Editorial

Health system, heal thyself

We go to hospitals to get well, not to be killed by incompetence or worse. State and federal governments have a critical role in protecting us in that regard. Federal officials have notified Mount Carmel Health, of Columbus, that Medicare will cease paying for patients at two of the firm’s ...

Hit the violators where it hurts

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. Insisting the energy industry play by those rules is ...

The breaking point looms

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Loughry sentence was just

Disgraced former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry will pay a stiff price for abusing the trust voters placed in him. Good. Let us hope that serves as a deterrent to others tempted to abuse their power. Loughry was found guilty last fall of 11 criminal charges stemming from ...

Road fund needs major tuneup

With state officials in a quandary over how West Virginia’s secondary roads are going to be maintained in the future, the Department of Transportation may have a more immediate problem. At the end of January, seven months into the fiscal year, revenue collections to support the State Road ...

Cover all the border bases

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to stop ...

55 miles are better than none

Fifty-five miles of border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Give family drug courts a try

Pulling out all the stops — trying anything that may help — is the only way West Virginians will whip the drug abuse crisis. One proposal along those lines is setting up a pilot program of family drug courts. They would specialize in cases of abuse and neglect involving use of illicit ...

No need to drill in Chaco Canyon

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Preserve pensions for miners

Tens of thousands of retired coal miners and their families face financial roof collapses if Congress does not act to prevent them. When the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan was established, no one foresaw a time when it could become insolvent. But — in part because of a ...