Editorials

End Hysteria Over Politics

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Stop Hiding Behind ‘Personnel Matter’

Privacy in some situations involving government entities and their employees is understandable. For example, if a college professor’s teaching is found wanting, terminating his employment discreetly may be all right. But not when criminal behavior is a factor. A Marshall University ...

Fire Crooked State Professor

Andrew P. Nichols is a Marshall University professor who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud West Virginia taxpayers. A substantial amount of Marshall’s funding is courtesy of taxpayers. It seems obvious, then, that Nichols should be fired immediately. He should never ...

Honoring the Flag Honors Our Nation

When the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States, 240 years ago, our founders were making an important statement about the uniting of this rag-tag band of colonies under a single banner — as one nation. By 1861, that unity was in peril, and a Mr. Morris, a New ...

Better Schools Are Necessity

If you are a public school official, it can be difficult to know where to begin in terms of improving education these days. Demands come from all quarters. Local boards of education may not want the same thing as state officials. With a new president and federal secretary of education in ...

Judges Must Obey Appeals Courts

The law is the law, except, apparently, in one Ohio judge’s courtroom. State court officials need to look into his attitude and determine whether it is appropriate to keep him on the bench. In 1999, police arrested Frank Davis at his home in Springfield, Ohio. Three pounds of cocaine were ...

Managing State Vehicle Fleet

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them —have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

Ohio Proposal Smacks of Elitism

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Flying Blind On Taxes, Budget

Changing a state’s entire tax structure is a laborious, time-consuming process full of pitfalls. Try to do it at the same time you are attempting to enact a new budget and the frustrations have to be incredible. They certainly have been in West Virginia. Whether one agrees with the ...

Keeping Secrets From the Public

Public officials often thumb their noses at open meetings and records laws. Occasionally, someone blows the whistle on them. What happens? Usually a slap on the wrist and a suggestion that the officials familiarize themselves with requirements for open meetings and records. The presumption ...

Demand Control Over Spending

Do you remember a time, ever, when politicians were not assuring their constituents that they were going to crack down on inefficiency and outright waste in West Virginia state government? Except in rare instances when a state agency head took it upon himself or herself to do that, do you ...

Waste of Money Does Not Compute

In all likelihood, the history of taxpayers being taken to the cleaners by information technology companies — computer firms, in everyday parlance — starts not long after the first digital processing machine was put in service. Once again, it appears West Virginia state government has paid ...

Conspiracy to Impeach

Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the ...

Drop Proposed Three-Story Rule

For several weeks, Wheeling City Council members have been discussing a proposal to require that new buildings in the business district be at least three stories tall. A comment by Mayor Glenn Elliott ought to put the idea in the trash can. Council brought the issue up again during a ...

Twisting the Facts About Testimony

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence the ...

Make Elections Fairer for Ohio

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...

Evaluate Steps Against Terrorists

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree last weekend in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of ...

Ensure Revenue Figure Is Reliable

West Virginia legislators should keep firmly in mind the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. After weeks of haggling over taxes and a budget for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers beheld a ray of sunshine Tuesday, in the form of Gov. Jim Justice. ...

Giving Veterans 21st Century Care

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Dog Racing Bill Is a Distraction

Oh, come on. We’ve been there, rejected that. Let’s stop wasting time in Charleston and make the tough decisions needed to enact a new state budget. After weeks of controversy and frustration, West Virginia legislators returned to the Capitol Monday for another attempt at passing a ...