Opinion

Bringing More Tourists to W.Va.

Local Columns

A fair number of out-of-state visitors to West Virginia go home from vacation babbling about how wonderful our state is. You ought to go there, they tell their friends. It’s much more than just woods. Which brings us to something on which I agree 100 percent with Gov. Jim Justice: We need ...

Making Annual Race Successful

Editorials

Hundreds of men, women and children will test their limits today during the 41st Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic and other races associated with it. Simply by competing on what has been called the toughest half marathon course in the country, every one will be a champion. But another ...

After the Confederates, Just Who’s Next?

Editorials

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman’s troops looted and pillaged farms and towns all along the 300-mile road to Savannah. Captured in the Confederate defeat at ...

Finding Ways To Cut Spending

Editorials

What officials had to do to get the Bellaire school system’s finances back in order was “the hardest thing” a state Department of Education official had ever seen a school district undergo, Buckeye Local Board of Education members were told this week. But at least part of the Bellaire ...

Adapt to Change In Steubenville

Editorials

Steubenville Councilman Mike Johnson’s suggestion the city build a new fire station at Veterans Park may make sense in many ways. But as a method of combatting drug pushers, it would provide only fleeting relief. Johnson suggested the move during a council meeting this week. His ...

Keeping Critical Secrets Secret

Editorials

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. ...

More Than Just a Picnic

Local Columns

On Monday, they will get up early, maybe have a bite of breakfast. A picnic load of food in the refrigerator awaits the grill. The coolers are stocked with assorted beverages and the horseshoe pit is ready for action in the backyard. But first things first. Some will don their military ...

Facing Cancer With Strength And Courage

Editorials

Debbi Singer was in the midst of her first round of chemotherapy when she bravely decided to take action with the hope of reigniting her sense of strength and confidence. With the support of her daughter and closest friends, she discovered the depth of her courage and realized that nothing — ...

Spiritual Migration

Local Columns

In April of this year, I was able to attend the annual Oeron E. Scott Lectures at Bethany College. The lectures were given by one of my favorite religious authors, Brian McLaren. McLaren’s lectures paralleled his recent book titled “The Great Spiritual Migration.” I found both the ...

WVU Alumni Making World Better Place

Local Columns

For 150 years, West Virginia University has been the spark that ignites the flame of its alumni’s success. Wherever I go and to whomever I talk, a common theme arises: the important role WVU plays in all they achieve. If there is one thing I’ve learned in leading our Alumni Association, ...

Get Higher Tax Credit Enacted

Editorials

As the situation regarding taxes and a new budget for West Virginia grows tenser by the hour, legislators should not allow a worthwhile idea to fall through the cracks. The state offers a tax credit to developers who remodel historic buildings — but at a level below that of adjacent ...

No More Concessions

Editorials

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

Time to Investigate Leaks

Editorials

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, ...

No, You Really Are Not a Bigot

Editorials

You. Yes, you. You’re a bigot. Are you a straight man who only wants to have sex with women? Are you a gay man who only wants to have sex with men? Are you a bisexual man who wants to have sex with people of both sexes but only if they are good-looking? Are you asexual? You’re a ...

Shifting Burden To the Taxpayers

Editorials

It really is no wonder so many West Virginians are upset with government at every level. Rather than get its own fiscal house in order, government always seems to come up with a way to dump the burden on us. Gov. Jim Justice’s new budget proposal is an example. While legislators have ...

Eradicate Vicious Terrorist Network

Editorials

President Donald Trump is criticized often for his shoot-from-the-hip style. Not infrequently, his sometimes harsh tone is looked down upon. But he had it exactly right on Monday. Trump was speaking in the hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 other people and wounded 59 at a concert hall ...

Compromise On W.Va. Taxes

Editorials

Politics may be the art of compromise, but not much of it has been seen from Gov. Jim Justice. He continues to insist that without a big tax increase, West Virginia state government will crash and burn. State senators have an opportunity to break with the governor, for the good of Mountain ...

Let Turkey Know We Have Rules

Editorials

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. ...

Making Weirton More Appealing

Editorials

Weirton Planning Commission Chairman Chuck Robinson might well have been referring to any number of Rust Belt communities when he remarked last Wednesday that, “This town needs some excitement and energy instead of just waiting for something to happen.” But there are differences between ...

Expanded Probe Would Be Good

Editorials

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...