Editorials

Lawmakers Found Ways to Cut Back

In telling state agencies they need to get better at controlling their spending, West Virginia legislators may want to consider offering a model — themselves. State government spending has been increasing steadily for years, as the above editorial notes. But about two years ago, state ...

Pats on the Back

∫ To West Virginia University student Blake Humphrey, a Wheeling native who has been named a member of the Volunteer West Virginia Commission. His hope is the panel “can empower young people across the state to serve in their communities.” ∫ To Ohio County Sheriff’s Department Lt. ...

State Vehicle Fleet a Mystery

Somewhere between 2102 Washington Street, East, in Charleston and 1124 Smith Street in the same city, West Virginia state government lost 4,961 motor vehicles last year. Figuratively speaking, that is. Last year a Charleston reporter asked around in an attempt to learn how many vehicles the ...

Reminding EPA Of Limits to Power

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials enjoy enormous power, granted by Congress. They can decide unilaterally that individuals, families and businesses must do certain things to comply with the EPA’s definitions of clean air, water and soil. But there are some limits. The agency ...

Mingo Junction Back on Track

Mingo Junction officials and taxpayers certainly deserve a fiscal break. They have earned one. For several years, making the village budget balance was an exercise in frustration. At one point there was doubt the municipality would be able to make payments on a loan used to improve the water ...

Ensure Ambulance Service Is Adequate

How fast an ambulance arrives after being summoned can be a matter of life or death. That is why Moundsville City Council should investigate a complaint by Fire Chief Noel Clarke thoroughly but quickly. During a meeting Tuesday, Clarke urged council members to consider changing to a new ...

Be Realistic About Dealing With Putin

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Overhaul Agency That Serves Veterans

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Clinton Should Not Escape Prosecution Over Her Emails

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill. Even though the case against her ...

Politicians Are Unlikely to Give Black Communities Real Help

The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black. Listening to the news media and the Black ...

Find New Plan For Redistricting

Surely Ohio legislators can do the same thing for the state’s congressional districts that they did for themselves in 2015 — find a more nonpartisan method of redistricting in reaction to population changes. Republican leaders in the General Assembly reportedly have little interest in the ...

Fund Clean-Coal Research Fully

Many West Virginians and Ohioans are people counting on President-elect Donald Trump to end the Obama administration’s war on coal and affordable electricity. But merely slamming on the brakes is not enough. As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted in a letter to Trump, the ...

Finding, Stopping Government Waste

How much can it cost to transport bodies to and from Charleston when the state’s chief medical examiner needs to handle matters such as causes of death? A lot, it turns out — some of which did not need to be spent. Legislative auditors say the Office of Chief Medical Examiner overpaid ...

Stopping Terrorists Living Among Us

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators this week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Aiding Our Friends

President Barack Obama’s eight years in office have been a time of frustration for many of our nation’s allies. His shoddy treatment of Israel makes headlines regularly. But our second-most-reliable ally, Jordan, seldom makes the news. A terrorist attack there in mid-December, in which 10 ...

Ellison Not Good Choice For Democrats Hoping to Rebuild

As we enter 2017, the Democratic Party has good reason to be concerned. In Washington, Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress. Thirty-three governors are Republicans, and Republicans control both houses of state legislatures in 32 states whereas Democrats ...

Sessions Right for Attorney General

As the Obama era comes to an end, many in the beleaguered law enforcement community are welcoming a change in federal leadership. For those currently on the front lines of keeping American communities safe, brighter times are certainly ahead. The incoming Trump administration has taken ...

Don’t Let Congress Write Off the Healthier-Than-Ever Elderly

As the new Congress convenes, budget cutters are eyeing Medicare, citing predictions that the program for seniors is running out of money. But federal bean counters have erroneously predicted Medicare’s bankruptcy for decades, largely because they ignore the impact of medical ...

Answers, as Well As Data, Missing

Ohio County residents who pay for public education and trust administrators to act in the best interests of children may never get answers regarding allegations someone “wiped” computers at the school system’s central office. At least, those answers will not be coming from the Ohio ...

Keeping Troopers Available in W.Va.

Jan Cahill will step into something of a hornet’s nest when he becomes superintendent of West Virginia State Police next week. During a time when the substance abuse crisis is taxing the resources of law enforcement agencies at every level, Cahill will be asked to do more with ...