Editorials

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, ...

The danger of no-bid contracts

Many people probably believe that when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and the fact is a gift to those out to swindle taxpayers. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements ...

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 ...

Manchin has clout on energy

It is a feather in U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s cap that he has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It also is a boon to residents of West Virginia and Ohio. “Ranking member” is the top position on a committee for a member of the political party ...

Manchin has clout on energy

It is a feather in U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s cap that he has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It also is a boon to residents of West Virginia and Ohio. “Ranking member” is the top position on a committee for a member of the political party ...

A model for Ohio to consider

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Stop the piggyback pay raises

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...

Clout counts in nation’s capital

Everything in Washington revolves around politics. Everything. So if you believe federal money is distributed solely on the basis of need, you are sadly deluded. That is not to say officials such as those in the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not try hard to ensure that when disaster ...

Make U.S. competitive again

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since these ...

Save the black lung trust fund

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...