Editorials

Cracking Down On Big Government

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House reported. Big government has continued to get bigger for some time, despite presidents’ pledges to hold ...

Keep U.S. Out of Syria War

By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight. Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to ...

Playing Politics With Gender

On Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Jack Turban, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Turban says that doctors should begin applying puberty blockers to children who identify as transgender as early as possible. That’s because, according to him, “it has become clear ...

President Trump Hears Middle East’s Siren Call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer's epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Refine Weirton Drug Ordinance

Weirton’s new public intoxication ordinance — providing penalties for people under the influence of drugs while in public — sends an important message about the city’s intolerance for substance abuse. Overlooked by some critics of the municipal law is the fact it also adds a safeguard ...

Keeping Politics Out of Budget Bill

It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will veto a budget bill approved by the Legislature on Sunday. The measure certainly could be improved. But should the governor for some reason sign the budget, it will create a serious problem for West Virginians. It is that, as written, the measure cannot ...

Youth Violence Becomes Crisis

Most people probably would find it difficult to imagine themselves opening fire with a gun on three high school-age boys. But someone did at about 11 p.m. Sunday in Steubenville. One of the boys, 15-year-old Tyshawn Jett of Steubenville, was killed. A 16-year-old, also from Steubenville and ...

Avoid Accidental War in Middle East

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were ...

Reducing Drug Overdose Deaths

Complaints from a small group of Ohioans who say they are chronic pain sufferers and will be negatively affected by the state’s new rules to restrict the prescription of painkillers should be dismissed by Gov. John Kasich and others in Columbus who understand why such rules are absolutely ...

Volunteers on Pool Project Earn Praise

Steubenville’s Belleview Park swimming pool might well have been closed this summer. As City Manager Jim Mavromatis told City Council members, the pool needed major repair and renovation work. That idea did not sit well with many in the neighborhood served by the pool. Some clearly ...

Take Time to Get The Budget Right

Differences in budget bills approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate last week were not of the kind that can be reconciled with just a few hours of negotiations — at least, not prudently. For example, the House budget at one point contained no funding for either ...

Be Careful With Revenue Estimate

Does anyone really have a reliable idea of how much West Virginia state government will have to spend next year? There are many good reasons to believe the answer is “no.” Just a few weeks ago, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration estimated that income for the general revenue fund next ...

Reopen Closed State Police Detachments

Late last year, it was announced West Virginia State Police detachments in Hundred, Elizabeth and Grantsville would be closed. The problem was money, State Police officials said. Well, that should not be a problem beginning July 1, when the new fiscal year begins. It appears West Virginia ...

This Presidency’s Biggest Problem Is … the President

The conservative commentariat is full of suggestions these days for how Donald Trump can salvage his first 100 days. F.H. Buckley, the organizer of “Scholars and Writers for Trump,” writes in the New York Post that the president should “split” the GOP, align himself with Democrats ...

Diverting Our Attention From Russian Connection

If there is one operative rule in Washington’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth — a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. Thus, the focus early ...

The Rape That Never Occurred

Campus feminists whipped up a Category-5 frenzy over sexual assault allegations at a Northwestern University fraternity in February. But a few days ago, the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin was forced to muster up her best impression of “Saturday Night ...

Blaming Obama Won’t Work Forever for Trump

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month” politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

Trump Defense of O’Reilly Not Exactly Persuasive

It’s hard to give the complete list of companies pulling their ads right now from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News Channel, because the number keeps growing. Chances are that in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, another corporate sponsor decided to suspend advertising. ...

Liberals Losing Supreme Court as Reliable Ally

For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically memorized. Both ...

Filibuster Was Useful Tool To Force Compromise

Back when I was a young staffer in the House of Representatives, we viewed the Senate with some disdain. Senators — and more so their staffs — were imperious. They viewed themselves as being in the higher chamber and employed arcane rules, most notoriously the filibuster, to block actions ...