Opinion

Justice, legislators can breath a sigh of relief

Columnists

West Virginia state government may be out of the fiscal woods, as Gov. Jim Justice has been saying for some time. The state did end the previous fiscal year on June 30 with a $36 million carryover. And general revenue fund receipts for July, the first month of the new fiscal year, exceeded ...

Flood Recovery

Editorials

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Food Hardship

Editorials

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

Adjusting to Trump

Columnists

Democrats have adjusted to the unexpected Donald Trump victory of 2016. In special election after special election, whether for state legislature, the U.S. Senate and Congress, as well as governors, the party has performed well. Stellar candidates like Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania have ...

Barbour County students will head back to school Tuesday

Columnists

Hello from Barbour County! School will begin for students on Tuesday. Please be on the lookout for those big yellow buses, and give yourself extra time. They are carrying precious cargo, and everyone needs to arrive safely at their destination. I wish everyone a good school ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Davis & Elkins College for extending the contract of Chris Wood, the college’s president. Wood became the school’s 15th president in August 2016, and in the past two years led the charge to the successful completion of D&E’s 10-year $100 million funding campaign. ...

Free trade and W.Va.’s economy

Letters to the Editor

Many of the economic problems afflicting West Virginia are directly tied to the loss of jobs and opportunity caused by the proliferation of free trade agreements in the last forty-plus years. Cities and towns across the state that used to thrive are nearly devoid of all economic activity. ...

What government type do we need?

Letters to the Editor

In the Constitution of West Virginia, under Article III titled Bill of Rights Reserved to People, it states, “Government is instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community. Of all its various forms that is the best, which is capable of producing ...

Are they guilty as sin?

Letters to the Editor

Well, well, well... the Russia investigation has just indicted 12 more Russians, all of them government officials (meaning that they work for Putin!), all for the crime of hacking the DNC and Millard Clinton emails and distributing for the purpose of damaging Millard’s chances to win the ...

Times have changed

Letters to the Editor

During Hoppy Kercheval’s call-in segment of his radio show on July 20, there was a man who called in complaining about “Conservative Christians” telling everyone what to do. Obviously, this man slept through Obama’s eight-year presidency. For eight years, we were forced to pay for lousy ...

Flagrant misuse of funds

Columnists

How is it possible for five people to spend $114,788 on picture frames during a seven-year period? Ask justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court. They did it. Criminal behavior has been alleged by federal prosecutors. But the real corruption appears to have been perfectly legal. It is a ...

Bad Debt

Editorials

It was bad enough that Gov. Jim Justice’s businesses owed millions of dollars in back taxes to counties in the Mountain State. At least that was an issue for West Virginians to settle with our governor. But Justice’s companies also owe large back-tax bills in Virginia and Kentucky. The ...

Dysfunctional

Editorials

The shock of the year — thus far — for West Virginians came Tuesday, when members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee discussed impeaching the entire state Supreme Court. All four justices are accused of abusing the public’s trust (former Justice Menis Ketchum has resigned ...

Ticking Clock

Editorials

Since 2013, U.S. Rep. David McKinley has been introducing bills aimed at rescuing the pension program covering 105,000 active and retired coal miners. McKinley, R-W.Va., is aware that no later than 2022, perhaps sooner, the retirement fund will become insolvent, leaving tens of thousands of ...

Rush to Judgement

Editorials

Deciding whether to impeach West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry is unpleasant enough without politics rearing its ugly head. But it has. For more than three weeks, members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee have been discussing whether to recommend that the full ...

WVU researcher fighting Alzheimer’s

Editorials

To a certain generation of people the names Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin are recalled with something approaching reverance. During the 1950s, the two developed vaccines to prevent a once-dreaded disease, polio. Now, it is nearly unheard of. Will hundreds of millions of people a few years from ...

Summit lessons

Columnists

Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin was less that than a “getting to know you” session. Nothing was signed or formally approved, although Trump appeared a bit dwarfed by the Russian leader. But, besides that which, after all, is in the eye of the beholder, the meeting probably had ...

Boos & Applause

Editorials

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice for paying a visit to Randolph County Thursday. During his trip he visited the Kerens construction site of Corridor H, took a tour of the Armstrong Flooring plant in Beverly and presented $370,000 in grants to four county Community Corrections programs. Justice is ...

Russian meddling and Y2K hysteria

Letters to the Editor

Does anyone remember that quaint apocalyptic hysteria called Y2K? Remember when you were a teenager and so excited that you were going out with your first crush. You: showered, brushed your teeth, dressed right. Hanging out, both laughing when you go for it. You go for a cheek kiss and ...

Wildflowers bring beauty to W.Va.

Letters to the Editor

The largest flower garden in Randolph County? West Virginia? For wildflower buffs, the 5-mile bed of chicory in the median up Kelly Mountain, to Bowden, may be the largest. (Unless you count the miles and miles of yellow clover along limestone berms of West Virginia.) Like its dandelion ...