Editorials

Tax hikes bad for W.Va.

Well, thanks for the pocket change, governor. Now, let’s talk about the real money. On Monday, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials announced a plan to charge entrance fees to six state parks and one state forest. The idea was to raise money to address maintenance concerns ...

Delta Queen cruises may return

Remember the Delta Queen? If you are past your teen years, you may well recall the majestic, historic sternwheel riverboat steaming up or down the Ohio River, occasionally tooting its whistle or entertaining those of us on land with a calliope performance. But if you are younger, you may ...

Group effort needed to pass budget

It takes three to tango when it comes to enacting a state budget in West Virginia. If Gov. Jim Justice thinks he can get it done with just two of the three partners, he is mistaken. Since he vetoed a budget proposal sent to him by lawmakers a few weeks ago, Justice has been attempting to ...

Warner, clerks have done wonders

Earlier this month, we commended West Virginia county clerks and Secretary of State Mac Warner for cleaning up voter registration rolls. Working together, his office and county officials had removed 36,635 names from the list of people eligible to vote in our state. What a difference a few ...

Fee for state parks makes sense

Beyond any doubt, the best way to “wow” out-of-state visitors to West Virginia is to take them to one or more of our state parks. They are our crown jewels. But too often for many years, maintenance needs at the parks have been put on hold because not enough money was available for them ...

Lawmakers fighting it out over budget

Not much has been heard for several days regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact Justice has not ...

‘Reform’

When politicians begin talking about “tax reform,” their constituents often are right to worry about tax increases. Too often, raising more money — not making tax codes simpler, fairer or more attractive to job creators — is behind “reform” movements. It shouldn’t be allowed ...

Washington must address marijuana’s official status

In both West Virginia and Ohio, it’s official: Breaking the law is not against the law — at least when marijuana is involved. Both states have legislation making use of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, legal for health care purposes. West Virginia’s measure was just signed into ...

Kudos for Justice on BOE appointments

Gov. Jim Justice seems intent on ensuring members of the West Virginia Board of Education understand public schools from the inside. That would explain his appointments to the board, most of which have been people with experience in the classroom and school administration. That makes one of ...

Something has to give in Charleston

Gov. Jim Justice’s veto last week of a budget bill sent to him by the West Virginia Legislature may have prompted some frustrated lawmakers to adopt a “back to square one” attitude. Let us hope the governor’s position is that reasonable. During a press conference in which he had ...

Warner has cleaned up voter registrations

Eleven states are being threatened with lawsuits if they do not clean up their voter registration lists, the Judicial Watch organization revealed a few days ago. If you are a West Virginian, the announcement may well have prompted a “here we go again” reaction. Our state is notorious for ...

War on coal is far from over

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey deserves much of the credit for delaying former President Barack Obama’s assault on the coal industry and affordable electricity. Other state officials, including legislators and former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, merit kudos for opposing Obama, ...

Highly Improper

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice had every right to lobby Marshall University to make changes in its football program. Governor Jim Justice does not. It is being reported Justice pressured Marshall officials to fire head football coach Doc Holliday and replace him with former coach ...

He is Risen

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men ...

Veto of bill gives opportunity

Gov. Jim Justice may be doing West Virginians a big favor by vetoing a budget proposal sent to him by the Legislature — though not for the reason Justice has in mind. On Sunday, lawmakers approved a $4.102 billion general revenue budget. That is far short of the $4.394 billion the governor ...

Dems’ actions put state in jeopardy

It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will veto a budget bill approved by the Legislature on Sunday. The measure certainly could be improved. But should the governor for some reason sign the budget, it will create a serious problem for West Virginians. It is that, as written, the measure cannot ...

Budget Boost

Late last year, it was announced West Virginia State Police detachments in Hundred, Elizabeth and Grantsville would be closed. The problem was money, State Police officials said. Well, that should not be a problem beginning July 1, when the new fiscal year begins. It appears West ...

Avoid accidental war in Middle East

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were severing ...

Cooperative

Public school systems throughout West Virginia will have to do without regional education service agencies if Gov. Jim Justice signs a bill sent to him Saturday night by the Legislature. Or will they? RESAs have served some county school districts well for many years. But the same story is ...

Hypocrisy

Federal hypocrisy is nothing new. But when it jeopardizes the lives of people whose jobs have been targeted by that same government, it is particularly difficult to swallow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General, negligence on the part of the federal Mine Safety and ...