Editorials

Civic Duty

No doubt you will be going to the polls today if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems in West Virginia. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be ...

Unacceptable

Recent events nationwide have focused attention on violence and threats of it against public figures. This week, West Virginians were reminded we are not immune to the problem. Last week, a Clarksburg man, Donald Charles Criss, 52, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat and ...

High Court

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the early voting totals leading up to Tuesday’s general election, which have been very high in Randolph County and throughout the state. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Thursday, with three days left in early voting, there had already been more than 300 more votes cast ...

Opportunity

West Virginia’s tourism commission has unveiled another campaign, this one costing a little more than $5 million and meant to cover the spring, summer and fall of 2019. Announcement of the new campaign included the typical details — focusing on the 25-54 age group, out-of-state ...

Strong Record

Clearly, U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., understands the advice that "all politics is local." In serving our state's Second Congressional District, Mooney has emphasized initiatives that directly benefit the 17 counties he represents. Mooney merits re-election both because of his staunch ...

Fiscal Discipline

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to the ...

Opportunity

The map of a proposed new internet backbone, although it is only a preliminary plan, appears to show the line will traverse several rural counties in northern West Virginia. That spells opportunity — but only if local and state officials, as well as the private sector, take advantage of ...

Do the Right Thing

On Monday, Jan. 14, suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry will appear for a disciplinary hearing before the Judicial Hearing Board. Two days later, he will be in federal court in Charleston to be sentenced for his conviction on 11 federal criminal charges. Loughry ought ...

Best Choice

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

A Good Start

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Bad News

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is ...

Dangerous

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Removal

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to ...

Getting Results

If U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has overlooked a way he can help his fellow West Virginians in Congress, it must be hidden very well. We need to retain him in Congress so he can keep up the good — nay, excellent —work. Just during the current session of Congress, McKinley has ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will bring music, fun and tourism to downtown Elkins. Officials broke ground Friday morning for the new amphitheater project in Elkins Town Square. The Rotary Club of Elkins has raised $139,000 in just one year to begin the ...

Health Care Questions

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Political Plague

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Trial Delayed

It is a good thing cooler heads seem to be prevailing in Charleston. The battle between the judicial and legislative branches of West Virginia government is beginning to make Democrats and Republicans in Congress look like the best of buddies. On Monday morning, state senators were to have ...

Go Forward

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...