Editorials

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 ...

Trump, Clinton Situations Similar

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

For Job-Creating Growth, We Need More Economic Freedom

With the nomination of business executive Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, to be labor secretary, president-elect Donald Trump has picked a businessman who is economically literate and who understands the power of freedom and capitalism. This is good news because the best thing that can ...

Conflicts a Concern With Tillerson

Donald Trump’s cabinet of generals and billionaires looks poised to gain another controversial member: Rex Tillerson. The CEO of ExxonMobil is now the secretary of state nominee. His nomination raises several red flags, but the central one is: conflicts of interest. In that, he’s a perfect ...

Veterans Agency Continues to Resist Meaningful Reforms

Earlier this month, Veterans Affairs got caught covering up the quality ratings of its 146 medical centers. VA Secretary Robert McDonald insists. “No VA medical facility is bad or failing.” Really? Not even a hospital that earns only one star out of five? McDonald denies he’s hiding ...

Addressing Ohio Graduation Rules

It was obvious something is wrong with Ohio’s high school graduation requirements before state Board of Education members agreed to investigate them. In doing that, they apparently also have delayed implementation of the rules. Earlier this year, Shadyside Local Schools Superintendent John ...

Stream Rule Aim Is to Harm Miners

President Barack Obama could not resist a parting shot that extended his legacy of vindictive executive overreach. When his administration released a new Stream Protection Rule on Monday, the intent was clear: one last attempted blow to coal miners and their families. In a re-working of the ...

Cut Military Waste, Improve Efficiency

Americans can have effective armed forces without having to choose between guns and butter. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of rampant, massive waste at the Pentagon can see that. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to improve the military’s effectiveness. Increasing the number of ...

Weighing the Cost Of Freeing Captives

President Barack Obama may have to make a heartbreaking decision before he leaves office. It is whether to leave an American woman, her husband and her children in the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan — or risk many other lives by getting them released. More than four years ago, Caitlan ...

Actions by Trump, Some Close To Him Don’t Inspire Confidence

Every day, in almost every way, the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump are already getting just what they said they wanted: a loose cannon to “drain the swamp.” And never mind the ramifications of his false and harmful off-the-cuff pronouncements. His premature introduction of ...

It’s Time to Ask Trump: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?

On the evening of Dec. 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Donald Trump on CNN for falsely claiming that he had kept 1,100 Carrier jobs in the United States, Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job ...

Avoid Abuse Of New Rules

An ordinance adding sexual orientation, gender identification and military veteran status to categories of people against whom discrimination is illegal may be adopted this afternoon by Wheeling City Council. For months, the issue has been controversial. What concerns some opponents of the ...

Keep City-to-City Relationship Good

Call it a failure to communicate. Call it a misunderstanding. Call it a simple mixup. But do not call it a problem between city officials in Wheeling and Moundsville. Officials in both municipalities have discussed the possibility of attracting the Uber ride-sharing company to our area. It is ...

Keeping Promises To Our Veterans

President-elect Donald Trump may be saving one of the most important Cabinet posts for last. With selections made for nearly all the top positions in his administration, he has not yet named a nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Of all the cesspools that make up the swamp that is ...

Trump Blames Terrorists For Attacks in Turkey, Germany

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jumping ahead of investigators, President-elect Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorists for deadly violence in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks. Authorities in both countries were still investigating Monday when Trump ...

It’s Time for Nation To Start Moving On

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots Monday. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was ...

There Are Risks in Denying Small Business People Seats at the Table

The net worth of Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments so far reportedly exceeds $14.5 billion (if you include Trump’s deputy commerce secretary pick, Todd Ricketts). As someone utterly immune to plutophobia — fear of wealth — I have no problem with this. (For what it’s worth, I know ...

Giving Us The Bad News Soon

Just a few weeks ago, West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice was saying he hoped the state budget could be balanced without spending cuts or tax increases. Economic growth would bring with it the higher revenue needed in Charleston, he said. Specifically, Justice explained he hoped severance ...