Editorials

Good Timing

No doubt it was pure coincidence that West Virginia Supreme Court justices released their ruling in a critical case just days before Americans celebrated Constitution Day. The timing was appropriate, however. In their decision on a case involving the state right-to-work law, a majority on the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Kathy Vance, the organizer of Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Elkins. Four county officials, a city official and a state delegate attended the meeting and interacted with the public, answering questions and providing information on topics such as the area’s drug problem and its ...

Digital Defense

Name a policy issue, and chances are it has been politicized by Democrats, Republicans and even Independents eager to gain advantages over political rivals. Even the security of the election process has become a polarizing debate. Good for West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner for ...

Tax Reform

After eight years in which federal policy often seemed calculated to harm West Virginia’s economy rather than help Mountain State residents, something of a corner has been turned. President Donald Trump has vowed to put an end to needlessly harmful regulation of the coal and natural gas ...

Bad Deal

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Good Program

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Huge Project

Not many years ago, the thought of officials from Ohio and West Virginia sitting down together to strategize on economic development would have seemed far-fetched. When the issues were relatively limited opportunities, that seemed natural. But the potential for construction of an ethane ...

Research

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Blunder

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed 2016 campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to ...

Safeguards

West Virginia has a shortage of public school teachers qualified on paper to do their jobs. Eliminating some of the red tape at least partially responsible for that problem makes sense. In doing so, state officials should take care not to open the field of teaching to people who are not ...

Major Snag

The abundant, relatively easy to produce natural gas with which our area is blessed already has been an enormous boon to many Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents. But unless it can be shipped to markets, its full potential to benefit the economy will never be realized. Moving the gas ...

Bad Decision?

Many of our elected officials tell us they try to govern according to the will of the people who elected them, but is that always the case? Elkins City Council passed its version of the so-called “Brunch Bill” into law last week, permitting licensed businesses to sell alcohol for ...

Education

One reason why so many people are frustrated with government officials these days is that they do not understand the complexity of the executive, legislative and judicial branches, we suspect. Good for West Virginia Supreme Court justices for trying to educate young people on that. Courtroom ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to new Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel J. “Gabe” Devono, who this week said he hopes the county will receive approximately $324,000 to allow for new heating and air conditioning at Coalton Elementary School, as well as other building upgrades, such as new lighting ...

Waste of Money

State government seems endlessly inventive in finding ways to waste huge sums of money on pie-in-the-sky technological ventures. Unfortunately, we West Virginians keep letting the folks in Charleston get away with it. About three years ago, state officials were talked into spending $150 ...

Economic Report

Most West Virginians have known for years that we need to do something different to ensure our state’s economy can support our children and grandchildren. That was obvious even before former President Barack Obama’s administration began wrecking the coal industry. But what? Where? ...

W.Va. Connection

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Wheeling man will become the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That could be a very good thing, because the local man, David Zatezalo, has bottom-to-top experience in the coal industry. Zatezalo has been nominated to serve as assistant ...

Good Change

For eight years, those of us in West Virginia, Ohio and a few other states tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the spotlight focused on Coal Country by then-candidate Donald ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who has contributed to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, whether you donated money or are one of the dozen West Virginians who have been deployed to Texas and Louisiana by the American Red Cross. West Virginians have long been considered among the most charitable people ...

Donations

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Houston, Texas, area because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. At this writing, it was still raining there. Some parts of Texas were expected to record more than five feet of precipitation in less than a week’s time. We ...