Thank heaven, racial equality finally became a pillar of America's democracy. Since the historic civil rights struggle, many laws today forbid discrimination. West Virginia has a large Human Rights Commission and various job-equality offices to guard against unfairness to minorities. Bravo. But was it really necessary for the Legislature to add another layer of bureaucracy, an expensive cabinet-level secretary of minority affairs, to oversee the other agencies? More duplicated bureaucracy isn't always an improvement.
Another twist in the global economy: Major European corporations are adding American women executives to their boards of directors, The Wall Street Journal reports. Several EU nations now require corporate boards to be at least one-fifth female, and international firms are choosing U.S. executives to help gain access to lucrative American markets. So far, 96 American women have become European directors -- incurring a lot of jet travel to foreign board meetings.
Bearing arms in West Virginia: A 16-year-old Ritchie County boy is charged with shooting his mother, father and sister to death.