Editorials

No More Concessions

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

Time to Investigate Leaks

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, ...

No, You Really Are Not a Bigot

You. Yes, you. You’re a bigot. Are you a straight man who only wants to have sex with women? Are you a gay man who only wants to have sex with men? Are you a bisexual man who wants to have sex with people of both sexes but only if they are good-looking? Are you asexual? You’re a ...

Shifting Burden To the Taxpayers

It really is no wonder so many West Virginians are upset with government at every level. Rather than get its own fiscal house in order, government always seems to come up with a way to dump the burden on us. Gov. Jim Justice’s new budget proposal is an example. While legislators have ...

Eradicate Vicious Terrorist Network

President Donald Trump is criticized often for his shoot-from-the-hip style. Not infrequently, his sometimes harsh tone is looked down upon. But he had it exactly right on Monday. Trump was speaking in the hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 other people and wounded 59 at a concert hall ...

Compromise On W.Va. Taxes

Politics may be the art of compromise, but not much of it has been seen from Gov. Jim Justice. He continues to insist that without a big tax increase, West Virginia state government will crash and burn. State senators have an opportunity to break with the governor, for the good of Mountain ...

Let Turkey Know We Have Rules

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. ...

Making Weirton More Appealing

Weirton Planning Commission Chairman Chuck Robinson might well have been referring to any number of Rust Belt communities when he remarked last Wednesday that, “This town needs some excitement and energy instead of just waiting for something to happen.” But there are differences between ...

Expanded Probe Would Be Good

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

Identifying Ways To Save Money

Perhaps we should worry about a West Virginia “government shutdown” more frequently. Concern over the potential for one this year may spawn one of the most productive bureaucratic exercises seen for some time. As Gov. Jim Justice and legislators were haggling about a state budget ...

Some Pushers No Better Than Killers

Occasionally, we call on prosecutors and judges to punish certain criminals harshly. Because suggesting someone go to prison for a long time is a very serious thing, we usually explain why we believe lengthy sentences are appropriate. Not this time. There really is no need to explain why a ...

Playground Work Aids Wheeling Development

Good for Wheeling officials for deciding to spend $143,000 on playgrounds. In addition to improving the quality of life in the city, they are making an important contribution to economic development efforts. During its June 6 meeting, City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance clearing ...

Pats on the Back:

- To the Junior League of Wheeling, honored by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce with its 2017 Kathy Fortunato Service Award. Since its inception in 1940, the Junior League of Wheeling has been involved in a variety of projects to benefit area children, including the Janie S. Altmeyer ...

Recognizing Patriotism, Journalism Can Coexist

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Trump Seems Incapable Of Holding Back the Truth

One thing we’ve learned the past several weeks is to ignore the White House and wait for Donald Trump to spill the beans. Invariably, the president contradicts statements from his communications team and other officials, and blurts the truth. As counterintuitive as it seems, Trump is a ...

Threatened For Telling The Truth

Here is what happens if you try to tell health care stories that defy government orthodoxy: When GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health care system, liberal protesters responded by ...

Trump Faces Major Challenge on Credibility

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his November ...

Perhaps We Need Reminder Of Symbolism of Torches

Strange Fruit, 2017. Please, somebody tell these boys it’s 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar ...

Attempting to Remove Trump Would Be Mistake

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald ...

Someone Needs to Remind Trump He’s Not a Victim

I take no glee in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia — and I say that as a consistent critic of Donald Trump’s from the day he announced his quest for the presidency. I have watched too many of these investigations, of both ...