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Editorials

Dealing With Medicaid Funds

State officials’ announcement that West Virginia’s Medicaid program next year will require $309 million less than had been anticipated earlier is good news, no matter how one views it. But keep one thing about the funds firmly in mind: It is not “found money” for state government. ...

It’s Our Money

West Virginia state Treasurer John Perdue certainly deserves credit for prudent management of our money. It is our money, of course, because we all pay taxes in the Mountain State. But on Monday, Perdue was praised by Gov. Jim Justice for agreeing to transfer $20 million out of the ...

Dealing With Toxic Waste

For decades, the old Satralloy plant in Jefferson County’s Cross Creek Township provided good jobs to a number of area residents. But when the plant was shut down many years ago, it left behind an large pile of waste, containing a substance called hexavalent chromium. Among other toxic ...

Keeping Real Evil Out of Our Society

Some people prove by single acts that they are permanent dangers to society. Richard Smith II, of Kanawha County, is one of them. Smith was convicted of multiple charges last week in Charleston. The charges all involve him sexually abusing a 1-year-old girl — and videotaping the sickening ...

Spending Curbs Vital in W.Va.

State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have ...

Raising the Bar On Court Elections

The last time West Virginians elected state Supreme Court justices, the two winners received only fractions of the total vote. Justice Tim Armstead was the choice of 26% of voters in his race. Justice Evan Jenkins was picked by 36%. What gives? In the Armstead and Jenkins races, each one ...

Pay Up, Uncle Sam

Though the condition of West Virginia’s State Road Fund improved during December, it was due to higher-than-expected collections of taxes from state residents. That still left the $1.32 billion fund with $75.5 million less in revenue than had been expected. Blame the federal government. ...

Pats on the Back

- To WVU Medicine/Reynolds Memorial Hospital for opening its new outpatient psychiatric service, at 1000 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale. The services fills a gap created when Ohio Valley Medical Center shut down last year. - To the staff at the Ohio County Public Library, for saving a variety of ...

Checking Off Another ‘Box’

There is no magic wand we West Virginians can wave to create a line of companies waiting to bring jobs here. Economic development is complex, with many moving pieces. But little by little during the past few years, state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have been making our state more ...

Give Dedicated Teachers Credit

West Virginians are blessed with thousands of truly great, dedicated school teachers. Many are so concerned with doing their best for our children and grandchildren that they dig into their own pockets to buy classroom supplies and supplemental education materials. That is very common. A ...

Moving Ahead On City Utilities

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials have been patient regarding repairs and upgrades they want the city of St. Clairsville to make to its water and sewer systems. For a few months, it may have seemed to them that the waiting was nearly over. Voters had something else in mind. It ...

Locking Up Serial Sexual Predators

Even if he serves the full 42 years in prison that may be imposed for his crimes, Nicholas Cochran could be a threat to society once he is discharged. He is only 28 years old. Cochran, of Lima, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to charges including sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. A plea ...

Explain Turmoil At Local College

The sooner someone talks about why Eastern Gateway Community College’s two top officials were placed on administrative leave, the better. On Tuesday, employees of the college in Steubenville were told EGCC President Jimmie Bruce and Vice President and Chief of Staff Jim Miller have been ...

Nurses Are Caring Faces at Hospitals

Nurses are the caring faces of any hospital. While many patients are grateful for work by physicians, understanding by billing departments, even better-than-reputed food from cafeterias, it is the nurses who watch over them 24/7. It was appropriate, then, that those who were trained and ...

Children Are Counting on Us

Thank heaven she will be all right. That is the appropriate and no doubt widely shared reaction to an accident Monday in which a 10-year-old girl was struck by a car after she got off a school bus. Second in some minds will be the question of how this could have happened in our ...

Providing Health Insurance for Kids

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

Sheriff’s Fate Is Up to Voters

Misbehavior of the type in which Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer was caught is precisely the reason why the West Virginia Ethics Commission’s work is so important. Frankly, there are too many crooked public officials in our state. As corruption among public officials goes, Palmer’s ...

Grateful for W.Va. ‘Citizen-Soldiers’

Hazards to Americans in the Middle East, especially those in the military, are in the news. That makes an event Saturday in Charleston most gratifying to West Virginians. On that day, more than 140 West Virginia National Guard troops returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Saudi ...

Prevent Nicotine Sales to Youths

It is illegal throughout the United States for retailers to sell nicotine products including both cigarettes and electronic versions of them to anyone under 21 years of age. The provision became law Dec. 20, when President Donald Trump signed a bill approved overwhelmingly by Congress. To ...

Ensure Crime Lab Funds Are Adequate

West Virginia is among states that have made gratifying progress in reducing backlogs in laboratory testing of evidence in criminal cases. Unfortunately, there still are waiting lists for law enforcement agencies. As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph pointed out recently, the backlog of DNA ...