Editorials

State Budget Not Being Cut

West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again ...

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

It costs the state of West Virginia about $719 million a year to provide Medicaid health insurance to more than 564,000 low-income and disabled people. To that, add more than $2.1 billion in federal funding. Running the program as efficiently as possible is vital. Doing so should include an ...

Passing of the Pelosi Era

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed at hand. But in ...

Repair Existing Roads, Bridges

One reason so many West Virginia legislators were dead-set last week against big tax increases for the state’s General Revenue Fund may have been that they understood the need to raise more money to repair roads and bridges. Fortunately, lawmakers approved that. Funny how people who ...

Reinforcing Need For Election Rules

One suspects a certain clique of politicians would be happy if the courts ruled that anyone who demands a ballot ought to be able to cast it during elections, with no strings attached. But there have to be some rules, as the U.S. Supreme Court seems to recognize. High court justices this ...

Health Care Law Action Essential

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Protect Youngsters Against Drowning

The hot, muggy days of summer seem to be upon us. With them comes the terrible danger of young people, out of school and with time on their hands, drowning. Before many municipalities built public swimming pools, drownings were quite common. Creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds were the only ...

Justice Should Sign the Budget

Gov. Jim Justice is scheduled to make what his office described as “a major budget announcement” this morning. Let us hope the governor plans to tell his fellow West Virginians he will sign the budget bill legislators approved last Friday. Virtually no one is entirely satisfied with the ...

Maintaining What We Have Already

Maintaining existing infrastructure is important for municipalities as well as state governments. Here in Wheeling, economic development is a high priority. Officials want to bring new jobs to the city. The downtown business district has been a specific target for improvement, building on ...

Look to Future Of West Virginia

As we mark our state’s birthday today, some West Virginians may wonder whether there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared to the ...

Those Who Serve Are in Harm’s Way

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Decide on Loan Request Soon

It ought to be a no-brainer for U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to grant Monroe County a $15 million loan to help cover the cost of a new jail. Let us hope President Donald Trump’s impatience with the bureaucratic swamp that is Washington encourages USDA officials to handle the ...

Cuba Relationship Works Both Ways

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

Getting Input On Education

Obviously, the national Common Core curriculum seemed like a good idea to many leaders in West Virginia’s public education establishment. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed as if the plan was set in stone for our state. Someone forgot to check with the people of our state, however. ...

End Delay in Tests Involving Death

It has been more than a year since the body of 15-year-old Kyle Morgan, of Moundsville, was found under the Fort Henry Bridge in Wheeling. His family wants answers concerning how he died. So do Wheeling police. A coroner ruled Morgan’s death was a homicide. A full autopsy was performed ...

What Took So Long?

In just five months of working with county election officials, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office has gotten 61,386 names removed from voter registration lists throughout the state. Of that total, 5,766 were in Northern Panhandle counties. For years, little was done to ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To recipients of the Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Awards presented by the Bordas & Bordas law firm. This year’s student honorees include Kallee Dowler of Barnesville; Joy Henthorn of Beallsville; Trey Miller of Bishop Donahue; Tierra White of Bridgeport; Jasmine Jasenec of ...

School Scandal Still Unresolved

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Expand Project To Aid Ex-Miners

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will ...

Drug Culture Literally Crazy

Among the many challenges in fighting the plague of substance abuse that has washed over our region is that, for the most part, the people fighting it are logical, reasonable thinkers. There is no logic or reason on the other side. In fact, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out a ...