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Editorials

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DOWN: To vandals who damaged the new driveway and parking lot at the Disabled American Veterans Wood County Chapter 32 post on Little Stillwell Road last week. Damage all over the property amounts to as much as $1,500, according to Commander Paul DeBerry. Though a financial reward is being ...

Reform: Charter schools legislation needed

No one involved thought the “omnibus” education reform bill West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed into law in June 2019 was perfect. Far from it — though reasons for dissatisfaction differed greatly. Among key changes conservative legislators sought and got included in the bill was a ...

New Year: Let’s leave the woes of 2020 far, far behind

What high hopes we have for 2021. After the year we have endured, it seems as though there is no where to go but up, for many people. We can only achieve progress, however, if we have learned the lessons of the past year. We can only round the corner on COVID-19 if we do what we must to stop ...

Education: Every Child Connected Act should be passed

Unlike anything else, the COVID-19 epidemic has made apparent a glaring gap in the resources we use to educate children. With their schools closed, many of them for weeks or even months on end, millions of children have been forced to rely on “remote learning” via the internet. But that is ...

Population: Lawmakers must find ways to reverse course

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released last week indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35 percent between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going ...

McDonough: VA nominee has much work ahead

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. Local residents are familiar of course with headline-making issues such as the former ...

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UP: To the Parkersburg Police Department and Piggly Wiggly for their delivery of meals to 75 seniors in need last week. Though the department often focuses on issues involving vulnerable youth in our communities, COVID-19 changed that focus this year. So, the department used about $500 from its ...

Technology: Rectify problems with Google contract

For some reason, West Virginia government does not seem to get along well with the high-tech world. Remember “Routergate?” How about the emergency radio tower scandal in 2013-14? So when there is a whiff of smoke emanating from a new state government technology initiative, we in the ...

Christmas: Despite challenges, we still celebrate

“Joyful and triumphant” may feel a little more like “content and surviving” for many Mid-Ohio Valley residents on this Christmas Day, but given the year we as a valley, and nation, have experienced, that is enough. Together we have, for nearly nine months, learned how to be a ...

Resources: No room for error on vaccine distribution

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. Here in the Mountain State we have been told we may receive 45 percent fewer doses than initially expected. After a few days of ...

Cyber War: Deterrents needed against foreign hackers

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Vaccine: Distribution speed will save lives

What a truly wonderful Christmas present all involved in rushing the COVID-19 vaccine to nursing homes have given us! They have given the gift of life to some of our fellow West Virginians. Residents in long-term care facilities have been hit especially hard by the epidemic. Here in West ...

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UP: To “Operation Christmas” at Jackson Middle School, which pulled together donations of presents for 21 students whose families are in need of a helping hand this holiday. “Most of them are grandparents raising their grandkids,” said teacher Cherish George. “They’re retired and ...

Alcohol: Be safe, responsible this holiday

’Tis the season for, among other things, over indulging. For some, that includes over indulging in alcoholic beverages, and in this bizarre year, that is one tradition that is unlikely to be altered. West Virginia’s Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Control Administration reminded ...

Cut Losses: Officials should learn from testing program

Mountain State officials appear to be trying to make the best of a disappointing situation as they ended a partnership with New York-based Vault Health after only 10 days. Initially, the program seemed promising. As the state scrambled to make every COVID-19 testing option available to ...

Morale Boost: A bowl game would be good for WVU, state

College football seems unimportant in many ways, right now. All around us, the lives of good people are being cut short by a viral disease epidemic. Within days — perhaps even before you read this — the COVID-19 death toll will top 1,000 in West Virginia. Before the epidemic ends, it is ...

Saving Lives: Prioritizing nursing homes was right call

Just imagine, if you can, the feeling West Virginia National Guard soldiers fanning out throughout the state may have this week. Monday evening, they began delivering a potential life-saver for their older Mountain State neighbors. It comes in the form of a vaccine against COVID-19. Among ...

Giving: Welch’s gift should be an example to all

Mary M. “Mickey” Welch had a plan. She has been gone for more than a year now, but that plan is just coming to fruition, and all of Wood County is the better for her efforts. Welch’s $15 million bequest to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation will become a permanent charitable fund, ...

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UP: Or, rather, farewell and thank you, to Chuck Yeager, who died last week at the age of 97. Yes, he was the first to break the sound barrier, in the Bell X-1; a hero of two wars; earned the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the ...

Medicare: McKinley-Schneider bill should be approved

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending part ...