Editorials

More Americans Are Doing Better

Liberal critics of President Donald Trump’s multi-faceted economic development strategy continue to insist it is not helping American working men and women. But it is — big time. Labor Department statistics released Friday show unemployment is the lowest in nearly half a century, at ...

Really Fixing PEIA in W.Va.

It is virtually inevitable in government that when a problem comes up, the knee-jerk reaction is to increase taxes. Hey, it will go away if we throw enough money at it ... right? Wrong, in the case of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency. The PEIA is a chronic malady, at ...

Clean Up Court Without Politics

Deciding whether to impeach West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry is unpleasant enough without politics rearing its ugly head. But it has. For more than three weeks, members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee have been discussing whether to recommend that the full ...

Ketchum Must Be Punished

Retired West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum “did the right thing for doing the wrong thing,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said this week. But Ketchum did do the wrong thing. He took taxpayers’ money to which he was not entitled. He filed what amounts to a fraudulent income ...

Hold Down Flood Insurance Premiums

Like high water that comes after heavy rain, complaints about the cost of federal flood insurance are a recurring problem. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., heard them again last week. McKinley met with Follansbee Chamber of Commerce members to discuss various issues. One brought up was ...

Bringing More Tourists to W.Va.

Creativity, energy and hard work do, indeed, pay off, and West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby should receive a great deal of credit for dedicating hers to bringing more people here to experience Almost Heaven. According to statewide hotel occupancy figures reported by global hotel ...

Climate Change Claims Often False

With destructive, deadly wildfires in California making both headlines and dramatic pictures, expect a new round of claims that climate change is to blame. But if there is a link between global warming and wildfires, it is a negative one. Solid, scientific research indicates the area burned ...

Outlook for EMS Levy Promising

Monroe County voters will want to know more about a proposed new property tax levy to support emergency medical services, of course. But chances are good they will approve the measure, especially in view of efforts made to lessen its impact on their tax bills. During their meeting a few ...

Judge Correct In Ensuring Fairness

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial this week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

Clerks at one-third of the Harrison County retailers handling tobacco products were willing to sell them to minors, it was learned through a recent undercover operation. That is unacceptable. Period. Harrison County commissioners are being asked to enact a new ordinance banning sale of ...

Press North Korea To Keep Promise

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Back Kavanaugh For High Court

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democrat senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh. Give Manchin credit for his stance of ...

Is Mueller Finding Any Trump Link?

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

Release Figures On Opioid Sales

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Bringing Peace To Afghanistan

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from ...

Keeping Coal On Comeback

Vice President Mike Pence’s observation Thursday in Wheeling that “the war on coal is over” gained him — and President Donald Trump — a well-deserved round of applause. Speaking during an event that focused on tax reform, Pence reminded those in the audience at Oglebay Park’s ...

WVU a Leader In Neuroscience

To a certain generation of people the names Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin are recalled with something approaching reverance. During the 1950s, the two developed vaccines to prevent a once-dreaded disease, polio. Now, it is nearly unheard of. Will hundreds of millions of people a few years ...

Paying the Bills In Steubenville

Steubenville City Council members are to be commended for their reluctance to close some municipal parks. But, as City Manager Jim Mavromatis implied this week, Steubenville may not have the resources to maintain the recreational facilities it once could afford. City recreation board ...

Avoiding Charter School Mistakes

It is no wonder that legislators in West Virginia and many other states are reluctant to approve taxpayer funding of charter schools. Two of our neighbors have demonstrated the potential pitfalls convincingly. This week, a long saga of charter school fraud in Pennsylvania came to an end. ...

Get Blankenship Situation Settled

Don Blankenship’s campaign earlier this year for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia certainly made the race a more colorful one. The coal baron, seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate, was strident in his criticism of Manchin — and some in the GOP. Here we go again — maybe. ...