Editorials

Corruption

Corruption seems to be such an integral part of government in West Virginia that punishing those caught at it is vital to deter others from engaging in criminal acts. Federal Judge John Copenhaver’s action in sentencing former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to two years in prison ...

Emergency

Secondary roads in many areas of West Virginia, including ours, are near-disasters. Some are unsafe. Already, a few serious accidents have been blamed on them. State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, is right that, as he told a reporter, legislative action is needed to get the Division of ...

Play by Rules

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. Insisting the energy industry play by those rules is ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elks Lodge No. 1135 in Elkins for donating school supplies to several schools in Randolph County. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been around for many years. It is good to see the Elks’ tradition of community service is alive and well. Applause to Randolph County ...

Second Chances

We talk a lot about giving recovering drug addicts second chances. Yet in one regard, West Virginia is better at doing that for convicted murderers and rapists. That makes no sense. People convicted of drug-related felonies in our state are automatically disqualified from receiving ...

Perspective

Too much debate about climate change is driven by political correctness and anecdotes, not science. There is a way Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives can move toward greater balance. Among the first actions taken under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this ...

Withering

Gov. Jim Justice views last week’s disappointing state revenue report as “a shot across the bow for all of us in government ...” It certainly was that. The question now is whether Justice and state legislators will heave to on grandiose spending plans — or risk damage to the ship of ...

Energy

Alternative energy cannot be a realistic option without an important system component. We need electricity all the time, not just when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. West Virginia and other Appalachian states could provide that critical addition to the solar arrays and wind farms ...

Rough Road

With state officials in a quandary over how West Virginia’s secondary roads are going to be maintained in the future, the Department of Transportation may have a more immediate problem. At the end of January, seven months into the fiscal year, revenue collections to support the State Road ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the more than 50 residents who took part in the first meeting of the Community Watch for First Ward Wednesday night at Jennings Randolph Elementary School. Elkins Police Chief Glenn Galloway and four officers led the meeting, emphasizing that residents need to call 911 if they ...

Corruption

West Virginia Supreme Court justices have new policies on travel, state assets, use of purchasing cards and accounting safeguards. They seem to have covered all the bases but two: arrogance and devious dishonesty. Three of the five people who sat on the court a year ago are gone. One has ...

Firearm Safety

Most West Virginians appear to be staunch defenders of the Second Amendment’s guarantees that we may keep and bear firearms. But along with that, we understand the responsibilities that go with gun ownership and use. One of them is to handle firearms safely — certainly with whatever ...

Loophole

Local and state officials in West Virginia are prohibited in a variety of ways from using their positions for personal gain. One is steering local or state contracts to businesses in which they have interests. For example, a county board of education member whose family sells school buses ...

Omnibus Bill

Decisive action needs to be taken to improve public schools in West Virginia. State Senate Bill 451 is the right idea with the wrong strategy, however. Republican leaders in the Senate have taken what amounts to an all-or-nothing approach in SB 451, the so-called “omnibus education bill.” ...

Rough Road

State Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, probably was expressing a concern common to many lawmakers in questions he asked about a controversial plan to find more money for secondary road repairs in West Virginia. During his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Jim Justice suggested one ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to our local emergency service professionals for the great job they did during dangerous weather conditions this week. Local residents suffered through record subzero temperatures on Thursday morning just to be subjected to a snowstorm Friday. The low of -13 degrees Thursday morning ...

Extreme Caution

West Virginia legislators seemed to be in agreement last year that a major bill involving jails and prisons ought to include a provision allowing some corrections officers to carry guns while on duty and while traveling to and from work. But, as state Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, told our ...

No Easy Business

Under a 2017 law, West Virginians with prescriptions for medicinal marijuana were supposed to have been able to buy it by this July 1. Don’t look for that to happen ­— but not necessarily for the reason you may think. As Ohio’s experience teaches us, setting up a medicinal marijuana ...

Controversial

“Omnibus” legislation covering scores of matters related to an overall goal is not uncommon at either the state or national levels. So the catch-all education bill moving through the West Virginia Senate is not necessarily objectionable because it contains so many different ...

Home Rule

A decade probably is long enough to decide whether most things work or do not. Yet for 34 municipalities, one of the most important laws on the books in West Virginia remains a pilot program. Legislators are on their way to changing that. A bill doing so may be approved by the state Senate ...