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Keep Momentum Up in Wheeling

Redevelopment is happening in downtown Wheeling, after years of stagnation. The question now is how to keep the momentum going in the right direction. Dean Connors, a developer who talked about the business district in a story we published Tuesday, made it clear continuing progress will be ...

Don’t Let Iranian Reformers Down

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Keep Students Out of Danger

Public school officials should have a zero-tolerance policy regarding teachers whose conduct intentionally puts children at risk in any way. That ought to go without saying. But in Kanawha County, it appears that outlook resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Fortunately, a judge prevented ...

Limits on Speech A Risky Precedent

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Prevent Toxic Smoke Disaster

When firefighters began arriving at the IEI Plastics warehouse in Wood County on Oct. 21, they knew they had a problem. Thick, black smoke was beginning to billow into the air. But the firefighters did not know what was in the smoke or whether they needed to evacuate the ...

Spending Control Is Missing in D.C.

As members of Congress were debating a massive tax reform bill last month, many critics were vociferous in saying they just could not vote for it for one reason: The measure will increase the national debt. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the $20.6 trillion national debt ...

Guard Against Abuse in W.Va.

One day in mid-December, while many in his family were making preparations for Christmas, Kentucky House of Representatives member Dan Johnson left his home and drove to a secluded area near Mount Washington, Ky. There, he got out of his car and shot himself to death. Johnson left behind a ...

Border Still Porous

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

Cutting Back On Regulations

A researcher’s recommendation that West Virginia legislators set arbitrary caps on the numbers of regulations state agencies can enforce sounds simplistic. As one lawmaker, Delegate Scott Brewer, D-Mason, put it, “How do you differentiate between good regulations and bad?” On the ...

Trying Once More On Tax Reforms

Some members of the West Virginia Legislature may have enjoyed a few grim, knowing smiles during the past several weeks, as they watched work on a federal tax reform bill. Been there, struggled with that, they may have thought. Conservatives have attempted during the past two regular ...

Convince Chinese To Invest Quickly

Opportunity is knocking very loudly in West Virginia. Let’s be certain the door is wide open and the welcome mat is out. We refer to the promise Chinese officials have made to invest more than $83 billion in our state during the next decade. Most of the money is destined for ...

Accountability Needed in W.Va.

For three years in a row, West Virginia’s Department of Administration missed deadlines for submitting an audit required by the federal government. Who was penalized? Every public college in the state. Because of the late audits, institutions of higher learning were told they would ...

Saving Taxpayers Money on Audits

Just keeping track of all the money local and state governments spend in West Virginia costs a lot of money. State Auditor John B. McCuskey may have a way to save some of it, while accomplishing something else worthwhile. McCuskey’s office has partnered with the West Virginia University ...

Keeping Budget Balanced in 2018

After getting together for a pre-Christmas meeting last week, some Steubenville officials may have thought of going home to announce they didn’t need a thing from Santa Claus. He’d gotten around to them early. Well, yes, it is unlikely the got that carried away. But they have reason to ...

Finding Those Who Enabled Abusers

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Implementing Plan for Growth

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration ...

Stop Relying On Other Countries

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Ensure Elections Are Free and Fair

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Battling Unfair Limits on Trade

Some of our nation’s best trading partners have the nasty habit of protecting select industries of their own by virtually locking out competition from the United States. The European Union’s ban on hormone-treated beef from the United States is an example. Usually, such blatant unfair ...

Improve Personal Finance Education

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, ...