Editorials

Settle It

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to ...

Solution needed

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia got a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them whose health ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has announced the results of the “in-depth regional tourism assessment study” officials have been working on with LMC & Associates, an integrated communications and marketing firm in Elkins. The goal of ...

Black Lung

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal agencies are ...

Reform

Approval by the U.S. Senate of what is being called a criminal justice reform bill could have ramifications for West Virginia. Need we say more than that the measure, expected to be passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Donald Trump, focuses on those ...

Fresh Air

West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw seems to be the proverbial breath of fresh air in legislative leadership. He has put some new faces in charge of committees and wants to put additional emphasis on developing technology in our state. Let us not forget the old challenges, ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to local Toys for Tots officials, who said this year they have collected the most toys in the program’s nearly two-decade history. Regional Chairman Roger Ware said this year, in the Unites States Marine Corps Reserve and Marine Corps League’s 16th annual Toys for Tots program, ...

Unmasking

Pedophilia is not a mental sickness caused by the water in a particular place. It affects people — almost exclusively men, it seems — of all ages. It is not something that comes and goes; to the contrary, pedophiles are constant threats to children. Last month, Roman Catholic church ...

Corruption

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added this week, when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for ...

Privatization

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Relief

Everything in Washington revolves around politics. Everything. So if you believe federal money is distributed solely on the basis of need, you are sadly deluded. That is not to say officials such as those in the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not try hard to ensure that when disaster ...

New Rank

It is a feather in U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s cap that he has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It also is a boon to residents of West Virginia and Ohio. “Ranking member” is the top position on a committee for a member of the political party ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Technical Center students who partnered with the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living to present the 13th annual Friends First Christmas Party this week. The event is a party for roughly 35 attendees with disabilities. The students in the ...

Slow Progress

West Virginia lawmakers did a lot of work when potential employers pointed out there was a chill against moving into any state designated a “Judicial Hellhole.” Regulations and laws were adjusted, progress was made. The Legislature wanted to give every appearance of being friendly toward ...

New Start

It has been several months since the West Virginia Department of Commerce had a permanent leader. Former Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher was fired in June, amid the scandal over how a flood relief program was handled. But, come January, that will change. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice ...

Dangerous

First responders, including mine rescue personnel, don’t ask questions when someone needs their help. They just go, often putting themselves in peril. When avarice and/or plain old stupidity are what put those who need help in trouble, the rescuers have every right to be angry. Yet they ...

Fixing PEIA

Early last spring, thousands of West Virginia public school teachers stayed out of classrooms and took to the picket lines. They wanted and got higher pay. They also demanded someone “Fix PEIA.” Whether that will happen remains a question. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance ...

Communication

Mark Doak made a presentation on behalf of Envision Elkins during the Dec. 6 regular Elkins City Council meeting. Doak stated Envision Elkins, a group of approximately 34 downtown property owners, started meeting about two years ago and typically meet twice a month to brainstorm ways to improve ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Thursday’s announcement that $20 million in federal funding is being alloted for Corridor H construction. The grant will be used for paving, traffic control measures, and guard rails on the two sections of highway between Kerens in Randolph County and Parsons in Tucker County. The ...

Teaching Moment

Here in the Mountain State, parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed ...