Editorials

Risky Task

Clearly, improving public schools in West Virginia will be a difficult, time-consuming and possibly politically risky task. Despite talk of “omnibus” education bills in the Legislature this year, the job defies a one-shot answer. Good for state Board of Education members for making a ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to H.W. Daniels Post 29’s celebrating the American Legion’s 100th birthday this evening in Elkins The event will feature a ham dinner and a special speaker. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and the dinner will start at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be veteran Mark Lanham. ...

Punishment

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning lights ...

Preservation

A bill awaiting action by President Donald Trump, Senate Bill 47, would do much to preserve and protect some of our nation’s most precious natural resources. It is an important, multifaceted measure that would, among other things, ensure funding for the vital Land and Water Conservation ...

Transparency

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Cracking Down

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Spoofing

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s Elkins municipal election and in today’s Randolph County Schools excess levy special election. A total of 2,500 early voters made their choice in the levy election, while in the Elkins election, voter turnout was smaller, with many ...

Scrambling

State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice may find themselves scrambling this week to keep all the promises made to West Virginians during the past several months. Pay raises for public employees, new subsidies for their health insurance program, a tax break for coal companies and new initiatives ...

Budget Debate

Among multiple budget battles state legislators will work to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state Supreme ...

Controversy

There are 1,805,832 of us here in West Virginia, according to the Census Bureau. Is it any wonder that there are a few bigots, sociopaths and idiots here? One of them made national news Friday at the state Capitol. She should not have been the headline, however. The real story was how ...

Tax Credits

It would be interesting and for state legislators, perhaps instructive, to hear West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby describe how much good could be done if someone wrote her agency a check for $10 million. More than what would be accomplished by handing the money to the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the candidates in Tuesday’s Elkins municipal election who took part in a public forum at Davis & Elkins College this week to answer questions and define their positions for voters. The contested races include, for a First Ward council seat, incumbent Bob Woolwine and ...

Crisis Point

Apparently, the squeaky wheel does get the grease, or at least, the attention from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Last year, Preston County commissioners took the unusual action of declaring a state of emergency, over the condition of highways throughout the county. “Enough is enough,” ...

Bad Form

Somehow, a proposal that should have been relatively benign in regard to public schools became one that could reduce the amount of time students are being taught. That is the last thing West Virginians need. Early in the Legislature’s annual regular session, Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, ...

Tuition

West Virginia has the lowest education attainment in the nation, by far. Bachelor’s degrees or higher are held by fewer than one in five Mountain State residents 25 years of age or older, according to the Census Bureau. Cost is one factor, though there are many others. Community and ...

Wrath

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Disturbing

You may have heard the old suggestion that some people commit such egregious misdeeds at work that they ought to be fired before they can resign. One wonders why that did not happen in the Berkeley County school system. There, a teacher and two aides resigned from their positions after they ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the announcement Wednesday, by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area will be designated as a National Heritage Area. Dozens of local officials and residents attending the announcement at the Appalachian Forest Discovery Center applauded their approval ...

Information

West Virginia lawmakers are considering two bills that would limit your access to information — even information about you — and could make it easier for government officials to pull the wool over your eyes, or arrange for the unfair and speedy sale of your property. One is House Bill ...