Opinion

Undue Haste Can Be Costly

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners are going to do their best to save federal taxpayers some money, but that does not seem to be a big concern in Washington. Last week, county Engineer Amy Zwick told commissioners it may be possible to obtain federal funding to repair three slips on county roads. ...

Keeping Taxpayers’ Finances in Mind

Editorials

Speaking of saving taxpayers money, good for the Belmont County Board of Health. Last week, board members were asked to consider seeking voter approval of a property tax levy to support the Health Department. Deputy County Health Commissioner Robert Sproul suggested a 0.75-mill levy be ...

Protecting U.S. Water Supplies

Editorials

Under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules, even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority. That expansive power clearly was unneeded to safeguard the environment. As so often ...

Smoothing the Way For a Cracker Plant

Editorials

PTT Global Chemical America’s decision to purchase a large tract of land in Belmont County is excellent news. Though it is no guarantee the firm will proceed with construction of an ethane cracker plant there, it is an important part of the process. As we reported last week, PTT has paid ...

Trump Benefits From Republican Leaders’ Tolerance of Misbehavior

Editorials

During the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein unearthed Richard Nixon’s cover-up of his criminal activities, compared the revealing White House tapes to the old advertising slogan: “The gift that keeps on giving.” The ...

Correcting Record on Income Tax Cuts

Editorials

What is it about leftwingers and overreach? Two weeks ago, Labour’s defeat in the British general election was being spun as the “death of neoliberalism.” Now we have the partial reversal of large income tax cuts in the American state of Kansas being heralded as the death of supply-side ...

Crippling Medicaid to Hurt the Poor, Make the Rich Richer

Editorials

The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a health-care bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in health-care funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled and working middle-class Americans. America’s wealthiest ...

‘Liberty Now Has a Country’

Editorials

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” Benjamin Franklin commented after the nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. As so often seems to be the case, the advice is as good now as it was more than two centuries ago. For all the ...

National Debt A Major Threat

Editorials

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans will pause to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance ...

‘Affordable’ Health Insurance? Hardly

Editorials

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

Moundsville Officials Right To Be Cautious

Editorials

During many months of debate over Moundsville’s Four Seasons Pool, a proposed city-owned recreational vehicle park and other issues involving finances, some critics of City Council action asked about the new 1 percent municipal sales tax. With revenue from that coming in, why were officials ...

French Should Cool Their Ardor For Activism Over Climate-Change

Editorials

While a historic heat wave was finally subsiding across France, I strolled by the Elysee Palace, home of the French president, as a massive black Range Rover pulled up to the door. (This at a time when the transit authority was offering locals special rates to get us out of our cars as ...

Really Reforming Health Care System

Editorials

Lurking beneath all the vicious barbs and apocalyptic claims being hurled about in the fight over Obamacare and its potential replacement is a sense of resignation — resignation that our health care system is basically stagnant, that costs will continue to consume a larger and larger share of ...

Get Coal Back In Energy Mix

Editorials

Americans can enjoy hundreds of years of reasonably priced, reliable electricity if coal is added back into the nation’s energy mix. During his election campaign and earlier this year, President Donald Trump pledged to do just that. He is working energetically to win half the battle on ...

Protect the Elderly Against Scammers

Editorials

Criminals who specialize in scams often target the elderly. Their hope is that they can wipe out the life savings of people sometimes more vulnerable to being misled. Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars a year to scammers. It is puzzling that state and federal governments do not do a ...

Living the Same Failures Over and Over Again

Local Columns

West Virginia’s new governor stood on the steps of the Capitol and said taxes would be kept to the “irreducible minimum.” Government needed to be less corrupt, and more efficient, spending only what it needed to spend, instead of spending “every dollar it had.” He promised to improve ...

Really Improving W.Va. Public Schools

Editorials

It hardly seems possible, but the halfway point of summer break for public school students and teachers in West Virginia is approaching. What lies ahead when the new school year begins in August? That is a good question. Members of the state Board of Education and the state Department of ...

Beware Motives Of Altruistic Companies

Editorials

Let me just say this at the outset: Mildred Dresselhaus, who died in February at the age of 86, was an amazing woman. An accomplished physicist who won just about every scientific award short of the Nobel Prize, Dresselhaus was by all accounts a pioneer, patriot and great ...

The Battle Against Medical Kidnappers

Editorials

BOSTON — On the day Boston Children’s Hospital celebrated being named “the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the nation,’’ I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld in Somerville, Mass. Dana is the wife of Martin Gottesfeld, an imprisoned technology engineer/activist who used his skills to fight ...