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Editorials

Moderates: COVID-19 relief desperately needed

A second round of federal COVID-19 relief money, more than $900 billion, could be on its way to Americans soon. Thank a group of U.S. senators and representatives who have grown sick of the partisan bickering that has delayed a new relief bill for months. They are unlike many politicians, ...

Never Again: Being prepared takes constant effort

Never again, Americans vowed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 79 years ago this past Monday. Thoughtful people pause each Pearl Harbor Day to wonder whether we have forgotten the lesson we should have learned on Dec. 7, 1941. Evidence Americans’ determination not to be victims of a ...

Conversation: MOV Fellowship Home wants to hear from you

As we approach Christmas, the season brings plenty of opportunities to give. Even better, this is a wonderful time of year to be thinking about WHY we give. Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home wants to hear those stories, as part of the theme to this year’s fundraising campaign, Voices in ...

Infrastructure: Planning Commission needs public input

If you’ve ever been driving along and thought to yourself, “Someone should do something about this,” regarding the road or infrastructure conditions on your route, your time has come. The Wood-Washington-Wirt Interstate Planning Commission wants to hear from members of the public as they ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To West Virginia University-Parkersburg’s development of a Virtual Teen 3D Printing Academy during the last week of the year, to enhance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences available to local young people. “What we do is build students’ knowledge of ...

Scholarships: Support students who plan to go to college

We know our high school students have gone through a spring and fall semester unlike any they could have managed — certainly unlike anything parents and teachers could have prepared them for, out of their own experience. Yet another unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic for those ...

Home Testing: Increased access will save lives

Worried about venturing out for a COVID-19 test, waiting in line, figuring out whether your insurance will cover it, and how long it will take to get results? If you are like most responsible West Virginians, you know it would be smart to get tested, particularly at this time of year and as our ...

Donations: Salvation Army needs help more than ever

Many Mid-Ohio Valley residents make it part of their holiday tradition to donate to the Salvation Army — either through the organization’s Red Kettle Campaign or the Angel Tree program. Some wonderful folks find a way to do both. This year is a little different, and the opportunities for ...

Security: Watch out for scams this holiday season

Doing your Christmas shopping at local stores is always the best bet, for many reasons. But many people will be making substantial purchases this year with online retailers, primarily because of the COVID-19 epidemic. After all, it seems safer to avoid in-person shopping and go the electronic ...

Vulnerable: Nursing homes need first access to vaccines

Not long ago, we wrote that COVID-19 seemed to have surged once again into nursing homes. At the time, public health officials reported active outbreaks of the disease at 65 long-term care facilities in West Virginia. An update just a few days later put the number at 78. Just 45 Mountain State ...

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UP: To the folks at places such as Recovery Point, the Salvation Army or Norwood United Methodist Church who found a way to carry on Thanksgiving dinner traditions last week to help those most in need of the support of their community, this year. “This is my second year, and it’s amazing to ...

Shopping: Make Small Business Saturday a habit

Saturday, officially, is Small Business Saturday. It is the day on which, for the past several years, clever marketers have suggested we spend a single day altering our shopping habits to explore the small, locally owned businesses in our communities. It’s a great idea, but it is not big ...

Red Flags: VA oversight vital for veteran safety

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy wait-lists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

Thanksgiving: Staying positive harder but not impossible

What a year in which to have an opportunity to purposefully gather our thoughts and be thankful. We need this day, which like so much else this year is different. We need this reminder to look toward what is good, and that for which we can, still, be grateful. Some have been blissfully ...

Caution: Push out vaccine quickly AND safely

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death, but it is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

Education: Impovement needed for remote learning

Remote learning simply isn’t doing the job for many West Virginia students forced by COVID-19 to stay away from their classrooms. That has been painfully obvious to many educators, parents and school children for months. State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch made it official last ...

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UP: To organizers of the many local events that have been canceled as we face a new surge in COVID-19. It is a difficult decision to cancel or postpone the wonderful traditional events that bring us all together as we start into the holiday season. But you are doing the right thing. Don’t ...

Safeguard: Justice should extend school building closure

Gov. Jim Justice is right to hold off on taking action recommended by the West Virginia Education Association, to close schools from Thanksgiving until the beginning of 2021. As the governor noted, “There are so many ramifications” to such an order. But Justice may want to meet the WVEA ...

Manchin: Moderate Democrat puts brakes on party

Some in the Democratic Party are suggesting a virtual re-do of our political system. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is both right and responsible in letting them know he will not go along with that. Depending on how two U.S. Senate races scheduled for January in Georgia go, it is possible ...

Progress: Homeless program deserves to continue

In discussing the city’s program to reconnect homeless individuals with their families, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce said it “hasn’t put a dent” in the crimes linked to some homeless individuals in our area. One thing is certain, though, it has made an enormous difference for 25 people ...