Editorial

RISE should have done better

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed ...

A bellwether of bad health

It’s not much fun being the distant early warning system for the rest of the United States. According to a recent report by The Associated Press, the Mountain State is the testing ground for anything negative that will eventually impact the health and well-being of Americans as a whole. ...

Welcome, Judge Bickerton

It took her 216 years to get here, but Columbiana County has finally welcomed the first woman to fill the Common Pleas Court bench. Megan Bickerton of East Liverpool was sworn in last week to replace longtime Judge C. Ashley Pike. A first-time judge, Bickerton had previously served as an ...

Don’t just leap into legal weed

Rest assured that what interests state legislators most about the potential to legalize recreational marijuana in West Virginia is a number: $250 million. That is how much Colorado government is expected to have raked in last year from taxes and fees on marijuana sales. In all likelihood, ...

A constitutional matter

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where he ...

Little guys need help, too

If you manage a big business, chances are state officials will pay close attention when you tell them what it will take to convince you to bring new jobs to West Virginia. You can expect direct financial help, perhaps through a tax increment financing district. You can count on local and state ...

Innovation may be the answer

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Making Christmas merry

For thousands of Columbiana County residents, Christmas morning brings with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous hearts. We refer, of course, to those who have done what they could to ensure that our needy neighbors enjoy some of the material joys of Christmas. Hundreds ...

Silent night, holy night

For some time now, many Christians have felt as if their faith is on the defensive. Adherents to some other faiths mock ours. A few claim their differing beliefs justify murdering Christians. Even here in the United States, where the vast majority of people are Christians, the faith has been ...

One bad apple sent to prison

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for embezzling ...