Editorials

Party politics eases in Charleston

What a difference 367 miles — the distance between the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston and the U.S. Capitol in Washington — can make. In Washington, partisan politics has assumed an even more strident, take-no-prisoners tone than in the recent past. A substantial number of ...

Agencies need to work together

New Gov. Jim Justice has said many times that we West Virginians do not do a very good job of marketing ourselves. He may want to talk to former Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin about that. Goodwin, replaced by Justice appointee Chelsea Ruby, talked about her job last week with a ...

State’s vehicle tally needs attention

Somewhere between 2102 Washington Street, East, in Charleston and 1124 Smith Street in the same city, West Virginia state government lost 4,961 motor vehicles last year. Figuratively speaking, that is. Last year a Charleston reporter asked around in an attempt to learn how many vehicles the ...

State agencies need to eye spending

Outgoing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin deserved the standing ovation he received from West Virginia legislators Wednesday, during the last speech he will give to lawmakers. Monday, his successor, Gov.-elect Jim Justice, took office. But Tomblin was wrong about one thing he told lawmakers. During the ...

The Dream Lives On

Following is an excerpt from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic ...

Complete overhaul needed at VA

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Cahill brings fresh set of eyes to issues

Jan Cahill will step into something of a hornet’s nest when he becomes superintendent of West Virginia State Police next week. During a time when the substance abuse crisis is taxing the resources of law enforcement agencies at every level, Cahill will be asked to do more with ...

North Korea policy hasn’t worked

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Optimism

Last month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he was encouraged by the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At the time, Morrisey said he believed the nomination would mean good things, and he was optimistic ...

Tax Hike

Some West Virginia legislators seem to have decided already that they have no option but to increase taxes if they are to balance the state budget. But the very revenue reports they point to in support of that contention are evidence West Virginians are struggling, many of them more than ...

Decisions

Tax decisions involving millions of dollars ought to be made by legislators, not unelected heads of West Virginia state agencies. Yet because of discretionary authority granted by lawmakers, it sometimes does not happen that way. Beleaguered coal companies have pleaded for tax relief during ...

Boos & Applause

Applause and congratulations to Barbour County’s Glenn Sweet on his retirement. The title that Sweet is leaving behind is as long as the years he’s spent helping grow the public school system — director/manager of Attendance, Facilities and Technology for Barbour County Schools. Sweet ...

School system should take fresh approach to finances

We are glad to report a work session is scheduled for next week regarding the $500-per-staffer supplement check Randolph County School District employees did not receive in December. These checks, which were cut annually for several years during the holiday month, were not disbursed this ...

Warner hitting the ground running

Mac Warner, who will take office as West Virginia secretary of state on Jan. 16, clearly plans to hit the ground running. This week, he announced three top appointments of officials to serve in his office. Warner, of Morgantown, has a tough job ahead of him in at least one respect. He will ...

String of thefts has many at breaking point

The recent string of break-ins at local homes and businesses as well as the thefts from vehicles, sadly, doesn’t come as a surprise. Such criminal activity has become all too commonplace, and the drug-related crime spike plaguing our region isn’t unique to our neck of the woods. It’s a ...

Budget woes to become apparent

Within the next few days, Gov.-elect Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will get a better idea of the depth of the budget hole they must find a way to fill in. That will happen when the Department of Revenue crunches the numbers showing how much the state collected in December. By the ...

Trump vows to stand by Israel

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Funding cuts to Clay program wrong

What Clay County Development Corp. Director Pamela Ramsey Taylor did in November was despicable and stupid. But it was done by Taylor alone. No one else should pay for her misbehavior. Several weeks ago, Taylor posted on her Facebook page that she was glad President Barack Obama and First ...

Reforms

For years, West Virginia was called a “judicial hellhole” by proponents of tort reform. That changed a little more than a year ago. Then, when the American Tort Reform Foundation released its annual report on the climate of fairness in courts throughout the nation, West Virginia was not ...

Reintroduction of elk an opportunity

Christmases in the near future may be different for some West Virginia children. They may be able to point to the woods and announce, “Look, mommy! Santa’s reindeer!” They will be looking at what was a nice Christmas present to all Mountain State residents this year. Elk, which may ...