Editorials

Healthcare: Hospitals facing their own struggles

Discussions about healthcare, Obamacare and “repeal and replace,” often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges; and a ...

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UP: To the effort on the part of some school systems across the country to stop shaming kids over their parents’ meal debt. Rather than a stamp on the hand or giving a child a different kind of lunch for all the other kids to see (one school district in New Mexico was known for handing out ...

Consolidate: Nicholas County BOE knows what it’s doing

More than a year ago, devastating floods damaged Richwood Middle and High schools in Nicholas County badly enough that they had to be closed. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would cost more to fix them than to replace them. Summersville Middle School was also in pretty ...

EPA Rules: Clean Water Act should be evaluated

Even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules. As was so often the case with Obama-era regulations, the water rules were an attempt to ...

Shopping: Shop Small in July can inspire opportunities

Small Business Saturday comes along once a year and gives already spend-happy shoppers a reminder to check out their small, local establishments, during their holiday shopping frenzy. But the Shop Small in July campaign is a little different — the joint effort between the West Virginia Small ...

Independence Day: Never forget how our nation got here

John Adams had it just about right, 241 years ago, when he envisioned the celebration of our nation’s independence from Great Britain as a day “that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by ...

Safety: Use caution during celebration

Tomorrow is an incredibly important holiday for our country; and one that is celebrated with parades and fireworks, but also backyard BBQs and pool parties. It is a celebration of our nation, and we often celebrate the joy of our freedom with friends and families gathered for a big summer ...

Momentum: Raleigh County drug bust is a good start

Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian was likely thrilled to be able to announce last week the more than 20 arrests he says are just the beginning in what Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Meter, who was also part of the investigation, called “the most significant drug investigation and ...

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UP: To the new basketball and pickleball courts at Parkersburg’s City Park, and to the charitable organization that donated such a large portion of the funding. It is wonderful to see residents — particularly young people — so excited about a new opportunity to play outdoors. Mayor Tom ...

Accountability: Millions paid to ECOT can aid other schools

Online schools can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms — or whose guardians find the options available in brick-and-mortar public schools lacking. But one thing they do not ...

Children: Everyone has role in turning tide of violence

Case Western Reserve University researchers have uncovered a startling statistic in their research on domestic violence in Ohio — one in four Buckeye State children will experience domestic violence before reaching adulthood. Worse, only about half of those children receive any kind of ...

Capito: Protesters unlikely to sway senator

U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., was the focus of national attention as she considered her vote on — and efforts to improve — the Senate’s version of a proposed healthcare overhaul. All that attention did nothing to change Capito’s focus, but it says a lot about the folks who were ...

Medicaid: Ohio lawmakers right to curb enrollment

When 32 Ohio state senators voted on a budget bill last week, it is unlikely they had any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. Money does not grow on trees, though, no matter what you hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and liberals in ...

Bad Sign: Lack of enthusiasm raises concerns

When an event has carried on for 33 years, bringing well over half a million dollars to worthy local organizations, one would expect it would draw a great deal of enthusiasm and interest from those same local organizations and from volunteers looking for a way to do something good for their ...

Drug Deaths: Same mistakes are still being made

Somehow, the sense of urgency and vigilance that should by now have made its way into the medical community when it comes to the substance abuse epidemic still has not arrived for some who have the ability to dole out opioid pain medication. Instead, the mistakes that some believe may have ...

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UP: To the groups that participated in the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Day of Action Wednesday, volunteering to help local organizations and schools with special projections. “It is simply inspiring to see so many people willing to invest in our community by sharing their ...

Obamacare: Congress must take action

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are ready to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill had been kept well under wraps, but efforts have been made for it to be a better version than that approved by ...

Nonsense: Justice has chance to do more than showboat

Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made ...

Drug Bust: Law enforcement dedication appreciated

Ravenswood Police Chief L.B Morrison said he believes his department has “one of the best criminal interdiction teams in the state of West Virginia,” and he may not be far from right, as the department was instrumental in the arrest of a man who was transporting two kilograms of heroin ...

West Virginia Day: Mountaineers must always look forward

She has been “Open for Business,” she has been “Almost Heaven,” and today, she is “Wild and Wonderful,” according to the signs posted at her borders. But one thing that has not changed for 154 years in West Virginia is “Montani Semper Liberi” — Mountaineers are always free. ...