Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who has taken the opportunity to vote early in the primary election. On Tuesday, polls will be open throughout the state, and we urge all registered voters to do their duty as citizens and cast their votes. Make your voices heard and take part in democracy! This is what ...

No Protection

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Transparency

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

Speak Up

West Virginia has its own “entitlement” problem, and it will be the subject of public meetings in our area during the next several weeks. Entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the elephants in the room whenever talk turns to reining in deficit spending by the ...

New Law

A trend gaining popularity in many states is taxing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for opioid drugs they sell, with proceeds allegedly going toward programs to treat drug addicts and prevent substance abuse. West Virginia legislators discussed just such an idea last winter. ...

Lasting Gems

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who took advantage of the opportunity to vote early this week. Early voting kicked off statewide Wednesday, giving people the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the May 8 primary election. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said she had seen an uptick in votes ...

Taking Lives

There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Justice

It has been six and a half years since precious little Aliayah Lunsford was murdered by her mother. This week, justice was finally done. Lena Marie Lunsford-Conaway was convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter. Lunsford-Conaway, who lived for a time in Wheeling, resided in Lewis County ...

Potholes

It is unlikely that many of the West Virginians who last fall voted to issue $1.6 billion in bonds to repair and improve highways and bridges had any idea of how quickly the money would be needed urgently. The winter that would ravage our roads was still several weeks away. Many of those who ...

Solution

Give members of the panel Gov. Jim Justice appointed to “fix” the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency credit. They have taken on the impossible task of trying to please all of the people all of the time. It can’t be done, as has been observed. Justice appointed the ...

Heroes

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to our hardworking and dedicated local emergency responders, who had their hands full Monday when dangerous flood waters rose throughout the region. Flooding prompted 14 water rescues in Randolph County Monday and multiple road closures, as members of the County Commission declared a ...

On the Brink

West Virginia may well have been on the brink of the precipice over which South Carolina fell this week. We may not be out of danger yet. A South Carolina state prison about 60 miles from Columbia, the state capital, was the scene of a bloodbath Sunday and Monday. A power struggle between two ...

Fed Up

No one wants to deny relief from pain to West Virginians who truly need opioid prescription drugs. So there is a line between limiting their access and shutting down the notorious pill mills that have helped to create the substance abuse crisis in our state. Clearly, however, that line is ...

Ethics

West Virginia Ethics Commission members deal with a variety of unpleasant situations. Some involve public officials who intentionally rip off taxpayers. Others concern men and women in government who simply make mistakes in judgment. Looking into ethics allegations against members of the ...

Falling Back

We’re making some progress in West Virginia public schools, to judge by newly released test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Unfortunately, we need to move faster. Mountain State students’ performance on the NAEP tests lags significantly behind national ...

Shortfalls

State officials continue to be optimistic in public about the outlook for West Virginia’s budget during the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Let us hope they are right. March’s report on general revenue fund collections raises red flags. At the end of the month, ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to two Elkins residents who returned to their former schools this week as hometown heroes. Trevor Kiess was named as the 65th WVU Mountaineer mascot on Feb. 24, and April Kesling is serving in her fifth year as a WVU cheerleader. The pair visited Thursday with students at four area ...

Make a Difference

How can you make a more important difference for your community and the people you love than by voting for — or against — President Donald Trump? That got your attention, didn’t it? But the question was more than a rhetorical one, and it has an answer that may surprise you. The answer ...