Editorials

Recognize and stop child abuse

West Virginia legislators, some probably shocked by Gov. Jim Justice’s comment about sexual abuse of children, seem eager to do something about it. If you missed it, Justice said during his State of the State speech that one in 10 Mountain State children will suffer sexual abuse before ...

State officials will forget frugality

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

True heroes set the example

The word "hero" has a few connotations. Before Sept. 11, 2001, sports figures often were lauded as heroes for what they did on the field. As such, when someone from your hometown earns a World Series ring after decades in Major League Baseball, he could qualify as a hero to many. ...

Peace, love can bring great power to mankind

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Approve sports betting in W.Va.

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Address prison, jail guard pay

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Phasing out inventory tax

Critics of the process of making West Virginia more welcoming to job creators sometimes accuse reformers of promising too much. This improvement or that one did not result in an economic renaissance, they say, so why should Mountain State residents do more? No one ever said remaking the ...

Bring storage hub to West Virginia

West Virginia may well have an advantage over other potential locations for a major facility to store natural gas liquids. State officials and our delegation in Congress should pull out all the stops to make the project a reality for the Mountain State. Area residents have heard much talk of ...

Setting the tone for legislators

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appears to be holding his cards close to the vest. His specific plans for the legislative session that begins this week are less important than his leadership in general, however. Journalists from throughout the state gathered Friday in Charleston for an event ...

Continuing to keep the PROMISE

With the very worst education attainment level in the nation, West Virginia simply must encourage more young people to go to college or career school. Making higher education more affordable is a key to that. Since 2002, the Mountain State has funded the PROMISE scholarship program for that ...

Continue finding ways to give

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Iranian reformers need U.S. support

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

North Korea will remain a threat

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Limits on speech a risky step

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Prevent toxic smoke disaster

When firefighters began arriving at the IEI Plastics warehouse in Wood County on Oct. 21, they knew they had a problem. Thick, black smoke was beginning to billow into the air. But the firefighters did not know what was in the smoke or whether they needed to evacuate the area. Firefighters ...

Take the time to be tested

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2018. It's Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

The new year shows promise

By the time you are settling in to read this, the new year will have started. Like every year, 2018 brings with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. Look for good things to happen across our region in the ...

Remembering those we lost

If you are among the readers who count themselves in the Baby Boom generation, you are likely aware that many of the men and women who have shaped that time period have died in the past year. While the losses were felt across all segments of our lives, it's tough to pinpoint one that stands ...

Make safe choices this New Year’s Eve

New Year's parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

Implementing plan for growth

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...