Editorials

CHIP funding should be extended using ‘clean’ bill only

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Making hateful generalizations does no good for anyone

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

There is no easy solution to prevent mass shootings

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded more than 500 other people? Knee-jerk ...

Ohio University looking into new protest policies

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

Piecemeal approach may be better way to replace Obamacare

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this ...

Releasing JFK papers should put conspiracies to bed for good

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Rebuilding of Puerto Rico can do more than repair storm damage

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years, and an enormous amount of federal aid, to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Proposed tax reform is win-win for Americans, businesses

A major tax reform proposal was unveiled Wednesday by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Demonstrations and the reaction to them are what America stands for

Even if you’re not a fan of football, it was hard to avoid the dominant story of Sunday’s NFL games — non-violent demonstrations during the pre-game performance of the national anthem. The story started long before Sunday, as it was last season that then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback ...

States look ahead to protecting election processes

Name a policy issue, and chances are it has been politicized by Democrats, Republicans and even Independents eager to gain advantages over political rivals. Even the security of the election process has become a polarizing debate. West Virginia Secretary of State, Mac Warner, understands the ...