Opinion

Help Investigators Nail Scam Artists

Editorials

Just guessing, but we are willing to bet at least some readers have used a bit of foul language in reaction to phone calls from would-be scam artists. Few things are calculated to raise one’s blood pressure as well as a call from someone trying to steal your money. Don’t get mad. Get ...

Trump Still Hasn’t Reached Level of Watergate Scandal

Editorials

It’s said that those who ignore the lessons of history are destined to repeat its mistakes. In a remarkably uncanny way, Donald Trump is guilty of duplicating the political follies of presidential predecessor Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal of 45 years ago that drove him from the Oval ...

Disarm Hezbollah to Prevent War

Editorials

By Ron Prosor Donald Trump called out Hezbollah at both stops on his Middle East trip last week. In Saudi Arabia he praised the Gulf Cooperation Council for designating the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite militia a terrorist organization and noted that Riyadh had placed sanctions on a senior ...

Trump Setting New, Lower Standard for Morality in America

Editorials

A week ago, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office report ...

‘Back-Channel’ Link Not Unusual

Editorials

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

Taxpayers Owed Accountability

Editorials

One cannot blame officials in small towns for scrimping on the accounting process. Clerks cannot patrol village streets, after all. Accountants do not pave pothole-ridden roads. Every dime spent on them is money that cannot be used for purposes such as keeping the street lights on. But they ...

‘Right-Sizing’ Still Should Be Priority

Editorials

The concept of “right-sizing” government — adjusting its cost when population decreases — is derided by some people. Why, they insist, government has to spend money to bring more people and businesses into cities and counties. To some extent, that is true. Economic development ...

Trump Ignoring Saudi Arabia’s Part in Aiding Terrorist Groups

Editorials

The best way to describe the speech that U.S. President Donald Trump gave in Saudi Arabia is “Dr. Strangelove meets National Lampoon.” I don’t know how he was able to read it with a straight face. Announcing a $110 billion Saudi weapons purchase, Trump said, “This agreement will ...

Radical Environmentalists Using Conspiracies, Falsehoods

Editorials

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Earlier this month, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how ...

Honoring Those Who Died for Us

Editorials

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. From the book of St. John, it is one of the most well-known of Jesus’ teachings related in The Bible. It has special significance today, as we observe Memorial Day. Time and again, asked why they risked ...

Resolving Their March for Freedom Was Not in Vain

Local Columns

By Adam Kelly Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of the forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of ...

Don’t Bow To Budget Pressure

Editorials

Unless a budget is in place by June 19, both state and local governments in West Virginia will have to cope with serious problems. Though the new fiscal year does not begin until July 1, some time is required to make arrangements for it. So when legislators resume their special session on ...

Really Teaching Students

Local Columns

As they sent students on their way and neatened up their classrooms for the summer during the past several days, I hope every teacher in the Ohio Valley read a story we published last week. It was about graduation ceremonies at John Marshall High School. The guest speaker was Chris ...

Changing Policy On School Bonuses

Editorials

A program intended to encourage Ohio County school employees to use as little of their paid leave time as possible is a farce, as we suggested months ago. But it remains in place. Why? School employees who do not use all the 15 personal and sick leave days they are allotted each year are ...

People in Many Countries Healthier Than Americans

Local Columns

Does our health care system actually result in a longer life? Ask most Americans and they’ll tell you proudly that health care in our country is the best in the world. After all, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, and the world’s wealthiest patients come here for their healthcare. Indeed, ...

Security Can Be Costly

Editorials

Careful, governor. Don’t give the kings and queens of cost overruns an opening. Cyber security — keeping personal information secret — is a concern in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice recognizes. So, he has directed state officials to look at the security of electronic records held by ...

C. William ‘Bill’ Harris To Be Honored for Years of Service

Local Columns

This year’s third annual Marshall County Veteran’s Community Service Award recipient will be C. William “Bill” Harris, a World War II Veteran who served with the United States Navy in both the European and Pacific theaters aboard a destroyer escort for two years. The 92-year-old ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To West Virginia state Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, who has been representing his large district faithfully despite having to cope with a serious challenge. Part-way through the Legislature’s regular session earlier this year, Clements was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After a ...

Trump’s Naivete Good News for Saudi Arabia

Editorials

“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East. As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been ...

First Ladies in Middle East Represent Americans Well

Editorials

PALM BEACH, Fla. — By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news — the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and liars by the dozen. Which ...