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Editorials

Rare Earth

Mention gadolinium, ytterbium and praseodymium to a friend and the reaction is likely to be, “Huh?” Yet the substances and 14 others also classed as rare-earth minerals are important. They are used in a variety of manufacturing, including cellphones and television sets. Until the 1980s, a ...

Tough Problem

West Virginians have a tradition of finding solutions to tough problems. One reported last week will be a tough nut to crack, however. Still, we have to do something — because this one involves our children. Due in large measure to the drug abuse crisis, our state’s foster home network is ...

Natural Gas

Putting all of one’s eggs in a single basket usually is a bad idea. Yet we Americans have done just that with a vital industry. For decades, the Gulf Coast has been the focal point of our nation’s petrochemical industry. Because much of the oil and natural gas produced in the United ...

New Data

Even proponents of widespread access to abortions say they hope the practice is rare. Those who believe abortion is immoral would like to see it go away entirely. From either point of view, a recent study on abortions in West Virginia is good news, then. A study by The Guttmacher Institute, ...

Too Trusting?

Perhaps West Virginia State Police officials should reflect that what the Legislature has granted, the Legislature can take away. Most state agencies are required to comply with Purchasing Division guidelines when they buy goods or services on their own. The rules are meant both to ...

Much to Do

State officials are right to be pleased with improvements in West Virginia’s economy during the past few years. Unemployment, at a statewide average of 4.6% has not been lower in some time. But putting the number in context reveals that this is a situation in which the grass really is ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Mike Ross and family for making a million dollar contribution in support of the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign and the Brick Health Outreach Fund in the WVU School of Medicine. A portion of the new gift will be used to name the family waiting area ...

Retention

Getting high school graduates to colleges and universities may be the easy part. Keeping them there can be even more difficult. Each year, a substantial number of young people who entered as freshmen fail to return as sophomores. West Virginia University has been using a focused retention ...

Strong Link

Easy access to prescriptions for opioid painkillers put many people on the path to addiction. That is known. But, thanks to drastic reductions in marketing of painkillers, they no longer are the major factor they were at one time, say some analysts. Not so fast. There may be some truth to ...

Questions

Support for the family and fellow students of Alex Miller, the young player who died during a Sept. 13 football game in Spencer, West Virginia, has been heartwarming. People from communities throughout our state and Ohio have gone far out of their way to support his family and friends at Roane ...

Who Knew? Questions must be answered

The more West Virginia’s Roman Catholics hear about disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield’s moral failings, the more some may ask, “How could this happen?” More important: Who allowed it to occur? It is a concern people of all faiths should share. Reminders of Bransfield’s ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to Corridor H funding being considered by the Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that $13.2 million may be appropriated by the federal government toward the completion of the Corridor H highway. Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., are both on the Senate ...

Reacting to tragedy

Teens raise funds in response to deathTragedy often brings out the very best in the people of our region. So it has been with the death of a young West Virginian, Roane County High School football player Alex Miller. Miller collapsed and died during a break between the first and second ...

Corridor H

Nearly two-thirds of a century after federal authorities authorized development of a major new highway system for our area of the nation, it remains uncompleted. Today, a U.S. Senate committee will vote on a measure that could finish much of the remaining segment of an interstate-highway ...

Second Chances

Since 1993, more than 4,000 teenagers at risk of not graduating from high school in West Virginia have gotten second chances through the Mountaineer Challenge Academy. State legislators agreed earlier this year to expand the program — but there are two obstacles to that. One is money. ...

Good Move

Quick: How many justices serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals? Are magistrates required to have law degrees? Does it matter whether a candidate for a circuit court judgeship is a Democrat or Republican? Many Mountain State residents are ignorant of how the court system ...

Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone throughout our region who took part in ceremonies Wednesday marking the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Mayor Van Broughton asked first responders, veterans and members of the community to gather around the flagpole at Elkins City Hall at noon Wednesday. At Davis ...

Waste

Here in West Virginia, corruption and waste by public officials have been so pervasive for so many years that one might have thought no one would have to be told to watch spending of federal disaster relief money carefully. But federal officials indeed did have to do that. Federal Emergency ...

Responsibility

West Virginia is among states and local governments that have filed lawsuits against health care giant Purdue Pharma, over its distribution of opioid pain pills that helped fuel the devastating drug abuse crisis. More than 2,000 separate actions, consolidated into one case under a federal ...

Sept. 11, 2001

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...