Opinion

Preserve pensions for miners

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 Voters have repeatedly turned down levy requests and they recently repealed an income tax increase.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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...

Choose America

Letters To The Editor

Editor: An intensifying storm looms. At its epicenter is our American culture and biblical values. The Republican establishment, Democrat Socialists, anarchists and ideological religious militants are advancing the storm front. They don’t rally as one, yet demonstrate some very striking ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to the newspaper delivery persons who see that we get our paper no matter what the weather. SPANKS, writes a reader, to West Point Rod and Gun Club for blowing off high powered explosives on a Sunday afternoon, scaring neighbors and wasting first responders’ time on ...

Questions Virginians must face

Editorial

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 ...

Prayers for us all

Letters To The Editor

Editor: With whom does one associate when contemplating communal prayers? Among others, it’s the needy, the destitute, world leaders, and not least of all, the politician. Go to church or the synagogue and you’ll most assuredly hear the minister, priest or rabbi praying on their behalf, ...