Opinion

Get to Bottom Of Wiretap Allegations

Editorials

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Budget News No Cause for Glee

Editorials

You did not hear air horns going off in Charleston during the weekend, nor was the air around the Capitol Complex filled with confetti — even though state government revenue ticked up in February. Both Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators are well aware the February revenue report may ...

Make Public, Not Party, the Priority

Editorials

We West Virginians elected Joe Manchin to the U.S. Senate to represent us, not the Democratic Party. Why is that so difficult for liberals to understand? One reason may be that for several years, too many Democrat members of Congress have made themselves servants of party leaders, rather ...

High Court Right In Reversing Self

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court justices did something exceedingly unusual this week: They admitted they were wrong just a few months ago. Late last year, a case involving a man convicted of buying more than 100 grams of cocaine went before the court. It was important because prison sentences are ...

Don’t Harm Job Providers in W.Va.

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators who are considering tax increases that would make it more difficult to do business in our state should focus on one line of the most recently released state revenue report. Collections of state corporate income and business franchise taxes are ...

Hospitals Should Do Better Job Of Reporting Flaws in Devices

Editorials

What’s the biggest killer in hospitals? Secrecy. That’s the bottom line from the Government Accountability Office and the Food and Drug Administration. Both report that hospitals are failing to disclose when medical devices injure or kill patients by spreading cancer cells throughout ...

Leave Marijuana Laws Up to States

Editorials

In withdrawing federal protection for transgendered students, the Trump administration paid tribute to our federalist system. “The president believes that this is a states’ rights issue,” said White House spokesman Sean Spicer. Yet, hours later, the administration had little use for ...

‘Jane Roe’ Came to Understand the Truth About Abortion

Editorials

I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion. That conversion set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe,” McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with ...

Rethink School Starting Times

Editorials

Early to bed, early to rise may make an adult healthy, wealthy and wise — but what about children? What is the optimum time of the morning for them to begin the learning process in school? Many school officials seem to think that the earlier, the better. A variety of scientific studies ...

Clean Up Voter Registration Rolls

Editorials

McDowell County had 17,437 registered voters as of Jan. 31, according to a report from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. But only 15,729 people 18 years of age or more lived in the county as of 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Obviously, something isn’t right, ...

Too Many Glass Houses in D.C.

Editorials

Gotcha has become a key tactic of politicians — of all ideological stripes — trying to discredit opponents in Washington. Forget one piece of information among hundreds about which a congressional committee may question you and — gotcha! — you are labeled a liar. Attorney General ...

Burying Victims Of Drug Overdoses

Editorials

So many people have died of drug overdoses in West Virginia that the state fund to cover burials of the indigent has run out of money. As we reported Sunday, the approximately $2 million set aside for the purpose was exhausted last month, with four months left in the fiscal year. That is ...

French Still Unwilling to Try Backing Away From Socialism

Editorials

For those thinking that the French could be on the brink of a collective epiphany, you might want to hold your bets. Even if the people of France wanted a badly needed economic upgrade to bring their nanny-state system into the 21st century, there’s no presidential contender willing to give ...

Use FUDS to Help Local Economies

Editorials

President Donald Trump wants to make America great again by removing bureaucratic roadblocks and regulatory red tape. He could focus on hundreds of thousands of acres effectively trapped in limbo by the federal government, unable to be used by the communities around them to generate tax ...

Trump Should Have Stuck With Plan to Cut Military Spending

Editorials

Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress’ automatic “sequestration” cuts didn’t go far enough, that they were “a very small percentage of the cuts that should be made.” Then he ran for office and said he would “make ...

Cost of Inaction Is Unacceptable

Editorials

How West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice handle the state’s fiscal meltdown will affect each and every person in our state for years to come. Both for now and the future, they simply must get it right. But that challenge pales in comparison to the life-and-death crisis that both ...

Hey, Let’s Go To Wheeling!

Local Columns

On a fairly regular basis when I was growing up in New Martinsville, my parents or, later, my buddies, would suggest, “Hey, let’s go to Wheeling!” Except from folks headed to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack or a Nailers game, I suspect not many people have that thought these ...

Don’t Let Haste Rule Budget Bill

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is pushing Republicans who control the Legislature to finish work on a state budget by April 8, the last day of this year’s regular lawmaking session. They should ignore him on that. Last week, the governor unveiled what he calls a “countdown clock” showing how ...

Reform, Not Big Tax Increases, Is Legislators’ Plan

Local Columns

One of the oldest rules in the book when you’re in the middle of trying to make a deal is to never negotiate against yourself. Just 19 days after he dropped the largest tax increase in West Virginia’s history on an unsuspecting, and then-adoring public, Gov. Jim Justice did just that. He ...

Cost Cutting Long Overdue at Agencies

Editorials

Well, good for officials in the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. They have found a way to save taxpayers nearly $500,000 immediately and $150,000 a year in the future. DNR officials announced last week they are cutting 84 vehicles from the agency’s fleet. They can do without ...