Editorials

Bringing elk back to West Virginia

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near ...

PEIA rules need reviewed

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. ...

Clinton right on North Korea

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Drug firms hold substantial blame

No wonder U.S. Rep. David McKinley told drug company executives last week that, “The fury inside me right now is bubbling over.” McKinley, R-W.Va., is part of a congressional subcommittee that grilled top executives from some of the nation’s biggest drug distributors concerning their ...

Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers may be much different in their public life than they were 104 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May 1914 as a day to honor mothers. Moms then were, by and large, homemakers, what we'd call a "stay-at-home mom" nowadays. They cooked and cleaned and ...

Remember those who keep us safe

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. And, in 2016, 58,627 officers ...

‘Be Best’ idea long overdue

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Ensuring alliance isn’t fractured

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

Haspel should get fair consideration

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump's knowledge, told her she retains the president's confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the CIA ...

Cooperating to conserve

West Virginians hear time and again that we must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. That is not the reality, however. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important ...

Resources vital in drug battle

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has gotten worse. Between our two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent ...

Don’t discriminate in school sports

Another proposal is afoot to separate parochial school athletics from public school sports in West Virginia. It would affect how state championships are decided. The proposal is this: Public schools would remain under the current system of handling postseason play. But the state’s eight ...

More action is needed

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Express your thoughts on PEIA

West Virginia has its own “entitlement” problem, and it will be the subject of public meetings in our area during the next several weeks. Programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the elephants in the room when talk turns to reining in deficit spending by the federal ...

Training for jobs in West Virginia

The Appalachian Regional Commission, along with the Population Reference Bureau, released a report last month that puts a lot of data in one spot, purportedly to help development officials tackle the challenge of rebuilding our region’s economy. There is nothing surprising in the information ...

Lawmakers right in rejecting tax

A trend gaining popularity in many states is taxing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for opioid drugs they sell, with proceeds allegedly going toward programs to treat drug addicts and prevent substance abuse. West Virginia legislators discussed just such an idea last winter. ...

Support your local non-profits

More than 100 area non-profit organizations will have a chance to receive a boost today as part of the annual Amazing Raise Ohio Valley. Throughout the day, residents will be able to donate to their favorite charitable group by simply going online to giveov.org. The Amazing Raise Ohio ...

Fine wasn’t necessary

Marshall University made a serious mistake years ago, probably due to repeated oversights rather than ill intent. Now, the U.S. Department of the Interior wants to punish Marshall. The university has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and ...

Not getting full transparency

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

It’s not whether you win or lose…

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...