Editorials

Tuition Bill

West Virginia legislators seem to have adopted the philosophy that perfect is the enemy of good regarding an important proposal to make it easier for Mountain State residents to continue their educations past high school. That is appropriate this year in particular. It is likely that the ...

Transparency

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Shutdown

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Patrolman Tanner Collins, who was given the Meritorious Police Duty Award by Chief Matt Gregory at Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council meeting. The patrolman was called to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Jan. 9 to help with a juvenile who was suicidal. Collins ...

Rough Road

Doing something about the many truly awful secondary roads in West Virginia is imperative. Many are so bad that we no longer talk about how many more flattened tires and damaged car suspensions it will take to get action on them —but rather, about whether someone is going to die in an ...

Scrutiny Needed

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Tragedy

Four precious little children died in a house fire Saturday night in Clay County. They ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years. Their deaths raise troubling questions about West Virginia’s protection of children placed with foster families. All four of the little ones were staying with a ...

Flexibility

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Still Unclear

Most West Virginians probably would like to put last year’s state Supreme Court impeachment crisis behind us. But the episode left behind what could be a serious question in the future. In brief — as you may recall, the high court fiasco was exceedingly complex — the question stems from ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to West Virginia’s legislative leaders at the federal level who have decided to defer or donate their salaries for the length of the government shutdown. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. have had their salary withheld or ...

Success Story

Among the few health-related success stories in West Virginia is that of immunizing children against diseases. Let’s not ruin that success. Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health members felt it important this week to pass a resolution supporting continuation of current state requirements on ...

Scary Find

A .30-caliber machine gun, the kind you see in the movies mowing people down by the dozens. It was seized Monday by Wheeling police in the process of making a drug arrest at a Pierce Street home. Whether the weapon is fully functional was unknown at this writing. Wheeling police are continuing ...

New Idea

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of his ...

Coping With The Shutdown

He’d love to help us with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told one of our journalists last Monday, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job Monday. Still, he answered some questions, doing his best to ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to area elected officials for participating in the first Legislative Luncheon of 2019. Their time is valuable and yet they realize they have made a commitment to listen to our needs and represent us as best they can. During the 2019 Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce ...

Dangers

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Questions

Rest assured that what interests state legislators most about the potential to legalize recreational marijuana in West Virginia is a number: $250 million. That is how much Colorado government is expected to have raked in last year from taxes and fees on marijuana sales. In all likelihood, ...

Settle It

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to ...

Solution needed

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia got a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them whose health ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has announced the results of the “in-depth regional tourism assessment study” officials have been working on with LMC & Associates, an integrated communications and marketing firm in Elkins. The goal of ...