Editorials

Celebrating West Virginia’s Role In Getting Vote for 18-Year-Olds

Sometimes when people mention the United States Constitution, they might be able to recite the First Amendment’s rights to free press and freedom of religion, or they might speak of the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms. But what do you know about the other amendments to the ...

Haste Made Waste on Health Care

The GOP congressional caucus was in chaos as it tried to ram through the Obamacare repeal it has been promising for seven years but never really thought through. The Washington Post reported: “The Republican health-care overhaul faces its greatest test ever Thursday as President Trump and ...

U.N. Forces Often Terrorize People They’re Supposed to Protect

Globalists and Democrats shrieked when President Donald Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 percent. The president dismisses the U.N. as a “waste of time and money.” That’s the least of it. U.S. taxpayers bankroll the U.N. with $10 billion a year. Our ...

Drastic Change Needed in W.Va.

West Virginians — legislators, business owners, workers, students ... all of us — are struggling mightily with how to make the changes that will propel us past the mess we have been trying to clean up for the past few years. We are proud, tradition-based people who sometimes lose sight ...

Approve Checks On School Policy

Clearly, West Virginia Board of Education members have made serious mistakes on several issues during the past few years. One of them was taking the state down the Common Core curriculum path and adopting a standardized test geared to it. Critics of action by state legislators to exert ...

Getting Medicinal Marijuana Bill Right

Members of the state Senate Health and Human Resources Committee voted Friday to recommend enactment of a bill allowing West Virginians to obtain marijuana for medicinal use, by prescription. It is unlikely the measure will be enacted, however — and that is a good thing. There is evidence ...

Obamacare Repeal, Replacement Vital

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Government Shouldn’t Fund Art

As the husband and stepfather of accomplished artists, I take art very seriously. It is, in the words of President Kennedy, “close to the center of a nation’s purpose and a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.” But for all that, Donald Trump is absolutely right in his desire ...

Trump’s Budget Bad Because It Doesn’t Cut Spending Enough

“Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” Congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume ...

Gee Takes Right Budget Approach

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee sounded something like the typical bureaucrat in part of what he said in his State of the University speech on Wednesday. Legislators who are insisting on spending cuts from many in state government should be careful not to cripple higher ...

Getting to Work On W.Va. Budget

Less than two weeks from now, at midnight on Saturday, April 8, the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature will end. And to date, there has been no vote on a state budget for the coming year. Contrary to what Gov. Jim Justice would have you believe, that is not a crisis — yet. ...

Manchin Should Support Gorsuch

The nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court may come up for a vote in the Senate this week. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrat leaders have vowed to prevent confirmation, using a filibuster if necessary. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Martins Ferry native Patrick Shrodes, son of Bruce and Barbara Shrodes, who still live in Martins Ferry. Shrodes is a police officer in Columbus. Earlier this month, Shrodes and other officers were serving a search warrant involving drugs. Shrodes was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a ...

Pay Attention to Russian Connection, Not Leaks

Last Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia’s election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense. House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How successful those ...

Gorsuch’s Character Suits Him for Supreme Court

Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a president ...

Bring Murderer To Justice

If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can’t they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur? It is time for one of the agency’s most wanted women in the world to pay her dues. And President Trump is just the man to force this militant ...

Sometimes, Politics Should Be a Laughing Matter

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Understand That Trump’s Opponents Have a Point, Too

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Our Checks and Balances Still Doing Their Job

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. ...

Deepening Partisan Divide Not Good for the Nation

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch — who is eminently qualified — puts them on a dangerous collision course that jeopardizes the confirmation process itself. Similarly, Republicans’ ...