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Editorials

Census: Lawmakers must solve participation puzzle

Most West Virginians are familiar with the warning about not cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. It is advice that can be applied to those who show dislike and distrust of government by not participating in the Census. It means we should avoid actions intended to harm others but ...

Veterans: Travel legislation should be enacted

Especially in areas such as West Virginia, it can be difficult for veterans to find transportation to veterans’ centers and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and five other senators want to make it easier for them. A bill introduced by the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the 33rd annual Festival of Trees auction to benefit Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in West Virginia, which was held at the Blennerhassett Hotel earlier this month. Approximately $15,000 was raised for the organization, because of both the outstanding work of the artists who designed ...

Fairness Act: Lawmakers just have tough conversations

Advocates who saw a glimmer of hope in the attendance by state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, at a panel discussion of the proposed Fairness Act hosted by Fairness West Virginia, should pay close attention to the language Carmichael ...

Climate: Ignoring China will not reduce carbon emissions

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...

Obesity: Health crisis must be addressed

West Virginians are accustomed to seeing their state rank at or near the bottom in national reports. In the case of a couple of recently released analyses, however, it is no better news to be at the top. The Mountain State has the highest adult obesity rate in the nation and second-highest rate ...

Tech Jobs: Viking Voyagers reflect positive direction

Last week, during the annual TechConnect Coding and Cyber Summit in Charleston, there was good news about the effort to diversify our state’s struggling economy and push it forward. “We know there are already about 1,000 (high-tech) jobs open in West Virginia. What we want to do is get the ...

End Stigma: Community and technical colleges deserve respect

Imagine living in a world where you were unable to understand the value (both financial and academic) of two-year, community and technical colleges. It seems there are some who do, and attach an entirely unjustified stigma to the institutions. Of course, we here in the Mid-Ohio Valley see ...

Pensions: Legislation to protect miners must be passed

Sometimes half a loaf is better than none — especially when that half could safeguard the pensions of thousands of retired coal miners. Through no fault of their own, retirees who depend on the United Mine Workers of America pension program find themselves in jeopardy. The system could ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To today’s Parkersburg Christmas Parade, and the ensuing Winterfest, which will include the tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks at Bicentennial Park, followed by a concert at St. Francis Xavier Church. It is a day full of holiday activity that should bring the last of those who have been ...

Afghanistan: Simply walking away is short-sighted

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Budget Cuts: Lawmakers must rein in bureaucracy

Last month, West Virginia Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow bemoaned declines in the demand for both natural gas and metallurgical coal, as he explained shortcomings in the state’s revenue collection — and an uncertain outlook, that may yet prompt lawmakers to find another round of cuts ...

Bransfield: Abuse allegation worth another investigation

A man’s allegation he was sexually molested as a child by former Roman Catholic bishop Michael Bransfield should be investigated again, by both church and law enforcement authorities. Bransfield, who headed the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for 13 years, dismisses the story as coming from ...

Bureaucracy: Laws hindering relief efforts should be changed

Some West Virginians may think the bureaucracy is part of the reason for delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in some southern counties. Last month, their suspicions were confirmed. Legislators have been looking into why the state has been so slow in using $149 million in federal funding ...

Foster Care: Lawsuit must be decided on the merits

Observant West Virginians concerned about children taken into the foster care system have been aware of its shortcomings for some time. So have state officials, who seem to be making a sincere effort to improve the situation. And, not just incidentally, so does the U.S. Department of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To all the shoppers trying something a little different today, and shopping small, on Small Business Saturday. While it is true money spent with the big guys also makes a difference in our local economy, the two shopping choices do not have to be mutually exclusive. You never know what ...

Celebration: Jackson County EDA deserves praise

Jackson County officials have a lot to be thankful for these days, as they see the fruit of forward thinking and good planning. All six buildings owned by the Jackson County Economic Development Authority are fully occupied. Meanwhile, it is one payment away from paying off the debt on its ...

Gratitude: Find ways to show your appreciation

Today as we gather with family and friends for a day of celebrating our many blessings, it is important to remember that we have so much more for which to be thankful than a day off for food and football. We live in a nation where we are still free to be as divided in opinion even as we have ...

Rumors: Reporting the truth is not ‘unfortunate’

From the beginning of compulsory public education, students have looked for ways, particularly near the ends of semesters, to get out of going to school for a day or two. Before the internet and social media, there was the old call-in-a-bomb-threat trick. It is difficult for schools to know how ...

Red Kettles: Your donations help Salvation Army’s work

It’s that time of year — the red kettles are popping up everywhere; and the ringing of handbells becomes the soundtrack to our outings. Those bells will ring throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley until Dec. 24. “Every day but Sunday,” said Parkersburg Salvation Army Maj. Patrick ...