Editorials

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Up: To Parkersburg South High School football players who joined After the Disaster to separate and pack donated items into emergency kits for families affected by house fires. “I am really thankful for the help,” said organizer Joy Buskirk. Kudos to those involved with the PSHS football ...

Volunteers: Give thanks to those who give their time

Most of the people doing the good things that keep our community moving forward don’t receive any pay or even much recognition for their efforts — not that they would want it. The army of volunteers working with our charitable and civic organizations is mainly just ordinary men and women ...

Crackdown: U.S. should help Mexico deal with migrants

Even before the president threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Predator: Find out how Epstein got lighter sentence

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Recovery: Programs that help addicts deserve praise

When Pastor Bill Frey came to the Mid-Ohio Valley, he noticed something he had not seen anywhere else. “I noticed a need for recovery ministry in this town,” he said. Whereas in some other places the problem might be hidden, “ ... here it was obvious.” Blind eyes cannot be turned to ...

Inspiration: Katherine Johnson deserves NASA honor

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

Flood Aid: Foot-dragging should be investigated

Nearly a year and a half ago, West Virginians learned to our dismay and anger that state government was sitting on more than $149 million in federal aid intended for victims of June 2016 floods that hit several southern counties hard. Gov. Jim Justice claimed he was furious. He sacked the ...

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UP: To Parkersburg officials’ decision to offer free admission at the City Park pool and Southwood Park pool as the Splash Pad remains closed for repairs and inspection. As the manufacturer works to make right — at no cost to the city — the component that has been linked to injuries in a ...

Education: Senators’ proposal deserves a chance

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Celebration: Remember what makes the United States unique

As Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence today, it is important to recall precisely what had the Founders so riled up, at the time. They sought “certain unalienable rights, ... among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ...” But they were also incensed over ...

Drug Tests: Tuition grant recipients must stay off drugs

West Virginians eager to improve their prospects through community college educations may be able to get some help, courtesy of a new program. But there are strings attached, and they should remain. Lawmakers approved a bill earlier this year to provide free tuition to Mountain State ...

Education: Bullying is a problem in West Virginia

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to judge ...

Budget: Lawmakers must stay within their means

It should soon be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ended Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of May, 11 ...

Back to School: Clothing vouchers make a difference

It is time, already to start thinking about back-to-school shopping — particularly for parents who might have to plan a little more carefully for such spending. Some West Virginia families are going to need a little help getting their kids set for the school year. Beginning Monday they can ...

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UP: To officials with the City of Parkersburg who quickly moved to address a potential safety concern at the new splash pad. Though there were only a few reported injuries to children attributed to a component of the tube slide, even one injury would have merited the switch-out that took place ...

Cancer Fight: Cheap shots at Biden’s work are unnecessary

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. That ...

Motor Voter: DMV is weak link in push toward progress

In the backs of some state lawmakers’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Shameful: Officials dangled hope to help Trump

Mid-Ohio Valley residents had heard this story before. They could have told the rest of the state how it might turn out. Still, it was exciting to hear, a year-and-a-half ago, that China’s Energy Investment Corp. would be spending nearly $84 billion in West Virginia over the next 20 ...

Bipartisanship: Capito’s leadership making a difference

Some members of Congress who have been vocal in wringing their hands over the humanitarian crisis among people coming across our southern border into the United States seem to be among those reluctant to do anything about it. Good for U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, for forging ...

Coal: Renewable energy is not ready for primetime

A verbal misstep by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice last week was the perfect illustration of why President Donald Trump is right to be calling retreat in the war on coal launched by his predecessor. It was announced that the Trump administration is implementing its Affordable Clean Energy ...