Opinion

Charter Schools Held Accountable

Editorials

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are ...

Don’t Rush Tax Reform in Secret

Editorials

Details of a tax reform bill may be negotiated at the White House privately, with a few Republican congressional leaders, an aide to President Donald Trump has told reporters. Rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties will, in effect, have to wait to see the bill before they know what is in ...

Curbing Cost Of Government

Editorials

It is doubtful any of the 32 Ohio state senators who voted on a budget bill last Wednesday have any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. But money does not grow on trees, no matter what you may hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and ...

Holding Employees At VA Accountable

Editorials

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation ...

Juicing the Pace of Baseball

Editorials

From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach’s visit to the pitcher’s mound, ...

Puberty Suppression and Female Genital Mutiliation

Editorials

Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit-area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

Moving Too Quickly In Government

Local Columns

During a one-week period earlier this month, I had to kill four editorials and one column on politics. I am getting very tired of calls from the office after I’ve left for the evening, informing me that events have made what I’d written for the next day irrelevant. You should worry just ...

Taxpayers Deserve Some Courtesy, Too

Editorials

State funding for the Courtesy Patrol program has been controversial among West Virginia legislators for years. There are good reasons for skepticism. The program, which provides aid for stranded motorists on a few highways, is operated by the non-profit Citizens Conservation Corps of West ...

Monitor 3-Story Rule Some Courtesy, Too

Editorials

Considering construction of a new building in downtown Wheeling? You’d better have something three stories or taller in mind. City Council has approved a rule requiring that new buildings downtown must meet that requirement. There are provisions for exemptions, when developers can make ...

Fix the Budget System in W.Va.

Editorials

Perhaps there is a worse way to plan a state budget than what is utilized in West Virginia. But the current system is so bad it would be difficult to make it much worse. Each year, state legislators gather for a 60-day session to consider thousands of bills, some of them complex. Soon ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To Mary Lee Powell, who donated $15,000 to The Village Network in Morristown. The money was used to renovate the gymnasium at the behavioral health center for children. - To Wheeling Jesuit University for its announcement last week that the institution is adding football as a varsity ...

Words Have Moral, If Not Legal, Consequences

Editorials

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Urging Someone to Commit Suicide Isn’t Killing Them

Editorials

Words matter, ournalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter when used in a potentially consequential way among everyday people. ...

Warmbier Doubly Victimized

Editorials

We may never know what brutal torture and malign neglect American student Otto Warmbier suffered at the hands of North Korea’s dictatorship before losing his life last week at the age of 22. But it wasn’t the first time the free-spirited Ohio native died. More than a year before ...

Comparisons of Nixon, Trump Ignore the Record

Editorials

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Movement to Get Women Into Politics Taking Root

Editorials

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn’t elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly ...

Jockeying for Position As Islamic State Withers

Editorials

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is ...

Weighing Right to Privacy Against Need for Security

Editorials

Next time you set out to commit armed robbery, leave your cellphone at home. Timothy Carpenter was convicted of robbing a string of T-Mobile and Radio Shack stores, stealing smartphones. But he wasn’t too smart himself. He used his cellphone to call 15 getaway drivers. The calls were his ...

Here Comes the Bride and Taco Tuesday in Wheeling

Editorials

Here Comes the Bridal Wear Bridal gowns will once again be available for purchase in downtown Wheeling come September. J. Jones Evening Wear, a bridal fashion store in Weirton, will be opening a second location in mid-August in the long-vacant storefront on the corner of 10th and Main ...

It’s About the President’s Voters

Editorials

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...