Opinion

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

Editorials

It costs the state of West Virginia about $719 million a year to provide Medicaid health insurance to more than 564,000 low-income and disabled people. To that, add more than $2.1 billion in federal funding. Running the program as efficiently as possible is vital. Doing so should include an ...

Red, White And You

Local Columns

There is a house I drive past frequently in my travels. It’s a quaint house on an Ohio County road, busier when classes are in session at West Liberty University than this time of year. You have to pay close attention when driving this road for its many twists and turns along an unguarded ...

Passing of the Pelosi Era

Editorials

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed at hand. But in ...

Repair Existing Roads, Bridges

Editorials

One reason so many West Virginia legislators were dead-set last week against big tax increases for the state’s General Revenue Fund may have been that they understood the need to raise more money to repair roads and bridges. Fortunately, lawmakers approved that. Funny how people who ...

Reinforcing Need For Election Rules

Editorials

One suspects a certain clique of politicians would be happy if the courts ruled that anyone who demands a ballot ought to be able to cast it during elections, with no strings attached. But there have to be some rules, as the U.S. Supreme Court seems to recognize. High court justices this ...

Health Care Law Action Essential

Editorials

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Protect Youngsters Against Drowning

Editorials

The hot, muggy days of summer seem to be upon us. With them comes the terrible danger of young people, out of school and with time on their hands, drowning. Before many municipalities built public swimming pools, drownings were quite common. Creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds were the only ...

Justice Should Sign the Budget

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is scheduled to make what his office described as “a major budget announcement” this morning. Let us hope the governor plans to tell his fellow West Virginians he will sign the budget bill legislators approved last Friday. Virtually no one is entirely satisfied with the ...

Maintaining What We Have Already

Editorials

Maintaining existing infrastructure is important for municipalities as well as state governments. Here in Wheeling, economic development is a high priority. Officials want to bring new jobs to the city. The downtown business district has been a specific target for improvement, building on ...

Look to Future Of West Virginia

Editorials

As we mark our state’s birthday today, some West Virginians may wonder whether there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared to the ...

Those Who Serve Are in Harm’s Way

Editorials

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Decide on Loan Request Soon

Editorials

It ought to be a no-brainer for U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to grant Monroe County a $15 million loan to help cover the cost of a new jail. Let us hope President Donald Trump’s impatience with the bureaucratic swamp that is Washington encourages USDA officials to handle the ...

Cuba Relationship Works Both Ways

Editorials

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

Getting Input On Education

Editorials

Obviously, the national Common Core curriculum seemed like a good idea to many leaders in West Virginia’s public education establishment. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed as if the plan was set in stone for our state. Someone forgot to check with the people of our state, however. ...

End Delay in Tests Involving Death

Editorials

It has been more than a year since the body of 15-year-old Kyle Morgan, of Moundsville, was found under the Fort Henry Bridge in Wheeling. His family wants answers concerning how he died. So do Wheeling police. A coroner ruled Morgan’s death was a homicide. A full autopsy was performed ...

What Took So Long?

Editorials

In just five months of working with county election officials, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office has gotten 61,386 names removed from voter registration lists throughout the state. Of that total, 5,766 were in Northern Panhandle counties. For years, little was done to ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

∫ To recipients of the Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Awards presented by the Bordas & Bordas law firm. This year’s student honorees include Kallee Dowler of Barnesville; Joy Henthorn of Beallsville; Trey Miller of Bishop Donahue; Tierra White of Bridgeport; Jasmine Jasenec of ...

Time Spent Being a Father Is an Investment

Local Columns

This year is a unique year for me because this year I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that someone in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become ...

Safe Gas Pipelines Critical to Our Quality of Life

Local Columns

Many might not realize the sheer number of items they use on a daily basis that contain refined oil and natural gas. Just this morning, you probably used several products made with these ingredients: your toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, mascara, contact lenses, and ibuprofen. Even the ...

City Considers Allowing More Mobile Food Carts in Town

Local Columns

Food Carts Recently, members of Wheeling City Council and other municipal leaders held a discussion about allowing more mobile food vendors in the downtown area. City leaders said the main reason they do not generally allow food carts is because the owners of established brick-and-mortar ...