Editorials

Standardized Tests Have Their Place

Many teachers and students in public schools got a belated Christmas gift from the West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday. The board eliminated some standardized testing that had been slated for this spring. Ninth- and 10th-graders will not have to take English and mathematics tests ...

Capitalize On Cracker Delay

All good things come to those who wait, it has been said. Well, if that bears out for the Ohio Valley, we are really going to be pleased with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. If it is built. PTT Global Chemical America proposed the plant in 2015. If the firm ...

Public Safety Must Be Priority

Shadyside officials are trying hard to be good stewards of taxpayers’ money. They understand there are many pressing needs within the village. But if the situation with a dilapidated building at the corner of East 39th Street and Central Avenue is as serious as it appears, municipal ...

We Are Losing War on Drugs

A student at Central Elementary School in Moundsville was selling marijuana to classmates earlier this year, police say. Let that sink in for a moment. A child, probably no more than 10 or 11 years old, was selling an illegal drug to other youngsters. If you did not realize it before, ...

Teaching Children About the Danger

It would be amazing, not to mention disturbing, if every public school in our two states did not have some type of initiative to teach children about the dangers of drug abuse. But how are educators tackling the problem? How effective are their efforts? What changes are needed? A ...

Help Smaller Banks

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Ban ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in Ohio

Assume for a moment that the West Virginia Legislature has approved, and Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law, a requirement that no arm of local or state government is to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in any way. No help with emissions records, no enforcement of state rules ...

Paying Price For Assault on Coal

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes, we reported last weekend. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly ...

The Health Plan Spurs Optimism

“Topping out” is not a term familiar to Wheeling residents, though it is heard regularly in many other cities. But it was used here Monday, and that is cause for more than a single celebration. On Monday, ironworkers placed the last steel beam atop the framework of the new building ...

Limiting Support Personnel Foolish

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Reject Revival Of Estate Tax

West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so Wednesday, during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state ...

Let’s Put Conway Slip in Perspective

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon ...

Improving W.Va. Public Education

West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more than ...

Ignore Suggestion For ‘Sanctuary City’

Wheeling faces any number of challenges and opportunities. One of them is not whether we tell local police officers to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Yet a group of local residents plans to stage a demonstration this week, demanding that Wheeling become a “sanctuary ...

Trump Fails to Realize How U.S. Is Different

Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin. “He is the leader of his ...

Founders Didn’t Envision Use of Filibusters in Senate

Last Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump’s pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon — and they intend to use it. Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority ...

Feminists Become Irrational

All that was missing from Hillary Clinton’s video address to a left-wing women’s group last week was a pink pussyhat and a “BOYS SUCK” T-shirt. Feminists at the MAKERS conference in Southern California gushed over the twice-failed presidential candidate’s remarks, which exhorted ...

Being Civil Toward Those Who Are Democrats

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s” Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to “working right now with the Congress,” “working very closely with leaders of the ...

Yes, Fellas, Women Will Persist in Speaking Out

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

Trump Immigration Ban Legal, But Still a Loser

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since ...