Opinion

Cuts would kill festivals

Columnists

It probably will come as some surprise to people interested in the history and culture of black residents of our area that they are part of the problem in West Virginia. So are folks in Chester, Hundred, Moundsville, New Cumberland, Pine Grove, Sistersville, Tyler County in general, Weirton and ...

Plan an example of overreach

Editorials

Environmental Protection Agency officials knew exactly what they were doing when they wrote a plan that, had it been implemented, could have had the effect of outlawing motor racing in the United States. Yet, like the little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar, they now claim they had no ...

The art of being offended

Columnists

As Americans, we have mastered the art of being offended.Political correctness permeates our creative thought process. There are things we dare not say for fear of offending someone. Often, this can prevent meaningful discussion of issues that impact our lives. Instead of civil discourse, we ...

Effort should be expanded

Editorials

Finding ways to reduce spending is - or ought to be - the order of the day in state government. But one priority, dealing with West Virginia's drug abuse crisis, simply must be kept off the chopping block.If anything, some initiatives to combat substance abuse should be expanded, not drawn ...

State officials need to explore possibilities

Editorials

West Virginia state government is flat broke, in case you had not noticed. And state parks are far from at the top of the list for what little money can be found in Charleston.So how is it that officials are touting an initiative to build 20 new luxury cottages at Stonewall Resort State Park? ...

Southern counties need help

Columnists

Sometimes we forget - or choose not to remember -that there are several West Virginias. Our area is just part of the Mountain State. Other regions are quite different.Here in northern West Virginia, we take reasonably good care of our children, according to the West Virginia Kids Count ...

Cyber Security

Editorials

On the same day a cyber security expert talked to the Elkins Rotary about ways to stay safe online, a man was sentenced for soliciting a minor by computer in Randolph County Circuit Court.Both local headlines serve as reminders that cyberspace can be a minefield.On one hand, we must constantly ...

A dream come true

Columnists

For several years, we have had the vision of a place on campus where serious issues of faith, social and public policy and discovering one's life passions might be explored. By the beginning of the Fall semester, such a place will become a reality.The vision, or "dream," is this: Just as we ...

Struggling

Editorials

Recent news out of Upshur County sheds further light on a growing concern in the Mountain State: Fire departments across West Virginia are struggling financially.A meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 25 to discuss the fate of a Washington District Volunteer Fire Department substation in Queens. The ...

Helping those who need drugs

Columnists

Just a few weeks ago, the FBI went to court seeking an order that Apple Inc. help it break the encryption used on iPhones. Federal officials wanted to examine some phones as part of a California terrorist attack investigation.Within days the feds went back to court. Never mind, they said. We've ...

Congress should stick to their guns

Editorials

If West Virginia's state government dug itself into a $36 billion debt hole and demanded a bailout from Washington, you can rest assured a federal takeover would not be far behind.Members of Congress would demand - rightly - enough control over state affairs to avoid a similar fiscal ...

Budget Crisis

Editorials

West Virginia's state government budget crisis is so severe - estimated as high as $466 million at one point - that it is virtually certain sacrifice to resolve it will have to be widespread.Some taxes may have to go up. Some programs such as state aid to local schools and Promise Scholarships ...

Pay system shouldn’t be this difficult

Editorials

Surely some way can be found to standardize how state employees are paid in West Virginia without leaving the workers or budget-conscious legislators unhappy. Admitting the state cannot pull off a simple accounting change is a public embarrassment of the kind we simply do not need.In October ...

Transparency is a must

Editorials

Navigating the West Virginia Open Meetings Act is not rocket science, yet some local governing bodies seem to have trouble with it.To be fair, there likely are issues in small communities across the state. Unfortunately, people get used to the status quo, or take their local officials at their ...

Concert a spiritual experience

Columnists

It's not often one attends a seemingly secular concert and comes away inspired as though it were a worship service. But such was the experience Sunday afternoon for those attending the monthly piano concert series with artist-in-residence Jack Gibbons in Robbins Memorial Chapel.No, the music ...

Controversial

Editorials

West Virginians may be witnessing what could have happened to us had the state Legislature enacted a controversial bill earlier this year. It is an example of President Barack Obama using the full muscle of the federal government to enforce his ideology.Mountain State lawmakers had considered ...

Ladies and gentleman, don’t start your engines

Columnists

Ladies and gentlemen, don't you dare start those racing engines!When I heard about the Environmental Protection Agency's new plan on Friday, I thought someone was pulling an April Fool's Day joke on me. But no, it's for real.Now, the EPA is going after car racers.Exactly what the agency plans ...

Hi-tech Hospitality

Editorials

With all the political mud-slinging on social media lately, it's nice to see a politician putting technology to positive use.U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently video conferenced with students at Harman School to answer their questions on political issues.What a fantastic way to involve ...

Schools need to take hard look

Columnists

Communities should be taking a hard look at their school systems' procedures for active-shooter situations.Hopefully, every school system is partnering with law enforcement to develop planned responses to these incidents. But we must take it a step farther and ensure they are developing the ...

Environmental efforts paying off

Editorials

For all the talk about safeguarding the environment these days, shining successes in doing so often are overlooked. Here in West Virginia, the home of wild and wonderful, we have many success stories to tell.Animals once quite rare in our state have made comebacks during the past few decades. ...