Opinion

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To all involved in staging the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, which continues through today at the Heritage Port in Wheeling. And to winners of the $1,000 scholarships handed out annually by the festival: Brock DeCoy, Bellaire St. John Central; Emma Blair and Brice ...

What Are Rand Paul’s Motives on Health Care?

Editorials

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” “If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would ...

Lawmakers’ Dilemma Pits Reality Against Fairness

Editorials

It wasn’t quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans’ relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because the GOP ...

‘Made In America’ Ridiculed

Editorials

It was “Made in America” time last week in Washington, D.C. You’d think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance and success of our nation’s homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers? Enter Bill Kristol. The ...

Being Foes of Trump Not Enough for Democrats

Editorials

In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,” ...

Hearing, Debating Other Views: It Keeps Us Strong

Editorials

In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals ...

Some Choices Should Be Made Only by Parents

Editorials

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he ...

Let the ‘Dreamers’ Stay In Their Homeland — Here

Editorials

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

Racking Up the Miles and the Games During Baseball Tours

Editorials

While returning from the most recent baseball trip, I posed a question to Bill Bryson pertaining to the mileage of the 50 multi-trips having been taken in the past 15 years to see not only major league, minor league and spring training games but also other points of interest. It didn’t ...

Traffic Woes, Terrific Employees and Treasured Trash

Editorials

Busy Intersection Anyone driving near or through the intersection of National Road and Ohio 331 near Ohio University Eastern may be ready to pull out his or her hair by the end of the trip. The construction project is expected to be complete soon, which will undoubtedly be welcome news for ...

Don’t Shut States Out on Security

Editorials

Computerized segments of West Virginia’s voting system were among those in 21 states Russian hackers tried to infiltrate last year. Yet then-Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was not told. Until earlier this month, neither was her successor, Mac Warner. It is not difficult to understand ...

Repeal, Replace? Then Let’s Deal

Local Columns

Want to see Obamacare repealed and replaced? Then roll up your sleeves and prepare for some good, old-fashioned horse trading, because that’s the only way it’ll get done. West Virginia provided evidence of that this week. Both our senators, one Republican and one Democrat, had concerns ...

End Incentives For Addictive Pills

Editorials

We have known for years that pharmaceutical companies’ claims opioid painkillers were only minimally addictive were not true. Prescriptions for them handed out freely before the truth was known resulted in untold numbers of Americans becoming hooked — and sometimes dying of ...

Nickles Are Adding Up

Local Columns

There they were. In total, 55 in nickels and pennies were in today's mail. The unsolicited coins came from various sources - all charities seeking more than nickels in return for the coinage. Save the somethings, feed and clothe someone buy a tree or a goat, the list is endless. Many are ...

Funding New Access Road

Editorials

It has been apparent for several years that a new access road is needed at the big Highlands retail center just off Interstate 70 in Ohio County. State Division of Highways officials may be able to make that happen. During a special election in October, West Virginia voters will decide ...

Will Trump Behavior Grow Worse?

Letters to the Editor

As the presidency of Donald J. Trump appears to continue in a most disturbing and alarming downward spiral, I fear that his shocking lack of competence, poor judgment, lack of any sense of professionalism, combined with his unparalleled arrogance and narcissism could very well seriously ...

Blame Game No Solution for W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginia has made bottom of the list in yet another of those national rankings of states — this time CNBC’s Top States for Business. Ranking last in the nation has become a regular occurrence, and one most Mountain State residents know does not reflect the reality of doing business ...

Media Aiding Trump Foes

Editorials

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring ...

Restore Civility To U.S. Politics

Editorials

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Moving Forward On Health Care

Editorials

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has ...