Editorials

Keeping PEIA Enrollees Healthy

Members of a task force formed to recommend legislative action on West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency are wrapping up their work. They expect to have a report ready by Oct. 15. Almost undoubtedly, the report will recommend that lawmakers provide a stream of revenue — ...

Enforce Limits On Spending

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money for a small government entity such as the village of Belmont. Village Council members are right to be upset that the amount was spent without their knowledge. Municipal officials had agreed to renovate the basement of an old school building to house ...

Accountability Must Be Personal

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...

‘Fake News’ Label Incorrect

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several big national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Davis Claims Without Merit

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Rethink Security

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

Look at Two-Year Institutions, Too

Big changes may be on the horizon for higher education in West Virginia — part of it, anyway. As for the rest, there are indications it may continue to be treated as the ugly stepsister of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. We refer to the two-year community and technical ...

Fund Efforts to Find The Missing in Action

Just a couple of weeks ago, one story followed by many was the return by North Korea of 55 cases purportedly containing the remains of U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War. About 8,000 Americans remain listed as missing in action from that conflict. But nearly 79,000 are on the MIA ...

Prioritize Road Bond Proposal

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

Strzok Firing Long Overdue

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired by the agency Friday, long after he should have lost his job. Strzok was involved in both the FBI’s investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and that of President Donald Trump. He was removed from the Trump probe when his ...

Ensuring Fires Can Be Fought

Among the most frustrating surprises firefighters encounter is arriving at the scene of a blaze, hooking a hose to a hydrant and finding no water is flowing. It happens from time to time, often because of malfunctioning or inoperable hydrants. That was not the problem on July 17, after a ...

Curbs on Spending Needed to Cut Debt

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

RISE Failures Are Infuriating

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Focusing Attention On Space Defense

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines ...

Getting Sordid Mess Behind Us

We in West Virginia have made history during the past few months. During the next couple of them, we may make even bigger, national news. One of our state Supreme Court justices, Menis Ketchum, already has resigned in disgrace. He broke the law regarding use of a state-owned vehicle for ...

Monument Back Where It Belongs

For many years, a beautiful monument honoring Ohio Valley men who served as soldiers and sailors in the Civil War stood in downtown Wheeling. It was a reminder of our heritage and of the terrible price we as a nation paid to end slavery and preserve the Union. Sometime around 1958, the ...

Time to Stop Kicking the Can

Steubenville City Council members are engaged in a tense balancing act. They understand the municipal water and sewer systems need an enormous amount of expensive work. They also understand many of their constituents, especially those living on fixed incomes, will find it difficult to pay the ...

Using Science To Save the Bay

Chesapeake Bay, once described by some as a dying body of water, is much healthier today. West Virginians are among those deserving credit for that. Meanwhile, however, some other states in the bay watershed are not doing as much to help, according to the Environmental Protection ...

Tax Law No Reform For Some Charities

No bill emanating from Congress is perfect. Given the politics involved and the complexity of implementing seemingly simple ideas, that ought to be obvious. So it is with the comprehensive tax reform law enacted last year. It has been good for the vast majority of Americans. The surging ...

Self-Driving Cars Not Yet Made Safe

Sometimes it seems our faith in technology — or at least, our willingness to shell out big money for it — is boundless. A report on so-called self-driving cars, appropriately titled “Reality Check,” ought to bring us back down to earth. Issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...