Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elkins Main Street officials for their highly successful Scarecrow Festival in downtown Elkins this fall. Countless residents and visitors to town have marveled over the imagination and skill involved in creating the scarecrow people lining our city streets. All good things must ...

Opportunity

A door of opportunity opened up for some West Virginia communities earlier this month, when state legislators approved a change in tax law. Let us hope Congress and President Donald Trump are not about to close it. State lawmakers approved a change in the state tax credit for redevelopment of ...

Tax Reform

Tax reform such as that proposed by conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump may be more important to West Virginia than to many other states, as Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has pointed out. Contrary to what former President Barack Obama insisted, the federal government ...

Kids at Risk

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there are several experiences for children that can contribute to high stress, sidetrack healthy development and increase the chances of risky behavior. The list is a long one. It includes having a parent or guardian die, serve time in jail or ...

Fiasco?

West Virginia taxpayers already have spent about $150 million on the wvOasis computer accounting system, and the meter still is running. One might expect that for that amount of money, the Oasis system would make coffee for its human handlers each morning, in addition to dealing efficiently ...

American Terrorist

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elkins City Council for having a discussion Thursday about the proposed 1 percent sales tax on Elkins businesses, as opposed to simply having the first of three votes on the issue at that night’s meeting. The discussion showed that both residents and council members have differing ...

Common Sense

Tourism is big business in West Virginia, but it could be even more important to the state’s economy. Making that happen is going to require hard work and a creative approach to marketing. Fortunately, state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby seems to have just the right work ethic and ...

Innovation

Tourism is big business in West Virginia, but it could be even more important to the state’s economy. Making that happen is going to require hard work and a creative approach to marketing. Fortunately, state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby seems to have just the right work ethic and ...

Danger Signs

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Fortunately, Bruzzese is back at work while he continues to recover. But even while he was lying in a hospital bed, ...

Federal Bully

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Slow Progress

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to a major economic development announcement made in Elkins this week. An expansion project to create a distribution center at Armstrong Flooring’s manufacturing plant in Beverly could bring up to 50 new jobs, officials announced Wednesday. The expansion will add 85,000 square feet ...

Innovation

Sierra Club officials, who likely speak for most environmental extremists, believe withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be “a double whammy for our communities: It will result in increased rates of respiratory illness and premature death while worsening climate ...

VA Scandal

How should a Department of Veterans Affairs manager who defrauded the government, took chances with veterans’ health care, then devised a coverup be punished? You may have some ideas about that. The federal government’s answer? Counseling. As we reported Tuesday, one of U.S. Rep. David ...

First Lady Visits

First Lady Melania Trump was to come to West Virginia this week for a very unpleasant purpose — to visit Lily’s Place in Huntington. If you are aware of Lily’s Place, you understand how difficult it would be for Trump — or anyone with an ounce of compassion — to visit the health ...

More Access

If you have traveled for business or pleasure during the past couple of years, you probably had to make lodging reservations in advance. Before doing so, you looked into the hotel, rental unit or other accommodation you were considering. Clean? Check. Breakfast? Check. Near attractions or ...

Big Money

No one knows how much money Americans wager on sporting events, simply because much of the betting is done illegally. Estimates are mind-boggling, however. One is that annual betting on the Super Bowl alone tops $8 billion. Another is that $30 billion to $40 billion a year is wagered on ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who took the opportunity to vote early, and everyone who plans to cast a ballot today on the state road bond referendum. The referendum seeks voter approval of a $1.6 billion bond issue for highway and bridge repairs and improvements throughout the state. If approved, the ...

Pensions

Congressional action earlier this year to safeguard health insurance on which thousands of retired miners and their families depend was an important victory. But it was far from a giveaway — and it also was only part of the equation. Both health insurance and pensions for mine retirees were ...