Editorials

Artists: Visiting officials can see what W.Va. offers

Several months ago, a couple of Kentucky lawmakers suggested the Appalachian Regional Commission move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to a location in the region it serves. It was a good idea — bureaucrats need to get outside the swamp once in a while to best serve taxpayers in the ...

PEIA: Officials should not misrepresent challenge

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

Good Intentions: Ohio State correct to start over with program

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why the university was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Checkups: Schedule students for health exams

Beginning with this past school year, West Virginia public schools required new students entering pre-K or kindergarten, and students entering 2nd and 7th grades to show proof of a dental examination and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examination before entering school. This is in addition to ...

Standards: Ohio regulations will help end puppy mills

Ohio lawmakers are to be applauded for their passage of a bill that significantly “strengthens the standard of care for breeding dogs,” according to the Humane Society of the United States. In fact, the Humane Society was so satisfied with the language of the bill that it put an end to its ...

China: Remain optimistic for energy deal

When West Virginians were told last year of a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese that could mean an enormous investment in our state, there was great excitement. China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to invest $83.7 billion in the Mountain State, with money ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the one-mile torch run in Marietta Wednesday, in preparation for today’s Special Olympics Ohio events. Though the local team was running with heavy hearts after the passing of team member Christie McClain, 42, of Barlow, they ran on with the aid of local law enforcement. Best of luck ...

Biases: WalletHub ranking ignores reality

A report released by a personal finance website calls West Virginia the least eco-friendly state in the country. In fact, WalletHub says the bottom five also include Alabama, North Dakota, Kentucky and Louisiana. Notice anything? Being “green” costs a lot of green, if you do it in the most ...

Spending: Recission bill will free up funding

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

W.Va. Day: Celebrate our state’s history

When the Terre Haute Express advised, on an 1851 editorial page “Go west young man, and grow up with the country,” the author was encouraging adventurous young people to follow their destinies, even to the Pacific Ocean. More than a century earlier, the kinds of folks who were making their ...

Jobs: Current imbalance cannot be sustained

Noble County, Ohio, presents a perfect example of the complexity of the unemployment challenges faced by our communities. It ranks third in the state in unemployment — at 6.4 percent in April — yet is experiencing a labor shortage. “The McDonald’s sometimes doesn’t open mornings ...

Verification: North Korea has made these promises before

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un appeared to establish some level of trust with each other during their meeting last week in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened Tuesday ...

Tourism: West Virginia feeling sense of renewal

This week, the Mountain State will celebrate its 155th birthday. It is a milestone, of course, but the walkup to this year’s celebrations feels a little different. There is a buzz in the air. West Virginia is making national news as the backdrop for the newest entry in a wildly popular video ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the grand reopening of the Salvation Army of Parkersburg’s Red Shield Shelter this week, though there is still work to be done. “We’re not quite ready for families and the expansion for the women’s rooms is soon to begin,” said Maj. Matt Riley. The work so far has increased bed ...

Smoke Alarms: Community outreach deserves praise

Local first responders have a long wish list of things they would like to get done to serve the community in the manner they would like. Sometimes, to get those things accomplished on the scale they seek, they get the help of community groups also aiming to serve. On Saturday, Trinity ...

Voter Rolls: Supreme Court made correct decision

Ohioans and West Virginians concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

Pressure: Pruitt’s EPA must release PFAS report

Proving once again it has far more interest in self-preservation than in the health of the environment or the humans living in it, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is feeling the wrath of a group of U.S. Senators this week who signed a letter demanding release of a federal study on the ...

Prisons: Nursing shortage must be addressed

Ohio’s prison system is facing personnel concerns not unlike those in West Virginia. Employees filling the three shifts in the Buckeye State’s 27 prisons racked up $61.7 million in overtime last year alone. Inmate transfers, illnesses, vacations and of course staff shortages have meant that ...

Patience: North Korean talks are a marathon

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump’s administration is doomed to disappoint them tomorrow. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which ...

Surplus: Lawmakers should not celebrate too quickly

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was probably as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...