Editorials

Hoagland Bridge Bill Should Pass

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. Ensuring money is available to do that can be a challenge, but it is prudent financial management. That, in essence, appears to be the rationale for a bill ...

Was Alleged Abuse, Neglect Preventable?

A boarding school that operated from 2009-14 in Salem, W.Va., was a horror story for at least some of the boys and girls there, according to two former students who have filed a lawsuit over their alleged mistreatment. They contend a “culture of silence and secrecy” allowed children to be ...

Ensure Fair Elections

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Time Right to Refocus on Ways To Use More West Virginia Coal

Last November’s election of Donald Trump as president and a new class of leaders on the state-level represents a defining moment for our great state and for the West Virginia coal industry. This new leadership recognizes our natural resources as valuable assets, and they have pledged to ...

South Korea Should Stop Relying on U.S.

Candidate Donald Trump caused tremors in South Korea when he criticized America’s security commitment. Although far wealthier and more populous than the North, Seoul has grown comfortable being protected by Washington. The possibility of having to do more in their own defense shocked South ...

Don’t Just Throw More Money at Black Colleges, Universities

According to press reports, the topic of Historically Black Colleges and Universities came up in the recent “listening session” at the White House with President Trump and his internal team of black leaders, as part of Black History Month. Reportedly, this piqued the president’s ...

Move Forward In West Virginia

West Virginia is at a crossroads. During his first State of the State speech tonight, Gov. Jim Justice is expected to propose a road map to help us get to a brighter future. Regardless of what the governor says and how legislators, both Democrat and Republican, react, one thing is clear: Now ...

Begin Penalizing ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Whether you agree with it or not, the law is the law. But without penalties for failure to comply with them, the statutes are useless. During President Barack Obama’s administration, many municipalities, incuding New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, declared themselves “sanctuary cities” ...

Taking Chance On Old Buildings

Restoring two dilapidated buildings at a choice location on Main Street in Wheeling is far from a done deal. Any number of things could come up to scrap the proposal. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Wheeling City Council members should take the next step toward making the project a ...

Moral Compass Exceptional in U.S.

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Find More Ways To Save Money

Jim Justice has been governor of West Virginia for less than a month. Yet during that time, three state agencies suddenly have found they don’t need as many cars and trucks as they have, courtesy of taxpayers. Justice himself led the way, announcing a couple of days after taking office that ...

Flood Victims Still In Need of Help

When the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter last week, some folks in southern West Virginia counties still recovering from last summer’s devastating floods may have cursed the little guy just a bit. Recovery has been slow — painfully so, for some families — and the thought of an ...

Keep Marijuana Illegal in W.Va.

Arguments for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia boil down to two factors: cash and compassion. Neither holds up under prudent scrutiny. As state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice struggle to balance the state budget, the claim legalized marijuana would result in an infusion of cash in ...

State Tax Officials Deserve Praise

It is that time of year again — tax season. Until this year, the West Virginia State Tax Department had the luxury of being able to offer state tax return preparation help to those who just walked in to their locations throughout the state. Not so this year. Gov. Jim Justice’s edict to ...

Idea Behind Immigration Limits Was Good, Execution Was Awful

As someone living in France, a country subjected to multiple Islamic terrorist attacks over the past couple of years, I’d be the last to criticize the spirit of President Trump’s initiative to secure American borders through extreme vetting. I’ve witnessed firsthand the result of creeping ...

Tech Firms Defending Bottom Lines

President Donald Trump has tried to court executives of technology companies. Before he even took office, he hosted the heads of such companies as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Tesla at Trump Tower. But now his policies on trade and immigration are generating strong pushback from ...

Trump Needs to Rethink Meaning of the Word ‘Freedom’

No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks ...

Don’t Kill Jobs Or Hurt Families

State revenue was down again last month, reinforcing to Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators that dramatic action is needed to get the budget in balance. Any debate over how to do that ought to be erased by a glance at the revenue report for January. A look at it makes two things ...

Improving Public Schools in W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice has not revealed his specific proposals to improve public schools in West Virginia, but he has made three things clear. First, he wants more local control of education. Second, he believes some of the state-level education bureaucracy can be eliminated. Third, he has ...

60 Days Not Enough?

Balancing our budget and reforming public schools are just two of the major issues with which West Virginia legislators must deal this year. Either one could take up the entire 60-day regular session. Too often in the past, important legislative matters have not been handled well simply ...