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Editorials

Diversity: Coal has key place as state expands economy

A study conducted by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, but commissioned by the West Virginia Coal Association, suggests the coal industry and coal-fired power plants are still a significant player in the state’s economy. It showed mining and ...

Community: Ball fields are a worthy project to benefit area

When it comes to doing something good for our kids, local residents know they won’t have any trouble finding willing partners if a good idea is in the works. Such teamwork was evident during Monday’s Wood County Commission meeting, when Phil Hays and Annette Emick of Mid-Ohio Valley ...

Drug Crisis: Real change is needed to combat problem

If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic officials to take seriously the fight against substance abuse and addiction in our state, here is one that might come closer to speaking their language: According to the Center on Budget and Policy, treating and addressing ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Madison Elementary School students who completed the online assignments they were given at the start of the school year; and to the school’s staff, for rewarding those kids with the chance to silly string teachers during a fun outdoor event last week. The kids got to take a break ...

SCALE Act: CO2 infrastructure should be supported

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are ...

Waste of Time: Glorifying Confederacy does not help West Virginia

Lawmakers must be able to hear the collective eye-rolls by this point in the legislative session. Rather than focus on increasing revenue, diversifying and expanding our struggling economy, truly improving our children’s educations and quality of life for residents and the hundreds of ...

Innovation: Change is needed for West Virginia to grow

West Virginia is in desperate need of economic diversity and growth — and multiple new revenue streams. That kind of change does not come from turning back to the way things have always been done. It comes from forging new paths with new ideas and energy. But, according to WalletHub, the ...

Sunshine Week: Open government is good government

Readers count on reporters to cover the events they are not able to attend, to ask the questions they are not able to ask. That is more important than ever during a pandemic that has limited the public’s interaction with the government it elected. While technology has made massive strides — ...

Make It Shine: Volunteers needed for annual cleanup

As spring approaches, West Virginia residents may turn to cleaning up their yards or larger properties. Winter takes its toll. On a larger scale, it is time to think about this year’s West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which has been pushed back to May 1-15 to give more time for ...

Thumps Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the repair and relocation work on the Veterans Memorial in Cairo, which was damaged by flooding last month. Tim Cantwell and his crew from TC Towing and Repair have begun the process to fix water leaks and raise the concrete pad on which the memorial sits, as a new site is being prepped ...

Marijuana: Time for lawmakers to consider possibilities

For many years, there was a line in the sand when it came to legalizing recreational marijuana in West Virginia. We might have nudged against it with medical marijuana, or discussions about decriminalization, but that was where the momentum ended. Now, a tide may be threatening that line, and ...

Unacceptable: Unreported COVID-19 deaths raise questions

Administrators at 70 facilities in West Virginia have some explaining to do as the state begins its investigation into how 168 coronavirus deaths went unreported. According to Gov. Jim Justice, it is believed most of the facilities are hospitals and nursing homes, where employees failed to fill ...

Balancing Act: Deliberation needed for needle exchange rules

On Tuesday, state Senators passed a bill that will put greater restrictions on community syringe exchange programs. Now it is up to the House of Delegates to decide whether the changes to the program will work best for both those who use the needle exchanges and the communities in which they ...

Public Notice: Lawmakers trying to reduce your access

West Virginia elected officials — at the state, county, city and school district levels — must give local residents “public notice” about government actions, plans and spending. State law says public notice here means putting legal advertisements in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, ...

Term Limits: Officers deserve credit for backing legislation

Last week, members of West Virginia’s Board of Public Works — elected constitutional officers who are part of the executive branch — threw their support behind an effort to limit their power. It was an important statement made by people who watched for decades as others in those same ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Vienna Public Library beginning a home delivery service, which is available to library patrons with senior account status and the Vienna zip code 26105. “We are excited to launch this valuable service to help people who might be anxious to leave their homes, or find it difficult to ...

Income Tax: Implementing Justice’s plan will require work

Gov. Jim Justice has submitted to lawmakers a state income tax repeal plan with the encouragement that “This is the time to seize our opportunity!” It starts with a 60 percent reduction for the first year. For many West Virginians —and perhaps those considering making a home here — ...

COVID-19: Reopening too soon jeopardizes progress

It’s President Joe Biden’s job to be optimistic about this sort of thing, but his assertion that “we’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May” tells only part of the story. Supply is one thing, delivery is another. According to the ...

Stewardship: Spending programs need better oversight

For small businesses and organizations around the country, the emergency loan programs set up by the federal government in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were a godsend. Loans such as those through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program were given at low ...

Renewables: Manchin-Stabenow proposal is good idea

West Virginians know how difficult it has been to watch the rest of the nation bask in an economic comeback while we continue to struggle. In rural Appalachia, economies are often built on industries such as coal and other fossil fuels, or heavy manufacturing, which have faced dramatic changes ...