Editorials

Infrastructure: Tax increase is needed to fix roads, bridges

West Virginia’s roads and bridges are disintegrating. Take a drive of more than 10 minutes in any direction and you will see that. Meanwhile, many lawmakers are understandably reluctant to raise taxes because they and many of their constituents know there are too many in state government who ...

Police Week: Showing appreciation for their sacrifices

Monday may have been Peace Officers Memorial Day — on which law enforcement officers across the country gathered to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty; and recognize the service of all who wear the uniform — but the entire week is National Police Week. Tens of thousands of ...

Opioids: Congress must do more than investigate

West Virginians should be grateful members of Congress have finally gotten around to investigating the absurdly high numbers of prescription painkillers being shipped to the Mountain State. It is just a shame it has taken them so long. Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee also ...

Education: Tenured professors must be accountable

An Ohio proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty,” by folks like John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured professors safe from ...

Resources: Designation could help local drug fight

Officials with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy should have no problem granting the request of Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., to designate Wood County a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Last year, Wood ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To officials in Spencer, who are “looking to polish what we already have,” by developing a walking and biking trail system that may some day branch out to improvements at campgrounds and picnic shelters at Charles Fork Lake. “Nature is the draw here,” said director of Planning and ...

Details: House right to reject tax proposal

Give state Senate leaders and Gov. Jim Justice credit for attempting to make West Virginia’s tax system more attractive to potential new residents and businesses. But the proposal they devised is both too little and too much. It offers too little reduction in the state’s personal income ...

DeVos: Education secretary could fix problem

For an administration that was supposed to put an end to bureaucratic nonsense and return common sense to government, an example from the U.S. Department of Education last month shows things have gotten off to a confused start. According to a report from the Associated Press, dozens of ...

Enough: Greek system problems must be addressed

Year after year we see stories about horrific crimes committed on college campuses by members of organizations in the Greek system. And every year, school administrators, fraternity and sorority leadership and alumni feign shock that such behavior continues. This time, Penn State University is ...

A.S.C.E.N.T.: Officials should put added focus on project

When West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher spoke to the West Virginia Manufacturers Association’s Marcellus to Manufacturing Development Conference last week, he talked about the kinds of industries that have their toes in the water in the Mountain State — aerospace, automotive ...

Addiction: ‘Gray death’ shows horrors of drug plague

Perhaps it is a signal of the confidence drug pushers have in the constant supply of new customers upon which they can rely; but the steady stream of new, deadly substances they sell to willing users underlines the entirely irrational nature of drug addiction, and the degree to which some are ...

Wasteful: Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice brought lawmakers back to Charleston for a special session that started not with a bang, but with confusion and a lot of standing around. As state Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, put it “(Thursday) was a complete waste.” Amid complaints the governor was simply ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To improvements in Via Air service at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, which include only one flight out of 50 cancelled, and higher enplanement numbers. If the trend is a sign of future performance, the company should have no problem attracting more passengers, after a rough first ...

Get it Right: Ohio lawmakers must look at prison sentences

Ohio lawmakers should listen to Auditor Dave Yost, who has shared concerns about a plan that would divert 3,400 nonviolent, fifth-degree felons from state prisons and into county jails and treatment programs over two years. Yost acknowledges the plan would save the state money; and could ...

Budget: Lawmakers, Justice must work together

All right, everyone; let us try this again. West Virginia lawmakers have been called back to Charleston by Gov. Jim Justice for a special session to come up with a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Justice has called this session knowing full well he has not yet come to agreement ...

Driving Impaired: Planning ahead could save a life

West Virginia’s law enforcement officers and Department of Motor Vehicles are noticing what should be a positive trend: The number of drunk-driving fatalities in the state is dropping. Approximately 26 percent of highway fatalities in the Mountain State involve alcohol, which means, “It’s ...

Education: Online courses will require oversight

West Virginia students who have made it past elementary school soon may be able to get at least some of their educations without leaving the comfort of home. A new state law permits public school systems to offer “virtual schools” online, for students in 6th through 12th grades. They can ...

State Budget: Good luck to lawmakers seeking a way forward

Lawmakers will return to Charleston this week with two goals in mind: pass a state budget and do it quickly. No one wants to see a drawn-out special session like the one endured by Mountain State residents last year. What we want is a responsible budget, that stays within the state’s means, ...

Energy: Move to renewables is market-driven

For eight years, West Virginians and residents of other coal-producing states tried to weather the storm as former President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency ruthlessly targeted them in the attempt to artificially force the demise of the coal industry — and the affordable ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Williamstown Elementary School students Navaeh Hansen, Brody Bowyer and Parker Schramm, for their first place win at the State Social Studies Fair, in the Division 1, Sociology, Group category, for “The Day of the Dead.” And, thumbs up to Williamstown officials, who used an honor ...