Editorials

Reforming Pensions Responsibly

It’s clear that Chile’s private pension system, similar to what many would like to see the U.S. and other Western countries adopt to replace social security, needs reform. Chileans have been violently protesting and urging their government to scrap a system that has failed to live up to ...

This Election Good Argument in Favor of Ending Early Voting

Let’s work backward. Less than a week before the election, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News’ Bret Baier reported that the Clinton Foundation has been under investigation for “pay-for-play” allegations for over a year — and that the Department of Justice may have been trying to ...

Getting Real Help for Addicts

Many of us have heard stories of drug addicts who managed to get clean and sober for a while, but then lapsed back into dependency. How did that happen? There are no simple answers, of course. But West Virginia state Senate President Bill Cole has a commonsense idea that needs to be ...

Tomblin Should Reduce Spending

Perhaps the biggest favor West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can do for his successor is to get the state budget closer to balanced than it is now. That would be a service to all West Virginians, not just our next governor. Revenue collections in October were not good, but they also were ...

Limiting Damage From Obamacare

President Barack Obama and supporters including Hillary Clinton insisted a few years ago that passage of his signature health insurance takeover would cure much of what ailed Americans regarding health care. Obamacare is the law now — and it made most of the problems worse. With a new ...

Voters May Disagree With FBI on Clinton

Once again, FBI Director James Comey has let Hillary Clinton off the hook. On Sunday, he announced a rushed, second investigation of her illegal use of private email servers while secretary of state had turned up nothing new. But what the intial probe, concluded in July, found was ...

French Elites Consider Trump ‘Vulgarity’ Out of the Question

In France, members of the deeply entrenched establishment elite are confident that the result of this week’s American presidential election is a foregone conclusion. They’re convinced that the American people will reject “vulgarity.” Former French Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert ...

Don’t Aid North Korean Regime

North Korea is suffering from another natural disaster, which seems to have been an almost annual event in the country’s 68-year history. Floods have devastated parts of the North, displacing some 70,000 residents. The United Nations is seeking nearly $30 million to aid Pyongyang. Alas, ...

States Making Changes the Way They’re Supposed To Be Made

The presidency isn’t the only choice on Tuesday. There are more issues than “Who’s worse, Trump or Clinton?” Other important things are on the ballot. Congressional elections may determine whether Obamacare lives or dies. Electionbettingodds.com currently says Republicans will ...

It’s Mess Of Our Own Making

It probably won’t be a good idea for some time to come to suggest to anyone under 18 years of age that the younger generation is going to hell in a handbasket. Were I a teenager, my response would be, “Oh? And which one did you vote for? Trump or Clinton?” Unless you’re able to say ...

Keeping Reforms Coming in W.Va.

It may come as a shock to you, but quite a few people were happy with how things went in West Virginia during the past few decades. Of course, many Mountain State residents were not doing well. West Virginia has the lowest workforce participation rate in the nation. Many job creators ...

Dirty Politics Should Not Be Rewarded

For months, an independent electioneering organization called West Virginia Family Values has been spending big money — around $2.5 million, according to its campaign finance reports — slinging mud at Republican candidates. Everyone has, and should have, the right to speak out about ...

Protecting Children From Dangerous Parents

It takes more than biology to be a real mother or father. Real moms and dads do not expose their children to danger. With unsettling frequency, we report arrests of people who had their children with them when they were using, selling or manufacturing illegal drugs. It happened again last ...

Morrisey Foes Resort to Lying

Special interests are determined to regain control of the West Virginia attorney general’s office. They are spending millions of dollars in a campaign of character assassination against incumbent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. As might be guessed, those assaulting Morrisey include some ...

Portman Far Better Than His Opponent

While U.S. Sen. Rob Portman was in Washington fighting the good fight to protect Ohioans from President Barack Obama’s vendetta on coal and other harmful White House policies, former Buckeye State Gov. Ted Strickland was promoting them. Voters realized quickly they had erred in electing ...

Official’s Ethics Lapse Intolerable

Jim Rubenstein has been around state government, in positions of authority, long enough to understand conflicts of interest. He needs to be held accountable for engaging in a big one. Rubenstein, who took his first state government administrative job in 1994, has moved up steadily. Since ...

Give Struggling Students Help

Public school officials who find ways to give struggling students the individualized attention they need economically should not be deterred from doing so. West Virginia Supreme Court justices apparently feel that way, to judge by a ruling they handed down Wednesday. It involved a program ...

Pitting Ohio Voters Against Each Other

Hillary Clinton and her celebrity supporters, including President Barack Obama, may be able to pull the wool over the eyes of some Ohioans. Not those in this area of the state, however. Clinton plans to campaign again in the Buckeye State, following up on previous visits and appearances by ...

Get Rid of Officials Who Played Politics

Like other employees of the federal government, those at the Department of State are supposed to view themselves as servants of the American people, not of a candidate for president. They are expected to conduct the nation’s diplomatic affairs solely on the basis of what is good for this ...

FBI Director Wrong to Break Rules, Regardless of the Reason

I had intended to use this final column before the presidential election to explain at length why I cannot vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump and plan to vote for Gary Johnson for president. In a nutshell, big government is our biggest problem. It thrives on more debt, more taxes, ...