Editorial

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 ...

Consolidating services may be logical first step

The village of Washingtonville is facing some serious financial problems. Voters have repeatedly turned down levy requests and they recently repealed an income tax increase. Now, the water tower is in need of costly repairs and the village will be hard-pressed to find the revenue to fix or ...

High tech, high price tag

Many of us have bought neat, useful-looking gadgets only to discover we couldn’t figure out how to operate them. But our high-tech gizmos didn’t cost $150 million. That was the price tag on the wvOasis supercomputer the state of West Virginia bought a few years ago. For much of its time ...

Let AG’s office tackle Medicaid

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough fraud ...

Practicing revenge politics

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Supreme Court must stay clean

West Virginia Supreme Court justices have new policies on travel, state assets, use of purchasing cards and accounting safeguards. They seem to have covered all the bases but two: arrogance and devious dishonesty. Three of the five people who sat on the court a year ago are gone. One has ...

Questions Virginians must face

It is easy to understand why some Virginians did not the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for that. He has posed a ...

Strike should not be repeated

Members of West Virginia’s three big unions for public school teachers and service personnel will be asked this week to authorize another strike — and that, semantics and legal technicalities aside, is the word for it. Another lengthy work stoppage like the one that shuttered nearly all ...

A clear message to the Taliban

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

No freedom from repercussions

Far too many Americans do not seem to understand the rights granted to us under the First Amendment. What it does not provide is any right to incite violence or to prompt the public to suspect whether one’s employer, private or public, condones racism. The deputy director of emergency ...