Opinion

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Local Columns

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Expand Project To Aid Ex-Miners

Editorials

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will ...

Yet Another Boy? Really?

Local Columns

My dad did not like doctors or hospitals. He avoided both at all costs when he could. So it was not surprising that when my mother would go into labor with one of the 12 children she would bear, my father often dropped her at the hospital door and went on back home. Of course those were the ...

Sunday School Christian

Local Columns

“Therefore let us leave behind the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity … .” (Hebrews 6:1. E.S.V. here and throughout.) As Christians, there are some very basic facts that we agree on. In the first instance, we begin with Christ. We understand that “Christ” is a ...

Drug Culture Literally Crazy

Editorials

Among the many challenges in fighting the plague of substance abuse that has washed over our region is that, for the most part, the people fighting it are logical, reasonable thinkers. There is no logic or reason on the other side. In fact, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out a ...

Ensure Probe Is Thorough, Fair

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can ...

End Hysteria Over Politics

Editorials

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’

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Are Picnics Becoming History?

Local Columns

Whatever happened to picnics? Have they gone out of style? Are they too much trouble? Is a fine summer afternoon parked in front of the television or with smartphone in hand more appealing? Or is there some angle of political incorrectness that my friends haven’t had the heart to tell me ...

Does anybody sin nowadays?

Local Columns

Does anybody sin any more? Whatever happened to sin? You know, it’s when you do something wrong. Well, that’s probably it. Nobody does anything wrong any more or at least wants to admit it. We know the culture these days approves of all kinds of immoral behavior. Lying is all right ...

Demand Control Over Spending

Editorials

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 ...

Government, Private Sector Linked

Local Columns

It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that someone in our area has been eyeing empty space in the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Wheeling, thinking that would be a great place to open a small store specializing in groceries. With the number of people in the ...