Editorials

Pats on the Back:

- To Adriane L. Manning of Wheeling Middle School and Leslie Lively of Short Line School for being among six educators nominated for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced Sept. 18. - To members of three Army Reserve engineering ...

Picking Whatever Allies Are Needed to Prevail

Last year around this time (and the year before that), I was arguing with some of my fellow conservatives about the insanity of finding any common cause whatsoever with the so-called alt-right. The issue wasn’t that every avowed nationalist who claimed membership in the alt-right was a Nazi ...

Corporate Tax Cuts Will Benefit All U.S. Workers

Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump’s proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders ...

Business Leaders Hypocritical

Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance. These silly string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was ...

Presidents Who Were Moral Leaders

It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain a drive from the White House he had once taken. “I was outraged,” the president wrote when he was out of office, “when I read in the newspapers about a black family. ... The husband and ...

Would We, in 2017, Protect Jews From Neo-Nazis?

In 1997, my 9-year-old daughter met Miep Gies, the Gentile friend who helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the small attic apartment in Amsterdam until they were caught and murdered by the Nazis. This was a momentous event in our family. Gies was in Cleveland to deliver a speech. I ...

Trump Failed Major Test of Leadership

One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The Twin Towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the ...

Apologists Striking A Bargain With Evil

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” — Edmund Burke, “Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents” Edmund Burke’s admonition in 1770 should be taken as a warning to us today. The ...

Medical Training in the Wild and a New Furry Friend

Sack It to Them When Jim Rooney of the Steelers’ founding family spoke at the Light of the Valley luncheon on Wednesday to honor Dr. Dan Joseph, he thanked the Jim Bordas family for their charitable work. He said the Bordases donate $500 to the Ronald McDonald House for every sack the ...

Some Students Are Left Behind

NAACP leaders are right to be worried about how well West Virginia’s public schools are educating black students. On average, their performance academically lags badly behind that of white children. But for a change, the Mountain State seems to be doing better than many other states in ...

Good People Still Make Headlines

There certainly has been plenty of news about plenty of distressing events involving a variety of, well, bad people recently. But the good people still outnumber the bad — by far — and they, too, make headlines. Recall a few of them from the past couple of weeks: ∫ West Virginia ...

Keeping Voter Records Current

Attempting to ensure everyone who votes in an election is doing so legally is a good idea, despite the folks who cry “voter suppression” whenever public officials try to do so. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and county election officials throughout the state have been ...

Change Building Maintenance Rules

Buildings allowed to deteriorate to the point of becoming health and/or safety hazards ought to be repaired or razed. That seems obvious. But as you might imagine, things become less clear after that, as Moundsville City Council members have been reminded. Moundsville has regulations ...

Better Drug Policy An Urgent Need

Let us hope and pray that Jim Johnson hits the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced Thursday. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role ...

Health, Safety Must Be State’s Priorities

Remember the old days — well, not so long ago, actually — when the hot ticket for politicians was to claim they would revitalize the Ohio Valley steel industry? Now, it seems, the idea is that claiming to have ways to help the state’s coal industry rebound will translate to success ...

Government Failed to Defend Free Speech in Charlottesville

Last weekend, serious violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va., when a group of white supremacist demonstrators was confronted by a group of folks who were there to condemn the message the demonstrators had come to advance. The message was critical of the government for removing a statue of ...

Really Examining Causes of Gender Inequality in America

Google fired software engineer James Damore for writing a 10-page memo critical of the company’s diversity policy. The memo violated the company’s code of conduct by “advancing harmful gender stereotypes” by suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the male/female ...

Move Slowly On School Closings

Board of education members are expected to do the best they can to provide good schools for our children — while staying within a budget. That can force them to make decisions they would rather avoid. So it is with Brooke County school board members, who have agreed to close three ...

Communicating, But Not Too Much

What we have here is not a failure to communicate. Instead, there may be too much communication. When fires break out, vehicles crash, people suffer medical crises or crimes are committed, first responders need to be sent to the scene of the trouble quickly. In most places, including ...

Giving Back More Than You Take

People who receive major awards for service to their communities invariably have done great things in that regard. But one of them, this year’s winner of the Wheeling YMCA Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth-Light of the Valley Award, adds to that an extensive portfolio of helping ...