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Editorials

Safety: Drivers must stay alert for children

As school starts each year, warning abound about drivers being alert for children who are more likely to be out and about — perhaps walking to and from school. Two recent incidents remind us drivers must by hypervigilant as the weather warms up, too. Sunday, a Belpre 6-year-old was in front ...

Bipartisanship: Lawmakers deserve praise for crafting budget

West Virginia politicians can fight like cats and dogs — or, perhaps more apt these days, like Democrats and Republicans at the national level. But events of the past week in Charleston have given Mountain State residents reason for confidence that when it is crucial, thoughtful, ...

COVID-19: Transparency will be important for public safety

Though two cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, have been identified in Pennsylvania, residents of the state’s western counties know they have little immediate cause for concern. That is because Gov. Tom Wolf, in revealing the information Friday, noted the two cases are in Delaware and Wayne ...

Safety First: Despite rain, stick to the rules on burning

Mid-Ohio Valley residents with soggy yards and damp basements might be forgiven for grumbling “enough with the rain already” when the skies open up these days. It has been a wet winter, there is no doubt. But that doesn’t mean we can throw caution to the wind as spring approaches. Ohio ...

Bureaucracy: Flood victims still waiting for help

Given the number of natural disasters that have struck West Virginia since then, it is easy to forget we are approaching the four-year mark since massive flooding devastated communities in June 2016. Perhaps officials are counting on that collective memory loss. Certainly the federal ...

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DOWN: To Gov. Jim Justice’s administration for holding a closed-door discussion of COVID-19, from which the press was expressly barred. While medical professionals have advised caution and preventive measures (as should be in place during flu season, anyway) the prevailing sentiment has been ...

Energy: Gov. Justice should sign solar power bill

West Virginia lawmakers did an important thing for our state’s economy this week when both houses passed Senate Bill 583, which “provides power companies the opportunity for expedited cost recovery when installing a solar facility upon application to the (Public Service Commission),” ...

Discrimination: Lawmakers failed test, and voters should remember

Last week, our state Senators tried to make an important statement about what will be tolerated in our great state. They voted 32-2 to pass Senate Bill 850, “Prohibiting racial discrimination based on certain hair textures and hairstyles.” The bill was inspired by a black high school ...

Tourism: Legislature should leave budget intact

West Virginia state senators have devised a budget for the coming year, despite having full knowledge of the unpredictability of state revenue collections — and the shell game that goes into the reporting of those figures. Give them credit for both their hard work and their willingness to ...

Budget: Vienna Council should relax vehicle ordinance

Those of us working with smaller budgets know sometimes emergency purchases can throw a wrench in the works. We try to plan for them. We try to be responsible by spending as little as possible on the necessities and putting money aside for the luxuries. We make responsible decisions, such as ...

Safety: Annual vehicle inspections are best

Sometimes, real leadership in government requires stances that may not be popular with voters. In an election year, such displays can be rare. But 51 members of the West Virginia House of Delegates managed it last week. They voted against a bill that would have changed the state requirement ...

Dental Care: Proposed legislation should become law

One of the most important bills before the West Virginia Legislature this year very nearly fell through the cracks. Good for state senators for recognizing the peril and quickly acting. It is Senate Bill 648 which, if enacted, would provide some dental care coverage to Mountain State adults ...

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UP: To volunteers in the Downtown Ambassador program, who were honored by Downtown PKB this week with the Make A Difference award. The program gives Recovery Point Parkersburg clients the chance to volunteer to clean up trash, remove snow and perform other tasks downtown. Benefits from the ...

Bureaucracy: Senate bill takes away local control of projects

“If hypocrisy was fuel, we wouldn’t have an energy crisis,” state Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison, said Tuesday. Charleston in late February could keep the lights on for decades, if that was the case, but the approval of Senate Bill 657 by so many Republicans certainly would have caused a ...

Corruption: Longer deadline for ethics action is needed

Reports on corrupt public officials are a regular part of life in West Virginia. Too many Mountain State residents have become numb enough to the problem to simply shrug and think of it as the way things have always been done. That may be part of the reason we seem to find ways to give those ...

Finances: Diocese has tough choices ahead

Last week, Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Brennan and other officials of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston did something unprecedented. They released a detailed report on diocesan finances. Brennan said it was the first time such action had been taken. As most of us know from our own personal ...

A True Giant: Katherine Johnson’s example must live on

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and some sadness. Giants like she was seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, a West Virginian and American giant. Despite all the challenges that came ...

Telemedicine: Technology can break geographic obstacles

As our region looks for ways to turn back the tide on the substance abuse epidemic, one factor that should be receiving more attention is the number of obstacles to treatment and recovery for those ready and willing to begin that monumental effort. It seems as though Highmark West Virginia may ...

Predators: Legislation needed to protect children

Yet another institution entrusted with the well being of our most vulnerable citizens — kids — appears to be more interested in protecting predators than those on whom they prey. Now lawmakers may have to force West Virginia’s public education establishment to do the right thing, after ...

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UP: To the Parkersburg Utility Board for considering a change that would give bidding and purchasing preference to local vendors who are also water and/or sewer customers of the PUB. The revised policy would offer an additional 0.5% consideration to those customers. If approved, it would give ...