Editorial

Curbing theft of public funds

It is not enough to have someone minding the store, as a new report from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost makes clear. When the public’s money is involved, there needs to be plenty of oversight. Yost’s report, “Pocketed Payments: Preventing the Theft of Incoming Funds,” targets local ...

Hard-hit states need more help

As incredible as it may seem, federal funds from one program meant to combat substance abuse are doled out based on state population, not the severity of their drug epidemics. That is simply insane. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan and ...

Tax reform helps most Americans

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Keeping miners safe, healthy

Keeping coal miners as safe as possible is not a partisan concern. But, to judge by a vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, you might conclude that it is. By a 52-46 vote, senators confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. All the ...

Compromise needed on tax reform bill

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Commit to quit smoking

Today is a good day to stop smoking. Or, for that matter, use of any tobacco product. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely ...

Trade speech is important reminder

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Chinese plan is great news

West Virginians have had their hopes raised so many times, then seen them dashed, that some may still have their guards up over the announcement Thursday that China will invest $83.7 billion in the state. Slice it anyway you want, however. Put any spin you desire on it. Come up with all the ...

Ensure names get on the FBI database

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened one week ago in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. ...

Remembering Veterans Day

The names of the battlefields American men and women have fought on have changed many times over the years, but we must always remember the sacrifices they have made in those faraway places. That’s why we want every reader to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to remember all who have ...