Editorials

Go Forward

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Crisis

Clearly, we in West Virginia need a referee — nine of them, actually. We have a genuine constitutional crisis here. It is beyond the power of anyone within our borders to resolve it. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling regarding the impeachment of Justice Margaret Workman ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the progress being made on the downtown Elkins Town Square amphitheater project. The Randolph County Development Authority board unanimously approved a bid for the project Wednesday. Officials plan to break ground next week, with the ceremony set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 19. Applause to ...

Great Job

At Wednesday's Elkins City Council meeting, both Mayor Van Broughton and Police Chief Glenn Galloway mentioned that this year's Mountain State Forest Festival "ran very smoothly." Maybe the biggest reason for this was the leadership of 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Rich ...

Revenue

It is possible — just possible — that Gov. Jim Justice’s forecast of a $300 million surplus in West Virginia’s general revenue budget this year may be low. Mountain State residents and legislators have learned to be leery of rosy fiscal forecasts, of course. Making long-term ...

E-Cigarettes

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. The FDA conducted a massive sting ...

PEIA ‘fix’

“Fix the PEIA,” demanded thousands of West Virginia public school employees who stayed off work for nearly two weeks earlier this year. Well, it seems the Public Employees Insurance Agency indeed is “fixed” — for now. Tens of thousands of active and retired public employees and ...

Too Much Paper

West Virginia has become more attractive as an economic development destination during the past couple of years. Tax reform at both the state and federal levels has helped. So has regulatory reform, with legislators slicing away at state mandates that are unnecessarily burdensome for businesses ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the hundreds of volunteers who have donated so much time and effort to present the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival this week in downtown Elkins. The events and activities have all run smoothly and thousands of people have enjoyed themselves at West Virginia’s oldest festival ...

Under Pressure

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Fed Up

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state Senate ...

Moving the Target

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted that ...

Impeachment

Legislators began writing a new chapter for West Virginia history books Monday morning. State senators opened proceedings in an impeachment trial involving state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker. Later this fall, two other sitting justices and one who resigned after being impeached will ...

Nonsense

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all last week. They ...

Higher Ed

Perhaps the agency overseeing most four-year public colleges and universities in West Virginia should be replaced. Quite a few people involved in higher education believe that something better than the current Higher Education Policy Commission can be devised. But HEPC officials are on the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club and all their contributors for moving foward with their project of constructing an amphitheater stage at the Elkins Town Square. Hoy Ferguson, amphitheater project chairman, said this week the project is close to reaching its fundraising goal, and will be ...

Epidemic

For years, West Virginians have been making slow but steady progress in making life better for our children. Infant mortality is down. The percentage of children living in poverty has been reduced. More are completing high school. Then, along came the drug abuse epidemic. Child abuse and ...

Elections

We are living in the era of the long-shot in politics. No matter how absurd the claim or the strategy, some in office or seeking to be elected seem to think it is worth a try. Fortunately, a panel of judges sitting as the West Virginia Supreme Court saw through it all on Monday. They ...

‘Absurd’

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is right to be upset about other officials depriving him of his day in court. Taxpayers should be concerned, too, about what taking the easy way out of lawsuits is costing us. When Warner took office, he replaced 16 employees in his department. ...

Top Priority

Contrary to what some of our fellow Americans may think, West Virginians’ top priority regarding the coal industry is not ensuring as many miners as possible are working. It is keeping them safe. Our state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training may be able to do a better job of ...