Editorial

SB 81 should be enacted

West Virginia state law already requires that adult motorists safeguard youthful passengers by using safety harnesses and, for the very young, child seats. Why not also protect them against another danger — secondhand smoke? The health risks of breathing in tobacco smoke from someone ...

Keep a level head on pipelines

In the wake of a gas pipeline explosion that forced members of a Noble County family from their homes, national environmental organizations seized the opportunity to call for decommissioning all gas pipelines in the region. One wonders how those representing organizations such as Beyond Dirty ...

Where the immigrants are not

Famed mid-20th Century bank robber Willie Sutton is alleged to have been asked once, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money is.” Someone should ask House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she understands where the illegal immigrants aren’t. Obviously ...

Did lawmakers made a bad bet?

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a mult-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much state ...

Spite does not show leadership

It is understandable that some West Virginia legislators are annoyed that teachers and service personnel who shut down schools for nine days last year were paid for that time. They were so irritated that a provision in a major education bill calls for docking teachers’ pay during a work ...

Take the bitter cold seriously

Polar vortex. Dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Temperatures that rival the South Pole. A Siberian Express. We’ve heard these terms bandied about quite a bit lately. Normally, the more cynical among us laugh off the weather warnings as something that others worry about. You know — ...

Responsibility on the bench

West Virginia Supreme Court justices seem to have learned a lesson from last year’s impeachment summer. Let us hope they resist a recurrence of the arrogance — and that is the word for it — that caused the problem. Two of the court’s five members were forced out of office after they ...

Lights, camera, but any action?

Ohio legislators are being asked to increase tax incentives for films produced in the state and to offer them to stage productions, including Broadway shows touring the state. Proponents of increasing the current $40 million a year cap to $100 million say that would stimulate Ohio’s ...

Fund infant mortality effort

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Don’t ignore maintenance needs

There are lots and lots of ways to spend taxpayers’ money, West Virginia legislators are learning as they get their annual 60-day regular session moving. Unfortunately, making up for money not spent in the past has to be viewed as a priority. State Division of Corrections Commissioner Betsy ...