Editorial

McCain: American hero

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. Last Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Honor the end of the ‘Great War’

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Making crown jewels sparkle

West Virginia’s 35 state parks have been referred to as the state’s crown jewels. Along with seven state forests, the parks are havens of natural beauty and recreational opportunities. They attract both Mountain State residents and out-of-state visitors. But the jewels have become a bit ...

Preventing new measles outbreak

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Enough with claims of ‘fake news’

It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump, once in office, to ramp up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric though continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now ...

Impeachment not political

If there are any facets of politics that are clearly nonpartisan, they are corruption and mismanagement. The sordid, long history of wrongdoing in West Virginia government includes plenty of people from both the Democrat and Republican parties. So why are some liberals claiming the state ...

Davis claims without merit

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Accountability must be personal

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

Rethink security

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

Prioritize road bond proposal

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...