Editorials

Make Spending Control a Priority

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Planning Ahead In Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry city government dodged a fiscal bullet this year. Municipal officials cannot count on that happening in the future, however. City Council members approved an $11 million budget for fiscal 2018 during their meeting last week. Helping keep that budget balanced — as well as ...

Justice Should Explain or Pay

There are any number of good reasons why a taxpayer might argue with government about his or her bill. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be running out of them, however. Before the gubernatorial election last year, it was reported Justice’s companies owed taxes, fines and other bills ...

Keeping Enough Police on Streets

Asking whether Wheeling has enough police officers on the street is a fair question. That is especially true in view of the drug abuse epidemic that has hit West Virginia with special ferocity. But city officials taking another look at police department staffing are asking the wrong ...

Partner With Public On School Reform

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of a public meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale. It is to be hoped area residents concerned with public schools make their opinions heard then — and that the state Department of Education pays ...

Bringing More People To Events in Wheeling

As local residents know, Labor Day weekend is one of the most enjoyable times of the year in Wheeling. There is almost too much to do. This year, the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes to attract more people from outside our area to the events — and make it easier to get to ...

Pats on the Back:

- To New Martinsville Police Officers Michael Owens and Jason Utt, honored during a recent City Council meeting for saving a man’s life. The two played key roles in saving the life of a man in medical distress at Wetzel County Hospital on March 17. - To the Wheeling Nailers hockey ...

Faking Criminal Evidence

Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in government-run crime labs — and it’s not just the result of a few rogue operators. In April, ...

Only Charlie’s Parents Should Decide His Fate

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...

Trump Jr. and the Russian: Just ‘Collusioney’ Stupidity?

That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother of All Tipping Points. Not only did Donald Trump Jr. meet with a Russian attorney who, he was told, had damaging information about Hillary ...

‘Open Skies’ Pact Good For Air Travelers

Consumers have benefited for decades from the presence of Open Skies agreements that lessen government interference in the market for international air travel. Now, a coalition of the big three U.S. airlines — Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines — along with labor unions, ...

What Do We Tell Children About President Trump?

“You could be president some day.” As recently as last year, this is what we told America’s children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential. See yourself in our first black president, and feel the ...

Now It Is Confirmed: Trumps Lied to Us

The Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there’s no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for which no concrete evidence had been ...

Revelations Jeopardize White House Agenda

In a week in which all political eyes should be focused on health care reform, the Trumps dropped another bombshell. First son Donald Trump Jr.’s release of emails between himself and a go-between for a Russian operative seeking access to the campaign, ostensibly to deliver dirt on Hillary ...

Time for W.Va. to Invest in Higher Education

aI am not one to look in the rearview mirror. I believe in moving forward. However, there are times when one must stop and reassess a situation. And I feel I must do that as it pertains to the conversation of the state funding of higher education. First, I want to make it clear that West ...

Honoring Veterans and the High Cost of an Education

Veteran Tends To War Memorial Edward Gorczyca, a local veteran, has taken care of the Polish-American War Memorial for years. The memorial, one of the national monuments to the military, is located at the former St. Ladislaus Polish Catholic Church at 45th and Eoff street in South Wheeling. ...

Figures Support Anti-Tax Stance

Gov. Jim Justice continues to blast West Virginia legislators for not going along with the big tax increases he demanded earlier this year. Yet state revenue reports at the end of the fiscal year indicate conservative lawmakers were right to reject the governor’s plan. Some officials saw ...

Try New Approach To the Legislature

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has done quite well by using President Donald Trump as a model of how to handle oneself in politics. Last year, amid a nationwide political revolution that ushered Republican Trump into office, Justice prevailed as a Democrat by using many of the same tactics, ...

Changing Rules To Cost Us More

Just when you think you may have a handle on government regulations, the bureaucrats and legislators change them. Sometimes it seems as if the idea is to collect more money from penalties for noncompliance. A good example of the phenomenon was provided in Belmont County this week. There, ...

Stay Away From Risky Mortgages

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...