Opinion

Lifting of embargo creates situation

Editorials

Instead of risking a confrontation with China himself, President Barack Obama has decided to let Vietnam do so over Beijing's expansionism. He did so by lifting an arms embargo in place for decades against Vietnam.Using other countries or even organizations as proxies in such situations is not ...

Lawmakers must tackle issue head on

Editorials

This could be labeled the Year of Unfinished Business for West Virginia legislators. They have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that begins in only about five weeks, so it should not be surprising they have not tackled a variety of other money-related matters.One, the Public ...

Compromise a two-way street

Editorials

What happens when an irresistible force collides with an immovable object? With any luck, reductions in the size of West Virginia state government.The force vs. object riddle is one over which philosophers sometimes scratch their heads. But in Charleston, it involves coming to agreement on a ...

Examination of higher ed a good idea

Editorials

Job One after West Virginia legislators adopt a new budget should be keeping this year's fiasco from occurring again. Taking a critical, comprehensive look at state spending should be the first step in that task.House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, is spearheading a ...

What is the $30B plan?

Columnists

Apparently a substantial number of West Virginians actually believe Hillary Clinton plans to help us after she completes the project Barack Obama began - wrecking the coal industry and driving electricity prices up. Either that, or quite a few Mountain State voters just don't care what happens ...

Budget needs to be approved

Editorials

West Virginia legislators have just a little more than a month to come up with a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Lawmakers are right to worry about the effect their votes will have on the state economy and individual Mountain State residents and families.But political ...

Graduation caps year

Columnists

Friday evening's Baccalaureate Service and Saturday's Commencement Exercises were a fitting conclusion to an extraordinary year in the life of the College. Both events reflected the academic distinction, generous hearts and leadership potential we hope for all our graduates.The Valedictory ...

Saving Money

Editorials

State officials finding ways to do things more efficiently, at less cost to taxpayers, deserve heartfelt pats on the back. But their initiatives need to be monitored closely to ensure they really are saving money.Two West Virginia agencies are reducing costs, it was announced this week. By ...

Reinstating food tax bad for W.Va.

Editorials

Among the shining successes of West Virginia government for the past several years was phasing out the sales tax on food. That provided an enormous amount of help to low-income and even middle-class families.Now there is talk in Charleston - supported by some in the private sector who rely on ...

Revenue estimates must be accurate

Editorials

One easy way to produce a state budget that appears balanced has not been mentioned in Charleston during the past couple of months, with good reason. It does not solve problems, it creates them.West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin have been discussing how to balance the budget ...

West Virginia initiative catches on

Editorials

West Virginia's efforts to improve early childhood education are beginning to gain national attention, as the National Institute for Early Education Research released this year's rankings of all 50 state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. The Mountain State performed quite well."The state has ...

Political revolution goes deep

Columnists

Revolutions may start at the top, but they eventually move down to the grassroots level. This year's upheaval in politics is being felt right here in the Friendly City.Consider what happened in the election this week. In effect, voters kicked out what some viewed as the political establishment ...

Reduction in spending is a must

Editorials

West Virginia legislators - and taxpayers - have been painted into a corner again.If anything, the corner is tighter this time around. During most years, legislators approve the state budget in March, after their regular 60-day annual session. Many lawmakers are in a hurry to go home, so state ...

Activities on tap in Barbour

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! If April showers bring May flowers, I wonder what May showers will bring?I've been hearing that it's just about time for the 17 year cicadas to make their appearance. I haven't seen any yet, but have heard reports of cicada sightings in neighboring areas, so I'm sure ...

Principles that help shape D&E

Columnists

From time to time in the Monday Letter, I have referenced the "Ten Guiding Principles" that have helped shape and fashion the spirit and nature of D&E these past eight years. As we come now to the final week of the academic year, I thought it might be a helpful thing to have them in ...

No Apology

Editorials

President Barack Obama's aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945. Good. Americans have nothing for which to apologize.Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima later this month. ...

Absurd

Editorials

German authorities say there is no link between Islamic terrorism and a man who stabbed four people at a train station last week. The attacker is just mentally ill, they explain.But during the assault, he yelled "infidel, you must die" and "Allahu akbar."Of course, he is mentally ill. But so, ...

Ignoring kids who need help?

Columnists

Look at how well our kids do on the SAT and ACT tests, defenders of the status quo in public education often urge. And look at the number of graduates who go on to college.What about kids who don't go to college? Well, yes, I suppose we ought to think about them, too, one fellow told me a few ...

Judicial election method a bad one

Editorials

Fortunately for the future of our state, Beth Walker won a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court during Tuesday's election. She clobbered four other candidates on the ballot, receiving 161,485 votes to her nearest competitor's 93,805.It was a convincing victory - but it was not enough. ...

There must be consequences

Editorials

Many children anxiously await the arrival of report cards each grading period. The fear that a poor grade will be met with consequences handed out by parents or guardians is a powerful motivator for working toward better grades.Perhaps that is what the West Virginia Board of Education has in ...