Editorials

New Law

Mountain State residents should not have to have a law mandating that if we learn about abuse or neglect of children, we do something about it. We do have such a statute, however, and it is brand new. Among new laws going into effect this summer is one clarifying the mandate for those in many ...

Technology

West Virginians have learned through expensive experience that it sometimes is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. That is true particularly when the “horse” is a high-tech animal. Among the many challenges facing our state is extending broadband internet access to the many ...

Economy

Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed ...

Doing Battle

One reason executives in so-called “alternative energy” companies can claim to be using cutting-edge technology, in comparison to their competitors who utilize fossil fuels, is that former President Barack Obama helped make it so — with our tax dollars. During Obama’s eight years in ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the small army of people who helped organize this year’s American Legion Auxiliary West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State, which was held for the first time ever at Davis & Elkins College this week. The approximately 300 girls from across the state who participated in this ...

Good News

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may have been as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Voter Rolls

Ohioans and West Virginians concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

Investigation

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — who, ironically, wrote a book about political corruption — has been accused of 32 instances of misconduct himself. Among them are lying about previous allegations of misbehavior, then attempting to blame someone else. Loughry not only ...

Golden Horseshoe

At the end of the school year, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine inducted 221 students as Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe, recognizing their knowledge of our state’s culture and history. For many young people, this award is among the highest honors they will ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the hundreds of individuals who converged on downtown Elkins last Saturday to pay tribute to those affected by cancer. Despite torrents of rain, the annual American Cancer Society Randolph County Relay for Life event took place from noon to midnight in Elkins Town Square and ...

Rejection

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity ...

Mismanaged

Precisely what the West Virginia Department of Commerce did incorrectly in mismanaging a gigantic program meant to help victims of June 2016 flooding remains unclear. Still, remarks by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday leave a trail of dots to be connected: • Justice revealed the RISE West ...

Reversal

President Donald Trump’s order that the government take “immediate steps” to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants was opposed by the oil, natural gas, solar and wind power industries. That tells American consumers something. None of those big-business entities disagree with the ...

Still Waiting

If West Virginia’s RISE flood relief initiative was the target of criminal activity, the curtain drawn over the program by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration may be understandable. And, it is a distinct possibility that may be why even leading legislators are being kept in the ...

Black Mold

How is it that enough black mold grew in the main building of the Anthony Correctional Center in Greenbrier County that its 200 or so inmates had to be moved? That question needs to be asked by West Virginia legislators. Young adults serving relatively short prison sentences were housed at ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County, who have helped more than 400 adults learn to read and master other necessary skills in the last 30 years. Unfortunately, the group’s office space, which has been provided during that time by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, will not be ...

Lavish

Questions about how the West Virginia Supreme Court uses taxpayers’ money continue to be brought up. They reinforce a feeling among some that something is badly wrong in the high court’s offices. Last fall, the story was lavish spending on furniture and remodeling in the court’s ...

Flood Recovery

West Virginia legislators upset about the slow pace of dispersing nearly $150 million in federal flood recovery funds are right to have decided now is not the time to reset the process entirely. That decision should not be taken as a stance that there is no use crying over spilled milk, ...

Slow Progress

Apparently, getting West Virginia state government’s gigantic fleet of cars and trucks under control is rocket science. How else to explain that, years after legislators of both parties began demanding something be done, the mess remains? During the past week or so, lawmakers have heard yet ...