Editorials

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 ...

Investigation’s Big Question

Investigators continue to uncover more and more disturbing information about the Tsarnaev brothers, accused of setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon. A common theme of much of the news involves so-called "radicalization" of young people right here in America.The Tsarnaev family may have had ...

Worthy Project

One might suppose a documentary about the last American veteran of World War I would arouse enormous interest from those in government with the financial power to support such a project. Apparently not.As The Associated Press reported recently, producer David DeJonge still needs about $35,000 ...

Proving a Point

A West Virginia farmer who refused to let the Environmental Protection Agency win a game of "chicken" is, with help from a federal judge, doing an enormous service to others who fear the EPA will come down upon them.Last year, the EPA attempted to force Hardy County chicken farmer Lois Alt to ...

Reform

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in office for less than four months, is off to a fast start in keeping his campaign promises. One of them is worth millions of dollars to taxpayers.Morrisey's predecessor, Darrell McGraw, seemed to think any money his office could lay its hands ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the opening of the summer tourist season at Blennerhassett Island. This past Wednesday was the opening of the island and the mansion to tours and 58 visitors rode the paddlewheeler from Point Park to the island. The opening of the island is always a sign that summer is on its way.UP: To ...

Dangerous Encounter

Most people are used to seeing deer within the city limits. However, a bear is another story. Tuesday evening's event in which a 250-300-pound black bear was shot and killed by Parkersburg police has become a controversial topic since that evening.Probably a majority of people who have ...

Killing Jobs

Most of us would be furious if we applied for a government permit to do something - such as remodel our homes - then, after having been granted it, were told the bureaucrats had changed their minds and we could not proceed. Nothing about our plan had changed. We hadn't begun work so there was ...

In the Dark

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is pondering a decision with enormous ramifications-whether to add about 150,000 people to the state's Medicaid rolls-and West Virginia taxpayers have a right to know something about how he will make the choice.A Maryland consultant is being paid about $860,000 to study ...

Big Bailouts

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has the right idea but the wrong strategy.Brown has introduced a bill intended to safeguard taxpayers from having to bail out more "too big to fail" banks in the future. His method of doing that would add a burden to customers of both the mega-banks and some of their ...

Creasing to Exist

Printers, especially those doing high-volume jobs requiring special paper and techniques, sometimes encounter challenges that delay production. We're in the printing business. We understand that.But two and one-half years to get creases out of the finished paper production?Good heavens.Most ...

Try Again

At another time, in a different context, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin might have been successful in a proposal he and three other senators offered recently. At the very least there might have been some willingness by lawmakers to discuss the idea and, perhaps, alter it slightly to make it more ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Senior State Trooper Brad Lowe for earning the Superintendent Award, the West Virginia State Police's highest honor. Lowe, a Williamstown native and son of Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe, is stationed at the Logan detachment. During 2012, Lowe completed 177 criminal investigations, ...

Stiffen Sentences

For about a year and a half, Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Ramos made quarterly trips from his home in El Paso, Texas, to a rundown building in Logan, W.Va.There, for hefty fees, Gonzales-Ramos wrote prescriptions for controlled substances. It took an FBI informant just three minutes and $450 to obtain ...

Chilling Decision

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications.Not long after President Barack Obama took office, his EPA revoked a permit for a surface mine in Logan County. The permit issued by the U.S. ...

Terror Ties

The Russian government gave a "heads up" to U.S. officials in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The Russians warned he could be involved with Chechen terrorist organizations.Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots?That should be among the first questions asked by those ...