Editorials

Newspaper Week

Newspaper people don't talk much about what we do, but as we enter the 73rd National Newspaper Week, it's appropriate to remind you, our readers, about the daily contributions newspapers make in your lives.The Parkersburg News and Sentinel is published seven days a week. When you walk by a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To members of the U.S. Congress who allowed the federal government to shut down, causing numerous problems that threaten to become more than just a nuisance as the debt limit deadline is nearing. This is a total embarrassment and the American people deserve better than what has happened ...

Political Points

President Barack Obama is making certain the government "shutdown" does not affect some pet programs.Obamacare, for example, is plowing right along as if nothing had happened.But elsewhere in government, mine safety inspections have been reduced drastically, veterans are being told they will ...

Rolling

After decades of steaming up and down America's waterways, the historic Delta Queen was tied up at Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2009. There, she serves as a floating hotel. Local and state safety officials seem to have no concerns about that.Many area residents will remember that for many years, the ...

Overpayments

Efforts to eliminate fraud in West Virginia's Medicaid program are inexcusably backlogged - with 23 complaints at least four years old - legislators were told last week.If you're a veteran watcher of the state bureaucracy, you may be guessing right now how Medicaid officials responded to the ...

Crumbling Parks

West Virginia state parks are havens of recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation for many West Virginia residents. They also are one of the larger pillars of the state's tourism industries in some regions.West Virginia's state parks have long been recognized for their stunning beauty. They are ...

Deadline

Admissions from President Barack Obama's administration that it isn't really ready to roll out the new national health insurance program have become regular occurrences.By Jan. 1, every American will be required to have health insurance or pay a hefty tax for failure to comply. Those without ...

Changes Needed

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling had an interesting reaction this week to a consultant's recommendation her agency be overhauled. Bowling, discussing the consultant's study, said more study is needed.On orders of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Public Works, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Volcano Days, Mountwood Park's annual celebration of the area's oil and gas history. The celebration, which runs through Sunday, will include antique engines, wagon rides to the historic Stiles Mansion, music, food, and many other forms of entertainment.UP: To Warren High School junior ...

No Smoking

We applaud the Parkersburg City Council Public Works Committee's passage of a resolution this week to ban tobacco products within 15 feet of municipal playgrounds.We were surprised by the questioning by some members of city council of whether the measure was needed.Of course it is needed.First, ...

Drinking and Driving

Matthew Cordle, 22, of Powell, Ohio, made headlines earlier this month when he posted a video of himself online, admitting his drunken driving killed a man and vowing to take responsibility for the crime.That would not have mattered in the criminal case against Cordle, prosecutors have said. ...

The Long Run

A few years ago, Ohio officials began facing up to the reality of severely underfunded public employee pension programs. State law now requires all of the programs be able to pay off all their obligations within 30 years.Invariably, some people don't read the memo. Ohio's Police and Fire ...

Security

Some companies and organizations that initially accepted federal money to act as "navigators" for the new federal health care law, "Obamacare," are returning the funds, claiming they have been pressured unfairly over their programs.A Florida company made national news recently by returning ...

Eight Years?

No one should have to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ...

Grants

A U.S. Department of Energy grant aimed at helping residents save money on energy costs instead has turned into a red flag magnet, largely through its handling by Wood County Commission President Wayne Dunn.Through Dunn's urging, the county commission applied, and this past January was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Friday evening's reopening of the Parkersburg High School Stadium Field for the football game between PHS and Capital High School. Crews worked all this past week finishing up last minute items to get the home-side bleachers ready. And also a thumbs up to the PHS Stadium Committee for ...

Power Play

President Barack Obama and his minions clearly are hoping the public misses the point about the war on coal and affordable energy.Under questioning during a House of Representatives hearing Wednesday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy ...

EPA Abuse

By the end of this week - possibly today - the Environmental Protection Agency must issue its latest proposals for carbon-emission standards on new coal-fired power plants. According to reports, those rules will require new plants to include equipment that either does not yet exist or is ...

Emergency Runs

Residents want assurances that when a medical emergency occurs and minutes can be the difference between life and death, an ambulance with qualified responders will be quickly dispatched.This is usually the case, but sometimes for reasons beyond anyone's control the response is delayed.However, ...

Massive Fraud

Federal prosecutors say that for 12 years, Environmental Protection Agency official John C. Beale got away with ripping off taxpayers.He collected nearly $900,000 in salary - and performance bonuses - to which he was not entitled.Beale, who had been a senior policy adviser in the Office of Air ...