Editorials

Praying Trump Is Wiser, Less Impetuous Than He Appears

So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won’t change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States. The humble, warm and engaging Trump we’d hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an appearance. We’ve ...

Government Bigger in W.Va.

You may remember the doom-and-gloom warnings from West Virginia bureaucrats last winter: Dare to cut our budgets, and the public will suffer. Indeed, after legislators adopted a fiscal 2017 budget slightly smaller than that for fiscal 2016, there were cutbacks. County school systems were told ...

Insist RESAs Serve Intended Purpose

Regional education service agencies were established years ago in West Virginia, to use economies of scale to save money for county school systems. RESA 6, which serves most Northern Panhandle counties, has done an excellent job of that, Ohio County school officials told state legislators ...

Media Not All Biased

One can hardly blame many Americans for their refusal to trust the news media, given the hysterical tone taken by some in major news outlets. Take the MSNBC television network. Not long after President Donald Trump made his inaugural speech on Friday, MCNBC star Chris Matthews took to the ...

Cut Bureaucracy In W.Va. Schools

Just three years ago, West Virginia’s general revenue budget included about $1.178 billion in basic state aid funds for distribution to county school systems. Budget constraints have cut that to $1.113 billion for the current year. We just can’t afford as much for county school systems, ...

Keeping an Eye On Small-Town Officials

Four former officials of the Jefferson County community of Smithfield have either been convicted of or pleaded guilty to charges involving corruption or failures to perform their duties adequately. The most recent was last week, when former Police Chief Robert Mieczkowski was found guilty of ...

Trump Probably Can’t Reunite Us as a Nation

“For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted a week ago, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!” As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my doubts. Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for the ...

Showing Leadership By Extending Olive Branch

A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: “John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, ...

They’re Thugs, Not Protesters

Hoodlums planned to be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. I’ve covered the left’s criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to the ...

Thinking as Americans Of Equality of Sacrifice

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

‘We’re All Under The Same Sky …’

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Obama’s Final Actions Reveal His True Self

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were ...

Portraying Some People As Racists Is a Racket

The confirmation hearings of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, provided plenty of drama that can help explain why racial tensions never seem to go away in America. This was particularly evident in the concluding panel of the hearings, which ...

Students Make Robots and Tasty Meals

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto The Woodsdale Elementary School Wonder Workshop Robotics Team recently placed in the top 1 percent out of 5,000 teams from 52 countries in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. As part of the competition, students build robots to complete tasks that involve ...

DeVos Will Make Students Her Top Priority

Betsy DeVos is an inspired choice for U.S. Secretary of Education for a number of reasons, but the most important is that she’s an unapologetic proponent of local control. After years of federal overreach on education matters, she has pledged to return control of education to the states, ...

You Promised, Mr. President

Congratulations are in order, President Trump. You have become the leader of our nation — all of us — primed to pursue a revolution in how we govern ourselves. Your inaugural speech on Friday was excellent. You reminded those who voted for you of why they did so in proclaiming that, “We ...

Take Fresh Look At Expenditures

During the past couple of years, West Virginians have been assured by many in Charleston that it is impossible to cut any more state spending. Before he even took office, new Gov. Jim Justice agreed. “We’ve cut about all that we can cut,” Justice commented last fall. Then, on Monday, ...

Saving Moundsville Four Seasons Pool

The twists, turns, starts and stops involving Moundsville’s Four Seasons Pool during the past year make it clear that nothing can be taken for granted regarding whether city officials will decide to save the pool or retire it. For now, however, the tide seems to have shifted back to ...

Trump’s New World

"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Wheeling City Councilwoman Wendy Scatterday, who has been appointed as a member of the West Virginia Board of Architects. Scatterday, with a 20-year career in the field, will help ensure architects comply with state rules and laws. - To the St. Clairsville American Legion post, for ...