Editorials

Working Bugs Out Of Health Care Bill

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To this year’s inductees into the Wheeling Hall of Fame. They and the categories in which they are being honored include: Margaret Ann “Peg” Brennan, education and religion. J. Ross Felton and the late Dr. John Frissell, both for business, industry and professions. Betty ...

Cooperating in Ohio, W.Va. Against Crime

Officials in the local law enforcement community, ranging from prosecutors to police chiefs and sheriffs, understand the Ohio River simply cannot be a barrier to them cooperating with one another. It isn’t for the criminal element. Last week, representatives of Northern Panhandle and East ...

Improving Bellaire Schools Efficiently

After a fiscal catastrophe about a decade ago, followed by years of state financial oversight, Bellaire Local School District officials had to concentrate on making prudent decisions about how to use the public’s money. Within weeks, the state control has been lifted and voters have approved ...

Change Employee Residency Rules

Wheeling taxpayers deserve the very best city employees we can afford. But under current municipal law, we may not be getting them. An existing ordinance requires that city employees reside within an area bounded by Moundsville on the south, Wellsburg on the north, and the Ohio and ...

Spending Plan Key Component

Low-tax advocates in the West Virginia House of Delegates are not unreasonable men and women. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, signaled as much Thursday, when he told a reporter a new state budget that “barely increases taxes” might be acceptable. But the $300 million boost in ...

Ensure ‘System’ Is Not Crooked

An investigation into Michelle Miller, warden at the Belmont Correctional Institute, needs to be concluded as quickly as possible. And if Miller committed the acts she is accused of by the state inspector general, she should be removed from her post and possibly prosecuted. Miller allegedly ...

Berkeley Birthed Right

In December 1964, a Silver Age of American liberalism, to rival the Golden Age of FDR and the New Deal, seemed to be upon us. Barry Goldwater had been crushed in a 44-state landslide and the GOP reduced to half the size of the Democratic Party, with but 140 seats in the House and 32 in the ...

Reject Rush To A Bad Budget

Hurry-up politics seems to be the order of the day in both Charleston and Washington. In Congress, that means a health insurance bill most Americans know little or nothing about is being pushed forward. At the West Virginia State Capitol, legislators are under pressure to approve a budget, ...

Don’t Drive While Drunk — or High

West Virginia’s law enforcement officers and Division of Motor Vehicles are noticing what should be a positive trend: The number of drunk-driving fatalities in the state is dropping. Approximately 26 percent of highway fatalities in the Mountain State involve alcohol, which ...

Making Charter Schools Better

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

Ensure Developers Share City’s Vision

A majority of members of Wheeling City Council seem to have a vision for what a successful downtown business district should look like. Some measure of uniformity in buildings there may be a good idea. But what if potential investors have different visions? During their meeting Tuesday, ...

Learning Lessons From 2016 Election

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

Clinton’s Elitist Attitude Hurt Her

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview this week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

Legislators Must Thread Needle Carefully on New W.Va. Budget

West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our Corporate Net Income Tax rate was one of the highest taxes in the ...

Trying ‘to Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds’

Last weekend marked 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone coincided with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, April 29, 1992, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted after being charged with the violent beating of Rodney King, caught on ...

Lawmakers From High-Tax States Will Fight Trump Reform

If you live in tax hell — New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey or Connecticut — paying your state and local taxes could soon become even more painful. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have plans to lower federal tax rates for almost everyone and simplify tax rules. All ...

Resist Pressure For Higher Taxes

West Virginia legislators are scheduled to be back in Charleston Thursday, for what Gov. Jim Justice hopes will be a short special session that, if he is successful, will be far from sweet for Mountain State residents and businesses. Justice has called lawmakers back into session to deal ...

Huge Fee Exposes Obama Hypocrisy

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

‘Good Faith’ Unlikely

Asked about the possibility of U.S. officials offering to engage in negotiations with North Korea over that rogue nation’s missile buildup, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied that for such talks to happen, Pyongyang would have to show signs of “good faith.” Lots of luck ...