Editorials

Do the Right Thing

West Virginians want to do whatever can be done to prevent another disaster like the chemical leak into the Elk River on Jan. 9 when tap water was rendered unusable for 300,000 people. That may include new regulations enacted by the Legislature. But while it is understandable the heat of the ...

Dangerous Road

The drive to legalize marijuana gets lots of mileage from the belief that its effects are safer than alcohol or other drugs. As far as long-term health effects, that jury is still out.However, a recent study found that driving under the influence of pot is every bit as dangerous as getting ...

Quality of Life

Last week, officials heard the results of a study in which potential economic impact from a hypothetical ethane cracker plant was listed in the billions of dollars. A critical part of that study, conducted by Tom Witt, professor emeritus and former director of West Virginia University's Bureau ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Kevin Harris and Chad Lynch for their efforts in saving two dogs that were trapped in a burning home this past Tuesday. The dogs are two of five belonging to Melina Huddy, whose home near the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition ...

No One is Exempt

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin knows the pain and frustration of thousands of West Virginia families at a level many others in Charleston may not. His brother, Carl, is facing federal drug distribution charges for allegedly distributing the prescription painkiller oxymorphone.Carl Tomblin was charged ...

Hard Lessons

The Wood County Board of Education took a step in the right direction Tuesday by voting 5-0 to pay 90 percent of the $455,000 outstanding bill owed to the construction company Grae-Con for its work on the Stadium Field home-side bleacher project. The remaining 10 percent will be held until an ...

Pandering

West Virginia lawmakers are flirting with an idea that will make government more opaque, more secret - and take away at least one piece of the public's right to know. House Bill 4310 is summarized as "making gun permits and applications confidential except for law enforcement purposes." Further ...

Needed Correction

On March 18, the U.S. government will attempt to correct a long-festering slight when 24 veterans receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military commendation.In 2002, under a congressional directive, the Pentagon began a review of its records of all Jewish, Hispanic and ...

Caring Gesture

Children in West Virginia's foster care system received an extra measure of support last week from a place one might not expect. Inmates at St. Marys Correctional Center designed and made more than 500 bags in which kids can pack their belongings. Female inmates at Lakin Correctional Center ...

Safety Call

Legislators should listen closely to the folks running local bars and taverns, who appear to be mainly in favor of an effort to shift last call from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m. An amendment passed last week would mean all establishments serving alcohol would have to stop doing so a little earlier. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To news it will be at least four years until the West Virginia Army National Guard will be able to provide the $4 million in funding for Phase I of the proposed readiness center slated to be built at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The $4 million - plus $1 million of federal ...

Wrong Approach

Federal law takes a blanket approach to requirements for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. The idea was, ostensibly, to protect homeowners from the financial ruin a flood can bring. But all floods are not alike, and it is no surprise the federal program now finds itself ...

Open Doors

Since its opening on Dec. 3, 2012, the Latrobe Street Mission has proved faith put into action can bring about positive results. In that time, Latrobe Street Mission has grown from the dream of mission director Shad Martin and his wife Amy to provide an overnight shelter for homeless ...

Revenge

For 20 years, the Democrat-controlled Legislature gave former Attorney General Darrell McGraw free rein to run the office in the most unprincipled manner possible.Whether they were afraid of him or did not want to make waves in a political sea, lawmakers sat on their hands while McGraw ran the ...

Helping Hands

Wood County residents proved this year that despite tough economic times for everyone, they are still willing and able to help those in need. At the end of a six-month campaign, Wood County Habitat for Humanity had $12,000 more than its target of $100,000. Generosity like that will "lead to ...

Hackers

The discovery during the height of the Christmas shopping season that the debit and credit card numbers of 40 million Target customers had been stolen was extremely unsettling to anyone who believed brick and mortar stores offer a higher layer of protection from cybercrime than Internet ...

Cavalier Attitude

Federal officials last week made it perfectly clear how they feel about West Virginians, as the Federal Emergency Management agency denied a request from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for money to reimburse first responders, nonprofits and public agencies that depleted their own resources in the effort ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To West Virginia State Police Cpl. C.J. Weekley of the Parkersburg detachment whose quick action Tuesday prevented a Wood County resident from hanging himself. Weekley was called to a domestic incident in Walker about 11 p.m. According to Weekely's report, when he arrived at the home, he ...

Holocaust Survivor

Several times a month, Marion Blumenthal Lazan stands before groups of people and relives the most terrifying years of her life. Lazan is a Holocaust survivor and author. She has dedicated her life to letting people know no matter how terrible this event sounds in history books it was worse to ...

Bold Step

CVS Caremark took a bold step last week when it announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at all its pharmacies by October. CVS is the first chain of its kind to make such a move, though they have already paid a price for their vision. Share prices fell nearly 2 ...