Editorials

Boos & Applause

Students in our area returned to the classrooms this week as the new school year got underway. Applause to all the teachers, principals, bus drivers and school staff who made sure this first week of school was a safe one for our most valuable resource — our community’s young ...

New Chief

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he has named state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, as his new chief of staff. From the standpoint of dealing with the state budget, it would have been difficult for the governor to make a better selection. Hall is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and ...

Deadly History

On Monday we reported news of a type that area residents have unfortunately read too many times through the years — another person’s life was lost in a wreck on Corridor H. A van traveling east struck the rear of a truck stopped at the red light at the intersection of U.S. 48 East and ...

Back to School

Remember how exciting the first day of school was when you were growing up? You got to see friends you’d been separated from all summer; you got to have a new desk and a new locker; you met your new teachers. Randolph County’s public schools will open for the first day of the new school ...

Overdoses

Since 2000, more than half a million Americans have died of drug overdoses, most of them succumbing to opioids in one form or another, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, overdoses kill 142 people each day in our country. By definition, we don’t seem to ...

Conflict

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the official groundbreaking Wednesday for the Buckhannon Dog Park, to be located on the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone River Walk. The concept of having a dog park in Buckhannon has been talked about for the past 12 years, but now, with the help of Mayor David McCauley and ...

Corruption

It appears all of Bruce E. Kenney III’s ill-gotten gains are going up in smoke, courtesy of U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. in Wheeling. In addition, Kenney, 61, will have 21 months behind bars to think about the error of his ways. Good. Kenney may have committed only a ...

Insurance

Flooding has been on the minds of many area residents during the past few weeks. Soon it, or rather, insurance to cover victims of it, will be considered by members of Congress. Authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program expires Sept. 30. Between now and then, lawmakers will have ...

Marijuana

Here in West Virginia, it takes something like a devastating flood for us to declare an official state of emergency. In Nevada, a shortage of marijuana qualifies. Talk about reefer madness. It probably helps to be over, oh, 50 years of age to see the irony in that. Not so long ago, a ...

Revenue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice seems unable to resist any opportunity to belittle legislators, both Democrat and Republican. Last week he accused them of forcing some state agencies, including higher education, to reduce spending unnecessarily. Indeed, lawmakers enacted a budget that, in ...

Information

Whether you agree with them or not, some complaints by President Donald Trump’s political opponents are based on disagreements about very real policies. But as the left’s hysteria regarding Trump grows, a few of his foes have found it necessary to invent concerns with no basis in ...

VA Woes

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Thoughtful

The federal funding game is a rough-and-tumble one in Washington, as members of Congress scuffle to take as much money as possible back to the constituents. Devising politically correct ways of spending taxpayers’ money can be a secret to success. So can finding politically incorrect ...

Imploded

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Standards

Energy companies were justified in complaining that former President Barack Obama’s administration threw all sorts of unnecessary obstacles in their way. President Donald Trump’s more realistic attitude is a welcome change for tens of millions of Americans who rely on reasonably priced fuel ...

Ethical?

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Trump should reset his position

When it came to awkwardness, the so-called healthcare legislation reached new levels of deceit. Unless Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan did, as my mother used to quip, “go around their elbows to get to their thumbs,” the whole process represented a charade. A giant time-wasting effort to ...

Capito representing West Virginians well

One of the things many West Virginians have learned is to keep our options open. It is simple common sense. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s vote Tuesday to allow debate on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell into the category of representing her fellow Mountain State ...

Unacceptable

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...