Editorial

Now is the time for tax reform

Some would say the ongoing struggle to keep West Virginia's budget balanced indicates now is not the time for legislators to be discussing tax reform. But it is precisely the time when we should do so, for two important reasons.Lawmakers tackled an impressive agenda of reforms during their ...

Individual police officers key to trust

It takes just a few rogue cops to make many people - members of racial minority groups in particular - suspicious of all law enforcement officers. One cannot blame those who expect those who protect our communities to be able to police their own ranks.A committee appointed by Ohio Gov. John ...

Spending state’s money efficiently

Only five states do a worse job of giving taxpayers return on their investment than West Virginia, according to a recent WalletHub report.Analyzing categories such as infrastructure, education, health, safety, economy and pollution, in terms of the efficiency of state government as compared ...

Time running out for cheap power

Americans may be approaching a point of no return to reasonably priced electricity, as a result of President Barack Obama's war on coal.Last week, American Electric Power announced it is proceeding with closure of six coal-fired power plants. Three are in West Virginia. Ohio, Virginia and ...

Federal taxes out of control

Bad news about taxes for West Virginians and Ohioans came out this week, but don't blame local and state officials. It is not their fault.Each year at about this time, coinciding with the April 15 deadline for most people to file income tax returns, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation releases ...

Avoid needless ATV tragedies

With warmer weather just beginning to beckon local residents toward outdoor recreation, a local man already has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident.If recent history is any guide, many more West Virginians and Ohioans will perish in ATV crashes this year.A Weirton teen died after the ...

Ohio makes progress in rape cases

Ohioans should be pleased impressive progress has been made in clearing up a gigantic backlog of old evidence in rape cases. They ought to be angry thousands of sexual assaults were not handled expeditiously in the first place, however.Though safeguards were put in place late last year to ...

Clinton can’t be shielded forever

Plans to officially launch Hillary Clinton's campaign for president clearly are aimed at shielding her from verbal missteps and embarrassing questions, as well as limiting the damage from such encounters.Clinton aides told an Associated Press reporter she will focus on "intimate events" rather ...

Taking the lead in Washington

Human trafficking, often making children and women serve as sex slaves, occurs right here in West Virginia and Ohio. As Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., points out, more needs to be done to prevent it.Local and state authorities play a major role in that, obviously. Often, it is they who ...

War helped make modern America

Imagine a four-year war claiming the lives of 6.2 million Americans. Now think of the horror of such a conflict right here in our homeland. Finally, envision a war of Americans against Americans.It couldn't happen? Some people thought that on the eve of the Civil War. But it did. Before Union ...