Editorial

Kicking the debt can on down the road

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Ending retreat from terrorists

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Security in lower courts vital, too

As Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. continues to recover from being shot Monday morning, the thoughts of many local officials continued to focus on courthouse security. Though no amount of it would have prevented the judge’s shooting — which occurred outside the ...

Slow down, pay attention, be safe

Recently, four Amish residents of Belmont County were hurt when their buggy was struck from behind by a car on a county road near Barnesville. All four were injured badly enough to require hospital treatment. Then, on Monday night, four Amish people were injured when a car hit their van near ...

Don’t provide enemy any encouragement

Whatever President Donald Trump decides to do about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, it should not be described as an “exit strategy.” Such an announcement would be just what the Taliban and other Islamic extremists want to hear. More than 2,300 Americans have been killed in and near ...

Better drug policy an urgent need

Jim Johnson needs to hit the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced last week. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role will be to battle ...

Violence can’t continue to grow

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Keep our military out of Venezuela

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Rethink the Fed’s power

Economists like to tell the rest of us what they do is a science. Clearly, to judge by debate at the Federal Reserve Board, this is one science that is far from settled. As The Associated Press reported, officials at the Fed during a July 25-26 meeting discussed whether to take action to ...

Don’t blame police for Va. violence

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...