Editorials

Tuition

West Virginia has the lowest education attainment in the nation, by far. Bachelor’s degrees or higher are held by fewer than one in five Mountain State residents 25 years of age or older, according to the Census Bureau. Cost is one factor, though there are many others. Community and ...

Wrath

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Disturbing

You may have heard the old suggestion that some people commit such egregious misdeeds at work that they ought to be fired before they can resign. One wonders why that did not happen in the Berkeley County school system. There, a teacher and two aides resigned from their positions after they ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the announcement Wednesday, by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area will be designated as a National Heritage Area. Dozens of local officials and residents attending the announcement at the Appalachian Forest Discovery Center applauded their approval ...

Information

West Virginia lawmakers are considering two bills that would limit your access to information — even information about you — and could make it easier for government officials to pull the wool over your eyes, or arrange for the unfair and speedy sale of your property. One is House Bill ...

Devastation

Five million dollars seems a very reasonable price to pay to expand an initiative that deals with what may be the most critical problem facing public schools. It is the fact many children lack effective support systems. That always has been a concern. Too many parents — the fundamental ...

Corruption

Corruption seems to be such an integral part of government in West Virginia that punishing those caught at it is vital to deter others from engaging in criminal acts. Federal Judge John Copenhaver’s action in sentencing former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to two years in prison ...

Emergency

Secondary roads in many areas of West Virginia, including ours, are near-disasters. Some are unsafe. Already, a few serious accidents have been blamed on them. State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, is right that, as he told a reporter, legislative action is needed to get the Division of ...

Play by Rules

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. Insisting the energy industry play by those rules is ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elks Lodge No. 1135 in Elkins for donating school supplies to several schools in Randolph County. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been around for many years. It is good to see the Elks’ tradition of community service is alive and well. Applause to Randolph County ...

Second Chances

We talk a lot about giving recovering drug addicts second chances. Yet in one regard, West Virginia is better at doing that for convicted murderers and rapists. That makes no sense. People convicted of drug-related felonies in our state are automatically disqualified from receiving ...

Perspective

Too much debate about climate change is driven by political correctness and anecdotes, not science. There is a way Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives can move toward greater balance. Among the first actions taken under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this ...

Withering

Gov. Jim Justice views last week’s disappointing state revenue report as “a shot across the bow for all of us in government ...” It certainly was that. The question now is whether Justice and state legislators will heave to on grandiose spending plans — or risk damage to the ship of ...

Energy

Alternative energy cannot be a realistic option without an important system component. We need electricity all the time, not just when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. West Virginia and other Appalachian states could provide that critical addition to the solar arrays and wind farms ...

Rough Road

With state officials in a quandary over how West Virginia’s secondary roads are going to be maintained in the future, the Department of Transportation may have a more immediate problem. At the end of January, seven months into the fiscal year, revenue collections to support the State Road ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the more than 50 residents who took part in the first meeting of the Community Watch for First Ward Wednesday night at Jennings Randolph Elementary School. Elkins Police Chief Glenn Galloway and four officers led the meeting, emphasizing that residents need to call 911 if they ...

Corruption

West Virginia Supreme Court justices have new policies on travel, state assets, use of purchasing cards and accounting safeguards. They seem to have covered all the bases but two: arrogance and devious dishonesty. Three of the five people who sat on the court a year ago are gone. One has ...

Firearm Safety

Most West Virginians appear to be staunch defenders of the Second Amendment’s guarantees that we may keep and bear firearms. But along with that, we understand the responsibilities that go with gun ownership and use. One of them is to handle firearms safely — certainly with whatever ...

Loophole

Local and state officials in West Virginia are prohibited in a variety of ways from using their positions for personal gain. One is steering local or state contracts to businesses in which they have interests. For example, a county board of education member whose family sells school buses ...

Omnibus Bill

Decisive action needs to be taken to improve public schools in West Virginia. State Senate Bill 451 is the right idea with the wrong strategy, however. Republican leaders in the Senate have taken what amounts to an all-or-nothing approach in SB 451, the so-called “omnibus education bill.” ...