Editorials

Dangerous

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the organizers and participants in Thursday’s Legislative Luncheon at the Arts Center in Elkins. The annual event, presented by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, featured Delegate Bill Hartman and Sen. Robert Karnes answering questions from the audience. Topics ...

Education

With the very worst education attainment level in the nation, West Virginia simply must encourage more young people to go to college or career school. Making higher education more affordable is a key to that. Since 2002, the Mountain State has funded the PROMISE scholarship program for that ...

Zero Tolerance

Public school officials should have a zero-tolerance policy regarding teachers whose conduct intentionally puts children at risk in any way. That ought to go without saying. But in Kanawha County, it appears that outlook resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Fortunately, a judge prevented it ...

Enough’s enough

A researcher’s recommendation that West Virginia legislators set arbitrary caps on the numbers of regulations state agencies can enforce sounds simplistic. As one lawmaker, Delegate Scott Brewer, D-Mason, put it, “How do you differentiate between good regulations and bad?” On the other ...

Late Audit

For three years in a row, West Virginia’s Department of Administration missed deadlines for submitting an audit required by the federal government. Who was penalized? Every public college in the state. Because of the late audits, institutions of higher learning were told they would receive ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to closed schools being sold as opposed to sitting and rotting. On Thursday the former Volga-Century Elementary School and Mount Vernon Elementary School, which were closed in 2016, were sold in public auctions. Kevin Bealko bought the former Volga-Century school for $120,000. Bealko ...

Early Present

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...

Elections

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Hot Topic

In recent months Elkins City Council has taken on several issues that prompted public outcry from local residents. City officials seem bound and determined to continue the trend, as the subject of zoning has been positioned to take center stage in January. In her guest column in Friday’s ...

Asking Questions

Dealing with the post-holiday bills has become more difficult for West Virginians during the past few years, but not because of their Christmas spending. It is because statements from the electric company have gone up drastically. Ten years ago, the average price residential users in our ...

Healthier

Mountain State residents are tired of being told, year after year, they are among the unhealthiest folks in the country. The factors used in creating such reports are often politically motivated, and incomplete indicators of health. One measure often cited, however, is smoking. West ...

Special Families

In just a few days, girls and boys throughout the Mountain State will wake up from a good night’s sleep in their own beds, rush excitedly to the Christmas tree (maybe even asking to skip breakfast), and joyfully open presents in a laughter-filled morning with their families. But for ...

Surprising

West Virginia state Senate Clerk Clark Barnes was never, ever, accused of being anything but a staunch Republican during the 10 years when he represented Randolph County in the Senate. At times, he could be a fierce advocate for his party. So it may have come as a surprise to some when ...

Black Lung

West Virginians know too much about black lung disease to be happy about talk in Washington of watering down protections against it for coal miners. In some areas, black lung is making a comeback, despite decades of regulations meant to curb it. Officials of the Mine Safety and Health ...

Unreliable

Easy come, easy go. Officials in some Northern Panhandle counties are learning the old warning could have been coined to describe tax revenue from the natural gas industry. It has fluctuated wildly during recent years, dropping drastically between 2016 and 2017, as we reported last ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to longtime local surgeon Dr. Joseph Noronha, who is making a significant contribution to Davis Medical Center. Hugh Hitchcock, DMC board of directors member, said during a board meeting Thursday that the foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Noronha Benevolent Care ...

Scam Alert

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who may be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning for folks to protect their personal ...

Absurd

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Healing

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...