Editorials

Trump, Immigration and Supreme Court

Earlier this week, after nearly uniform rejections by judges all across the country, President Donald Trump achieved a court victory in the persistent challenges to his most recent executive order restricting the immigration of people into the United States from six predominately Muslim ...

SPD Trolls Merkel for Appeasing Trump

Rattled by an election that doesn’t seem to be going their way, Germany’s Social Democrats are attacking Merkel at what they see as her weak point: her agreement to raise defense spending to 2 percent of GDP—specifically in accordance with the wishes of President Donald Trump. The WSJ: ...

Should Confederate Generals Be Considered as Traitors?

My “Rewriting American History” column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union. ...

Bill Improves Early Voting

Sometimes it seems virtually any attempt to improve the processes of voting and voter registration and make them less susceptible to fraud provokes claims of voter suppression. So it is regarding a common-sense proposal on early voting in Ohio. Voters who for one reason or another do not ...

Job Creation Still Big Need in W.Va.

There was good news and bad news for West Virginians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this month. Good news: After years in which the state’s labor force participation rate was below 50 percent, it increased substantially in May, to 53.1 percent. Bad news: Our rate remains the ...

EPA Workers Have A Layoff Cushion

Most miners laid off because of the Environmental Protection Agency’s campaign against coal during the past several years probably got little notice and only minimal financial help to deal with loss of their jobs. Things are different for EPA employees. President Donald Trump is ...

Rethink Proposed New Import Tax

It is no wonder so many U.S. companies have moved operations overseas, taking jobs with them. Corporate tax rates here are draconian in comparison with much of the rest of the world. So reform is in order. But part of a proposal to do that bears objective scrutiny to avoid a “reform” ...

Rhetoric Boils Over in Health-Care Debate

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures ...

Canadian Drugs Won’t Heighten Opioid Crisis

Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill in Congress that would allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies, subject to controls aimed at ensuring safety. The goal is to lower prices for Americans, because many drugs sell for far less in Canada. The U.S. drug ...

What Is Ailing the Health Care Program in This Country?

WASHINGTON — The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies. Assisting the opposition was none other than President Trump, who called the earlier version passed by ...

Consolidating Fire Stations

Martins Ferry’s population and, just as important for purposes of funding municipal government, its industries have changed dramatically during the past few decades. Half a century ago, the city had 10,757 residents, many of whom were employed at nearby steel mills. Now the mills are gone ...

Saving Low-Income Students Money

Speaking of common sense and the federal government — a topic that sometimes sems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face — a change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the cost of ...

Charter Schools Held Accountable

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are ...

Don’t Rush Tax Reform in Secret

Details of a tax reform bill may be negotiated at the White House privately, with a few Republican congressional leaders, an aide to President Donald Trump has told reporters. Rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties will, in effect, have to wait to see the bill before they know what is in ...

Curbing Cost Of Government

It is doubtful any of the 32 Ohio state senators who voted on a budget bill last Wednesday have any desire to make life tougher for low-income Buckeye State residents. But money does not grow on trees, no matter what you may hear from liberals in Washington. President Barack Obama and ...

Holding Employees At VA Accountable

Government employees should not be disciplined or fired without good cause, certainly not for political reasons. That seems obvious. Just as plain is that civil service laws should not protect rogue employees who cheat taxpayers by failing to do their jobs. Critics of new legislation ...

Juicing the Pace of Baseball

From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach’s visit to the pitcher’s mound, ...

Puberty Suppression and Female Genital Mutiliation

Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit-area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

Taxpayers Deserve Some Courtesy, Too

State funding for the Courtesy Patrol program has been controversial among West Virginia legislators for years. There are good reasons for skepticism. The program, which provides aid for stranded motorists on a few highways, is operated by the non-profit Citizens Conservation Corps of West ...

Monitor 3-Story Rule Some Courtesy, Too

Considering construction of a new building in downtown Wheeling? You’d better have something three stories or taller in mind. City Council has approved a rule requiring that new buildings downtown must meet that requirement. There are provisions for exemptions, when developers can make ...