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Municipal League proposal is sound

Dilapidated, often unsafe, buildings are a problem in many communities, ours included. Finding the money to do something about them is just the first obstacle local leaders must overcome. If a structure’s owner cannot be persuaded or forced to do something about his property, the municipality ...

Deadline should be pushed up

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Funding

Gov. Jim Justice was elected in large measure because many West Virginians viewed him as the anti-political answer to our state’s problems. The billionaire businessman milked the “I am not a politician” mantra for all it was worth. It turns out that Justice can operate as politically as ...

Comeback

Use of coal to generate electricity in the United States is expected to make a comeback as Americans begin to understand the reality behind former President Barack Obama’s claims of a cheaper, cleaner future based on wind and solar power. The truth is that Obama’s war on coal and ...

Burden

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Pence needs to be in the loop

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Idea could be economic boon

Even when clear economic development benefits would result from infrastructure improvements, it has become exceedingly difficult for West Virginia state government to come up with the money for them. We cannot seem to even patch the potholes we have, much less build new roads in which more of ...

Victims deserve max compensation

Before the giant chemical company DuPont stopped using a chemical known as C8 at its plant near Parkersburg, a significant amount of the substance contaminated water supplies in that area. C8 has been linked to at least six diseases, including cancer. Since C8 use ended more than a decade ...

Job Killer

West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so Wednesday, during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state ...

Education

West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more ...

Budget

During the next few weeks, state legislators, business people and thoughtful individual West Virginians will take long, hard looks at the budget Gov. Jim Justice has proposed. As they do, the disarmingly “folksy” manner Justice employed in his State of the State speech will become less ...

State doesn’t need another drug problem

Arguments for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia boil down to two factors: cash and compassion. Neither holds up under prudent scrutiny. As state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice struggle to balance the state budget, the claim legalized marijuana would result in an infusion of cash in the ...

Alleged abuse at school being eyed

A boarding school that operated from 2009-14 in Salem was a horror story for at least some of the boys and girls there, according to two former students who have filed a lawsuit over their alleged mistreatment. They contend a “culture of silence and secrecy” allowed children to be ...

Bureaucracy

Jim Justice has been governor of West Virginia for less than a month. Yet during that time, three state agencies suddenly have found they don’t need as many cars and trucks as they have, courtesy of taxpayers. Justice himself led the way, announcing a couple of days after taking office that ...

Despite controversy, we must rally around local law enforcement

Law enforcement officials have a very tough job to do. It comes with unimaginable stress and strain, and challenges we likely cannot relate to unless we have walked a police beat, or as they say a mile in their shoes. They deserve our thanks, in an often thankless world, and community support ...

New initiative will make a difference

Interim Elkins Police Chief J.C. Raffety said he believes it is important for his department to establish trust with the community. As part of that trust-building, Raffety and his staff have started an initiative to increase patrols of the city’s homes and downtown businesses. The chief ...

Stable Revenue

While revenue from some forms of legalized gambling in West Virginia has plummeted during the past several years, the take from “limited video lottery” machines has remained remarkably stable. LVL devices are the electronic versions of slot machines that can be found in private clubs, ...

Open Mind

The reaction of some U.S. Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice can be summed up in two words: Hell, no. That is not putting it too strongly. Gorsuch, who has distinguished himself as a federal appeals court judge, will be blocked ...

Disturbing

Schoolyard spats and disagreements have long been a part of growing up. The occasional playground dust-up usually results in nothing more than bruised egos or, at worst, a black eye. Times, though, have changed — even in our tiny community nestled among the hills of West Virginia. In the ...

Justice needs to avoid potential conflicts

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s diverse business empire presents an enormous challenge in preventing even the appearance of conflicts of interest involving state government. Justice has taken steps to minimize the problem. In addition to putting his businesses in a blind trust, with the ...