they begin the work of replacing Superintendent Pat Law, who intends to retire when his contract ends June 30. They have received applications from six candidates - ranging from right here in Wood County, to as far ...

Lessons Unlearned

Officials and security contractors in New York City appear to have, again, forgotten the lessons we were all supposed to learn in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.Remember, those attacks were not the first at the site. In 1993, an al Qaida operative drove a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To Russell T. Farr, 50, and wife Angela J. Farr, 32, for their alleged treatment of his developmentally disabled brother and sister. Farr is accused of encouraging his brother to assault his sister, along with other abuse and neglect. His wife is accused of supervising the abusive ...

Line of Defense

During the past five weeks, some 20 Parkersburg homes have been burglarized. Most of the homes are located in upscale neighborhoods with the homeowners either away for the winter, and not realizing they had been victims until they returned, or occupied by elderly residents who are home during ...

Hurtful Words

Many who are upset that Parkersburg South High School science teacher David Foggin has been suspended over comments posted on his Facebook page are using the First Amendment as part of their argument. These folks must realize, however, those rights come with responsibilities, and freedom of ...

Progress

U.S. Labor Department figures showed Ohio ranked second in the country last month in terms of the raw number of jobs gained, 16,700. That is great news at first look. But upon closer inspection, the percentage growth does a better job of telling the full story. Between December 2013 and January ...

Peace of Mind

Autonomy is important for most residents of the Mountain State. We would rather make decisions for ourselves than put important choices in the hands of attorneys, hospitals or even relatives. That may be why West Virginia is one of only six states to have a program like e-Directive Registry, ...

Fire Season

When West Virginia's spring forest fire season began March 1, most residents probably were more concerned about keeping wood in the stove than any burning of outside brush piles. However, now that a few 60-degree days are making their appearance to let us know that, yes, spring will again ...

A Food Desert

According to federal statistics, West Virginia produces less than 10 percent of the food its residents consume - and more than half of what is produced here comes from the poultry industry."We simply don't grow it here," said West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick.In fact, we grow ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Habitat for Humanity's 68th home dedication, which was held on March 9. The home, on Summers Street, was dedicated for the Dotson family; Melissa, Sam, Ozzy, Gunnar, Kelta and Matthew. Habitat uses volunteer labor, donations and donated materials and land to keep homes ...

Crisis

In the weeks following the Jan. 9 chemical leak into the Elk River, the West Virginia Poison Center in Charleston was a busy place. The center's poison hotline fielded 2,785 calls from residents in the nine counties affected by exposure to the Crude MCHM-tainted water.The center now is facing a ...

Peace of Mind

Children, parents, coaches and anyone who might be part of Marietta Recreational Soccer League events are a little safer because of a donation by Camden Clark Medical Center this week. The automated external defibrillator presented to the league could be a life-saver.When tragedy struck last ...

Public Safety

It was a miracle no one was killed when a gas pipeline near Sissonville ruptured in December 2012. As it was, three homes were destroyed and a section of Interstate 77 was melted, requiring overnight repair. The potential for loss of life or serious injury was far too real. Now the National ...

Destination City

Last week, representatives from several Midwest motorcoach companies were in Parkersburg to visit the area's tourist locations for possible inclusion during the upcoming tour season.The representatives, from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania seemed to like what they were shown, ...

Development

Vienna City Council members find themselves in a bit of a quandary over the idea of creating a position for a development director versus balancing the budget. The question appears to be whether the cost of a development director would be offset by revenue such a person might eventually bring ...

Accountability

Alpha Natural Resources is about to have to shell out a record $27.5 million fine, and spend approximately $200 million to address toxic discharges into waterways in five states, including West Virginia. This is not the same company, nor is this settlement for the most recent pollution of the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To grants totaling more than $400,000 for maintenance projects on the North Bend Rail Trail. The money, $300,000 from the West Virginia Division of Highways through its non-traditional grant programs and $100,000 the rail trail was previously awarded, will fix a longstanding water runoff ...