Editorials

Boehner’s departure leaves big shoes for successor to fill

Hard-right members of Congress got their wish last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will step down - leaving not only his position as one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C., but resigning from Congress altogether.Now, Republicans must make a very ...

Why was the EPA asleep at the wheel?

Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions testing?Thanks to an investigation carried out by West Virginia University scientists, it is known that ...

Theater of the absurd

There still are a few more acts to come before the curtain goes down on the monotonous, albeit troubling, 2015-16 Pennsylvania budget drama.But the proverbial curtain only is rising on a new production in the office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane regarding the commonwealth's pornographic ...

When will VA corruption finally come to an end?

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...

America should slowly wean off fossil fuels, not quit cold turkey

Unemployment reports for August were released last week. Once again, West Virginia, right in the heart of coal country, has the highest rate of joblessness in the U.S. - and that rate went up, from 7.5 percent in July to 7.6 percent in August. The Associated Press can so clearly see the ...

Obama seems willing to trust Iranians and let them self-verify

It is highly doubtful the FBI, on the trail of a terrorist bomb-maker, would ask him to provide samples of the wood from his basement workbench to be tested for traces of explosive materials. He could wipe a little oil and sawdust onto a just-purchased board, hand it in and walk away.But the ...

Flu shot doesn’t just protect you, it protects those around you, too

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

Training of Syrian rebels has been yet another waste of time and money

Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. They could hardly do worse.On Wednesday, members of Congress learned what has been done with the $500 million ...

Fighting ISIS, helping Assad one and the same

Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is considering acceptance of an offer for U.S. and Russian military leaders to discuss Moscow's new assistance program for Syria. One question on his mind, Kerry told reporters, is whether the Russians intend just to help battle Islamic State terrorists ...

Hopefully Obama doesn’t follow Iran script with North Korea

For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea's supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. response to Pyongyang's saber rattling often was aid to the regime in the name of "engagement."Now, North Korean ...