Editorials

Choice

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Memorial Day

Most of us are by now well into the first long weekend of the year. But Memorial Day is much more than just a day set aside to give people a three-day weekend. It is a day America honors those men and women who wore the uniform of the armed forces and gave their all to this country.According to ...

Education Readiness

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed a task force to look into the physical and intellectual well-being of West Virginia children from birth to 5 years of age. One concern into which it ought to look might be termed "dueling preschools."Tomblin has asked members of the Early Childhood Planning ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Red Cross, its volunteers and everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley who have donated money, time or items for the victims of this past Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla. Once again the caring people in this area do not hesitate to come to the aid of others in need, even when those in need ...

Tarnished Legacy

A politician can pull off only so many well-timed maneuvers before even his staunchest supporters must admit the efforts do not pass the smell test.Last week, President Barack Obama hastily asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce an old media shield bill. The Free Flow of Information ...

Helping Hand

West Virginians have every right to be proud of what first-year West Virginia University Mountaineer baseball coach Randy Mazey and his team have accomplished this year.The Mountaineers, who just completed the team's first regular season in the perennially tough Big 12 Conference, are in ...

Reaching Out

The scenes of Moore, Okla., residents combing through the debris left of what had been their lives before Monday's catastrophic tornado hit was heartbreaking to watch. As is normal in disasters, the brave first-responders - police, firefighters and emergency medical workers - could be seen ...

Children

Political correctness has sunk into absurdity in a situation involving access to the so-called "Plan B" birth control drug.If taken within three days of sexual intercourse, the drug can prevent fertilization of human eggs.Because it can make up for failure to use birth control methods before ...

Worthy Effort

For several years, West Virginia University officials have made it a priority to keep students from wasting time and money by enrolling but dropping out before they obtain degrees. Little by little, WVU's efforts are paying off.During the 2011-12 academic year, the university had an ...

More Inspectors

A new state law intended to provide gas companies a powerful incentive - money - to ensure their pipelines are safe went into effect April 29 in West Virginia. Now, state officials need to ensure the statute is being enforced.Though Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the bill into law April 29, he ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To all of the participants in the annual Relay for Life fundraiser that began on Friday evening and winds up today at noon at both City Park in Parkersburg and Civitan Park in Belpre. The participants are taking part in the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. More than $3 ...

Relay for Life

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying, possibly the most terrifying words a patient can hear from a doctor. Because of the number of people this disease claims, it is hard not to feel this is a death sentence. However, giant strides have been made in cancer research leading to survival rates that ...

Economic Development

When the term "economic development" is mentioned, the first thing the first thing that likely comes to mind for many is some type of a business or manufacturing company that will employ dozens of people. Hino Motors' operation in Williamstown certainly is a fine example of that type of ...

Clean House

It is hard to know which is worse: The IRS was singling out conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny or agency officials' refusal for more than a year to admit it was happening.IRS officials say in 2010 - nearly a year earlier than the agency later admitted it happened - ...

Getting ‘Clean’

No wonder we are not making any headway in the war against drug abuse. The pushers are more organized than efforts to wean addicts away from their deadly wares.It is appropriate that Ohio's Medicaid program helps drug addicts who want to kick their habits. But while the addict may be getting ...

Saving Money

No doubt a few active and retired West Virginia state employees are upset about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of a bill passed earlier this year by the Legislature. But the governor was right to kill the measure.Lawmakers approved a bill to allow retired Division of Natural Resources police ...

DHHR Study

More than one-third of what West Virginia state government spends each year goes through the Department of Health and Human Resources. Most West Virginia residents are affected by the agency in one way or another.It seems little enough for taxpayers to ask that the DHHR be operated efficiently. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Wood County Sheriff's Deputy R.A. George whose devotion to his job led to the arrest of a man wanted for stabbing two people. George, who was off duty at the time, noticed a stolen vehicle he had taken a report on the previous day. He followed the vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer. When the ...

Wrong Lesson

We do badly enough in educating our children in reading, mathematics and other academic subjects. But when it comes to teaching them common sense, we get an F.Children who point imaginary finger-pistols at classmates are disciplined. A teenager who wears a shirt bearing a picture of a gun to ...

The Right Call

If everyone deserves a second chance, then rehiring Parkersburg High School physical education teacher Jesse Young was the right thing to do.Young was suspended in March by the Wood County Board of Education for his participation in the infamous Harlem Shake video where several of his students ...