Opinion

Was Loughry The Only One?

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry engaged in fraud for years, according to a federal grand jury indictment. He was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday, and faces a maximum of nearly 400 years in prison if he is convicted. If charges against Loughry are accurate — and he is ...

Don’t Overlook Weeds, Governor

Local Columns

You can’t criticize Gov. Jim Justice for not smelling the roses here in West Virginia. During a press conference regarding the Public Employees Insurance Agency the other day, Justice lashed out at the press. We focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive, he ...

Making PEIA ‘Fix’ Tougher to Find

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

Where Was Help Five Years Ago?

Editorials

Thanks to an Indian company’s confidence in the local workforce and some critical help from the state of Ohio, hundreds of people may be going back to work at a Mingo Junction steel mill. That is wonderful news. Too bad state officials could not come up with something similar five years ...

Praise, Not Slaps, Earned on Climate

Editorials

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. On Tuesday, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regettable.” Just days ...

A Win For W.Va. And for Chinese

Editorials

We don’t know what the Chinese equivalent of the old American warning of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face is, but let us hope it is kept in mind in Beijing. Last year, West Virginians got wonderful news: China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to ...

Keeping Children, Parents Together

Editorials

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Resolve Loughry Charges Swiftly

Editorials

West Virginia’s 155th birthday was a distinctly unpleasant occasion for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. While many of the rest of his fellow Mountaineers were celebrating, he was being arrested. FBI agents took Loughry into custody on 22 charges contained in a federal ...

Switch From Gas To Chlorine Tabs

Editorials

St. Clairsville will be a safer place by mid-summer, because of a change being made at the municipal wastewater treatment plant. Good for city officials for making the switch. Last August, chlorine gas used at the plant leaked. That jeopardized workers and those living near the facility. ...

End Corruption Plague in W.Va.

Editorials

As we West Virginians observe our state’s 155th birthday today, some of us will look back on our history. It has been a colorful, sometimes inspiring and sometimes depressing one. Unfortunately, we seem doomed to repeat the most unsavory aspect of our heritage — corruption by public ...

Celebrating West Virginians

Editorials

Our beloved Mountain State became an official reality 155 years ago today, when West Virginia was accepted as the 35th state. It is appropriate to recognize June 20 as our state’s birthday. But what, exactly, are we celebrating? We call West Virginia almost heaven. We tell people it is ...

Spreading Word About Our State

Editorials

We celebrate the 155th birthday of our state today. It is a milestone, of course, but the walkup to this year’s celebrations feels different. There is a buzz in the air. West Virginia is making national news as the backdrop for the newest entry in a wildly popular video game franchise. ...

Getting U.S. Back Into Lead in Space

Editorials

Whether President Donald Trump’s plan to create a new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, makes sense has yet to be determined. Rather than create a whole new bureaucracy — and even the armed services have them — placing space defense under the Air Force may make more ...

NYC Mayor’s Arrogance Toward Miners Is Hypocritical

Local Columns

By Daniel Turner “So, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs.’ We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the U.S. Army, but we don’t want to go start a war just to give them something to do and ...

Pool Backers’ Decision Right

Editorials

Marland Heights neighborhood leaders deserve enormous credit for their efforts to keep the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool open. In hindsight, it probably was a quest doomed to failure. More than $1 million would be needed to repair the pool and reopen it, Marland Heights Community ...

React Decisively To Missing People

Editorials

No one can say with certainty what would have happened to the 62-year-old Mingo Junction woman reported missing Friday night, had an intensive, immediate search not been mounted for her. Authorities were alerted Friday evening, after the woman, who had left her home at about 3 p.m., did not ...

Keeping Public Schools Secure

Editorials

One cannot blame Marshall County education officials for worrying about the safety of students, specifically in regard to the possibility of someone going on a shooting spree in a school. School shootings are exceedingly rare. But even with the odds vastly against such a tragedy, educators ...

Dealing With The Young Immigrants

Editorials

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem —and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 500 children have been separated from their mothers and/or fathers after their parents brought them across the ...

Water, Sewer Work Critical

Editorials

It has become obvious that important repair and upgrade work needed by Steubenville’s water and sewerage systems is long overdue. Failure to raise the money needed for it now would mean far higher costs, perhaps including fines by state and federal regulators. Another cost — more ...

Look at Clinton Foundation, Too

Editorials

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...