Opinion

Starting on Task of ‘Fixing’ PEIA

Local Columns

Many of the public school teachers on strike Thursday and Friday are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust me on ...

Insist on Inventory Of State Vehicles

Editorials

For years, the fact West Virginia state government is inefficient and not accountable to the people who shovel money into it — legislators — has been apparent in one fact or, rather, lack of it. Lawmakers daring to ask for a bottom-line figure on the number of motor vehicles owned by ...

School Strike Point Made

Editorials

In a way, the cold, rainy weather Thursday and Friday was a good thing for teachers picketing in front of area public schools for hours on end. Doubtless virtually all of them would have preferred to have been inside their warm, dry classrooms those days, of course. But conditions were ...

Proposal Should Go Up in Smoke

Editorials

In authorizing sale of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, for medicinal use, West Virginia legislators had the good sense to stipulate the smokable version of the weed would not be available. Now, an advisory board plans to recommend that ban be rescinded, in effect. That is crazy, ...

Yes, Enough Is Enough

Local Columns

We didn’t have an in-ground or above ground swimming pool when we were kids. Maybe a few of those hard plastic kiddie pools indented the backyard lawn, but they were nothing to write home about. Or we made friends with the neighbor kids whose homesteads included a lovely cement pool. A ...

Quick Reaction Always Prudent

Editorials

The problem of protecting our children against genuinely dangerous people is knotty enough without having to deal with false alarms. At some point, there is concern that the “little boy who cried wolf” syndrome may prevent the authorities from reacting decisively to a real ...

Repairing Damage To Coal Industry

Editorials

America’s coal industry, along with our affordable electricity infrastructure, were left in a shambles after an eight-year, no-holds-barred assault by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The rebuilding process will require similar focus, effort and time. No single initiative ...

Tolerating Waste Is Wrong, Too

Editorials

Public schools throughout West Virginia are closed today because of a work stoppage organized by the state’s two teachers’ unions. The strike is illegal and will affect many students and their families adversely. But it is not difficult to understand why teachers have become so ...

Graham Was Good And Faithful Servant

Editorials

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

Drive Carefully Around Pickets

Editorials

It may sound strange to urge motorists to exercise extreme caution in school zones when children are not present, but such a warning seems merited this week. Public schools throughout West Virginia are closed today and Friday, because of a walkout organized by the state’s two teachers’ ...

Speeding Justice For Crime Victims

Editorials

State legislators are taking an important step toward doing right by West Virginia crime victims waiting for the results of tests that would normally be conducted by the State Police Crime Lab. They have approved a bill that would authorize use of outside contractors for criminal ...

Claim Is Disgusting

Editorials

Seventeen people, most of them children, died in a school massacre last week — and U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., apparently thinks that is a good opportunity to take a political jab. During a radio interview Wednesday, Tenney said this: “... it’s interesting that so many of these ...

Will It Happen This Time?

Editorials

Among the many issues facing West Virginians and our government is that of pay for school teachers, jail and prison guards, state police and other public employees. But the only way salaries can be increased is for taxes to go up or the cost of government in general to go down. Those are ...

Knowing How Our Money Is Spent

Editorials

Just a few months after West Virginia voters said yes to a $1.6 billion road improvement bond issue, state legislators want to limit the public’s ability to know how the money will be spent. Among promises made to sway voters in favor of the measure was one that most of the jobs created ...

A Warning Ignored

Editorials

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times ...

Co-Tenancy Not Forced Pooling

Local Columns

House Bill 4268 in the West Virginia Legislature is called the “Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act.” It is no secret that there has been a battle in West Virginia concerning the development of the natural gas industry. The players involved in the battle include the ...

Expand Building Razing Program

Editorials

Bellaire, Bridgeport and Martins Ferry are far from the only communities in Belmont County struggling with dilapidated buildings that ought to be torn down. Old structures posing health and safety hazards can be found virtually anywhere. But the county’s agency formed to deal with the ...

Zero-Tolerance Policy Mandatory

Editorials

Two Fayette County, W.Va., juveniles are in custody after they posted social media threats aimed at that county’s Valley High School. It and another school were closed Monday because of the situation. Why did they do it? It does not matter. The two juveniles have to be punished ...

Probe Accident At Gas Well Pad

Editorials

It would be exceedingly foolish for an energy company to allow workplace shortcuts that increased the chance of an accident such as that last week at a gas drilling pad west of Powhatan Point. Precisely what happened is not known yet. What has been released is that an explosion occurred at ...

FBI Neglected Duty to Children

Editorials

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...