Editorials

Eliminating Government Handouts Tough, But It Can Be Done

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like Obamacare!” ...

Help Wheeling With Tax Credit

Developers understand a few percentage points can make a critical difference when one is involved in a big construction or renovation project. The old Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters building, with 144,000 square feet of interior space, is a big project. Towering over downtown ...

Cracking Down On Medicaid Fraud

West Virginia spends about $4 billion a year on the Medicaid program, with about one-fourth of that coming from state taxpayers. More than 554,000 Mountain State residents rely on Medicaid. With that many people and that much money involved, it is inevitable that some people will decide to ...

Expand Federal Anti-Drug Program

There is more to West Virginia than the state capital and the area surrounding it. Yet that appears to be the extent of a new federal initiative targeting heroin and prescription drug abuse. The U.S. Drug Enforce-ment Administration will spend $500,000 on the program, intended to apprehend ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Woodsdale Elementary School Student Council members who recently donated $1,200 to the House of the Carpenter’s Food Pantry. And to Stifel Fine Arts Center for helping the students. - To Bellaire Middle School student Andrew Masciarelli, winner of the Belmont County Spelling Bee. He ...

Don’t Be Bullied On W.Va. Budget

View funding for Fairs and Festivals from the 2016-17 budget here. Gov. Jim Justice was elected in large measure because many West Virginians viewed him as the anti-political answer to our state’s problems. The billionaire businessman milked the “I am not a politician” mantra for ...

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 ...