Editorials

Trump Fails to Realize How U.S. Is Different

Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin. “He is the leader of his ...

Founders Didn’t Envision Use of Filibusters in Senate

Last Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump’s pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon — and they intend to use it. Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority ...

Feminists Become Irrational

All that was missing from Hillary Clinton’s video address to a left-wing women’s group last week was a pink pussyhat and a “BOYS SUCK” T-shirt. Feminists at the MAKERS conference in Southern California gushed over the twice-failed presidential candidate’s remarks, which exhorted ...

Being Civil Toward Those Who Are Democrats

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s” Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to “working right now with the Congress,” “working very closely with leaders of the ...

Yes, Fellas, Women Will Persist in Speaking Out

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

Trump Immigration Ban Legal, But Still a Loser

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since ...

Trump Should Stop Being Petty About Grievances

At no point in my life have I ever felt as alienated from politics as I do now. Three weeks into the Trump administration, I find much to agree with — proposed tax cuts, deregulation, good Cabinet choices — but even more that makes me uncomfortable, indeed fearful. Despite the ...

What About Our Budgets?

Gov. Jim Justice offered West Virginians a choice during his State of the State speech on Wednesday. Increase taxes by about $600 million ... or else. Or else what? “Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities ...

Too Much Money Going to the Dogs

With all the needs for government spending in West Virginia, can we afford to spend $2 million paying people to breed dogs? Don’t scoff. We do. For years, millions of dollars in revenue from legalized gambling has been funneled back to the horse and dog racing industries. Little by ...

Taxes on Businesses Paid by Consumers

Give Gov. Jim Justice credit for his use of a “white board” during his State of the State speech. If you saw it, you may recall he used the board to outline his plans for tax increases. He separated them, telling listeners the people of West Virginia would pay a half-cent more in sales ...

Abstractors Return and Good Chemistry

Still Proud When Atlanta Falcons defensive back C.J. Goodwin took the field in last Sunday’s Super Bowl, he had an army of prayers going with him. A native of Wheeling, Goodwin grew up attending the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling. So the church held a prayer rally for him on ...

Justice Breaks Tax Promises

During the next few weeks, state legislators, business people and thoughtful individual West Virginians will take long, hard looks at the budget Gov. Jim Justice has proposed. As they do, the disarmingly “folksy” manner Justice employed in his State of the State speech will become less ...

Council Right Regarding Pool

Not many towns the size of Moundsville provide their residents and others nearby with swimming pools usable year-round, we suspect. Simply by the nature of the service, it can be an expensive proposition. For that reason, it was understandable that City Council members took a long time to ...

Small Economies Make a Difference

Good for Steubenville Civil Service Commission Chairwoman Delores Wiggins for reminding city officials that a few dollars here and there can add up to real savings for taxpayers. Wiggins told City Council members that two municipal departments had requested entrance examinations for new ...

Rethink Authority Given to Agency

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be ...

Easing Regulatory Burden in America

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Trump Has Constitution Firmly In His Corner Over Travel Ban

Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota — after suing President Donald Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries — asked a federal ...

Why Some Businesses Are Seeking Higher Minimum Wages

There is little question in most academic research that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in unemployment. The debatable issue is the magnitude of the increase. An issue not often included in minimum wage debates is the substitution effects of minimum wage increases. The ...

Breathing New Life Into Weirton

About 1,100 acres in Weirton where thousands of men and women once produced steel may have a productive future, as a result of a transaction we reported last week. In it, the Frontier Group of Companies purchased the property from ArcelorMittal. As many as 15,000 people once worked in Weirton ...

Putting Children At Risk Intolerable

The Moundsville man charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle struck a school bus is innocent until proven guilty, of course. But if he is guilty, the judge ought to throw the book at him. Fortunately, the accident was very minor. Marshall County Schools Transportation ...