Editorials

Leader Needed

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the winners of the 2019 Elkins-Randolph County Chamber annual awards, presented on Monday at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The Business of the Year award was presented to Tomblyn Funeral Home. The Non-Profit of the Year award was presented to the St. Patrick’s Women and Men ...

Dire Need

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. Trump is proposing a $2 trillion federal ...

Lawsuit

Twenty-seven West Virginia hospitals have filed a major lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. The suit, filed in Marshall County, alleges the companies used false marketing practices and engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” that resulted in many Mountain State ...

Education

West Virginia legislators are taking a much better approach to public school improvements than they did last winter. This time around, they are setting the initiative up for success. After the “omnibus education bill” was killed in the Legislature, Gov. Jim Justice called for a special ...

Promises

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the work a state Division of Highways crew did earlier this week, patching potholes on Randolph Avenue in Elkins, even though it created serious traffic slowdowns on 11th Street at times, as drivers sought to avoid the patching work on Randolph. We all complain about potholes, no ...

Overdoses

Drug overdoses are not uncommon in many West Virginia communities, including Charleston. But the five women who had to be treated at a hospital there on Monday appear to have overdosed at the South Central Regional Jail. That ought to prompt an investigation of drug smuggling at other ...

Challenge

It was predictable that West Virginia University’s Board of Governors earlier this month approved tuition increases. What may not have been expected is that the boost was at the lowest percentage since the 2010-11 academic year. Then, this week, the other shoe dropped: WVU began offering ...

Tax Revenue

No doubt many West Virginians wonder just what happens to the money we send to Charleston in the form of state income taxes. It just disappears into the black hole of state government. But State Auditor J.B. McCuskey wants us to have an idea of exactly how our hard-earned cash is used. So, he ...

Disturbing

Reports about bridges and dams in dire need of repair need to be taken with a grain of salt, as the officials responsible for maintaining them remind us. Still, some of them raise disturbing questions. A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association notes that nearly ...

Drug Crisis

One of West Virginia’s best, most realistic hopes of getting past the drug abuse crisis was on display earlier this week at a conference in Flatwoods. In essence, it was about people who really understand the challenges of weaning oneself off chemical dependence — recovering addicts ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for naming a new award after a longtime staff member. The establishment of The Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence came as a surprise announcement from D&E President Chris A. Wood at the conclusion of the annual Academic Awards and Recognition ...

Charter Schools

State Senate leaders’ position that West Virginia needs half a dozen or more charter schools gets most of the blame for the Legislature’s failure to enact a major public school improvement bill earlier this year. Gov. Jim Justice’s stance that he would not sign a bill including charter ...

Tap the Brakes

Gov. Jim Justice continues to radiate confidence about state government fiscal affairs, but West Virginia legislators would be wise to tap the brakes on new spending initiatives. That may be a factor within the next few weeks, when lawmakers hold a special session to discuss improving public ...

Farewell, Old Friend

The city of Elkins razed a city structure last week that served local residents for almost 100 years. The former Elkins Water Works was officially retired last year when the city’s new $37 million water plant facility went online. For such a historic structure, few people in the area ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Tygart Valley Scottish Rite Masons for hosting their annual spring benefit pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Elkins last Saturday. Elkins is blessed to have many great organizations that contribute hundreds of volunteer hours on their own time in the community for the ...

Flood Relief

While some local officials in West Virginia seem to be all too eager to spend disaster relief money illegally, the state cannot seem to use it quickly enough. Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin complained that the federal government is dragging its feet in releasing more than $106 million in ...

Shocking

Richwood’s municipal recorder paid herself more than $45,000 without getting approval from her city council, an investigation by state Auditor John McCuskey’s office contends. It adds that a former mayor paid himself $3,640 for four days’ “volunteer” work. City officials received ...

‘I Ask’

Gov. Jim Justice, in proclaiming April Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness month in West Virginia, called the increase both here in the Mountain State and nationally in child abuse and sexual assaults against men, women and children a “terrible commentary on a sector of society that ...