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Editorials

Ups and Downs

State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have ...

Found Money

State officials’ announcement that West Virginia’s Medicaid program next year will require $309 million less than had been anticipated earlier is good news, no matter how one views it. But keep one thing about the funds firmly in mind: It is not “found money” for state government. ...

Progress

There is no magic wand we West Virginians can wave to create a line of companies waiting to bring jobs here. Economic development is complex, with many moving pieces. But little by little during the past few years, state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have been making our state more ...

For Kids

We West Virginians — or, at least, our public officials — talk a lot about “investing in the future.” If there is a foundational aspect to that, it is ensuring our children grow up safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. Two proposals by Gov. Jim Justice, outlined during his ...

Waiting Lists

West Virginia is among states that have made gratifying progress in reducing backlogs in laboratory testing of evidence in criminal cases. Unfortunately, there still are waiting lists for law enforcement agencies. As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph pointed out recently, the backlog of DNA ...

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Gov. Jim Justice offered a late Christmas gift to West Virginians last week, telling us state revenue collections were good during December. He and state legislators need to bear in mind that we are not out of the woods, yet, however. Going into the sixth month of the fiscal year, the ...

New Law

It is illegal throughout the United States for retailers to sell nicotine products including both cigarettes and electronic versions of them to anyone under 21 years of age. The provision became law Dec. 20, when President Donald Trump signed a bill approved overwhelmingly by Congress. To ...

Sad Legacy

No doubt the federal investigation of Gov. Jim Justice’s relationship with state government was a burden on his mind. It may have distracted him from handling the public’s business, at least to an extent. And, almost undoubtedly, it cost him some money. Still, we have to disagree with one ...

Gratitude

Hazards to Americans in the Middle East, especially those in the military, are in the news. That makes an event Saturday in Charleston most gratifying to West Virginians. On that day, more than 140 West Virginia National Guard troops returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Saudi ...

Unacceptable

What is most upsetting about the Nazi salute fiasco that drew unflattering international attention to West Virginia is not that more than 30 young Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees posed for the outrageous photograph. It is that one of their instructors — who taught a ...

Civil Rights

We Americans are strongly conscious of civil rights, though for much of our history, fundamental ones were denied to most citizens. As incredible as it may seem today, most states denied women the right to vote until 1920. In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment, providing for women’s ...

New Decade

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Half a Loaf

Legislators of both major parties delight in being able to hand out tax breaks. But priorities have to be set. For example, tax relief that can help create jobs ought to be high on lawmakers’ lists. Fiscal realities enter into the picture, too. A tax break approved last year by West ...

New Beginning

Many West Virginians, both Roman Catholics and others, remain outraged about former bishop Michael Bransfield. Virtually every new report concerning him reveals some new outrage. But Bransfield is history. It has been well over a year since he stepped down as bishop of the Roman Catholic ...

Flexibility?

Some school systems in West Virginia offer reasonably good education to students. Others leave much to be desired. Yet state Board of Education members are considering a plan to, in officials’ word, provide more “flexibility.” For what? More mediocrity? Public high school students in ...

Consequences?

More than a year after Alan Larrick resigned as West Virginia Lottery Commission director, it finally is official: Larrick broke the law by practicing law at the same time he was being paid as a state official. That was common knowledge in Charleston at the time, however. Larrick headed the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the legacy Dr. Samuel Kump “Sam” Roberts leaves this community as he ventures on a new journey. For those who grew up with Sam Roberts, they most likely remember a fierce competitor on the football field. But for the past 40-plus years, Dr. Roberts has been delivering babies and ...

In-home Aid

About 1,060 West Virginians entitled to state assistance with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities would like to receive that aid in their homes rather than institutions. Despite the fact that would save taxpayers’ money, those men, women and children have had to wait, some for ...

Transparency

Some West Virginia politicians are hoping you will fall for their claim that saving money for taxpayers is the reason they want to be less transparent about government. They would make it more difficult for Mountain State residents to learn of important matters ranging from coal mining near ...

The Meaning of Christmas

The following is from The Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made whenCyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...