Opinion

Blaming Obama Won’t Work Forever for Trump

Editorials

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month” politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

Trump Defense of O’Reilly Not Exactly Persuasive

Editorials

It’s hard to give the complete list of companies pulling their ads right now from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News Channel, because the number keeps growing. Chances are that in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, another corporate sponsor decided to suspend advertising. ...

Liberals Losing Supreme Court as Reliable Ally

Editorials

For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically memorized. Both ...

Filibuster Was Useful Tool To Force Compromise

Editorials

Back when I was a young staffer in the House of Representatives, we viewed the Senate with some disdain. Senators — and more so their staffs — were imperious. They viewed themselves as being in the higher chamber and employed arcane rules, most notoriously the filibuster, to block actions ...

Fighting Blight and Helping the Homeless

Editorials

St. Clairsville Corner Some St. Clairsville residents often consider their community to be the most pristine in the Upper Ohio Valley. Although the city features some areas of obvious affluence, the corner of Main and Sugar streets is likely not one of these. For several years, the former ...

Top Tyler County, Paden City Students Honored

Editorials

More than 210 top students from Tyler County and Paden City schools were honored for their achievements last week, during the 39th annual Peoples Bank Academic Awards Ceremony, held at Tyler Consolidated High School. Students were selected for recognition based on having the top grades in ...

Getting Back To Basics on Budget

Editorials

Earlier this year, Gov. Jim Justice described state government finances as “an 18-carat dog’s mess.” Now, both houses of the West Virginia Legislature have approved budget bills for the coming fiscal year. The measures are substantially different, but they — and the governor’s ...

Is the Revolution Going Too Far?

Local Columns

It may be time to call off the revolution. It certainly is time to reflect that the person who recommended we “question everything” didn’t say “change everything.” Jim Justice is governor of West Virginia and Donald Trump is president of the United States because discontent with ...

Color Me Confused

Local Columns

I made it a point this week to pick up a package of food dye to color a few eggs for Easter. I probably should have stuck to the food coloring found in the baking aisle. You know the kind — the package of basic colors in little plastic squeeze bottles. You can mix the blue and yellow and ...

Let’s Keep Public Broadcasting in W.Va.

Local Columns

West Virginia may well be first in another category: the first state in the nation to lose its public broadcasting system. The West Virginia State Senate passed its budget proposal Wednesday and there is no funding for public broadcasting. The Senate leadership didn't just take a portion of ...

Earmarking Higher Education Funding

Editorials

As West Virginia’s budget crunch grew tighter during the past few years, state legislators have been right to ask whether taxpayers can afford all the higher education we are paying for now. Among them, public colleges, universities and medical schools eat up about $400 million a year ...

First Shots in Judge’s War

Editorials

The Democrats’ failed drive to defeat Neil Gorsuch is the latest battle in a 50-year war for control of the Supreme Court — a war that began with a conspiracy against Richard Nixon by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Abe Fortas and Lyndon Johnson. By June 1968, Nixon, having swept his ...

Finding Joy At Lunchtime

Editorials

If you’re like me, you often feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Making minor adjustments in your daily habits and routines can have a significant impact on your happiness and well-being. Michelle Mach realized this when she decided to make a seemingly small change to her own ...

Get Development Bill Off the Shelf

Editorials

This was supposed to be the year for enactment of a plan that could boost economic development in some West Virginia counties. For weeks, a proposal by Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller seemed to be proceeding smoothly through the Legislature. Then, just this week, it was ...

Lapses Over Mine Safety Intolerable

Editorials

Federal hypocrisy is nothing new. But when it jeopardizes the lives of people whose jobs have been targeted by that same government, it is particularly difficult to swallow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General, negligence on the part of the federal Mine Safety and ...

Investing In W.Va. Future

Editorials

Politicians talk often about investing in West Virginia’s future. Too often, that is an excuse to spend taxpayers’ money on short-term jobs such as construction projects that provide excellent photo-ops. In terms of really building a brighter future for our state as a whole and for ...

World War I’s Legacy Endures

Editorials

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting on this date 100 years ago. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on ...

Trimming Budget For Grass Mowing

Editorials

Barnesville Councilman Brad Hudson’s thought on how to save the village a few dollars almost seems too simple to be realistic. As he put it during a council meeting this week, “I think our mowing guys should do the mowing and our water guys ought to make water.” Council members were ...

‘Telemedicine’ Limits Appropriate in W.Va.

Editorials

A bill banning doctors from prescribing narcotics using “telemedicine” technology, approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates, was taken up by the state Senate this week. There, lawmakers made an amendment so obvious some in the House may wonder why they did not think of it. In a ...

Tolerance of Others’ Religions Demanded, Except for Christians

Editorials

I’ve heard numerous versions of this story, but I’ll go with the one reportedly told by Dr. Abraham Twerski, a renowned psychiatrist and Orthodox rabbi. (I’ve trimmed and paraphrased it a bit.) The bearded Twerski goes to the airport in his Hasidic garb — the hat, the long coat, the ...