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Editorials

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 ...

Innocence: Tennessee should allow DNA testing of evidence

A substantial number of people who once were unwavering supporters of capital punishment have become opponents, though their conviction that some vicious criminals should pay the ultimate price remains firm. But revelations that a significant percentage of people convicted of crimes were ...

Inspiration: Children’s Museum will be a welcome addition

It is not often a project includes so many ways to improve a community, all wrapped into one, but the planned Children’s Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley seems to be set to do just that. It will revitalize one of our beautiful older buildings, the 104-year-old former Masonic Temple at Ninth and ...

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UP: To the 33rd annual Easterseals Festival of Trees, at the Blennerhassett Hotel. As a fundraiser for the organization, the event helps bring physical, occupation and speech therapies, early intervention and rehabilitative medical care to children and adults throughout the Mid- and Upper Ohio ...

Hong Kong: Protests against China deserve support

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were ruthlessly crushed. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese standing up to the government. Now, ...

Education: West Virginia should approve charter school policy

Proposed policies to govern charter schools in West Virginia have been made public by the state Board of Education. Fred Albert, leader of the second-largest teachers union in the state, appears not to care what policies are adopted, however. Any policy permitting charters is unacceptable to ...

Vaping: More study needed before lawmakers act

State Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, is right to be worried about e-cigarettes. It was in his district, after all, that two teenagers had to be hospitalized after using e-cigarette cartridges laced with heroin. Last week, Beach wrote to Gov. Jim Justice suggesting a public health emergency be ...

Retirements: West Virginia’s public employees not ready to leave

West Virginia’s public employees just aren’t retiring like they used to. According to Consolidated Public Retirement Board executive director Jeffrey Fleck, significantly fewer public employees — including teachers — are choosing to retire this year. In a normal year, an average of ...

Education: West Virginia should examine school funding model

When members of the West Virginia Board of Education voted last week to approve Wood County Schools’ plan, which includes closure of three elementary schools in spring 2020, they did so in a manner that suggested they understood the difference between emotions and fiscal reality. In fact, ...

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UP: To Van Devender Middle School students Jordan Mayhew, Nate McPeak, Meredith Poole and Emily Winter for their accomplishments in completing the grade-level i-Ready programs in English and math. Eighth-grader Mayhew completed the math program, while eighth-grader Poole and seventh-grader ...

Support: Donated vehicles show importance of friends

It’s good to have friends, and we here in West Virginia know we can usually count on our neighbors to be there for us in time of need. Recently, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department found out it had some very good friends who were willing to lend a hand. Road conditions in Calhoun ...

Road Fund: Legislators may need to discuss spending cuts

State officials have begun planning to reduce spending out of West Virginia’s general revenue fund by $100 million this year because revenue is coming in slower than had been hoped. But what about the other major state budget, the State Road Fund? It is in even worse shape. At the end of ...

Prime Targets: Ransomeware attack should make us wary

As Wood County Schools continues to go school-by-school, computer-by-computer checking and repairing machines affected by a ransomware attack last week, local residents are getting a first-hand look at the way terrorists and criminals have shifted tactics in recent years. In fact, more than ...

RISE: Hearings may be needed to uncover problems

About a week ago, state officials announced the RISE West Virginia program had completed 75 homes for victims of the devastating June 2016 floods in southern counties. Unless enormous progress in RISE is recorded during the next couple of months, state legislators convening the regular annual ...

Veterans Day: We thank you for your service

When Americans began observing Armistice Day, it was a way to honor the veterans of what they thought was “the war to end all wars,” World War I. All too quickly it became obvious there would be veterans of many more wars and military conflicts just as deserving of such a day of honor. So, ...

Resources: CDC study could make a huge difference

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

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UP: To those who took time to vote on social media for K9 Drago, who received honorable mention in the run for the Aftermath K9 Grant national award this year. The $500 prize combined with a matching gift from an anonymous donor means $1,000 will be headed to the Wood County K9 unit. That is in ...