Editorials

Voter Fraud

Outright voter fraud is very rare in Ohio. But it does happen, and we sometimes wonder whether Buckeye State residents understand the real danger in the practice.A Cincinnati-area woman who had been a poll worker was sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month, for voting illegally on ...

Misplaced Loyalty

Party loyalty continues to rule in the U.S. Senate, to judge by the vote last week to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was 59-40, with all Senate Democrats but one in favor of McCarthy.Sen. Joe Manchin, ...

Paperless Search

In most county courthouses, a search for old documents requires leafing through big, heavy old books in which some of the older information was entered in handwriting. Needless to say, it can be a cumbersome process.Gas and oil companies' need for land and mineral rights records has resulted in ...

One Voice

Patrick Morrisey may have come on the scene at just the right time to battle effectively against President Barack Obama's war on coal and reasonable electricity prices.Morrisey, who became West Virginia's attorney general in January, discussed blocking Obama and the Environmental Protection ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., for turning his back on his state by voting for President Barack Obama's appointment to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. Rockefeller voted with 58 other senators to approve McCarthy's appointment to head the agency that ...

Expedite Completion

Once the Corridor H highway is completed in West Virginia and Virginia, it will open up enormous possibilities for economic development. As matters stand, however, that will not happen in the lifetimes of many of those who otherwise might benefit.Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new section of ...

Beat the Heat

We in the Mid-Ohio Valley currently find ourselves in the grip of the first real heat wave of the summer. While really not all that unusual for mid-July, this week's 90 degree-plus temperatures and the high humidity are making summertime activities not associated with the pool ...

Not Nifty

Monday's 3-0 vote by the Wood County Commission to elevate Deputy County Clerk Mark Rhodes to replace Jamie Six as Wood County Clerk was, in our opinion, the right and logical move. Rhodes has worked in county government for nearly 30 years, many in the county clerk's office. He knows that ...

Keeping a Promise

West Virginians who have served in the military - some of them making the ultimate sacrifice - have taken good care of the rest of us. We ought to return at least part of the favor by taking good care of them and of monuments intended to honor them.In 1999, a Veterans Memorial Plaza and Vietnam ...

Obstruction

It has been more than four months since President Barack Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Lisa Jackson. But a vote on confirming the appointment has yet to be scheduled in the Senate.Liberal lawmakers insist that is obstructionism by ...

Growing Problem

While most states report fewer juveniles are being detained for crimes than in the past, West Virginia is an exception. That makes it all the more important that rehabilitation, not merely incarceration, be occurring.For several years, that does not seem to have been the case in the state's ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg native Justin Raber, who was recently installed as the youngest president of the West Virginia PTA. Raber, a 2008 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, currently attends the West Virginia University College of Law. Raber will serve as West Virginia PTA president for the ...

No Oversight

Among the true heroes of public service are men and women serving in government inspector generals' offices. They root out waste and wrongdoing, bringing it to taxpayers' attention.Without them, heaven only knows how much of our money would be flushed down ratholes in Washington and state ...

Bloated Budgets

At a time when many Americans are having to tighten our belts and do more with less, President Barack Obama thinks government should be an exception.An example of his thinking is in his request that the National Labor Relations Board receive $235 million during the upcoming fiscal year. That is ...

Citizen Participation

As we recently passed the 150th anniversary of West Virginia becoming the 35th state, a great deal has been written and spoken about the ideals that led to that memorable event.This anniversary has brought fourth a remarkable amount of interest in the love of this Union that drove West Virginia ...

Foolishness

The foolishness of taxpayer subsidies of politically correct causes - chief among them, "alternative" energy - is not confined to Washington.West Virginians have been doing it, too.Finally, during the legislative session earlier this year, lawmakers agreed to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request ...

On the Ropes

West Virginia was forced to take nearly $18 million out of its Medicaid reserve fund in order to avoid ending its fiscal year on Sunday with a budget deficit. A $45 million special account for paying income tax refunds was also drained, and the Legislature had already cut $28 million from ...

Checks and Balances

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's detractors sometimes have accused him of being more interested in winning elections than doing the right thing, especially if that involves an unpleasant political fight.Any number of people, including leaders of West Virginia's two big teachers' unions, could tell the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Wood County Sheriff's Department for the arrest of three men suspected of receiving a shipment of bath salts. Chad Christopher True, 33, 17 Ash Circle, Davisville; Dwayne Mark Karr Jr., 23, 1901 Seventh Ave., Parkersburg, and Brian Duane Shann, 38, 1009 E. 12th St., Parkersburg, were ...

A Good Plan

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...