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Reducing Risk Of More Attacks

No doubt many area residents had Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese in their thoughts and prayers Monday evening. It was a relief that afternoon to learn the judge had undergone surgery at a Pittburgh hospital and, according to local officials, was “doing ...

Justice Correct Regarding Statue

Gov. Jim Justice made his feelings — and, we would note, those of all but a tiny fraction of his fellow West Virginians — crystal clear during a press conference on Monday. White supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in violence in Charlottesville, Va., are “despicable,” the governor ...

Keeping Council Members in Loop

Concern expressed by some about a surveillance camera in Bellaire Village Council chambers probably could have been avoided, had Mayor Vincent DeFabrizio simply informed council before having the device installed. Some council members may have been aware of the camera, though at least one ...

Don’t Give Enemy Any Encouragment

Whatever President Donald Trump decides to do about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, it should not be described as an “exit strategy.” Such an announcement would be just what the Taliban and other Islamic extremists want to hear. More than 2,300 Americans have been killed in and near ...

Police, Public Must Be Partners

Perceptions, based on reality or not, are important. That makes the feeling of some in Wheeling’s minority community that they may not always get a fair shake from police officers a serious problem. Last week, West Virginia NAACP President Owens Brown, himself a Wheeling resident, asked ...

What Else Went Wrong in Bellaire?

What else hasn’t been handled properly in Bellaire municipal government? That question may be on the minds of some residents — as it should be, in view of news from the Village Council meeting last week. It was revealed during the meeting that for 15 years, no one in the water ...

Keeping the Kids Safe

School is back in session in our area, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, using additional ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Adriane L. Manning of Wheeling Middle School and Leslie Lively of Short Line School for being among six educators nominated for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced Sept. 18. - To members of three Army Reserve engineering ...

Picking Whatever Allies Are Needed to Prevail

Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn’t that every avowed nationalist who claimed membership in the alt-right was a Nazi ...

Corporate Tax Cuts Will Benefit All U.S. Workers

Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump’s proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders ...

Business Leaders Hypocritical

Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance. These silly string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was ...

Presidents Who Were Moral Leaders

It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain a drive from the White House he had once taken. “I was outraged,” the president wrote when he was out of office, “when I read in the newspapers about a black family. ... The husband and ...

Would We, in 2017, Protect Jews From Neo-Nazis?

In 1997, my 9-year-old daughter met Miep Gies, the Gentile friend who helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the small attic apartment in Amsterdam until they were caught and murdered by the Nazis. This was a momentous event in our family. Gies was in Cleveland to deliver a speech. I ...

Trump Failed Major Test of Leadership

One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The Twin Towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the ...

Apologists Striking A Bargain With Evil

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” — Edmund Burke, “Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents” Edmund Burke’s admonition in 1770 should be taken as a warning to us today. The ...

Medical Training in the Wild and a New Furry Friend

Sack It to Them When Jim Rooney of the Steelers’ founding family spoke at the Light of the Valley luncheon on Wednesday to honor Dr. Dan Joseph, he thanked the Jim Bordas family for their charitable work. He said the Bordases donate $500 to the Ronald McDonald House for every sack the ...

Some Students Are Left Behind

NAACP leaders are right to be worried about how well West Virginia’s public schools are educating black students. On average, their performance academically lags badly behind that of white children. But for a change, the Mountain State seems to be doing better than many other states in ...

Good People Still Make Headlines

There certainly has been plenty of news about plenty of distressing events involving a variety of, well, bad people recently. But the good people still outnumber the bad — by far — and they, too, make headlines. Recall a few of them from the past couple of weeks: ∫ West Virginia ...

Keeping Voter Records Current

Attempting to ensure everyone who votes in an election is doing so legally is a good idea, despite the folks who cry “voter suppression” whenever public officials try to do so. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and county election officials throughout the state have been ...

Change Building Maintenance Rules

Buildings allowed to deteriorate to the point of becoming health and/or safety hazards ought to be repaired or razed. That seems obvious. But as you might imagine, things become less clear after that, as Moundsville City Council members have been reminded. Moundsville has regulations ...