Editorials

Voting Fiasco

How many people went to the polls for the 2018 election in West Virginia, believing they were registered to vote — only to be told there was no record of them — is not known. Some complained, however, so Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office was made aware of the fiasco. Don’t blame ...

Wise Decision

Thank heaven firefighters in Tyler County did not give in to their first impulse on Saturday and Sunday. When they see a fire, it is near-instinct for them to do all they can to put it out. Had they attempted to do so during the weekend, some of them might have been hurt or killed. It was the ...

Bad Timing

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Boos & Applause

Boo to the sleepy bus drivers that temporally stranded Barbour County students en route to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Last week, Hardy County sheriff’s deputies pulled over two commercial buses transporting students and their chaperones on a field trip after the deputies observed the ...

Easy Decision

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate ...

Education

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Conflict

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

For the Kids

Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about ...

Infrastructure

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was ... nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the small army of volunteers who have worked so hard to bring us the West Virginia Strawberry Festival this week. Along with all the ceremonies, events, performances and parades, on Wednesday, the City of Buckhannon paid tribute to former police chief Fred Gaudet, who died while he ...

Investing

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

Session

Many West Virginians have been anticipating a special legislative session on public schools for weeks, since the collapse in early March of efforts to enact an “omnibus education bill.” Now, lawmakers are scheduled to go back to Charleston for a special session beginning Monday. Education ...

Addiction

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Lawsuit

It is a measure of the ultra-politicized times in which we live that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is being criticized by some for his handling of a lawsuit settlement for a whopping $37 million. Could the state have collected more from drug distributor the McKesson Corp.? ...

Deserving

Public employees — the people we see repairing our roads, handing out traffic tickets, helping children whose safety is at risk, dealing with the paperwork we have to file and handling thousands of other tasks — are easy targets for our wrath at government in general. They don’t deserve ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all area students graduating from college. West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University held commencement services last weekend, and Davis & Elkins College will graduate its 2019 class today. We wish all the graduates the best of luck in their futures, and ...

Audit

In the comedy of errors that is Charleston bureaucracy, not much surprises these days. But a legislative audit released last week should raise some eyebrows. It seems not only does the state have a difficult time keeping track of the number of vehicles it owns, it also finds it impossible to ...

Investigation

When the federal government dumps tens of millions of dollars into a state to help disaster victims, crooked politicians smell opportunity. Who’s to notice if some of the money gets siphoned away? After more than a year of questions concerning how more than $200 million in federal flood ...

Revenue

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators have every right to be delighted at state revenue reports from April. The numbers are very gratifying. They are not a license to go on a spending spree, however. As Mountain State residents have come to know, there is no such thing here. Two ...

Absurdity

We suspect most West Virginians share one idea on parenting: Harm my child, and the Lord help you. But what if you could get in trouble merely for protesting publicly that your son or daughter was being mistreated? Three parents in Berkeley County complained, then filed lawsuits alleging ...