Editorials

Hold Moundsville Tax Rate Down

“We’re here to run the city, and that’s what we need to focus on instead of taxing (residents and businesses) them of every penny they have,” Moundsville Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt proclaimed Tuesday night. Her fellow City Council members apparently agreed with her. They voted down ...

Teaching Students About the Media

Students at some schools in our area benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the ...

Fund Transition Process for RESAs

It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Our state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the ...

Politicians Less Concerned With Gorsuch’s Future Than Their Own

I have spent this past week watching the Senate Judiciary Committee interrogating U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch is President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The vacancy was created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia more than 13 ...

Deciding Who Gets to Play on College Women’s Basketball Team

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If ...

Council Right On Dog Limits

St. Clairsville City Council members were right to back away from a proposal that could have been unnecessarily tough on law-abiding dog owners. They should not retreat from action to guard the public against irresponsible pet owners, however. Council had approved two readings of an ...

Avoiding Secrecy In Political Giving

Telling Americans they cannot contribute money to political candidates or causes amounts to infringing upon their First Amendment rights. That is something proponents of so-called “campaign finance reform” don’t like to talk about. But requiring that recipients of such donations say ...

Employment Data Was Not Full Truth

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Relax Restrictions On Used Vehicles

Give West Virginia legislators several years ago credit for wanting to protect their constituents from junk cars. But like so many consumer-protection laws, the statute enacted for that purpose was detrimental to many it was supposed to help. Under current law, if you want to buy a used car ...

Ryan Health Care Plan May Not Be Perfect — But It’s Good

The good should never be viewed as evil in comparison to the perfect. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill is a very good first step. Massive repeal of Obamacare tax hikes will be great for the economy. Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act mandates will be great for health care. ...

Conspiracy Theories Vying With Reality

Conspiracy thinking is all the rage across the West, Ivan Krastev writes in the New York Times: “An identity based in conspiracy theories subverts the need for self-criticism. It is easier for a citizen to keep his political leaders accountable in the frame of ideology rather than in the ...

Americans Eager for Change Such as That Trump Promises

Appearing recently on ABC’s “The View,” Senator Chuck Schumer painted a picture of Republicans unhappy with the their new president and getting ready to bolt for the door. “When you talk to Republicans quietly — you know — in the cloak room and the gym — they are having real ...

Renew Marshall County Tax Levy

With the county’s tax base lower than during the past couple of years and the outlook for state funding uncertain, Marshall County public schools need local support badly. Voters can — and will, we are confident — provide it on Saturday. Polling places will be open throughout the ...

Deter Theft Of Military Medals

To the thief who stole from Joseph L. Brown, of Wellsville, in December, part of his haul meant nothing but a few bucks he hoped to get by selling the items — small pieces of metal on colorful ribbons. To Brown, they meant a lot more. They were the medals we as Americans awarded to Brown ...

Guiding Judgment By the Constitution

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Restoring Local Control … Or Not

Picking the right person to become West Virginia’s new school superintendent will be a difficult task for state Board of Education members, in part because of the mixed signals that person will have to sort through. Current state Superintendent Michael Martirano will be leaving at the end ...

Community Service Programs Valuable

Community service programs for nonviolent criminals can do them a world of good. But structured as something better than make-work initiatives, they can be of enormous benefit to communities, too. In Steubenville, the Municipal Court community service program involved about 200 people who ...

Nominee Is Gorsuch, Issue Is Constitution

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Dealing With Floods

For years, we West Virginians have heard the phrase “unexpected flooding” regularly. But here in the mountains, flooding after severe rainstorms is to be expected. In 2004, state officials commissioned a 365-page study on safeguards against flash floods. Steps such as enhanced warning ...

Coal Miners, Single Moms Would Suffer From Trump Budget, Too

From Ronald Reagan’s welfare queenî to Donald Trump’s Detroit single mom,î the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels. Whereas Reagan was propagating a stereotype of the fraudulent abuser of public largesse when he popularized ...