Editorials

Community Service Programs Valuable

Community service programs for nonviolent criminals can do them a world of good. But structured as something better than make-work initiatives, they can be of enormous benefit to communities, too. In Steubenville, the Municipal Court community service program involved about 200 people who ...

Nominee Is Gorsuch, Issue Is Constitution

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Dealing With Floods

For years, we West Virginians have heard the phrase “unexpected flooding” regularly. But here in the mountains, flooding after severe rainstorms is to be expected. In 2004, state officials commissioned a 365-page study on safeguards against flash floods. Steps such as enhanced warning ...

Coal Miners, Single Moms Would Suffer From Trump Budget, Too

From Ronald Reagan’s welfare queenî to Donald Trump’s Detroit single mom,î the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels. Whereas Reagan was propagating a stereotype of the fraudulent abuser of public largesse when he popularized ...

President’s Plan Fiscally Conservative

When President Donald Trump released his first budget last week, proposing to cut a range of agencies and programs, he declared, in an accompanying message “our budget blueprint insists on $54 billion in reductions to non-defense programs.” He said: “We are going to do more with less, and ...

Making U-Turns Easier Demanded Than Done in Politics

“We all want progress,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” This has always been one of my favorite distillations of ...

Funding Ohio County Schools

Easy come — not so easy go. That may be how Ohio County Board of Education members took news they received last week, that the school district is about to lose $1.7 million a year in revenue. A few years ago, the assessed valuation of property in the county went up. That was due largely ...

Retain Health Right Funding

For various reasons, some low-income West Virginians still fall through the health care cracks. They are too poor to afford care on their own, yet do not qualify for insurance programs such as Medicaid. Thousands of people and families in our area have nowhere to turn when they are ill or ...

Restoring Local Control of Schools

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best ...

Don’t Play Politics With Appointments

When governors are called upon to appoint people to fill vacancies in important state government offices, the right thing for them to do is name someone of the same political party as the person who has vacated the position. Most of the time that is what happens; sometimes, as with members of ...

Often, Media Ignores the Obvious

Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier? Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream. Four examples: Storm Coverage As last week’s storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: “monster storm ... very ...

Trump Should Rethink U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia

At the top of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tentative daily schedule posted last Tuesday morning on Facebook was lunch with Saudi Arabia’s defense minister and deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Perhaps Trump could post the full agenda for that meeting on social media as well. The ...

Cut Spending, Not Programs

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could ...

Enact Parental Notification Bill

Many West Virginians probably believe that if an abortion is performed on a minor, her parents or guardians must be informed in advance, unless there is some compelling reason for that not to happen. Such is not the case. State law allows physicians to perform abortions on minors without ...

Avoid Costly Mistake On Budget Estimates

Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature are right to insist on what amounts to a hold-the-line state budget that does not depend on massive tax increases. But there is danger even in their fiscally conservative plan. It is simply that even the $4.055 billion general revenue ...

Junk Buildings Block Progress

When it comes to what government can do to boost economic development and improve the quality of life for people, tearing down can be as important as building up. On Thursday, we published yet another one of those stories about dilapidated buildings. This one involved rundown structures in ...

Let Counties Help With Infrastructure

State officials eager to improve highways and other infrastructure throughout West Virginia should remember that every little bit helps. There is a way counties can augment state and federal funding for such work. In some areas where local economies have gotten shots in the arm from ...

Hijacking Foreign Policy?

“The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call for a ...

Amend Storage Tank Regulations

West Virginia legislators’ reaction to a chemical leak into the Elk River at Charleston more than three years ago was understandable. They enacted what came to be known as the “tank bill,” establishing strict rules for owners of storage tanks throughout the state. Water supplies for ...

Eliminate Wasteful Defense Spending

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...