Editorials

Safeguards

Talk of Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics continues to flourish, just in time for primary elections in many states this spring. Of particular concern is the possibility Moscow might be able to hack into voting systems. Russians hackers have had nearly two years to refine their ...

Virtual Library

Every year, good, worthwhile proposals fall through the cracks at the West Virginia Legislature. One to which that fate befell this year could have saved students and their parents a lot of money. It was the brainchild of Blake Humphrey of Wheeling, who is student government president at West ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Philip Barbour Colts boys basketball squad, who won the program’s first ever state tournament game this week, pulling out a dramatic 57-56 first-round win over Bluefield. Cole Whited scored 27 points and set a new state tournament record during the game by shooting a perfect ...

Elimination

Even as former Gov. Gaston Caperton was persuading West Virginia legislators many years ago to create a new Department of Education and the Arts, critics suggested the agency was not needed. Its functions could be handled more efficiently through then-existing arms of state government, it was ...

Pipeline Problems

What part of “don’t trash our state” do pipeline construction companies not understand? To judge by action state officials took a few days ago, some of it did not sink in. Last July, Energy Transfer Partners was cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for violations ...

Sports Betting

Enact it and forget it is standard practice in the West Virginia Legislature, but it often is not good policy. Gov. Jim Justice seems to recognize that regarding a proposal to legalize sports betting. Justice told us last week he will allow the measure to become law. But, he added, he may ask ...

Task Force

Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to find “a permanent solution” to the Public Employees Insurance Agency are to hold their initial meeting on Tuesday. Let us hope their first step is to agree to find a real solution, not just a way to throw more money at the ...

No Excuses

We have watered down the quality of public education in West Virginia more than enough during the past few years. Good for a tiny group of state senators for saying, “Enough!” Much has been said and written during recent weeks about the state’s inability to provide enough certified ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to school being back in session across West Virginia! The work stoppage ended as lawmakers voted Tuesday to give state employees a 5 percent raise, ending a nine-day walkout that closed schools across the state. Upshur County teachers and service personnel hastily put together a rally ...

Shameful

Public school employees in West Virginia should be outraged, not to mention suspicious, that their record-length work stoppage is being used by some for purely political reasons. Democrats in the Legislature have wasted no opportunity to blame the core problems that caused the strike — pay ...

Fiscal Feat

Give West Virginia legislators credit for pulling off something of a fiscal feat on Monday and Tuesday. They managed to provide a 5 percent pay raise for state employees without a tax increase and without wrecking the state budget. A 5 percent salary increase for all state employees costs ...

Clock Ticking

Imagine everyone who lives in Wheeling suddenly being told their incomes are being cut off. Imagine them being old enough that they had few prospects of replacing that loss. Now you have some idea of the disaster facing families throughout our state and in other coal mining regions. Slightly ...

Finding Funds

At some point, the strike by public school workers will end. Then, West Virginia legislators will have to come up with money — lots of it — to pay for whatever the settlement costs. Gov. Jim Justice’s office is not likely to be much help. It was Justice who assured everyone less than a ...

Presumed Guilty

Motorists convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should be dealt with harshly. But what of those accused of DUI but not convicted? Does “innocent until proven guilty” mean nothing in our West Virginia? As the law stands now, a person accused of DUI but ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the local agencies, organizations and individuals who pitched in this week to aid students and their parents during the continuing statewide work stoppage by teachers and service personnel. Those stepping up to help out include: • During the past week, people in the ...

Not a Quick Fix

Short of writing a blank check to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, it is impossible for West Virginia legislators to comply with one demand by many public school employees who began a strike last week. In other words, it can’t be done. Yet a substantial number of the strikers ...

Facts Needed

As of Monday, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration was projecting state government would collect $4.716 billion for its general revenue budget next year. But Tuesday night, he assured Mountain State residents the amount would be $4.774 billion, an increase of $58 million. Just weeks ago, ...

No New Taxes

There they go again, talking in terms of a tax increase being the only way to provide more money to meet a pressing need in West Virginia. Actually, there he goes again. “He” is Gov. Jim Justice, who tried unsuccessfully on Monday to convince striking school personnel to go back to ...

Leadership

Authority over public schools in West Virginia rests with the state Board of Education and state superintendent of schools. Many county school superintendents look to them for leadership in regard to the ongoing strike by teachers and school service personnel. When it comes, as it should, ...

Time for Change

Knee-jerk refusal to try anything really new in West Virginia’s public education system has resulted in a mess that should be pleasing to no one. It’s time to rethink that approach with ideas such as these: ∫ Privatizing the Public Employees Insurance Agency, as we did successfully a ...