Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to our hardworking and dedicated local emergency responders, who had their hands full Monday when dangerous flood waters rose throughout the region. Flooding prompted 14 water rescues in Randolph County Monday and multiple road closures, as members of the County Commission declared a ...

On the Brink

West Virginia may well have been on the brink of the precipice over which South Carolina fell this week. We may not be out of danger yet. A South Carolina state prison about 60 miles from Columbia, the state capital, was the scene of a bloodbath Sunday and Monday. A power struggle between two ...

Fed Up

No one wants to deny relief from pain to West Virginians who truly need opioid prescription drugs. So there is a line between limiting their access and shutting down the notorious pill mills that have helped to create the substance abuse crisis in our state. Clearly, however, that line is ...

Ethics

West Virginia Ethics Commission members deal with a variety of unpleasant situations. Some involve public officials who intentionally rip off taxpayers. Others concern men and women in government who simply make mistakes in judgment. Looking into ethics allegations against members of the ...

Falling Back

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Shortfalls

State officials continue to be optimistic in public about the outlook for West Virginia’s budget during the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Let us hope they are right. March’s report on general revenue fund collections raises red flags. At the end of the month, ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to two Elkins residents who returned to their former schools this week as hometown heroes. Trevor Kiess was named as the 65th WVU Mountaineer mascot on Feb. 24, and April Kesling is serving in her fifth year as a WVU cheerleader. The pair visited Thursday with students at four area ...

Make a Difference

How can you make a more important difference for your community and the people you love than by voting for — or against — President Donald Trump? That got your attention, didn’t it? But the question was more than a rhetorical one, and it has an answer that may surprise you. The answer ...

Drills Needed

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Student Loans

Providing some sort of student loan debt relief for higher education graduates may be a good idea, at least as U.S. Rep. David McKinley outlined it last week. But no-conditions-attached debt forgiveness such as that some students want ought to be ruled out. During a visit to West Liberty ...

Opioid Fight

By an enormous margin, most health care professionals in West Virginia are honest, and dedicated to the well-being of those who need their help. But the possibilities are nearly endless for that tiny minority determined to build their own wealth by harming patients and ripping off ...

No Privacy

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to dozens of area residents who came together Monday for an event to raise awareness for individuals and families affected by autism. The 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated with blue lights being lit around the world as well as locally during a “Light It Up Blue” ...

Child Services

Just a few days ago, West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources announced it has hired 48 new Child Protective Services personnel. They are needed to deal with a disturbing increase in child abuse and neglect. Perhaps the CPS workers need some protection, too. A Nicholas ...

Honoring King

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago this week, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

Rule Change

Handing out free food to anyone with income below a certain level, regardless of whether they are working or trying to find a job, makes no sense. It is what some refer to as a disincentive — a reward for not attempting to better oneself. Yet for a few years, that is how we did ...

New System

KEY LARGO, Florida — At dinner with friends, I was asked what is wrong with Washington. The question presumes a standard by which “wrong” can be defined. I am frequently asked this question by people who do not live in “the swamp.” They don’t behave like Washington politicians. If ...

Big Chore

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to local churches for presenting a plethora of Easter week services, programs and plays. Among the highlights this week, Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church in Elkins hosted daily services and lunches Monday through Friday, featuring various speakers and community members in ...

Bad Tweet

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...