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Trying Once More On Tax Reforms

Editorials

Some members of the West Virginia Legislature may have enjoyed a few grim, knowing smiles during the past several weeks, as they watched work on a federal tax reform bill. Been there, struggled with that, they may have thought. Conservatives have attempted during the past two regular ...

Convince Chinese To Invest Quickly

Editorials

Opportunity is knocking very loudly in West Virginia. Let’s be certain the door is wide open and the welcome mat is out. We refer to the promise Chinese officials have made to invest more than $83 billion in our state during the next decade. Most of the money is destined for ...

Meaningful Tax Reform for All Americans

Local Columns

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Delbrugge Remembered Fondly; Bright Spot in WVU Loss

Local Columns

Former Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge Was One of a Kind Former Wheeling Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge, who passed away Christmas Day at the age of 75, is widely remembered as a strong voice for her neighborhood. Delbrugge was always a pleasure to work with, from this journalist’s ...

Chamber Events; Benwood and Cameron Set Filing Dates

Local Columns

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be offering several new services in 2018 to its members and the general public, one of which will be a networking venue of educational programs outlining new ways to promote businesses, along with extra features on the chamber’s website including ...

Accountability Needed in W.Va.

Editorials

For three years in a row, West Virginia’s Department of Administration missed deadlines for submitting an audit required by the federal government. Who was penalized? Every public college in the state. Because of the late audits, institutions of higher learning were told they would ...

A ‘Charity’ That Doubled Its Money

Local Columns

Because many Americans open their hearts and wallets to worthy causes during the holidays, it seems like a good time to take a look at one proclaimed loudly for several years to have been very worthy: the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., the ...

Saving Taxpayers Money on Audits

Editorials

Just keeping track of all the money local and state governments spend in West Virginia costs a lot of money. State Auditor John B. McCuskey may have a way to save some of it, while accomplishing something else worthwhile. McCuskey’s office has partnered with the West Virginia University ...

Tomato Soup For Dinner

Local Columns

It was a deeply dark and frigid winter’s night, when sitting at my desk in the office I realized I had not eaten dinner. That’s not an unusual occurrence in the newsroom when things get busy and lunches and dinners are forgotten between police scanner happenings and the obit calls. But ...

Keeping Budget Balanced in 2018

Editorials

After getting together for a pre-Christmas meeting last week, some Steubenville officials may have thought of going home to announce they didn’t need a thing from Santa Claus. He’d gotten around to them early. Well, yes, it is unlikely the got that carried away. But they have reason to ...

Finding Those Who Enabled Abusers

Editorials

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Implementing Plan for Growth

Editorials

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration ...

Stop Relying On Other Countries

Editorials

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Ensure Elections Are Free and Fair

Editorials

Claims that attempts to ensure elections are honest are “voter suppression” have been rejected for the most part by West Virginia legislators — and, it needs to be said, the vast majority of those registered to cast ballots. What could be wrong with insisting that only real, live people ...

Battling Unfair Limits on Trade

Editorials

Some of our nation’s best trading partners have the nasty habit of protecting select industries of their own by virtually locking out competition from the United States. The European Union’s ban on hormone-treated beef from the United States is an example. Usually, such blatant unfair ...

Improve Personal Finance Education

Editorials

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, ...

Follow Defense Audit With Honest Reform

Editorials

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Negotiating Lower Prices for Drugs

Editorials

Holding drug costs down is among the biggest challenge facing both local and state officials struggling to control health insurance expenses. For example it has been a big factor in decisions by Public Employees Insurance Agency officials in West Virginia to reduce benefits. State officials ...

Curbing Power Rates in W.Va.

Editorials

Dealing with the post-holiday bills has become more difficult for West Virginians during the past few years, but not because of their Christmas spending. It is because statements from the electric company have gone up drastically. Ten years ago, the average price residential users in our ...

Stopping Powerful Sexual Predators

Editorials

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...