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Editorials

Disturbing

West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus, with nearly 27,000 students, is a small city within the municipality where it is located. Officials in most cities with that many people would be delighted at crime rates as low as occur on the WVU campus. Still, two shootings on Friday and ...

No Crystal Ball

Wading through thousands of individual line items, wishing they had a crystal ball to predict state revenue for next year, and making difficult choices, West Virginia state senators have devised a budget for the coming year. Give them credit for both their hard work and their willingness to ...

Readiness

We can hope and pray that COVID-19 — otherwise known as “the coronavirus” — does not become a serious threat to the health of West Virginians. But if it does, we need to be ready. To their credit, Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials already have begun planning what to do if the ...

Leadership

Sometimes, real leadership in government requires stances that may not be popular with voters. Fifty-one members of the West Virginia House of Delegates did that Wednesday. They voted against a bill that would have changed the state requirement for annual safety inspections of motor vehicles. ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to both sides in the AHF Products contract negotiations for agreeing to continue to work together to find a solution. The union employees of the Beverly plant voted down the proposed contract by 93% on Sunday. Instead of having a picketing situation on Monday morning, however, both the ...

Vital Bill

One of the most important bills before the West Virginia Legislature this year very nearly fell through the cracks. Good for state senators for recognizing the peril and acting swiftly to keep the measure alive. It is Senate Bill 648 which, if enacted, would provide some dental care coverage ...

Disturbing

Discussion of a proposal to allow West Virginia public schools to offer elective courses on the Bible took a disturbing turn recently in the House of Delegates. It came when a Malco Cohen, a third-grader in Charleston, testified before the House Education Committee. “My little brother and I ...

Corruption

Reports on corrupt public officials are a regular part of life in West Virginia. Why on earth would we want to give them any breaks? We do, though. One effective watchdog against corruption is the state Ethics Commission. It has substantial power to investigate complaints against public ...

Transparency

Last week, Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Brennan and other officials of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston did something unprecedented. They released a detailed report on diocesan finances. Brennan said it was the first time such action had been taken. As most of us know from our own personal ...

Out of Order

On Feb. 12, The Inter-Mountain published an article about Charles Conway speaking before the Randolph County Board of Education regarding school sports. Conway stated there are a number of negative vibes in the community surrounding Elkins High School sports. Conway said this could be ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Elks Lodge No. 1135 of Elkins for giving back to the community. Four schools in Randolph County, including Harman School, George Ward Elementary School, Coalton Elementary School and Midland Elementary School received donations of school supplies. Each of the schools received 18 ...

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 ...