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Editorials

Regulation

Regulation of toxic chemicals ought to be handled by the federal government, which has the resources and expertise to handle the job better than any state. Still, it is understandable that a group of West Virginia legislators is proposing a state government initiative on one class of chemicals ...

Not Junk Mail

Unfortunately, the volume of political junk mail we receive these days sometimes makes it difficult to notice when something important from government arrives in our mailboxes. So keep your eyes open for something from West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner. About 75,000 households ...

Shameful

Little Raylee JoLynn Browning’s pain-filled life ended the day after Christmas last year. She was just 8 years old when she went into cardiac arrest, probably before she was taken to a hospital. A medical examiner’s report blamed an infection for her death. Authorities had known for some ...

Addiction

Finding answers to our substance abuse crisis has become a priority for West Virginians. It is critical that the answers we put forth are the right ones. Enormous resources are being poured into the battle. Just last week, it was revealed the state will be receiving $38 million more in ...

Too Relaxed?

Regardless of your political leanings, if you are a reasonably thoughtful, educated person it must be clear to you that many voters are not. They lack understanding of our nation and our world, both now and in the past. It makes no sense at all, then, for state officials to relax requirements ...

Census

Most West Virginians are familiar with the warning about not cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. We draw that advice to the attention of those who show dislike and distrust of government by not participating in the Census. It means that we should avoid actions intended to harm ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to two students at West Virginia Wesleyan College who will spend part of summer 2020 immersing themselves in an educational experience outside the United States. Freshman Madisyn Fox from Caldwell and junior Christopher Neil from Kenna were announced as the college’s newest Benjamin ...

Good Investment

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

Transportation

Especially in areas such as West Virginia, it can be difficult for military veterans to find transportation to veterans’ centers and Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and five other senators want to make it easier for them. A bill ...

Investigation

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Unstable

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last week. His ...

Keep it Rolling

State officials were justified in being delighted with the results of a bond sale that netted nearly $750 million for highways and bridges in West Virginia. But can we keep the ball rolling? Not without addressing serious, unresolved issues. In October 2017, Mountain State voters approved ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the Tygart Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for lending a helping hand to families and local food pantries this holiday season. To date, the program has donated 113,159 turkeys. That’s a lot of turkeys. Applause to the more than 60 firefighters that ...

Stigma

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Rape Kits

For many years, victims of sexual assault in both West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — was sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Allegation

A man’s allegation that he was sexually molested as a child by former Roman Catholic bishop Michael Bransfield needs to be investigated again, by both church and law enforcement authorities. Bransfield, who headed the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for 13 years, dismisses the story as ...

Lawsuit

The family of another military veteran who died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg has filed a lawsuit against the federal agency. It adds to the list of disturbing questions about the facility — none of which has been addressed satisfactorily. As many as 11 veterans who ...

Wrongdoings

For months, Roman Catholics — and yes, those of other faiths — have been waiting to see how the church would deal with former bishop Michael Bransfield. When the answer came on Tuesday, it was not satisfactory, in the minds of some, perhaps most. During his 13 years as head of the ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to the many local volunteers who provided holiday meals for the needy this week. Volunteers from Summit Church helped provide the monthly Feed the City event, hosted in the Railyard Restaurant, as this week’s menu was Thanksgiving themed. A free Thanksgiving dinner was served ...

Dilemma

In October 2016, Ryan Hubbs, of Paris, Ohio, robbed a woman in Lewis County, West Virginia, and took her car. He fled north on Interstate 79 and, in Marion County, caused an accident that killed two people. He pleaded guilty to robbery in Lewis County and was sentenced to 10-18 years in ...