Editorials

Higher Ed

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Bad Change

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Thursday’s ribbon cutting for the ENGAGE Afterschool program, which is designed to both assist Elkins Middle School students with their studies, and provide a safe and fun place to go after school. The program will kick off Tuesday and is open to any Elkins Middle School student. ...

Ongoing Fight

The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic. Local, state and ...

Prevention

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

Dangerous

West Virginia Board of Education members were right to slam the brakes on a proposal to permit school buses to travel at 70 mph. Now, they should put the idea in park. Several state public education policy changes are being considered by the board. But members have tabled a proposal regarding ...

Swampy

It turns out the worst swamp may not be in Washington. A regular quicksand pit seems to exist in Charleston, where corruption, waste and incompetence have become habitual. State Supreme Court justices who cheat taxpayers, a $150 million flood relief program that can’t seem to help victims, ...

Outbreak

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the beginning of the high school football season this weekend, and to all the student-athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers who will work together to bring us the games on Friday nights this fall. We’re looking forward to a great season. Applause to the opening Thursday of ...

Coal Friendly

If it does no more than slow the nation’s headlong rush toward abandoning a relatively inexpensive, reliable source of energy — coal — the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy rule will be performing an enormous service to Americans. Announced this week, the ...

Response

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Plot Theory

If there are any facets of politics that are clearly nonpartisan, they are corruption and mismanagement. The sordid, long history of wrongdoing in West Virginia government includes plenty of people from both the Democrat and Republican parties. So why are some liberals claiming the state ...

Voices of Pain

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by ...

Revenue

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the 27 men and women that took the oath of citizenship of the United States last week at The Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins. It was an emotional day with tears of joy. Our 27 new citizens came from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Brazil, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, ...

Resignation

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Impeachment

Many West Virginians are angry at the three remaining members of the state Supreme Court, we suspect. Allegations against them paint a collective picture of high court justices on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money, eager to circumvent state law and dismissive of ethics rules that guide ...

Road Bond

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

Flood Recovery

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Food Hardship

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...