Editorials

Moundsville Officials Right To Be Cautious

During many months of debate over Moundsville’s Four Seasons Pool, a proposed city-owned recreational vehicle park and other issues involving finances, some critics of City Council action asked about the new 1 percent municipal sales tax. With revenue from that coming in, why were officials ...

French Should Cool Their Ardor For Activism Over Climate-Change

While a historic heat wave was finally subsiding across France, I strolled by the Elysee Palace, home of the French president, as a massive black Range Rover pulled up to the door. (This at a time when the transit authority was offering locals special rates to get us out of our cars as ...

Really Reforming Health Care System

Lurking beneath all the vicious barbs and apocalyptic claims being hurled about in the fight over Obamacare and its potential replacement is a sense of resignation — resignation that our health care system is basically stagnant, that costs will continue to consume a larger and larger share of ...

‘School Inc.’ Delves Into What’s Wrong With Public Education

Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices — usually better choices, for less money. “But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there’s one that stands out as an exception,” according to the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson. “One ...

Get Coal Back In Energy Mix

Americans can enjoy hundreds of years of reasonably priced, reliable electricity if coal is added back into the nation’s energy mix. During his election campaign and earlier this year, President Donald Trump pledged to do just that. He is working energetically to win half the battle on ...

Protect the Elderly Against Scammers

Criminals who specialize in scams often target the elderly. Their hope is that they can wipe out the life savings of people sometimes more vulnerable to being misled. Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars a year to scammers. It is puzzling that state and federal governments do not do a ...

Really Improving W.Va. Public Schools

It hardly seems possible, but the halfway point of summer break for public school students and teachers in West Virginia is approaching. What lies ahead when the new school year begins in August? That is a good question. Members of the state Board of Education and the state Department of ...

Beware Motives Of Altruistic Companies

Let me just say this at the outset: Mildred Dresselhaus, who died in February at the age of 86, was an amazing woman. An accomplished physicist who won just about every scientific award short of the Nobel Prize, Dresselhaus was by all accounts a pioneer, patriot and great ...

The Battle Against Medical Kidnappers

BOSTON — On the day Boston Children’s Hospital celebrated being named “the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the nation,’’ I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld in Somerville, Mass. Dana is the wife of Martin Gottesfeld, an imprisoned technology engineer/activist who used his skills to fight ...

Character Beyond Measure

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

No Recess for American Public

On Tuesday, public outrage forced the Republicans to postpone their vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Two hours later, I stood with a loved one in an emergency room in small-town Ohio and got an earful from the nurse taking care of him. The nurse, with more than 20 years in ...

Why Do They Play the Game?

In mathematics, when you’re convinced of some eternal truth but can’t quite prove it, you offer it as a hypothesis (with a portentous capital H) and invite the world, future generations if need be, to prove you right or wrong. Often, a cash prize is attached. In that spirit, but without ...

It’s Time for a New Iran Policy

Five-plus months into the Trump administration, the outlines of a new foreign policy remain unclear. One of Donald Trump’s frequent applause lines when he was a candidate was his promise to “rip up” the Iranian nuclear agreement, which Trump and other critics claimed was one-sided ...

Monitor W.Va. Revenue Closely

Within a few days, final reports on how much state government collected for the General Revenue Fund during the just-ended fiscal year will be available. Let us hope the last month was a good one. West Virginia’s budget for fiscal 2018 is based largely on optimism that the state’s ...

Don’t Spend Your Holiday in Hospital

For many years, West Virginians could not celebrate Independence Day with a bang — at least, not a really big one — in our backyards. State law banned sale of most fireworks. All that changed last year. Now, it is legal to sell virtually any type of pyrotechnic device in the Mountain ...

Only the Unwise Doubt the President’s Intelligence

Five months into Donald Trump’s administration, only the unwise doubt the president’s intelligence. Just ask former FBI Director James Comey, who, in addition to being fired by Trump, has been redefined by the president as a dishonest leaker who might have lied were it not for nonexistent ...

Business Tax Idea Absurd

So desperate have some members of Congress become to allow government to continue growing that they are promoting ideas that could kill the very source of federal revenue, the U.S. economy. It had been taken for granted for generations that penalizing businesses for spending money to grow ...

Give People Job Training That Works

President Donald Trump has become an enthusiastic proponent of using apprenticeships to provide people with on-the-job career training. He is right on target in that, as long as federal bureaucrats do not choke the life out of the idea. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on job ...

Punishing Internet Bullies and Killers

No doubt a Massachusetts judge’s ruling recently will be debated heavily. It may be appealed to a higher court. But it is another step in reminding people that using the internet to harm others can have consequences. The judge ruled that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III, ...

Helping Babies Born Addicted

It is not just because of a general concern for babies born addicted to opioids that three members of Congress from West Virginia and four from Ohio are taking leadership roles in an attempt to help the little ones. Our state has been hit very hard by that tragedy within the scourge of ...