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Editorials

Shortfalls: Tax cut deserves a look, but reality must prevail

Legislators of both major parties delight in being able to hand out tax breaks. But priorities have to be set. For example, tax relief that can help create jobs ought to be high on lawmakers’ lists. Fiscal realities enter into the picture, too. A tax break approved last year by West ...

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UP: To Wood County Commissioner Robert Tebay for expressing the dilemma felt by most responsible politicians. “Everyday it seems like we have someone here who wants us to do something or fund something,” he said. “We just don’t have that revenue to allow us to do so.” Too many people ...

New Beginning: May office holders show trust is justified

As is the case in many Mid-Ohio Valley communities this week, Belpre started the new year by swearing in new council members and selecting other office-holders. It’s important to keep the ball rolling in matters like these. “That’s why we do this on Jan. 1,” said city auditor Leslie ...

Celebration: 19th Amendment’s passage deserves spotlight

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is forming a committee to plan the commemoration and celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. Yes, incredible as it may seem, it has been only 100 years since women won the right to vote in this country. And “won” is the ...

A New Year: Time for a fresh start, new opportunities

Today is the start of a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a ...

Be Responsible: Keep safety in mind when celebrating New Year

Going out for a big New Year’s Eve celebration this evening? Thinking of having a drink or two more than you would normally drink? That’s fine. Plenty of people will be celebrating in similar fashion. What are your plans for getting home safely? If you are a host, what are your plans for ...

Tiny Houses: Homeless veterans program deserves praise

It takes a different approach to tackle the issue of homelessness for a population that has needs as unique as those who have served our nation through the military. Vaughn Anderson, president of Operation Jackson County Homeless Veterans Inc., understands that. He is a combat veteran, ...

Be Proud: Carson deserves praise for firefighter service

Not many have what it takes to dedicate their lives to serving and protecting others. Even fewer are willing to do that on a volunteer basis. But Caitlin Carson, of Vienna, does so in a job that is not just difficult, it is dangerous. She has certainly earned the honor of Firefighter of the ...

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UP: To the many area churches and organizations that made sure there were Christmas dinners for everyone Wednesday. Thumbs up as well to the volunteers — workers and entertainers — who made the day truly a celebration. Hundreds of people had a merrier Christmas because of their efforts, and ...

Waivers: Assistance process must be accelerated

About 1,060 West Virginians entitled to state assistance with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities would like to receive that aid in their homes rather than institutions. Despite the fact that would save taxpayers’ money, those men, women and children have had to wait, some for ...

Education: ‘Flexibility’ must not water down results

Some school systems in West Virginia offer reasonably good education to students. Others leave much to be desired. Yet state Board of Education members are considering a plan to, in officials’ word, provide more “flexibility.” For what? More mediocrity? Public high school students in ...

Christmas: Remembering the reason for the season

About a month after we all gather to celebrate all for which we can be thankful in this country, most Christians today gather to celebrate a gift given to us for which we are most thankful of all. While it may take a little digging to get to the true reason for our joy this season — it is ...

Gambling: If parlor operator broke rules, throw book at him

West Virginia Lottery investigators are looking into alleged improprieties at a video gambling parlor in Huntington. That parlor allegedly extended credit to players and cashed checks for them. Both are violations of lottery rules, for the obvious reason that they could tend to encourage ...

Legal Notices: Government transparency is worth the cost

Some West Virginia politicians are hoping you will fall for their claim that saving money for taxpayers is the reason they want to be less transparent about government. They would make it more difficult for Mountain State residents to learn of important matters ranging from coal mining near ...

Blessed: Students give back to community

Mid-Ohio Valley residents know there is no shortage of people among us who just look for opportunities to do good things for other people. But during this season of giving, those folks are even more visible. Just last week, Vienna Elementary School and the Vienna Lions Club teamed up for a ...

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UP: To federal funding that will bring broadband access to thousands of Wetzel and Tyler county residents. “It’s just a really big step,” said Wetzel County Commissioner Larry Lemon. “We’ve been waiting for this to happen for quite a while.” Such an expansion will help students, ...

Charitable: Mid-Ohio Valley blessed with groups who care

Mid-Ohio Valley residents are fortunate to be surrounded by so many individuals and organizations aiming to do good things — to take care of each other. It is impossible to meet so many needs without those willing to give their support, both financial and otherwise. Earlier this week, one of ...

Research: Knowledge is key to fighting opioids

Finding answers to our substance abuse crisis has become a priority for West Virginians. It is critical those answers are the right ones. Enormous resources are being poured into the battle. Just last week, it was revealed the state will be receiving $38 million more in federal funding for the ...

Trauma: Handle With Care initiative deserves praise

Too many of West Virginia’s kids are struggling — we know that. But for some children, continuing economic woes and the substance abuse epidemic have created chaotic home lives that lead to even greater trauma. For a few years now, local law enforcement and school systems have teamed up in ...

Education: Flexibility is good, but history is vital

Regardless of your political leanings, if you are a reasonably thoughtful, educated person it must be clear many voters are not. They lack understanding of our nation and our world, both now and in the past. It makes no sense at all, then, for state officials to relax requirements for social ...