Editorials

Justice Right To Compromise

Gov. Jim Justice has swatted the state budget ball back into West Virginia legislators’ court. On Monday, Justice outlined a new budget plan, one dramatically different than the one he suggested earlier this month. It calls more state spending cuts, less growth in government and fewer tax ...

Holding Down Cost Of College in Ohio

Results of an evaluation by the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency show many of Ohio’s public universities are not yet committed to the directive to cut wasteful spending and find new funding resources. To be fair, the 14 public universities in the Buckeye State have ...

Don’t Bow To Budget Threats

Gov. Jim Justice seems to believe the art of politics is not compromise, but bullying. The billionaire businessman clearly is accustomed to getting his way. So, when West Virginia legislators balked at his suggestion for a massive tax increase to fund an expansion of state government, the ...

Reject New Faculty Senate Requirement

A bill approved by the state Senate to give West Virginia public schools more flexibility in meeting the requirement for 180 days of instruction sounds good — with one exception. School systems plagued by bad weather or other emergencies, often have to add days to the school year to meet ...

Giving Post 89 Second Chance

Let us not forget that the private club Wheeling officials have agreed to consider declaring a public nuisance is not just any organization. It is owned by American Legion Post 89. These are men and women who served our country, sometimes risking their lives in the process. During a ...

Be Cautious With New Test Program

For many years, students in West Virginia public schools had to take standardized tests that left much to be desired. But once state officials adopted them, it proved difficult to change. State legislators moving to eliminate the newest exam, the Smarter Balanced test, are right to insist ...

Battling Drug Abuse By the Grim Numbers

West Virginia, so often ranked nearly the bottom when compared to other states, is No. 1 in one thing — drug overdose deaths. Many people know that. But collecting overdose data is a slow process — too slow, former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld of Wheeling told state legislators last ...

Trump Supporters New ‘Tent’ May Be Too Big

About a week ago, Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the premier conservative confab the Conservative Political Action Conference, wrote on Twitter: “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective.” Last Monday, Schlapp announced ...

Conservative Group Trades Ideas for Outrageousness

Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it. Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of “free speech,” and young — very young — “love.” Or ...

Innocent, But Jailed For 21 Years

Former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Brian Franklin is finally free. But he is still fighting to clear his name. “I’ve been vindicated,” he told me in an interview, “but not yet exonerated.” Franklin served 21 years in prison — a harrowing 7,700 days — of a life sentence ...

Trump Learns Getting Elected Was the Easy Part

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

Deportation a Matter Of Life or Death for Some

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported witnesses describing Olivas as distressed and saying he shouted that he did not want ...

Good-Cop, Bad-Cop Diplomacy May Pay Off

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. ...

Rhetoric, Actions Regarding Mexican Have Consequences

The United States has benefited for more than 160 years from having a friendly neighbor to its south, Mexico. But that may be about to change. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visited Mexico to begin talks on renegotiating the North ...

Cat’s Paw Gets a Hand and Pancakes for Dinner

The Meter Is Running If you think a $7 increase in parking meter fines is excessive, consider the folks in Wheeling, Ill. According to that city’s website, “Any person who receives a parking ticket may settle the ticket(s) by paying a fine in the sum of $30 per violation until the final ...

Grandmother Helps Deliver Grandchild

NORTON, W.Va. (AP) — A grandmother who helped deliver her 14th grandchild in a surprise home birth calls the experience a blessing. Newborn Rylee Annalice Cooper made her grand entrance so quickly that her mother, Trasonda “Toodles” Noel, wasn’t able to make it to the hospital in time. ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To John Marshall High School junior Elena Polinski, who has been selected as West Virginia’s top high school youth volunteer in the Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards program. She will be recognized in Washington, D.C., in May. Polinski was cited for founding “The Miracle of ...

Rethink Social Services Rules

Officials of state and federal social service agencies mean well. So do the courts that so often tell them how to handle various situations. One sometimes wonders whether anyone thinks to apply simple common sense to rules on matters such as helping people with disabilities. Pursuant to ...

Keeping College Campuses Safe

A report issued this week by West Virginia University ought to worry — and anger — parents, regardless of where their college-bound children plan to study. More than 5,700 students, both male and female, responded to a WVU survey last spring. About one-third of the women and some of the ...

Paying for Trash, Garbage Pickups

No one likes to see bags of uncollected garbage or junk such as discarded televisions and furniture littering a community’s streets. But collecting and disposing of refuse costs money. When those responsible don’t pay the bill, taxpayers have to do so. That is patently unfair. The ...