Editorials

Flood Recovery

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

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 ...

Boos & Applause

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. ...

Bad Debt

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Boos & Applause

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 ...

Secretive

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Corruption

Corruption has been a part of government in West Virginia for too long. For generations, it was accepted as a fact of life. Now, however, Mountain State residents are fed up. Two of the five members of our state’s highest court have been caught in wrongdoing. Both have been charged with ...

Undecided

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democrat senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh. Give Manchin credit for his stance of ...

War Over

Vice President Mike Pence’s observation Thursday in Wheeling that “the war on coal is over” gained him — and President Donald Trump — a well-deserved round of applause. Speaking during an event that focused on tax reform, Pence reminded those in the audience at Oglebay Park’s ...

No Big Payoff

Sports betting may be available to West Virginians in time for the professional football season. That will prove to be a windfall for gambling casinos, but it will not do much for the economy in general or state government’s budget. State Lottery Commission officials have approved ...

Sore Loser?

Don Blankenship’s campaign earlier this year for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia certainly made the race a more colorful one. The coal baron, seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate, was strident in his criticism of Manchin — and some in the GOP. Here we go again — maybe. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the players, coaches, officials and family members who took part in Thursday’s opening ceremonies for the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament, taking place this weekend in Elkins. Twelve teams from six different states are playing games through Monday at Robin Harvey Memorial ...

Safety First

With dire warnings of the peril of Russian interference with the upcoming November election making the rounds, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s action this week could not have been more timely. He held a conference and training session on election security in Morgantown, ...

Sad Comeback

Black lung disease, known formally as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, is making a comeback, according to a study linked to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is — or should be — unacceptable. Too many West Virginia and Ohio families are all too familiar with ...

Shake Up

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Justice at Long Last

Finally, Michael Joe Adkins is headed to prison, where he should have been sent last year. Adkins, of Cabell County, in 2015 entered a “Kennedy plea” to an incest charge. That type of plea permits a conviction without the defendant admitting wrongdoing. But Adkins had done something ...