Editorials

Cut Dependence On Government

West Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, share one concern about proposals to repeal and replace the Obamacare program. It is that those who have become dependent on it not be cut off from health insurance. No wonder they are concerned. About ...

Drilling Industry No Panacea for W.Va.

For some time, North Dakota seemed a model for what oil and gas drilling could do for a state. Some West Virginia officials visited the state to learn how government there was capitalizing on the shale drilling revolution. But Mountain State residents hoping we can be helped by a similar ...

Obama’s Final Quest Is Padding Liberal Resume

Of all Barack Obama’s costumes, the most ill-fitting is that of the hawk. The guise doesn’t work for all sorts of ideological and historical reasons. Plus there’s the fact that he’s rushing to put on the outfit as he’s heading out the door. The new sanctions against Russia are fine ...

Don’t Give Church Killer The Recognition He Covets

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As convicted murderer Dylann Roof defends himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ordinary as the ...

DNA Not Always Infallible

Have you heard of “touch DNA?” This mundane, yet menacing phenomenon exposes the double-edged sword of forensic science. With just an innocent handshake, an indirect transfer of epithelial cells, you could find yourself suspected of heinous crimes, charged with rape or convicted of ...

Trump Leery of U.S. Spy Agencies, Cozy With Putin

Donald Trump was quick to agree with President Vladimir Putin that alleged Russian hacking into the American presidential election was overblown and irrelevant. It immediately put the president-elect on a collision course with his own U.S. intelligence community, on which he now must rely for ...

Patriotism Doesn’t Mean Giving Trump a Free Pass

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” My immediate response to this infantile ...

Time Running Out to Deal With North Korean Threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have offered every kind ...

How Will Trump, Advisers Cope With First Crisis?

In less than two weeks, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in to office as the 45th president of the United States. But which Trump will occupy the Oval Office is an open question.         Will it be the man who has assembled, for the most part, a team of well-qualified and impressive ...

Don’t Let Drug Firms Off Hook

It is hard to believe — impossible, some would say — that drug company executives did not wonder how it was that they were selling more than three-quarters of a billion addictive pain pills in West Virginia during a six-year period. Yet few, if any, seem to have worried they were fueling a ...

Retired Miners Earned a Rescue

Some members of Congress may be growing tired of the nagging from U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. He just won’t stop reminding them they have to do something to rescue retired coal miners and their families from a dilemma not of their own making. For decades, miners could feel safe in the ...

Democracy Endangered?

“As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy,” writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, “it is illiberal democracy.” Galston’s diagnosis is not wrong, and his alarm is not misplaced. Yet why does America’s great export, liberal ...

Curb Federal Agencies’ Power

For many years, members of Congress fell victim to a serious error in judgment: They trusted the army of unelected, often unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the American people have paid for that mistake. As we have been reminded by President ...

Learning Truth About Russians

President-elect Donald Trump was to be briefed today on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

Cut Spending At Universities

Members of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, which represents the Buckeye State’s public universities, want more money from the state and the opportunity to charge students more. Predictably, officials at some of those universities are warning that if they do not receive more state ...

Enforce Existing Firearms Limits

A wave of violence that claims, on average, more than two lives a day is sweeping Chicago. That has brought the typical calls for new laws limiting ownership of firearms in the city. During the past year, 762 homicides occurred in the Windy City. That is the most in two decades. Yet ...

Responders Put At Risk Needlessly

It appears none of the local first responders who participated in Federal Emergency Management Agency training sessions that were much riskier than they thought suffered ill effects. There have been no reports of harm coming to any of the about 9,600 people involved from throughout the ...

Sports Complex Is a Good Idea

Give Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas credit for thinking big. But to that, add kudos for recognizing not every good idea has to be paid for by taxpayers. Thomas thinks Belmont County ought to have a major indoor sports facility. Making that happen is one of his goals for this ...

Obama Has Turned His Back On True Freedom in Middle East

While Christians across America were preparing for the Christmas holiday, the Obama administration threw its sympathies and support to those who oppress Christians in the cradle of Christianity — Bethlehem and elsewhere. The move by the Obama administration to abstain and not veto an ...

Taking New Approach to North Korea

In North Korea, Kim Jong-un appears to rule supreme. There is no talk of collective leadership, competing coalitions or personal limitations. Kim has done what many of us thought impossible: take and keep control in one of the world’s most dangerous political snake pits. His father spent ...