Editorials

Colorado Experiment Failing Badly

Americans worried about the rush to legalize marijuana have been told to wait for the results of the “Colorado experiment” before passing judgment. Last week, more such results arrived. The federal government released state-level drug-use data and the findings are frightening. The ...

Trump’s Flexibility Means We Don’t Know What to Expect

It’s one of the greatest examples of “careful what you wish for” in political history: President Obama is going to be replaced by the kind of Republican he’s always said he wanted. For the entirety of his presidency, Obama has insisted that he is a pragmatist, not an ideologue. ...

Solving Problems With Data in Ohio

Marketing companies and retailers know an enormous amount about you. It is no exaggeration to say that if you are married, they may have more information than your spouse about what you like and dislike. That allows people who want to sell you something to target their offerings directly to ...

Population Loss A Factor on Taxes

West Virginia legislators, already talking about higher taxes to balance the state’s budget, should bear something in mind: As the cost of state government goes up and up and up, there are fewer Mountain State residents to cover the bill. During the past year, our state lost nearly 10,000 ...

Probe Turkey’s Claim on Attack

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed last week after ...

Probe Turkey’s Claim on Attack

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed last week after ...

Conducting Business Ethically and Legally

It seems unlikely anything will come of a proposal a few years ago to construct an ethane cracker plant in Wood County, W.Va. But if the plan is pursued, state officials will want to watch the company more closely than they might normally, in view of a report this week. Initially, the ...

Forcing Americans To Use Obamacare

Federal officials were crowing about Obamacare last week, noting that 6.4 million people have signed up for subsidized health insurance during this year’s enrollment period. That is 400,000 more than for the same period last year. Despite higher premiums and far less choice in insurance ...

Any Alliance Involving Turkey Is Built on a Base of Duplicity

An off-duty Turkish police officer gunned down Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, a week ago at a photo exhibit on Ankara’s John F. Kennedy Street, just across from the U.S. Embassy. The assailant, a member of the riot police, positioned himself right behind the ambassador, fired ...

Turkish Leader No Friend of America

Turkey will be one of the important issues facing the incoming administration. Candidate Donald Trump didn’t say much about Turkey, but his designated National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, has. And what the latter opined is not good, since Ankara is steadily moving toward authoritarianism ...

Best Approach to Some Federal Agencies: Just Shut Them Down

Donald Trump is appointing good people — Andy Puzder, for example, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. When Puzder took over Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, they were deep in debt. Four years later, they were profitable. I bet his 70,000 workers are happy about that. “What ...

All Is Calm, All Is Bright Tonight

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

They Help Make The Holiday Bright

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

Don’t Make Same Mistake Again

Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education members clearly made a mistake in hiring John Hall as the school system’s superintendent. It was an error that will cost taxpayers about $310,000. That is money that otherwise could have been used to benefit students. Details of an agreement between ...

Deterring False ‘Hate Crime’ Claims

Many of the “hate crimes” Americans are accused of never happened. Preventing real crimes based on bigotry and punishing those responsible when they occur is more difficult as a result of such “fake news.” It happened again in Ann Arbor, Mich. There, a Muslim student at the University ...

Get Tougher On Drug Conspiracies

A true all-of-the-above campaign against substance abuse is the only way West Virginians will win the war against illegal drugs and abuse of legal pharmaceuticals. That means a combination of education to keep people from abusing drugs, treatment to get addicts weaned off them and enforcement ...

Study Volunteer Fire, EMS Units in W.Va.

Marshall County commissioners may well have had to swallow hard before agreeing a few days ago to spend slightly more than $1 million to ensure residents of the Cameron area have reliable emergency ambulance service. That much money could do a world of good in, say, economic development. But ...

Curbing Truancy In Ohio Schools

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that treats truancy as a problem for schools and parents to solve, rather than a crime to be dealt with by the courts. That is probably a good thing, so long as students — and, let us face it, some older students are no longer “children” — do not get ...

Avoiding Errors In Criminal Cases

One day in November 2015, Calvin Eaton of Wheeling drank some whiskey, then climbed into the cab of his tanker truck. He began driving it on W.Va. 20 in Wetzel County. When near Porters Falls, Eaton lost control of the truck. It crossed the center line, slamming into a Jeep. A 61-year-old man ...

Obama’s Vendetta Can Be Reversed

It has been obvious during the past few years that President Barack Obama believes himself to be the government. Never mind that the Constitution vests law-making power solely in Congress. Now Obama seems to think his decrees are permanent: What one president does, another cannot ...