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Editorials

Mandate

West Virginia’s education establishment should not have to be told how to deal with sleazy characters who prey on children. Recent history indicates legislators may have to leave state school officials no choice but to do the right thing, however. Late last year, it was learned our state ...

Bad Numbers

We have known for decades that tobacco use can lead to all sorts of health risks, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease. Yet more than one-fourth of adult West Virginians still smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest percentage in the ...

Shake Up

Some degree of continuity is needed in public school supervision at the state level in West Virginia. But at the same time, things need to be shaken up. A look at measures of school quality, some adopted by state officials, makes that clear. Perhaps the most important job in the state’s ...

Secrecy

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication ...

Cyber War

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Protection

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Flu Season

Yes, we know: We have hammered repeatedly on the importance of getting a flu shot to protect not just yourself but also those you come in contact with against influenza. Why, then, have we written another one? Because a child in West Virginia died of influenza last week. Reportedly, the ...

Ideologies

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Diversify

We West Virginians love our coal miners. We took the eight-year war on coal by former President Barack Obama personally. Long after many of our fellow Americans decided it was all right to “put a lot of miners and coal companies out of business,” we kept fighting for them. At the same ...

Tough Job

It is unfortunate that West Virginia state school Superintendent Steve Paine is retiring under the circumstances he outlined in a surprise announcement last week. Paine explained he is leaving because “a member of my family is facing a health crisis and I want to be fully present for my ...

Compromise

Regarding an important bill in the West Virginia Legislature, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers deserve plaudits for making their branch of government work as the nation’s founders intended. That is to say, without partisanship being the key to how issues are decided. A measure that ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Commission approving funding this week for this year’s Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs event. Commissioners unanimously voted to award HOFNOD $4,500 in funding from the county hotel/motel tax in addition to the $500 previously given to the organization from the ...

Betrayal

Educators who betray the trust placed in them by victimizing children sexually should never be employed again in schools — anywhere. One might think that would go without saying, but it does not. Too often, school employees convicted of sex-related crimes involving children find jobs in ...

Safeguards

Children are the top priority in the minds of many West Virginians. Some legislators wonder whether they are a high enough priority in state government, however. During a press conference Monday in Charleston, a bipartisan group of lawmakers suggested state government needs to do more to ...

Corruption

Surely West Virginians understand by now that firm, consistent enforcement of ethics rules for public officials is required in our state. Our long, sordid recent history of corruption makes that clear. Yet enforcement of the rules has not been consistent. Take the case of former state lottery ...

School Calendar

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted this week to continue giving county boards of education flexibility on when to open and close schools each year. A bill that would have mandated most schools open no earlier than Sept. 1 and close no later than June 7 was defeated — but ...

Something to Hide?

Once again, some legislators are trying to reduce West Virginians’ access to information about government, business activities that affect us and even matters that could affect our personal finances. Why? State law requires publication in newspapers of legal notices regarding certain ...

Nightmare’s End?

It may be that an end is coming to part of the saga of military veterans dying under suspicious circumstances at the government hospital in Clarksburg. Good. Justice needs to be done in the case. But once that occurs, a more important — in the long term — process needs to begin. Though ...

Overcrowded

West Virginia legislators are being urged to reconsider laws regarding multiple criminal justice issues, in the interests of fairness — and reducing the state’s jail and prison population. That factor does need to be addressed. In large measure because of the drug abuse epidemic, the ...

Social Studies

Let us hope social studies curriculum does not become the third rail of education reform in West Virginia. There are clear needs for improvement. It would not be surprising if state school officials decide to back away from changes in requirements for high school social studies classes. ...