Editorials

Fiscal Discipline

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to the ...

Opportunity

The map of a proposed new internet backbone, although it is only a preliminary plan, appears to show the line will traverse several rural counties in northern West Virginia. That spells opportunity — but only if local and state officials, as well as the private sector, take advantage of ...

Do the Right Thing

On Monday, Jan. 14, suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry will appear for a disciplinary hearing before the Judicial Hearing Board. Two days later, he will be in federal court in Charleston to be sentenced for his conviction on 11 federal criminal charges. Loughry ought ...

Best Choice

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

A Good Start

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Bad News

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is ...

Dangerous

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Removal

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to ...

Getting Results

If U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has overlooked a way he can help his fellow West Virginians in Congress, it must be hidden very well. We need to retain him in Congress so he can keep up the good — nay, excellent —work. Just during the current session of Congress, McKinley has ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will bring music, fun and tourism to downtown Elkins. Officials broke ground Friday morning for the new amphitheater project in Elkins Town Square. The Rotary Club of Elkins has raised $139,000 in just one year to begin the ...

Health Care Questions

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Political Plague

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Trial Delayed

It is a good thing cooler heads seem to be prevailing in Charleston. The battle between the judicial and legislative branches of West Virginia government is beginning to make Democrats and Republicans in Congress look like the best of buddies. On Monday morning, state senators were to have ...

Go Forward

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Crisis

Clearly, we in West Virginia need a referee — nine of them, actually. We have a genuine constitutional crisis here. It is beyond the power of anyone within our borders to resolve it. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the progress being made on the downtown Elkins Town Square amphitheater project. The Randolph County Development Authority board unanimously approved a bid for the project Wednesday. Officials plan to break ground next week, with the ceremony set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Applause to ...

Great Job

At Wednesday's Elkins City Council meeting, both Mayor Van Broughton and Police Chief Glenn Galloway mentioned that this year's Mountain State Forest Festival "ran very smoothly." Maybe the biggest reason for this was the leadership of 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Rich ...

Revenue

It is possible — just possible — that Gov. Jim Justice’s forecast of a $300 million surplus in West Virginia’s general revenue budget this year may be low. Mountain State residents and legislators have learned to be leery of rosy fiscal forecasts, of course. Making long-term ...

E-Cigarettes

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. The FDA conducted a massive sting ...

PEIA ‘fix’

“Fix the PEIA,” demanded thousands of West Virginia public school employees who stayed off work for nearly two weeks earlier this year. Well, it seems the Public Employees Insurance Agency indeed is “fixed” — for now. Tens of thousands of active and retired public employees and ...