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Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to two students at West Virginia Wesleyan College who will spend part of summer 2020 immersing themselves in an educational experience outside the United States. Freshman Madisyn Fox from Caldwell and junior Christopher Neil from Kenna were announced as the college’s newest Benjamin ...

Good Investment

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

Transportation

Especially in areas such as West Virginia, it can be difficult for military veterans to find transportation to veterans’ centers and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and five other senators want to make it easier for them. A bill ...

Investigation

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Unstable

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last week. His ...

Keep it Rolling

State officials were justified in being delighted with the results of a bond sale that netted nearly $750 million for highways and bridges in West Virginia. But can we keep the ball rolling? Not without addressing serious, unresolved issues. In October 2017, Mountain State voters approved ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Tygart Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for lending a helping hand to families and local food pantries this holiday season. To date, the program has donated 113,159 turkeys. That’s a lot of turkeys. Applause to the more than 60 firefighters that ...

Stigma

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Rape Kits

For many years, victims of sexual assault in both West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — was sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Allegation

A man’s allegation that he was sexually molested as a child by former Roman Catholic bishop Michael Bransfield needs to be investigated again, by both church and law enforcement authorities. Bransfield, who headed the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for 13 years, dismisses the story as ...

Lawsuit

The family of another military veteran who died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg has filed a lawsuit against the federal agency. It adds to the list of disturbing questions about the facility — none of which has been addressed satisfactorily. As many as 11 veterans who ...

Wrongdoings

For months, Roman Catholics — and yes, those of other faiths — have been waiting to see how the church would deal with former bishop Michael Bransfield. When the answer came on Tuesday, it was not satisfactory, in the minds of some, perhaps most. During his 13 years as head of the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the many local volunteers who provided holiday meals for the needy this week. Volunteers from Summit Church helped provide the monthly Feed the City event, hosted in the Railyard Restaurant, as this week’s menu was Thanksgiving themed. A free Thanksgiving dinner was served ...

Dilemma

In October 2016, Ryan Hubbs, of Paris, Ohio, robbed a woman in Lewis County, West Virginia, and took her car. He fled north on Interstate 79 and, in Marion County, caused an accident that killed two people. He pleaded guilty to robbery in Lewis County and was sentenced to 10-18 years in ...

Unacceptable

Some West Virginians may think the bureaucracy is part of the reason for delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in some southern counties. Last week, their suspicions were confirmed. Legislators have been looking into why the state has been so slow in using $149 million in federal funding ...

Shocking

When the authorities in West Virginia receive reports that children are in imminent danger because of physical abuse, state law requires that Child Protective Services personnel meet face-to-face with the youngsters within 72 hours. When less immediate threats are involved, the deadline is 14 ...

Undeserved

Child Protective Services workers in West Virginia are the knights in shining armor who ride to the rescue of hundreds of children every year. They do not deserve the tarnish on them created by lapses at the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Neither do Mountain State residents ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Family Resource Network for donating items this week to be provided in health and wellness “closets” in public schools across Randolph County. A special presentation was made to all principals in Randolph County Tuesday afternoon to provide hygiene totes and ...

Smoke and Mirrors

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

In a War

During just five years from 2014-18, drug overdoses claimed at least 4,098 lives in our state. That is nearly twice the number of West Virginians who perished fighting in the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Any questions about whether we are engaged in a war against substance abuse? A ...