Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to J.C. Raffety, who was honored by the city of Elkins Thursday for his service over the past year, which included serving first as the interim Elkins Police Chief and then as special investigator for the department. Raffety took the helm of the department during a particularly ...

Taking Action

Most of us were taught in school that the legislative branch of government is responsible for new laws. No approval by representatives of the people, no new law. It just isn’t true. Most of the laws by which we live and do business these days are issued by state and federal agencies, ...

Unified Action

West Virginia legislators already are devoting a considerable amount of their time to discussing what they can do to curb substance abuse in our state. Good. Experts say drug overdoses may have killed as many as 1,000 Mountain State residents last year. Think about that number. The state has ...

Change Needed

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

No Discipline

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

Big Gamble

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Planning Commission for asking Christy DeMuth, the land use planner from the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, to present information to the public Thursday at a special meeting about the efforts to update the decades-old Elkins ...

Shedding Light

Among the most important safeguards of our liberty is the doctrine of separation of powers. The key to ensuring the judiciary retains its independence as one of those powers is, of course, money. Attempts by the legislative branch to punish judges and justices through the budgeting process are ...

Change Needed

In July 2016, Putnam County funeral home owner Chad Harding was ordered by a federal judge to pay an insurance company nearly $3 million. Harding had been accused of cashing in pre-need funeral contracts for 111 people who were still alive. Last summer, about a year after that judgment, the ...

Tough Job

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Storage Hub

West Virginia may well have an advantage over other potential locations for a major facility to store natural gas liquids. State officials and our delegation in Congress should pull out all the stops to make the project a reality for the Mountain State. Area residents have heard much talk of ...

Dangerous

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the organizers and participants in Thursday’s Legislative Luncheon at the Arts Center in Elkins. The annual event, presented by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, featured Delegate Bill Hartman and Sen. Robert Karnes answering questions from the audience. Topics ...

Education

With the very worst education attainment level in the nation, West Virginia simply must encourage more young people to go to college or career school. Making higher education more affordable is a key to that. Since 2002, the Mountain State has funded the PROMISE scholarship program for that ...

Zero Tolerance

Public school officials should have a zero-tolerance policy regarding teachers whose conduct intentionally puts children at risk in any way. That ought to go without saying. But in Kanawha County, it appears that outlook resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Fortunately, a judge prevented it ...

Enough’s enough

A researcher’s recommendation that West Virginia legislators set arbitrary caps on the numbers of regulations state agencies can enforce sounds simplistic. As one lawmaker, Delegate Scott Brewer, D-Mason, put it, “How do you differentiate between good regulations and bad?” On the other ...

Late Audit

For three years in a row, West Virginia’s Department of Administration missed deadlines for submitting an audit required by the federal government. Who was penalized? Every public college in the state. Because of the late audits, institutions of higher learning were told they would receive ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to closed schools being sold as opposed to sitting and rotting. On Thursday the former Volga-Century Elementary School and Mount Vernon Elementary School, which were closed in 2016, were sold in public auctions. Kevin Bealko bought the former Volga-Century school for $120,000. Bealko ...

Early Present

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...

Elections

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...