Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to Randolph County Schools officials and volunteers from across the county and state who have helped with the clean-up efforts at Harman School following the severe flooding of June 30. They are all to be commended for their efforts in getting the facility prepared for the start of ...

Corridor H

Making West Virginia’s mountain playground more accessible to tourists from the East Coast would be an enormous boon to our state. Both our U.S. senators — Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin— referred to that this week, during a visit to the Canaan Valley Wildlife ...

Good Choice

Work to repair roads damaged by flash floods in a few counties late in June — including Harman and other areas in Randolph County — is proceeding, but the damage could have been much worse, West Virginia Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston commented this week. Wriston is in ...

Banking Issues

It may seem strange that the primary obstacle in implementing West Virginia’s medicinal marijuana law is not the health care aspect of the matter but, rather, banking. But, as an Associated Press story a few days ago noted, that is the case. State officials believe they may have found a way ...

Promises

Big promises were made by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration in 2017, in order to convince West Virginia voters to approve $1.6 billion in bond sales for the “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. The question now is whether those pledges will be fulfilled. Brooke County commissioners agreed ...

War on Drugs

Thoughtful West Virginians may find themselves considering the war against drug abuse in terms the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill used after a crucial victory during World War II. “Now this is not the end,” Churchill commented. “It is not even the beginning of the end. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Tammy Dolly and Our Town, a local grassroots organization which took on the responsibilities of keeping the Mountain State Street Machine car show an annual tradition in Elkins during the Fourth of July weekend. “We felt that we could take over the car show because we’ve planned ...

In Memory

Our local community has been the home to many heroes who fought and died in wars on foreign soil. It would be a true tragedy if the sacrifices they made were forgotten. Randolph County’s two legislative delegates are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. Within the past month, ...

Equal Pay

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Special Honor

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

No Help

Here in our area, we revere our veterans of military service. We understand we owe them a great debt. The least we can do for them is take care of them if they become ill or infirm, we think. From state government to volunteer organizations, we make that a priority. Apparently the feeling is ...

Counting

The face-reality crowd in West Virginia sometimes laughs at how local government officials react to U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicating that some of our cities and counties are losing population. A common excuse offered by mayors and county commissioners is that the feds missed some ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to our local first responders who provided so much necessary aid to people affected by this week’s flooding, and to the army of volunteers who offered help in the recovery efforts. Storms ravaged the town of Harman Sunday morning, closing roads and washing out bridges. Battling to ...

Bumpy

West Virginia legislators were wise last month in approving expenditure of $50.2 million from last year’s budget for secondary road repairs. The money was a supplement to previously budgeted funds. But a new fiscal year began Monday. With it comes a new 12-month budget for the Division of ...

Wisdom

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Tomorrow, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for ...

Trauma

Here in West Virginia and Ohio, we are all too familiar with the effect various types of trauma can have on children. Much of it during recent years has stemmed from the drug abuse epidemic. Last year, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, teamed with a bipartisan coalition of ...

Safety First

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Glenn Galloway for his two years of service to the Elkins City Police Department chief. Although we don’t know where Galloway is going for his next position, we know where he has been. His efforts to make Elkins a safer place to live are greatly appreciated. He helped to increase ...

Revenues

Within days, it should be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ends Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of ...

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...