Editorials

Changing Rules To Cost Us More

Just when you think you may have a handle on government regulations, the bureaucrats and legislators change them. Sometimes it seems as if the idea is to collect more money from penalties for noncompliance. A good example of the phenomenon was provided in Belmont County this week. There, ...

Stay Away From Risky Mortgages

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

Alter Useless Incentive Plan

Ohio County Schools’ attendance incentive program for employees is ridiculous. The sooner Board of Education members change it, the better. Designed to give employees financial incentives to avoid using any more personal leave days than absolutely necessary, the policy does no good to ...

Bureaucracy Is Running Amok

Someone once warned that you can’t outlaw stupidity. The federal government is living, constant proof of that. Bureaucrats with encyclopedic knowledge of the red tape they created too often seem to prefer it to common sense. Action by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year ...

Solving Medicaid Dilemma Critical

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Put Taking Care Of Business First

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical ...

Medicaid Funding Scare Tactics Ignore Problems in Nursing Homes

Die-hard Obamacare defenders were out in force over July 4 to protest Republican repeal efforts. The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. It’s sheer demagoguery. But even these phony claims could ...

Europeans Miffed With Us? Too Bad

America, the New York Times groans (chortles?), was “ostracized” by the other G20 countries at the recently concluded meeting in Hamburg. And with Angela Merkel leading the band of ostracizers. And on not one but three issues: immigration, climate change, and trade. These are all worth ...

Pursuing Apprenticeships With Private-Sector Guidance

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order to boost apprenticeship programs in the United States. These are training programs, offered in a variety of formats, usually by businesses, to convey skills to individuals for specific vocations. It’s a great idea, but like all great ...

Safeguarding Voters’ Privacy

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is more than a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate, as a matter of fact. Still, secretaries of state Mac Warner in West Virginia and Jon ...

Helping East Ohio Police Departments

Good for the Belmont-Bethesda-Morristown Rotary Club and a Florida company for making both local police officers and the public safer by a magnanimous gesture. As we reported, the Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Bethesda Police Department. There, Chief Eric Smith decided to spend ...

Using Troops For Demolition

Several communities in the Ohio Valley could use up their entire annual budgets on a single project — demolishing dilapidated buildings — if they did not have other spending priorities. But critical services must be maintained, so many of the junk structures remain standing. Officials ...

Act More Quickly On Drug Abuse

It is not enough, and it took them far too long to get to this point, but federal offiials finally have taken action that will help remove some of the opioids allowed to flood the market. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical company Endo to pull Opana ER, or ...

Winning the Immigration Debate

With his penchant for tweeted insults and GIFs, Donald Trump will never be mistaken for a master of the sweet art of persuasion. Yet he is clearly winning the public argument on the issue of immigration. He isn’t doing it through sustained, careful attention. No, it is the sheer fact of ...

Will Trump Republicans Avoid the Off-Year Curse?

Curious fact, and one disquieting for Republicans looking ahead to 2018: In the past 65 years, the president’s party has managed to win a majority of seats in an off-year election only four times. Special circumstances, unlikely to be replicated next year, accounted for the four party ...

Deter Abuse Of Children

Rarely does a month go by without us having to publish a police or court report involving an adult who has victimized a child sexually. Just last week in Jefferson County, two men were indicted, one for an offense involving an 8-year-old and the other for conduct with a ...

Using Medicaid More Responsibly

Discussions about health care, Obamacare and “repeal and replace” often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges. A hospital ...

Where Civility Once Ruled

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, ...

Look Realistically At Old Buildings

Mayor Glenn Elliott is right that if the city of Wheeling is going to insist other property owners keep their buildings in decent condition, it has an obligation to do so itself. That does not necessarily mandate that nearly $1 million be used to repair some city-owned structures that are ...

Consider Expanding Marijuana Panel

Not a single member of the advisory panel helping prepare rules for medical use of marijuana in West Virginia is from the Northern Panhandle. In fact, only two of the 13 are from the northern half of the state (Morgantown and Great Cacapon). Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board ...