Editorials

Flying Blind On Taxes, Budget

Changing a state’s entire tax structure is a laborious, time-consuming process full of pitfalls. Try to do it at the same time you are attempting to enact a new budget and the frustrations have to be incredible. They certainly have been in West Virginia. Whether one agrees with the ...

Keeping Secrets From the Public

Public officials often thumb their noses at open meetings and records laws. Occasionally, someone blows the whistle on them. What happens? Usually a slap on the wrist and a suggestion that the officials familiarize themselves with requirements for open meetings and records. The presumption ...

Demand Control Over Spending

Do you remember a time, ever, when politicians were not assuring their constituents that they were going to crack down on inefficiency and outright waste in West Virginia state government? Except in rare instances when a state agency head took it upon himself or herself to do that, do you ...

Waste of Money Does Not Compute

In all likelihood, the history of taxpayers being taken to the cleaners by information technology companies — computer firms, in everyday parlance — starts not long after the first digital processing machine was put in service. Once again, it appears West Virginia state government has paid ...

Conspiracy to Impeach

Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the ...

Drop Proposed Three-Story Rule

For several weeks, Wheeling City Council members have been discussing a proposal to require that new buildings in the business district be at least three stories tall. A comment by Mayor Glenn Elliott ought to put the idea in the trash can. Council brought the issue up again during a ...

Twisting the Facts About Testimony

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence the ...

Make Elections Fairer for Ohio

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Evaluate Steps Against Terrorists

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree last weekend in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of ...

Ensure Revenue Figure Is Reliable

West Virginia legislators should keep firmly in mind the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. After weeks of haggling over taxes and a budget for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers beheld a ray of sunshine Tuesday, in the form of Gov. Jim Justice. ...

Giving Veterans 21st Century Care

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Dog Racing Bill Is a Distraction

Oh, come on. We’ve been there, rejected that. Let’s stop wasting time in Charleston and make the tough decisions needed to enact a new state budget. After weeks of controversy and frustration, West Virginia legislators returned to the Capitol Monday for another attempt at passing a ...

Terrorists Often Lacking in Courage

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...

Winning Ohio War on Drugs

Buckeye State residents should, perhaps, take some pride in knowing the American Medical Association calls Ohio the top state in the country, in terms of monitoring prescription drugs. The Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, established in 2006, has processed more than 24 ...

Release Theft Details Quickly

Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard has not yet released a full report on the theft of $2,696 from a safe at Wheeling Park High School. Ohio County school officials have had little to say about the loss. That is understandable. As Howard, an experienced law enforcement official, knows, releasing ...

Paris Agreement Was Bad for Nation

Some critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change sound much as if they are rubbing in former President Barack Obama’s success in the war against coal. Failure to comply with the Paris accords won’t bring back many ...

Only ‘Pact’ Was One With Obama

Perhaps the most blatant bit of “fake news” making the rounds these days is a single word: “pact.” It is being used in reference to the Paris Climate Accords. President Donald Trump says he does not intend for the United States to comply with the agreement in Paris, signed by ...

Flood of Refugees Boon to Terrorists

“Enough is enough,” proclaimed British Prime Minister Theresa May after the terrorist attack in London on Friday. She called for a crackdown on use of the internet to promote terrorism, and hinted her country may have been too easy on Islamic militants in its midst. In England as well ...

Draining Another Swamp: NATO Actions Sometimes Aid Terrorists

As U.S. President Donald Trump joined other leaders of the NATO military alliance at its Brussels headquarters, virtually no one made the connection between NATO’s past actions and the terrorist bombing of an Ariana Grande pop music concert in Manchester, England, earlier in the week. ...

Stop Encouraging Banks Not to Lend

Federal Reserve officials are beginning to call for shrinking the central bank’s bloated balance sheet. That’s good news. Doing so reduces taxpayer risk, and undoes the Fed’s massive allocation of credit to its preferred sectors, government and housing. This will close a chapter on one of ...