Editorials

Education: Lawmakers should pay heed to survey results

Though state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, has already begun the predictable work of discrediting results of this spring’s eight regional education roundtable events and online surveys, the results must not be ignored by lawmakers gearing up for a special session to revisit ...

Disaster Aid: Investigation warranted on how funds were spent

When the federal government dumps tens of millions of dollars into a state to help disaster victims, crooked politicians smell opportunity. Who’s to notice if some of the money gets siphoned away? After more than a year of questions concerning how more than $200 million in federal flood ...

Give Local MOV: Your donation can make a difference

Many local residents make special effort during Small Business Saturday to visit and spend a little money at locally owned shops, understanding the money makes far more impact here at home than if it had been spent at a national retailer. Today is our opportunity to do the same thing for local ...

Education: Committee needs an effective leader

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Infrastructure: Officials should embrace federal initiative

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. Trump is proposing a $2 trillion federal ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for receiving the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations. The PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program provides summer jobs and civic ...

Firearms: West Virginia must account for weapons it owns

In the comedy of errors that is Charleston bureaucracy, not much surprises these days. But a legislative audit released earlier this week should raise some eyebrows. It seems not only does the state have a difficult time keeping track of the number of vehicles it owns, it also finds it ...

Schools: Consolidations, closures are necessary

The can that has been kicked down the road by Wood County Boards of Education for more than a decade has finally landed at the feet of the current board. Though that board still includes two of the folks who did some of the kicking, it MUST make some truly difficult decisions — and then act ...

Education: Public input is vital to any legislative proposal

West Virginia legislators are taking a much better approach to public school improvements than they did last winter. This time around, they are setting the initiative up for success. After the “omnibus education bill” was killed in the Legislature, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special ...

West Virginia Invests: New initiative is worthy use of taxpayer money

A new program approved just last winter by West Virginia legislators is up and running. Good for state officials for not letting it get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape of the kind that often delays implementation of new programs. The initiative, West Virginia Invests, will pay community ...

Education: WVU buyouts needed to reduce costs

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, last week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Corruption: Jail overdoses show need for scrutiny

Drug overdoses are not uncommon in many West Virginia communities, including Charleston. But the five women who had to be treated at a hospital there last Monday appear to have overdosed at the South Central Regional Jail. That ought to prompt an investigation of drug smuggling at other ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To news that cases of measles in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 25 years. Much of the resurgence can be traced back to (sometimes deliberate) misinformation about vaccines. Measles is, of course, only the beginning for misguided individuals intentionally eradicating herd ...

Investment: Job numbers may not see promised boost

West Virginians patiently waiting for news about that $84 billion President Trump and Gov. Jim Justice said was going to be invested here by China, over the next 20 years, are getting some data out of Ohio that shows we might not be missing out on as much as the politicians claimed. According ...

Education: Diverse economy needs diverse job training

Harrison County education officials are working on programs they believe will genuinely prepare students for their next steps after graduation — even if that does not mean a four-year college education. Administrators and members of the board of education recently met with representatives of ...

Take Back: Drop off expired or unused prescription drugs

West Virginians are all too familiar with the consequences of legally prescribed drugs falling into the wrong hands. We are in the midst of a substance abuse epidemic that many believe got its start with legally prescribed opioids, and which piggy-backed on the methamphetamine scourge that led ...

Infrastructure: Maintaining bridges should be a priority

Reports about bridges and dams in dire need of repair need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the officials responsible for maintaining them remind us. Still, some of them raise disturbing questions. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association notes that nearly ...

Life Lessons: Teaching children to use 911 is important

A (very) young man was honored last week as a hero of Wood County for having the presence of mind to call 911 when his mother had a seizure while it was just the two of them at home. “My mommy needs help,” 3-year-old David Lee Mosley III told dispatcher Patrick Smith at the Wood County 911 ...

Easter: Celebrate rebirth and new hope

Today, most of the Christian world celebrates the most important event to the faith — the discovery of an empty tomb and a risen Lord. It is a day on which many in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be attending church services in celebration of the most joyous and hope-filled occasion, singing “We ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To breaking ground on the Gold Star Families Monument in Parkersburg’s City Park this week. “As time and future comes and goes, many will view this memorial and somehow know their freedoms and the freedoms of others were preserved by those we honor here today,” said Hershel ...