Editorials

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 ...

Poor Portland Progressives

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” — L.P. Hartley They do things differently in Portland, but not because it is a foreign country, although many Americans might wish it were: At this moment, it is one national embarrassment too many. Rather, the ...

Think Regional On Jail Woes

Surely Belmont is not the only East Ohio county struggling to find enough jail cells. The sad fact of the matter is that the key contributor to the problem, drug abuse, is a regional epidemic. Belmont County commissioners discussed the challenge last week. It can be summed up with two ...

Settle Va., Ky. Taxes Quickly

It was bad enough that Gov. Jim Justice’s businesses owed millions of dollars in back taxes to counties in the Mountain State. At least that was an issue for West Virginians to settle with our governor. But Justice’s companies also owe large back-tax bills in Virginia and Kentucky. The ...

Warren Promotes Hate, Divisiveness

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Restore Respect, Trust to Court

The shock of the year — thus far — for West Virginians came Tuesday, when members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee discussed impeaching the entire state Supreme Court. All four justices are accused of abusing the public’s trust (former Justice Menis Ketchum has resigned ...

Justice Delayed For Terrorist

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in U.S. ...

Find Solutions, Not Political Rhetoric

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...