Editorials

You Promised, Mr. President

Congratulations are in order, President Trump. You have become the leader of our nation — all of us — primed to pursue a revolution in how we govern ourselves. Your inaugural speech on Friday was excellent. You reminded those who voted for you of why they did so in proclaiming that, “We ...

Take Fresh Look At Expenditures

During the past couple of years, West Virginians have been assured by many in Charleston that it is impossible to cut any more state spending. Before he even took office, new Gov. Jim Justice agreed. “We’ve cut about all that we can cut,” Justice commented last fall. Then, on Monday, ...

Trump’s New World

"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate ...

Goodwin Talent Will Be Missed

Since she was named West Virginia commissioner of tourism in 2014, Amy Shuler Goodwin has made a variety of improvements in how our state attracts visitors. If you want a look at the initiatives she has overseen, stop at the state Welcome Center on Interstate 70 westbound in Ohio County. Or, ...

Traitor Should Be Kept Behind Bars

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Worrying About The Poor in W.Va.

Almost undoubtedly, Jim Justice is the only governor in the United States who kept a beat-up old fishing tackle box and an ax in his personal car at all times. As he told those listening to the speech he gave Monday, after being inaugurated as governor of West Virginia, he did so for a ...

Flexibility Key To Parking Rules

Not everyone can afford a nice paved driveway or even an asphalted parking pad in the front yard. Weirton City Council members should keep that in mind. An ordinance calling for new regulations on those who park vehicles on unpaved areas of their property was approved by council this week, ...

Liberals Fine With Their Own Profiling

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a strange way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Back to that in a moment. Liberal critics of Trump have been shouting themselves ...

Rejecting Political Division in W.Va.

What a difference 367 miles — the distance between the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston and the U.S. Capitol in Washington — can make. In Washington, partisan politics has assumed an even more strident, take-no-prisoners tone than in the recent past. A substantial number of ...

Some States Order Retailers Not To Tell Truth About Credit Cards

The owner of a small town beauty salon outside Binghamton, N.Y., argued at the U.S. Supreme Court recently for the right to tell her customers the truth about paying by credit card: There’s a swipe charge. On the other side, New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is battling to ...

Don’t Worry About Being Uninsured

Republicans are wrestling with how to repeal and replace ObamaCare. It turns out that legislating is much more complex than campaigning. Still, ObamaCare as we know it is unlikely to be with us much longer. So what happens after it’s gone? Some of the most likely provisions of any ObamaCare ...

Punishing Those Who Choose to Live According to Their Faith

Actress Meryl Streep’s political diatribe at the Golden Globes awards isn’t the only surprise attention-getting provocation from the event. Nominee film “Hidden Figures,” a box-office hit about the true story of three black women mathematicians who played important roles at NASA in the ...

Stop Draining Rainy Day Fund

Many West Virginia legislators seem to have little use for former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s budget proposal. They are right to reject his recommendation for $270 million a year in tax increases. But one cautionary note struck by Tomblin should be kept firmly in mind. It involves the only life ...

Marketing Wild Wonderful W.Va.

New Gov. Jim Justice has said many times that we West Virginians do not do a very good job of marketing ourselves. He may want to talk to former Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin about that. Goodwin, replaced by Justice appointee Chelsea Ruby, talked about her job last week with a ...

Hold Pushers Accountable

Drug overdose calls are coming in to area police and emergency medical units at a disturbing rate — nearly every day, according to the head of the Belmont County Drug Task Force. Those responsible should be held accountable. Drug Task Force head John McFarland, who also serves as Martins ...

Get Drug Statistics Out to the Public

Substance abuse is more than a problem in our area. It has become a deadly, life- and family-wrecking epidemic. Yet outside of law enforcement, few people comprehend its scope. Just in Belmont County, heroin is causing nearly one overdose a day, county Drug Task Force head John McFarland ...

Take Regional View on Utilities

For many years, just about any local government interested in having its own water and sewer treatment plants was encouraged to build them. State and federal loans and grants incentivized the proliferation of small utility systems. To their credit, Jefferson County commissioners are ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

Wheeling residents already pay $3 a month to support a municipal recycling program that loses money. Why dump good money after bad? City Council members are being asked to consider a project whereby the municipal program would work with a private firm, Scrappy Pappy’s Recycling. Company ...

Nothing Should Be Forever at the EPA

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Some Stars Still Prefer Americanism

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country need ...