Editorials

Victimized

More than eight years ago, West Virginia taxpayers lost $1.5 million to a very sophisticated scam. About a year later, state officials went to court in an attempt to recover the money. At the rate the matter is proceeding through the courts, some of those involved may be dead before the case ...

Justice

If you handed a friend a plate of cookies for which the recipe included a stiff dose of cyanide, you would not be surprised if he ate some, then died. Obviously, you ought to be charged with murder. After years of treating all drug pushers as mere sellers of illegal merchandise, many in the ...

Tough Issue

If you remember the last year that went by without talk of reducing benefits under West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency or increasing taxpayer subsidies — or both — you have a pretty good memory. The PEIA has been a financial problem for many years. Tens of thousands of ...

Reform

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That is advice West Virginia legislators should embrace in regard to tax reform. This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely need something to help struggling families and give businesses an incentive to create ...

Vote Yes

State voters have the unique opportunity this week to make huge improvements to our system of highways and bridges by simply marking “yes” on a ballot. A referendum scheduled for Oct. 7 seeks voter approval of a $1.6 billion bond issue for highway and bridge repairs and improvements ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the huge variety of entertainment options and fun activities planned in downtown Elkins this weekend. The 81st Mountain State Forest Festival officially kicks off with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Federal Building Plaza, and continues with a dizzying array of ...

Progress

No single action or campaign by the state Legislature will bring businesses rushing to West Virginia, bearing new jobs for state residents. But every little bit helps, and there is evidence one of lawmakers’ priorities is bearing fruit. For years, the state was labeled a “judicial ...

Good Idea

While President Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates the Appalachian Regional Commission — with good reason — two members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation still see enough value in the agency to propose a way for it to continue. Though the commission has been almost entirely ...

New Approach

Many heroin users become addicted to opiates not out of choice, but because they became dependent on painkillers prescribed to them originally for legitimate reasons. Given the history of prescription opiates, it is no wonder many of their users got hooked on them. For years, drug companies ...

Let’s Go!

Thanks to the national prominence West Virginia University’s athletic teams have achieved, millions of Americans have become acquainted with the chant, “Let’s go, Mountaineers!” Increasingly, it is appropriate as a rallying cry for our entire state, whatever the situation, because of ...

Good Timing

No doubt it was pure coincidence that West Virginia Supreme Court justices released their ruling in a critical case just days before Americans celebrated Constitution Day. The timing was appropriate, however. In their decision on a case involving the state right-to-work law, a majority on the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Kathy Vance, the organizer of Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Elkins. Four county officials, a city official and a state delegate attended the meeting and interacted with the public, answering questions and providing information on topics such as the area’s drug problem and its ...

Digital Defense

Name a policy issue, and chances are it has been politicized by Democrats, Republicans and even Independents eager to gain advantages over political rivals. Even the security of the election process has become a polarizing debate. Good for West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner for ...

Tax Reform

After eight years in which federal policy often seemed calculated to harm West Virginia’s economy rather than help Mountain State residents, something of a corner has been turned. President Donald Trump has vowed to put an end to needlessly harmful regulation of the coal and natural gas ...

Bad Deal

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Good Program

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Huge Project

Not many years ago, the thought of officials from Ohio and West Virginia sitting down together to strategize on economic development would have seemed far-fetched. When the issues were relatively limited opportunities, that seemed natural. But the potential for construction of an ethane ...

Research

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Blunder

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed 2016 campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to ...

Safeguards

West Virginia has a shortage of public school teachers qualified on paper to do their jobs. Eliminating some of the red tape at least partially responsible for that problem makes sense. In doing so, state officials should take care not to open the field of teaching to people who are not ...