Editorials

Bad Timing

Questioned about challenges facing public education in West Virginia, teachers sometimes respond that they’re doing the best they can with what they have. So are Mountain State taxpayers. Now, as many are preparing to do their state income tax returns and are thinking about paying property ...

Reasoning

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

New Jobs

Since 2015, Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller has been attempting to convince state legislators to give counties more fiscal flexibility to make improvements linked to economic development. He is trying again this year. Miller’s proposal is somewhat complex, but what it amounts to is ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who has taken an interest in the future of this area and has filed to run for elected office in the upcoming election. These people won’t settle for just complaining about the way things are — they’re stepping forward and volunteering to help take the lead in making ...

Pole Position

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year to allow states to legalize betting on sports events, one thing is certain: It will be off to the races, with perhaps dozens of states rushing to get such wagering in place. It would be nice for West Virginia to be in the pole position for that ...

Tragedy

One of our precious little West Virginia children has been taken from us by a killer against which there is little anyone can do. That makes it all the more important that we fight back with the only weapon at our disposal. An elementary school student in Wheeling died of influenza during the ...

Good Idea

Mountain State lawmakers have a good idea on their hands with SB284, a bill that spells out requirements for the new West Virginia Invests Grant program, the so-called free community college bill. But the devil is in the details, and legislators rightfully have left the academic side of ...

Requirements

If they have a choice, local public school officials in our area should not go along with the state Board of Education’s move to water down high school graduation requirements. West Virginia students already lag behind those of many other states in performance on some standardized tests. ...

Radical Plan

Doubtless, many West Virginians will view a proposal by House of Delegates member Pat McGeehan as radical in the extreme. Well, it is. But perhaps it is time to change some of the rules by which state government operates. McGeehan, R-Hancock, is sponsoring a resolution calling for an ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to J.C. Raffety, who was honored by the city of Elkins Thursday for his service over the past year, which included serving first as the interim Elkins Police Chief and then as special investigator for the department. Raffety took the helm of the department during a particularly ...

Taking Action

Most of us were taught in school that the legislative branch of government is responsible for new laws. No approval by representatives of the people, no new law. It just isn’t true. Most of the laws by which we live and do business these days are issued by state and federal agencies, ...

Unified Action

West Virginia legislators already are devoting a considerable amount of their time to discussing what they can do to curb substance abuse in our state. Good. Experts say drug overdoses may have killed as many as 1,000 Mountain State residents last year. Think about that number. The state has ...

Change Needed

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

No Discipline

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

Big Gamble

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Planning Commission for asking Christy DeMuth, the land use planner from the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, to present information to the public Thursday at a special meeting about the efforts to update the decades-old Elkins ...

Shedding Light

Among the most important safeguards of our liberty is the doctrine of separation of powers. The key to ensuring the judiciary retains its independence as one of those powers is, of course, money. Attempts by the legislative branch to punish judges and justices through the budgeting process are ...

Change Needed

In July 2016, Putnam County funeral home owner Chad Harding was ordered by a federal judge to pay an insurance company nearly $3 million. Harding had been accused of cashing in pre-need funeral contracts for 111 people who were still alive. Last summer, about a year after that judgment, the ...

Tough Job

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Storage Hub

West Virginia may well have an advantage over other potential locations for a major facility to store natural gas liquids. State officials and our delegation in Congress should pull out all the stops to make the project a reality for the Mountain State. Area residents have heard much talk of ...