Opinion

Berkeley Birthed Right

Editorials

In December 1964, a Silver Age of American liberalism, to rival the Golden Age of FDR and the New Deal, seemed to be upon us. Barry Goldwater had been crushed in a 44-state landslide and the GOP reduced to half the size of the Democratic Party, with but 140 seats in the House and 32 in the ...

Reject Rush To A Bad Budget

Editorials

Hurry-up politics seems to be the order of the day in both Charleston and Washington. In Congress, that means a health insurance bill most Americans know little or nothing about is being pushed forward. At the West Virginia State Capitol, legislators are under pressure to approve a budget, ...

Don’t Drive While Drunk — or High

Editorials

West Virginia’s law enforcement officers and Division of Motor Vehicles are noticing what should be a positive trend: The number of drunk-driving fatalities in the state is dropping. Approximately 26 percent of highway fatalities in the Mountain State involve alcohol, which ...

Funding Bill Should Benefit W.Va.

Local Columns

By U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communities. In February, I sent a letter to President Trump describing the specific priorities I believe will benefit our state and ...

Making Charter Schools Better

Editorials

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

Ensure Developers Share City’s Vision

Editorials

A majority of members of Wheeling City Council seem to have a vision for what a successful downtown business district should look like. Some measure of uniformity in buildings there may be a good idea. But what if potential investors have different visions? During their meeting Tuesday, ...

Learning Lessons From 2016 Election

Editorials

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

Clinton’s Elitist Attitude Hurt Her

Editorials

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview this week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

Legislators Must Thread Needle Carefully on New W.Va. Budget

Editorials

West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our Corporate Net Income Tax rate was one of the highest taxes in the ...

Trying ‘to Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds’

Editorials

Last weekend marked 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone coincided with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, April 29, 1992, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted after being charged with the violent beating of Rodney King, caught on ...

Lawmakers From High-Tax States Will Fight Trump Reform

Editorials

If you live in tax hell — New York, Illinois, California, New Jersey or Connecticut — paying your state and local taxes could soon become even more painful. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have plans to lower federal tax rates for almost everyone and simplify tax rules. All ...

Resist Pressure For Higher Taxes

Editorials

West Virginia legislators are scheduled to be back in Charleston Thursday, for what Gov. Jim Justice hopes will be a short special session that, if he is successful, will be far from sweet for Mountain State residents and businesses. Justice has called lawmakers back into session to deal ...

Huge Fee Exposes Obama Hypocrisy

Editorials

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

‘Good Faith’ Unlikely

Editorials

Asked about the possibility of U.S. officials offering to engage in negotiations with North Korea over that rogue nation’s missile buildup, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied that for such talks to happen, Pyongyang would have to show signs of “good faith.” Lots of luck ...

Put More Money Into Classrooms

Editorials

Imagine five separate public bus systems in eastern and central Belmont County. That would require five fleets of buses, five administrative staffs, five bus maintenance systems — five of everything. There has to be a better way. Private-sector transit companies would find it (as has the ...

Approve Pension Bailout for Miners

Editorials

It appears a $1 trillion spending plan on which Congress is set to act will include assistance for retired miners whose health insurance program has nearly run out of money. But “appears” can be a dangerous word on Capitol Hill. Before the retirees and their families can consider ...

Making Decision Regarding Pool

Editorials

The outlook for Moundsville’s indoor swimming pool seems to change with the regularity of the Four Seasons for which the facility is named. After a few months during which it seemed city officials had agreed to repair the pool and keep it open, a change may be in the offing. What to do ...

Details Before Vote

Editorials

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...

Correct Landfill Odor Problems

Editorials

Ho-hum. Another day, another complaint about the Apex Landfill in Jefferson County. This has been going on for how many years? A decade, according to a man who lives near the landfill. He made the comment last week, in asking Jefferson County commissioners to intervene with the Ohio ...

Spying on New, Different Enemies

Editorials

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual Americans. His ...