Editorials

Nominee

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...

Mismanagement

Allegations of outright fraud certainly ought to outrage West Virginians. But what about mismanagement — let’s be honest and call it bureaucratic laziness — that probably cost taxpayers even more than corruption? Years after legislators demanded the answer to a simple question, state ...

Wakeup Call

If we hope to ever make a dent in the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia, we have to convince young people misusing drugs is a bad idea. We are not doing very well at that. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk ...

Residents Taking On City Hall

A showdown of sorts is shaping up at Elkins City Hall, as residents who feel they’ve been ignored by city officials are now threatening to take their complaints to court. On Thursday, a letter featuring 325 signatures of Elkins residents was presented to Mayor Van Broughton and Elkins City ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Mountain State Street Machines and organizer Tammy Dolly for bringing back the annual Independence Day weekend car show to downtown Elkins. The event, which began with a cruise-in last Friday evening and culminated with grand prizes being presented Sunday, drew crowds each of the ...

Kick the Habit

We have known for decades that smoking can cause cancer, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses. Yet many Americans still have not kicked the habit. Here in West Virginia, the concern is particularly worrisome. The Mountain State has the highest rate of adult smokers in the nation. ...

Snail’s Pace

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Pay More for Less?

You turn off the lights when leaving a room. You adjust the thermostat, up a degree or two in summer, down in winter. You do other things to reduce your use of electricity. Your reward? A higher electric bill, if Appalachian Power gets its way. The company is seeking a $114.6 million rate ...

Recovery?

With just a few days, West Virginians will learn how much of a recovery state government has made from the “Great Recession.” At the same time, Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators will get some guidance on how freely they can spend in the future. West Virginia’s fiscal year ended ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the emergency responders who had a long night Wednesday as flash flooding raged through parts of Barbour County. The high waters began after 11 p.m. Wednesday evening, and quickly forced authorities to close several roads, including the Teter Creek Road, Porter Shaver Road, ...

Good News

Jason Haught, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s chief financial officer, had good advice for all of us in the Mountain State last week. It came during a PEIA Finance Board meeting at which it was reported the agency, which provides health insurance for as many as 200,000 ...

Be Cautious

Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have started down a road that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by a ...

Fraternities

West Virginia University officials have made it harshly clear they intend to put an end to dangerous, often abusive activities by fraternities. Last week, they revealed they are suspending four fraternities, two of them indefinitely. That is an excellent warning shot fired across the bow of ...

Fixing It?

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

No Way to Celebrate

West Virginia’s 155th birthday was a distinctly unpleasant occasion for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. While many of the rest of his fellow Mountaineers were celebrating, he was being arrested. FBI agents took Loughry, a Tucker County native, into custody on 22 charges ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Upshur County Schools for expanding its backpack program through a non-traditional feeding program grant. Cynthia Nesselroade, child nutrition director for Upshur County, announced that the county had received $20,000 to expand the backpack services. With the grant, Nesselroade said ...

Bad Sign?

We don’t know what the Chinese equivalent of the old American warning of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face is, but let us hope it is kept in mind in Beijing. Last year, West Virginians got wonderful news: China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to ...

New Law

Mountain State residents should not have to have a law mandating that if we learn about abuse or neglect of children, we do something about it. We do have such a statute, however, and it is brand new. Among new laws going into effect this summer is one clarifying the mandate for those in many ...

Technology

West Virginians have learned through expensive experience that it sometimes is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. That is true particularly when the “horse” is a high-tech animal. Among the many challenges facing our state is extending broadband internet access to the many ...

Economy

Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed ...