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Editorials

Bureaucracy

Only in West Virginia do we add layers of bureaucracy and call it streamlining. That’s just what is happening at the Department of Health and Human Resources, where its Bureau for Children and Families this month split into a Bureau for Social Services and a Bureau for Family Assistance and ...

Bad Decision

Leave and don’t come back! Is that really the message the U.S. General Service Administration just sent to the Mountain State Forest Festival, community leaders of Randolph County and the former Queen Silvias of the festival, who have come to Elkins from all over the state of West Virginia? ...

Job Market

Kids these days, right? Lazy, ungrateful, good-for-nothing, so on and so on … right? Maybe not, as U.S. employers are discovering the population willing to step in and take the jobs others are unwilling to do is a bit younger than they are used to. Analysts suggest part of the reason for ...

Reading

West Virginians don’t always think about all the people and organizations quietly working behind the scene to make a difference to improve our lives. An announcement this week from the state Department of Education reminds us those folks are everywhere. Because of a partnership with the ...

Workshop

Mountain State lawmakers are turning their attention to a problem that has plagued the state’s residents for generations, with the number of those it affects only increasing. Food insecurity affects one in seven West Virginians — one in five children. That means that for 20 percent of ...

Reclamation

Lawmakers had coal on their minds during the interim meetings. Not only did they form work groups to tackle the revitalization of struggling coal communities, they also agreed to establish a Joint Committee on Mine Reclamation. While one might wonder how it is possible such a thing did not ...