Opinion

Take time to make the right call

Editorials

A recent proposal to combine Washington County’s Children Services and Job and Family Services agencies may have promise, but it’s not an agreement we should rush into. As the opioid epidemic rages on, there are more children who need to to be placed and higher costs to do so. Children ...

Parkersburg council right to pray before meetings

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to the members of the Parkersburg City Council for not giving in to the threats and opinions of one narrow minded person or group concerning praying before meetings. This a democracy and you have just as much right to your beliefs and prayers before the meeting as they do ...

Victims deserve justice

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

Letters to the Editor

In many ways, the greatest strength of Appalachian Ohio has also been our greatest cross to bear. Our beautiful rolling hills are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, which have formed our economic and cultural identity. Over the past 150 years, we have seen our ore quarried, our ...

Hold all of the guilty accountable

Editorials

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

Party before duty

Letters to the Editor

Is the Republican president an outright not-so-secret Russian agent? Perhaps he is pathetically unknowing, narcissistically blinded to his expanding Putin’s happiness over the security of America. The answer is likely both. The Republican congressguy from this district and the other 235 ...

Reminder: Drivers be aware as school starts

Editorials

A reminder to all drivers — be mindful of children and teens as area schools are, or soon will be, back in session. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools or bus stops. And remember, it’s the ...

Climate Change and regulations of fossil fuels

Letters to the Editor

After watching the news of the fires in California a family member said, “Is God trying to tell California something?” I don’t think it is God but it is Mother Earth telling us that for years we have been sending pollutants into the air that have caused the ocean temperatures to rise, ...

Address holes in airline security

Editorials

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

City council member addresses criticism

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes it’s better to walk away, but others, it’s better to clarify misinformation. After reading (Roger) Kalter’s letter to the editor admonishing many, here is my response as a member of the Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee. I, too, attended the same meeting which Kalter ...

Decision to resign rather than be heard is puzzling

Editorials

Many West Virginians are angry at the three remaining members of the state Supreme Court, we suspect. Allegations against them paint a collective picture of high court justices on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money, eager to circumvent state law and dismissive of ethics rules that guide ...

Roberts, Johnson, very different with public

Letters to the Editor

On a recent Friday evening, friends and neighbors gathered in Devola to meet with Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives from the Ohio Sixth Congressional District, Shawna Roberts. Roberts is challenging the Republican, Bill Johnson, who currently represents the Ohio Sixth, which ...

Attacks of ‘fake news’ must end

Editorials

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Wayne National Forest should be protected

Letters to the Editor

A recent Times article detailed efforts by a group of local landowners to pressure elected officials to expedite drilling on parcels they own in the Wayne National Forest. Unfortunately, drilling the forest is likely to have serious negative effects on the economic, environmental, and human ...

Benefit to help family of boy with cancer

Letters to the Editor

Family - Cancer. Those two words should never go together in a sentence, but unfortunately they do everyday for families. Saturday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., will be the 3rd Buckeye Bob’s Cruisin’ for a Cure benefit. Each year, the three hour dinner cruise aboard The Valley Gem ...

Leaders lack the will to watch spending

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of revenue that is collected has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was ...

People should be outraged by Trump’s actions

Letters to the Editor

I don’t understand the total lack of comment from the editor of this newspaper and from most Republicans when our president continues his daily destruction of what it means to be an American. We have forgotten what decency is all about as President Trump goes about destroying what past ...

All of our Korean vets must come home

Editorials

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Don’t be so quick to applaud revenue growth

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Head back to school safely

Editorials

Many of our local schools resume classes next week and with the start of the school year will come the rush to get to school on time. Safe Routes to School National Partnership estimates that as much as 20 to 30 percent of all morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to ...