Editorials

Manchin Should Support Gorsuch

The nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court may come up for a vote in the Senate this week. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrat leaders have vowed to prevent confirmation, using a filibuster if necessary. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Martins Ferry native Patrick Shrodes, son of Bruce and Barbara Shrodes, who still live in Martins Ferry. Shrodes is a police officer in Columbus. Earlier this month, Shrodes and other officers were serving a search warrant involving drugs. Shrodes was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a ...

Pay Attention to Russian Connection, Not Leaks

Last Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia’s election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense. House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How successful those ...

Gorsuch’s Character Suits Him for Supreme Court

Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a president ...

Bring Murderer To Justice

If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can’t they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur? It is time for one of the agency’s most wanted women in the world to pay her dues. And President Trump is just the man to force this militant ...

Sometimes, Politics Should Be a Laughing Matter

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Understand That Trump’s Opponents Have a Point, Too

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Our Checks and Balances Still Doing Their Job

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. ...

Deepening Partisan Divide Not Good for the Nation

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch — who is eminently qualified — puts them on a dangerous collision course that jeopardizes the confirmation process itself. Similarly, Republicans’ ...

We Are the Champions and Upgrades at Oglebay

Wins for Wheeling Wheeling’s winning. Delegates Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, worked to present citations to three winning teams from Wheeling Park High School earlier this month at the state Capitol in Charleston. Members of the cheer squad, the speech and debate ...

City Officials Right on Delay

Wheeling City Council members are right to keep their budget options open. In fact, they have no real choice in the matter. By a unanimous vote, council on Tuesday approved City Manager Robert Herron’s recommendation for a $34 million municipal budget for the coming fiscal year. City ...

Hold Moundsville Tax Rate Down

“We’re here to run the city, and that’s what we need to focus on instead of taxing (residents and businesses) them of every penny they have,” Moundsville Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt proclaimed Tuesday night. Her fellow City Council members apparently agreed with her. They voted down ...

Teaching Students About the Media

Students at some schools in our area benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the ...

Fund Transition Process for RESAs

It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Our state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the ...

Politicians Less Concerned With Gorsuch’s Future Than Their Own

I have spent this past week watching the Senate Judiciary Committee interrogating U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch is President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The vacancy was created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia more than 13 ...

Deciding Who Gets to Play on College Women’s Basketball Team

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If ...

Council Right On Dog Limits

St. Clairsville City Council members were right to back away from a proposal that could have been unnecessarily tough on law-abiding dog owners. They should not retreat from action to guard the public against irresponsible pet owners, however. Council had approved two readings of an ...

Avoiding Secrecy In Political Giving

Telling Americans they cannot contribute money to political candidates or causes amounts to infringing upon their First Amendment rights. That is something proponents of so-called “campaign finance reform” don’t like to talk about. But requiring that recipients of such donations say ...

Employment Data Was Not Full Truth

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Relax Restrictions On Used Vehicles

Give West Virginia legislators several years ago credit for wanting to protect their constituents from junk cars. But like so many consumer-protection laws, the statute enacted for that purpose was detrimental to many it was supposed to help. Under current law, if you want to buy a used car ...