Editorials

Education: Give teachers more flexibility in classroom

One reason private charter schools appeal to some education reformers is they are burdened with less bureaucratic red tape than public schools. A few charters may be coming to West Virginia, as a result of a bill enacted earlier this summer by the Legislature. Charters can act as pilot ...

Health Care: WVU pilot program may help rural residents

Many Americans living in urban or fast-growing suburban areas don’t even think about access to health care. It is just around the corner, figuratively and sometimes literally speaking. West Virginia is different. In most of our rural state, help from a doctor or nurse can mean driving for an ...

Challenge: State troopers set high bar to find the best

For 100 years, West Virginia state troopers have served and protected us, despite facing daily hazards difficult for most of us to understand. Certainly their job has not gotten any easier in recent years. But rather than seeing that kind of stress and risk as a deterrent, officials are likely ...

Jamboree: Welcome Boy Scouts from around the world

First impressions are lasting ones. Beginning last week and ending Friday, West Virginia is making a first impression upon tens of thousands of visitors. They are the 45,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders in our state for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. It is being held at the 14,000-acre Summit ...

Power Boost: Aid for Pleasants plant best solution for now

By substantial majorities, both the state Senate and House of Delegates approved exempting the Pleasants Power Station from about $12 million a year in state business and occupation taxes. Other power plants do not pay that tax. Pleasants, because of its “merchant plant” status, was ...

Economy: Ethane cracker supports wariness of promise

It seems as though the dream of an ethane cracker facility on the former SABIC plant on W.Va. 892 — at least as far as Braskem is concerned — is dead. Members of the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development were told last week the company has put the property to which so many Mid-Ohio ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To lawmakers’ effort to extend the life of the coal-fired Pleasants Power Station past its 2022 closing date by giving it an exemption on state business and occupation taxes. However, Pleasants County officials and the folks at FirstEnergy Solutions should be careful not to simply kick ...

Night Out: Event brings kids, law enforcement together

Many children grow up understanding the law enforcement officers in their community are there to serve and protect them. Officers are on THEIR side — their friends. But for some kids it take a little more to communicate that relationship, and events such as the upcoming National Night Out ...

Pill Pushers: Hold execs accountable for role in opioid crisis

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Education: Doddridge County can provide good lessons

You’ve heard the phrase “it takes a village,” and at least in the case of Doddridge County Schools, Superintendent Adam Cheeseman said the theory applies to a child’s academic success, too. “We are living in a community that has continued to make education a top priority,” he ...

Homelessness: New urgency needed to help children

When we take a look at the devastating effects of natural disasters or the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia, we think often about the adults who are struggling. Homeowners have waited three years in some cases for the help they were promised to rebuild their lives; the vast majority of ...

Bransfield: Transparency is vital in diocese audit

People who could have done something about it were aware of the “excessive spending” engaged in by former bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. They did not. So, while church officials have pledged to keep a close eye on spending in the diocese, ...

‘Wasping’: New battleground opens in drug fight

Perhaps “wasping” has come to our area already. If not, it probably will arrive soon. Sadly, producers of illicit drugs seem to be the most inventive people on the planet. Progress in curbing abuse of opioids has been accompanied by an increase in overdoses from methamphetamines. But the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To this year’s West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, which is a good time for all no matter what the temperature. Kudos to the youngsters who spend so much effort in getting animals ready for the livestock competitions and shows. It is hard to beat the annual combination of fair ...

Consolidation: People, not buildings, make a school special

Wood County Schools MUST close and consolidate some buildings — specifically McKinley, Waverly and Worthington elementary schools and Van Devender Middle School. The reasons, both financial and academic have been laid out plainly. Yet as has been the case in previous discussions about ...

Cybersecurity: School systems must follow best practices

Among the constant requests for funding in our schools are technology and access. How many times have you heard the word “broadband” thrown around by politicians in recent years? And while technology and access to the Internet have done incredible things for education, they also bring a ...

Wise Move: Superintendent Paine right to turn down raise

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they either did not give the matter a lot of thought, or they are genuinely clueless about how such a move would be interpreted by the average ...

Big Picture: W.Va.’s economy is too concentrated

John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, isn’t trying to rain on anyone’s parade when he points out some of the facts about our state’s economy that do not make it into the politicians’ speeches. But he deals with data, not smoke ...

Education: Lawsuit should be heard as soon as possible

West Virginians have waited a long time for some breakthrough in public school improvement. The catchall bill approved weeks ago by state legislators may not be it, but it is as close as we are likely to get for some time. Mountain State residents may not get even that. Dale Lee, president of ...

Equal Pay: Level playing field is a worthy goal

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...