Editorials

Football: Enjoy the game, but do not ruin the fun

It’s back! That wonderful time of year when the sound of marching bands warming up, cheerleaders shouting and clapping and popcorn makers firing up at the concession stands signal our local high school football teams are about to return to their fields under the Friday (or Saturday) night ...

Sexual Abuse: Remaining silent does more harm than good

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Sovereign Immunity: Escaping punishment should not be an option

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

State Parks: Revitalization plan is good for economy

West Virginia is full of natural treasures. Many of them are on display in our state parks and forests. That is why it is good to hear Gov. Jim Justice announce the sale of up to $80 million in excess lottery revenue bonds to pay for repairs, maintenance, and improvements in those ...

Safety: Airport security must be beefed up

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. Though we all still roll our eyes and groan at the thought of removing our shoes and emptying every last metal object into the bin, in general, ...

Procedure: Impeachment trials must be fair, impartial

State senators will tomorrow decide the rules for the process under which West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker will be tried, based on the articles of impeachment approved by the House of Delegates last week. Former Justices Menis ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the thousands of men and women lined up to participate in this morning’s News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Good luck to all the runners and walkers — and thank you, to the spectators who line the course, keeping spirits up from first to last. Another thumbs up goes to organizers of ...

Due Process: Davis’ political stunt ignores accountability

In choosing to step down from her position as a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Monday, Robin Jean Davis robbed herself of the due process of law she claimed has been missing from the legislative proceedings that led to her impeachment for a range of concerns — perhaps ...

‘Fake News’: Trump’s attacks on journalism are harmful

Donald Trump began very early in his presidency to hit the accelerator on use of the term “fake news” in what, at the time, seemed a battle with major national media outlets. He has not let up; and the ripple effects go far beyond the organizations at which the president might initially ...

School Bus Safety: Drivers must watch out for kids, buses

Another school year has arrived. After what seemed like a too-short summer, kids are getting back into new routines, trying to remember all the rules, how to get to their lockers ... all kinds of things that will be old hat by next week. School bus safety rules will be part of that new routine, ...

School Safety: Professionals keep our students safe

Vienna residents already know what an asset they have in Vienna Police Officer Adam Jones’s service as the prevention resource officer at Jackson Middle School. They know he is more than deserving of the accolades and awards such as the “Adam-12 5 Gold Star Award” he received last week ...

Racism: Warren paints system with too large a brush

If you follow the definition that bigot is “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits it to a T. Warren still hopes one day to be president of the United States. She was in top form recently during a speech to a ...

Projections: Too early to celebrate revenue growth

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To local teachers, who are busily preparing for next week’s start of the school year by attending their own training sessions. Among the topics covered in training were state testing requirements, dual credit courses for high school students, legal issues and responsibilies, technology ...

The Wall: D.C. bureaucracy wasting our tax money

Given the waste of time and money evident in the federal government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. It is difficult to avoid skepticism upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the U.S. government ...

‘Personalized’: Justices’ lavish spending a betrayal of public trust

Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, made an important point after members of the House Judiciary Committee toured the offices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Monday. In those offices, committee members saw the results of the court having spent $1.5 million on renovations and ...

Surprises: Reporting uncovers crisis hotline problems

Give Washington County Behavioral Health Board executive director David Browne credit, he didn’t know what he didn’t know, but now that he has been made aware, he intends to do something about it. Last week, a local reporter responded to suggestions from members of the community — ...

Space Force: New bureaucracy is not a good idea

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Food Woes: Political jabs will not solve problems

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

Diversity: Coal report shows need for greater change

Coal is an important part of West Virginia’s economy — still. But a study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics shows it is not as big a part as it once was, and will likely never rebound to levels seen during its ...