Editorials

‘Telemedicine’ Limits Appropriate in W.Va.

A bill banning doctors from prescribing narcotics using “telemedicine” technology, approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates, was taken up by the state Senate this week. There, lawmakers made an amendment so obvious some in the House may wonder why they did not think of it. In a ...

Tolerance of Others’ Religions Demanded, Except for Christians

I’ve heard numerous versions of this story, but I’ll go with the one reportedly told by Dr. Abraham Twerski, a renowned psychiatrist and Orthodox rabbi. (I’ve trimmed and paraphrased it a bit.) The bearded Twerski goes to the airport in his Hasidic garb — the hat, the long coat, the ...

Inaction Sometimes the Best Policy

The Bashar Assad regime’s most recent chemical weapons attack in Idlib province killed dozens of people and injured many more. It was a cynical and desperate move by a regime that has lost all legitimacy in the eyes of the world. But the attack was also our first opportunity to see what ...

Perhaps ‘Pug’ Was Too Good for the World of Politicians

CHARLESTON, S.C. — People who experienced the phenomenon of Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel can’t have helped wondering what might have been — if only he had won. But Pug, who died last week, didn’t win. In his political career, he lost and lost — and then lost some more. Which ...

Get Medicinal Marijuana Right

An amendment West Virginia House of Delegates members had to make in a bill to permit medicinal use of marijuana is evidence not enough thought went into drafting the proposal. House members are debating a SB 386, a bill already approved by the state Senate. Its intent, to allow people with ...

Probe Allegations Over Susan Rice

Susan Rice, who was among former President Barack Obama’s top aides, cannot be trusted. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear. So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on ...

Be Courteous To Taxpayers

West Virginia legislators are digging deep into the state budget to find savings enough to balance it with few or no tax increases. That makes it all the more puzzling that the state Senate is sitting on a way to reduce spending by $3 million. A few weeks ago, House of Delegates members ...

Don’t Cut Funding For Health Right

Take a look at the editorial above. It is about a program that costs West Virginia taxpayers $3 million a year to help motorists in distress. It is operated through a contract with a nonprofit group that clears a substantial amount of money from the project. Some legislators seem reluctant to ...

Explore Regional Services Concept

“Right-sizing” — that is, adjusting municipal spending to account for a town or city’s decreased population — is something officials in many Ohio Valley communities are having to undertake. For some, it may not be enough. They may have to turn to downsizing of the type some older ...

‘Nuclear Option’ May Be Necessary

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Keep Spending Limits in Place

One thing about government at all levels that must puzzle many people is why spending is allowed to grow, year by year, even when tax increases are needed to make it happen. Why can’t government do what many families have no choice about? Why can’t it work with what money it has to pay ...

Avoid New Drug Crisis in W.Va.

Much of our substance abuse crisis in West Virginia can be blamed on that most praiseworthy of human emotions — compassion. Let us not allow it to overcome our good sense a second time, making the drug problem even worse. By a 28-6 vote, state senators have approved a bill allowing use of ...

Manchin Makes Right Choice for Constituents

When members of the U.S. Senate vote on whether to confirm federal Judge Neil Gorsuch as a justice of the Supreme Court, nearly every Democrat will vote “no.” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will not be among them. Neither will Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Both revealed last week they will ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Blake Humphrey, a 2014 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, who has been elected student body president at West Virginia University. In addition to many other accomplishments, Humphrey has been a guest columnist for the News-Register. - To all involved in the dental clinic at ...

Trump Fans Ignoring Facts in Defending Him

Paul Ryan did it. That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like ...

Building a Kingdom Right Here in the United States

Though Republicans profess to despise Big Government, especially the federal kind, it seems that what they really don’t like is Democracy — and indeed prefer a monarchy. Yes, yes, the czarina sighed, signaling her weariness with the palace historian’s inevitable scold. I know America ...

It’s Show Business, Not Justice

He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama ...

Universal Service Would Bond Us as Americans

Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from each other. More and ...

Schumer’s Own Party Gave Him Reason To Be Tense

New York’s Charles Schumer, boss of the Democrat minority in the Senate, is clearly under great stress, allegedly having screamed at a woman in a New York restaurant. But, hey, stress happens, especially when you start a partisan thermonuclear political war to kill the confirmation of a ...

Medicare for All May Be Result of GOP Failure

Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition needs to be permanent. There are ...