Editorials

On the Ropes

West Virginia was forced to take nearly $18 million out of its Medicaid reserve fund in order to avoid ending its fiscal year on Sunday with a budget deficit. A $45 million special account for paying income tax refunds was also drained, and the Legislature had already cut $28 million from ...

Checks and Balances

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's detractors sometimes have accused him of being more interested in winning elections than doing the right thing, especially if that involves an unpleasant political fight.Any number of people, including leaders of West Virginia's two big teachers' unions, could tell the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Wood County Sheriff's Department for the arrest of three men suspected of receiving a shipment of bath salts. Chad Christopher True, 33, 17 Ash Circle, Davisville; Dwayne Mark Karr Jr., 23, 1901 Seventh Ave., Parkersburg, and Brian Duane Shann, 38, 1009 E. 12th St., Parkersburg, were ...

A Good Plan

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...

Independence Day

The grill is fired up and ready for the hamburgers and hot dogs. The fireworks are set and only await the evening sky to show off their colorful and eye-popping display. It's the biggest birthday party of the year and it is today: July 4 - Independence Day - the official birthday of the United ...

Safety First

Fireworks shows, especially on the Fourth of July, are a tradition loved by many Americans.But on too many occasions, those who decide to stage their own pyrotechnics displays hear not the "oohs" and "ahhs" common at professional shows - but screams of pain.Big, powerful skyrockets and ...

Distracted Drivers

Beginning this week, you'd better buckle up and hang up while you're driving in West Virginia. Two long-needed measures became law on Monday.One allows law enforcement officers to pull motorists over for using cell phones without hands-free devices. First offenders can be fined ...

Variation

Taxpayer-funded programs to help the unemployed find new jobs traditionally have been among the most inefficient, corrupt initiatives in government - and that is saying a lot.While no one is talking about corruption in Ohio worker training programs, Gov. John Kasich and legislators should be ...

Safeguards

Government officials' reactions to revelations the privacy of millions of Americans has been invaded would be laughable were the situation not so serious.Among questionable activities engaged in by the National Security Agency has been secretly seizing telephone records of millions of Americans ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg High School graduate and Ohio State University swimmer Tim Phillips for placing third in the champion heat of the 50 meter butterfly at the National Championships and World Championships Trials.UP: To West Virginia seeing a drop in unemployment rates in May, the most recent ...

‘War on Coal’

President Barack Obama is intelligent enough to understand what his declaration of war on the coal industry will mean to tens of millions of Americans. For them, climate change will be among the least of their worries.Obama actually has been waging war on coal for much of his term in office. ...

Slow Track

U.S. government neglect of trade concerns and, in some cases, outright harm through the regulatory process, already have destroyed much of the manufacturing base that once made the Ohio Valley prosperous.So when President Barack Obama seeks authority to pursue international trade agreements he ...

Fanaticism

From time to time we are chastised by those upset at our use of the term "radical environmentalists." That is too harsh, the critics insist.No, it is not, as Rep. David McKinley was reminded the other day.During a congressional hearing on exporting coal and natural gas, Seattle, Wash., Mayor ...

Bloated

Liberals insist President Barack Obama's "stimulus" program has worked to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums. Yet when it is suggested social programs expanded-allegedly temporarily-to help victims of the recession can be pared back, they resist.An attempt was made last week to reduce ...

Reaching Out

Tim Miley, elected Tuesday as the new speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has been saying all the right things during the past couple of weeks. He pledges to handle the office in a bipartisan manner and to focus on education, jobs and infrastructure.Now comes the hard part, as ...

Common Core

High school geometry students ought to be able to determine the area of a triangle. Those in U.S. history should know liberties safeguarded in the Bill of Rights. And Shakespeare should not be absent from English literature class.No reasonable person would argue against those and other obvious ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To all of the celebrations commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday this past Thursday. The concerts and lectures were both fun and enlightening. A special salute needs to go to Oil and Gas director Dave McKain for his columns published in the newspaper the past several months detailing ...

Good Move

It would have been difficult for Bob Kiss to find a worse time to get back in state government, at least from his own personal standpoint. But his fellow West Virginians should be delighted Kiss is returning.Kiss will be heading the state Department of Revenue, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced ...

West Virginia

It is ironic that West Virginia became a state - 150 years ago today - at a time when the rest of the United States was tearing itself apart in a bloody civil war.Long ignored by the rich, slaveholding landowners of antebellum Virginia who controlled the state's General Assembly, influential ...

Death Sentence

Rabies is a terrible disease-a death sentence for beloved pets even if treatments for human beings have improved greatly.Humans bitten by rabid animals can be saved, much less painfully than in the past-though that is no guarantee in many countries. Worldwide, about 55,000 people a year are ...