Editorials

Boos & Applause

Applause to Glenn Galloway for his two years of service to the Elkins City Police Department chief. Although we don’t know where Galloway is going for his next position, we know where he has been. His efforts to make Elkins a safer place to live are greatly appreciated. He helped to increase ...

Revenues

Within days, it should be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ends Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of ...

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Weak Link

In the backs of some state legislators’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Next Step

A public school improvement bill approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday will now become law after its approval by the state Senate Monday. Both state Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Gov. Jim Justice have said they agree with the measure. With enactment will come a ...

War on Coal

A verbal misstep by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday was the perfect illustration of why President Donald Trump is right to be calling retreat in the war on coal launched by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. It was announced that day that the Trump administration is ...

W.Va. Spirit

It is understandable that we West Virginians celebrate the natural splendor of our state. We sing about our homes among the hills and even about the country roads that bring us back to them. Our gratitude for where we live seems boundless. But it is our neighbors — our fellow Mountain ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Commission for offering Town Hall meetings to inform residents in all corners of Randolph County the reason they are seeking to create and enforce an ordinance dealing with unsafe properties. Property values go down when neighbors ignore or walk away from a ...

Charters

Included in a major public education improvement bill passed by the state Senate are provisions allowing a few charter schools in West Virginia. Opponents of the idea, including the three unions representing many school employees, were furious. Now, another multifaceted education bill, HB ...

Far to Go

Most West Virginians would agree that old, illogical barriers to women in many careers ought to be lowered, we feel certain. Yet in some ways, we still have a long way to go in gender equality. One study, by the Wallet Hub people who specialize in state-by-state ratings, ranked West ...

Focus

West Virginia legislators determined to get the ball rolling on improvement of public schools have been showered with abuse this year. Unions representing many school employees staged a two-day strike earlier this year, killing one attempt at an education bill. Gov. Jim Justice had threatened ...

P.R. Stunt

Evidently, Gov. Jim Justice just doesn’t get it. The issue over where he resides is not about West Virginia’s economy. It is not about whether the governor can find a Bible verse to use at a press conference. It’s about the state constitution — what the courts say it means and whether ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the participants and to the army of staff and volunteers who helped put together the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State at Davis & Elkins College this week. State leaders like Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, and state ...

No Discussion?

Democrat leaders in the West Virginia House of Delegates apparently have a simple philosophy on improving public schools: Let’s not even talk about it. House members are to convene at the Capitol on Monday, pursuant to Gov. Jim Justice’s call earlier this year for the Legislature to hold ...

Misdeeds

Most of the nearly 75,000 West Virginians who are members of the Roman Catholic faith have unshakable reverence for the church itself, by all appearances. But trust in the church’s leaders is another thing entirely. It has been damaged greatly during the past several years. It is that fact ...

Political Fight

A dislike that has been simmering for many months, between some state senators and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, has come to a boil. Now, a high-ranking lawmaker is calling for Justice to resign. That will not happen. Justice is not the type of man to walk away from a political ...

Bipartisan

Pop quiz: What is included in the Student Success Act approved last week by the West Virginia Senate? If your answer was limited to charter schools and education savings accounts, you have been napping in class Much attention has been devoted to those two aspects of the SSA. But, as we have ...

Kevin’s Law

Remember common sense? It seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, even when the consequences of its absence can be fatal. On Dec. 31, 2013, Kevin Houdeshell, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, ran out of the insulin he needed to keep his diabetes in check. He went to a pharmacy, where he was told ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that a contract has been awarded for another 4-mile section of Corridor H to be completed, which will bring the highway closer to Parsons. The contract, through the governor’s Roads to Prosperity program, has been awarded to Kokosing Construction ...

Mass Amnesty?

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...