Editorials

Slow Progress

Apparently, getting West Virginia state government’s gigantic fleet of cars and trucks under control is rocket science. How else to explain that, years after legislators of both parties began demanding something be done, the mess remains? During the past week or so, lawmakers have heard yet ...

Devastation

Much of the focus in a report on the devastation substance abuse is wreaking on West Virginia was on money. And yes, the fact that our economy loses $8.8 billion a year, one-eighth of our gross domestic product, to the drug crisis is worrisome. Worse, however, is the human carnage, in both ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all our local high school seniors taking part in graduation ceremonies this weekend and into this week. You’ve made it through childhood, and thanks to your hard work and dedication — and the help of your families and teachers — you are about to enter adulthood. We wish you ...

Crackdown

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

STEM Skills

Young people in West Virginia (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than their peers in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee knows ...

Bad Bet

When West Virginia legislators decided earlier this year to set the groundwork for legalized sports betting, they moved like racehorses. In their haste, they stumbled, enacting a flawed bill. News that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a federal ban on sports betting makes correcting the ...

Dilemma

Members of a task force attempting to solve West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency dilemma seem to have identified a target at which to shoot. It is $50 million — the annual gap between how much the PEIA is likely to take in annually and how much it is forecasted to ...

Stop Scams

We can all name several categories of people we consider to be the scum of the earth. Surely those who scheme to defraud substance abusers attempting to beat their addictions belong high on most lists. Effective addiction recovery treatment can be quite costly. For many families, getting help ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the army of volunteers it takes to present the West Virginia Strawberry Festival each year. This year’s edition of the festival has gone off without a hitch despite rainy weather, and has offered good food, good music and fun all week long in Buckhannon. The festival’s Grand ...

Political Signs

Most candidates for public office in last week’s elections appear to have done the right thing. Win or lose, they and their supporters have been out removing the political signs they placed during the past several weeks. Good for them. At election time, political signage is an important ...

Epidemic

No wonder U.S. Rep. David McKinley told drug company executives last week that, “The fury inside me right now is bubbling over.” McKinley, R-W.Va., is part of a congressional subcommittee that grilled top executives from some of the nation’s biggest drug distributors concerning their ...

Costs Rising

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. Another ...

Change Needed

Appeals court justices sometimes have to grit their teeth when issuing rulings that go against every fiber of their ethical beings — but clearly are called for under existing laws. That may have been the case last week when the West Virginia Supreme Court decided a case involving a young ...

Disappointing

Tuesday’s primary election in West Virginia was among the most interesting and important in recent memory. Yet fewer than one-fourth of registered voters bothered to cast ballots. It will take a few days for official results of the election to be reported. Initial indications are that only ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who voted in Tuesday’s primary election. You took part in democracy and made your voice heard. Whether the candidates you voted for won or lost their races, you did your civic duty and helped carry on our American tradition of government. We also congratulate the winners, ...

Eligibility

Another proposal is afoot to separate parochial school athletics from public school sports in West Virginia. It would affect how state championships are decided. The proposal is this: Public schools would remain under the current system of handling postseason play. But the state’s eight ...

Expanding

Lawmakers from West Virginia and Virginia have teamed up to bring the Mountain State’s Handle With Care program to the rest of the nation. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced the Handle With Care Act to broaden what has been an ...

Cooperation

West Virginians hear time and again that we must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. That is not the reality, however. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important ...

Bad Plan

Since former President Barack Obama began his war on coal and affordable electricity, power prices for West Virginians have soared. Now, apparently taking up where Obama left off, a major utility serving our area apparently wants to sock it to us some more. Between 2008, when Obama was ...

Trade War?

West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher is not known for issuing assurances based on wishful thinking. So when he says Chinese officials remain on track to spend $83.7 billion on energy developments in the Mountain State, he probably has good reason for confidence. Thrasher, in ...