Opinion

RISE odor grows worse

Editorial

The slimy mud left behind by many floods has a quite offensive odor, as many Ohio Valley residents are aware from personal experience. But the stink arising from West Virginia’s RISE flood relief program may be even worse. Earlier this year, Gov. Jim Justice suspended RISE operations for a ...

More OSU investigations

Editorial

Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable. Turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU. Dr. ...

U.S politics

Editorial

Given the firestorm that erupted over his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump had no choice but to walk back one comment he made in Finland on Monday. In answering reporters’ questions Monday, Trump, standing feet from Putin, indicated ...

Red tape causing delays for flood victims

Editorial

One suspects West Virginia legislators looking into delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in many counties knew one of the answers to their questions before they were even asked. Why, more than six months after federal officials approved nearly $150 million for flood victims, had the state ...

Hacking capabilities a challenge

Editorial

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

Japanese soccer team displays character

Editorial

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia this week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Kavanaugh no friend of EPA

Editorial

Ohioans and West Virginians have a three-letter reason for liking Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court: EPA. Many Americans have been encouraged to believe that we here in coal country somehow hate clean air, water and soil. Nothing ...

Need for realistic reform

Editorial

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

No. Koreans cannot be trusted

Editorial

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

$100 trillion debt just over horizon

Editorial

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...