Editorials

No Option

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Critical Role

In terms of guarding West Virginians against serious threats to our physical wellbeing, the state Bureau for Public Health may be the most important agency in Charleston. From guarding against food-borne outbreaks to finding ways to battle substance abuse, the bureau plays a critical role. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who cast a ballot in the general election Tuesday and took part in democracy. Applause also to all the election officials in our local counties who tallied the votes and got the results out to the public so quickly Tuesday night. Applause to the many veterans events that ...

Loyalty

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Restraint

Approval in Tuesday’s election of a measure giving the West Virginia Legislature some control over the state judiciary’s spending should have come as no surprise to anyone. Amendment 2 on the election ballot passed by a landslide. It gives the Legislature long-overdue authority over the ...

Technicality

West Virginia Supreme Court members have struck a blow against the “technicalities” in pursuit of justice that so often annoy the public, simply because they seem to go against common sense. Construction of a natural gas-fired power plant in Brooke County has been delayed by a lawsuit ...

Civic Duty

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be ...

Unacceptable

Recent events nationwide have focused attention on violence and threats of it against public figures. This week, West Virginians were reminded we are not immune to the problem. Last week, a Clarksburg man, Donald Charles Criss, 52, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat and ...

High Court

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the early voting totals leading up to Tuesday’s general election, which have been very high in Randolph County and throughout the state. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Thursday, with three days left in early voting, there had already been more than 300 more votes cast ...

Opportunity

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state ...

Strong Record

Clearly, U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., understands the advice that "all politics is local." In serving our state's Second Congressional District, Mooney has emphasized initiatives that directly benefit the 17 counties he represents. Mooney merits re-election both because of his staunch ...

Fiscal Discipline

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to the ...

Opportunity

The map of a proposed new internet backbone, although it is only a preliminary plan, appears to show the line will traverse several rural counties in northern West Virginia. That spells opportunity — but only if local and state officials, as well as the private sector, take advantage of ...

Do the Right Thing

On Monday, Jan. 14, suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry will appear for a disciplinary hearing before the Judicial Hearing Board. Two days later, he will be in federal court in Charleston to be sentenced for his conviction on 11 federal criminal charges. Loughry ought ...

Best Choice

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

A Good Start

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Bad News

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is ...

Dangerous

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Removal

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to ...