Editorials

Omnibus: Separate bills would make better legislation

“Omnibus” legislation covering scores of matters related to an overall goal is not uncommon at either the state or national levels. So the catch-all education bill moving through the West Virginia Senate is not necessarily objectionable because it contains so many different ...

Parenting: Monitor your kids’ social media usage

Parents of today’s kids are sometimes accused of being overprotective. Children are not booted outside at the start of a day without school (sunshine or snow) and told to come home when it gets dark. Adults hover over them in parks and playgrounds. It is rare for a youngster to get sent to ...

Home Rule: It’s time to make pilot program permanent

More than ten years probably is long enough to decide whether most things work. Yet for 34 municipalities, one of the most important laws on the books in West Virginia remains a pilot program. Legislators are on their way to changing that. A bill doing so may be approved by the state Senate ...

Sports Betting: West Virginia should take a bigger piece of the action

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a multi-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week it is too early to say with certainty how much state ...

Treatment: Substance abuse helpline an invaluable tool

A few years ago, just as many West Virginians were becoming aware of the substance abuse epidemic that was tightening its grip on the state, First Choice Services in Charleston partnered with the state Department of Health and Human Resources to develop the West Virginia Substance Abuse and ...

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UP: To Parkersburg City Council’s willingness to explore options for tackling the problem of vacant, dilapidated buildings in the city. It is too soon to tell whether an idea to sell houses for as little as $1 to occupants who have the resources to fix them up is a good one, but it is worth ...

Veterans: Enact Military Service Members Court

State legislators ought to make it plain that West Virginians consider the debt we owe to veterans of military service a greater priority than ensuring justices of our Supreme Court have expensive couches and fancy offices. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has introduced a bill to establish a ...

Manchin: Compromise needed to reopen government

Cracks have appeared in the wall Democrat Party leaders have erected against any compromise that could end the partial shutdown of federal government. It should come as no surprise that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is a leader in trying to restore rationality to the process. During the ...

Videos: Longer D.C. video may offer new perspective

Well, they got us. The folks who spread a very short and narrowly framed video of an incident last week in Washington, D.C. — perhaps hoping the ends justified the means — got the reaction for which they were hoping ... for a little while anyway. Now, as more information and a wider ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Hate incident shows how much work remains

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Today we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and events last week show the need to reflect on his mission and ministry is as great as ever. A group of teenagers from ...

W.Va. 2: Legislators must keep hands off funding

Gov. Jim Justice’s suggestion that some funds earmarked for “Roads to Prosperity” highway and bridge projects could be diverted to handle secondary road maintenance already has received some criticism. Mountain State voters who approved the $1.6 billion Roads to Prosperity bond issue ...

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UP: To Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, for introduction of a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to continuously drive in the left lane of a multi-lane roadway, impeding the flow of other traffic. In other words, perhaps lawmakers are able to finally help law enforcement officers do ...

Education: Legislation shows an investment in future

A well-educated, properly trained (and drug-free) workforce is among the most important factors an employer seeks when considering moving to a new location. West Virginia has a lot of work to do before it can make an assurance to new companies that such will be available should they make the ...

Compromise: Government shutdown must end

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Fraud Unit: Transfer department and save taxpayer money

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey may have the right idea in asking lawmakers to transfer jurisdiction of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office. Right now, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources oversees the unit. Morrisey argues his office can do a ...

Marijuana: Agency flexibility needed for finances

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Impeachment: U.S. Supreme Court must settle West Virginia issue

Most West Virginians probably would like to put last year’s state Supreme Court impeachment crisis behind us. But the episode left behind what could be a serious question in the future. In brief — as you may recall, the high court fiasco was exceedingly complex — the question stems from ...

Homeless: City officials took proper steps in cleanup

Last week, Parkersburg and Wood County officials removed approximately 70 tons of waste and debris from an area most people never see — a former homeless camp along the Little Kanawha River. “It was unsightly from Route 50. It was unsightly from Fifth Street,” said Parkersburg Mayor Tom ...

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UP: To both Contour Airlines and the Wood County Airport Authority for having written into their contract language that says if the airline does not maintain a 95 percent completion rate, the airport authority can terminate the agreement, with notice. Clearly both entities understand how ...

Bureaucracy: Privatization may be key for West Virginia hospitals

King Bureaucracy has crippled West Virginia for generations, but an awareness is growing of its harm to the state’s ability to truly serve its residents. The most recent example comes from the seven state-run hospitals studied by the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, which presented ...