Opinion

By June 22, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Justice has chance to do more than showboat

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made his […]

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By June 21, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Program to help miners should expand

The Inter-Mountain editorial President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will never […]

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By June 20, 2017 Read More →

WEST VIRGINIA DAY EDITORIAL: Mountaineers must always look forward

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial She has been “Open for Business,” she has been “Almost Heaven,” and today, she is “Wild and Wonderful,” according to the signs posted at her borders. But one thing that has not changed for 154 years in West Virginia is “Montani Semper Liberi” — Mountaineers are always free. Of […]

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By June 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Responsibility — Angry political rhetoric serves no purpose

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Last week, James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car, retrieved a rifle and opened fire. Capitol Police […]

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By June 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. budget compromise lacks vision

From the Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: The Legislature completed a budget at about 10 p.m. Friday, ending months of debate on how to balance the state’s books. The budget bill now goes to Gov. Jim Justice for action, where he is expected to sign it, according to administration insiders. Not because the budget bill is […]

By June 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Living in a time with a deficit of political courage

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: We’ve always thought that West Virginia needs visionary leaders at state and local levels – from education, industry, business, labor and government – to come together and chart a way forward, to have an honest and engaging discussion, not just about how the state can make progress against all of […]

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Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening
By June 15, 2017 Read More →

Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening

By Don Smith West Virginia Press Association While saddened by the news of the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, I was sickened by the hypocrisy in the comments of some politicians, cable news commentators and fellow journalists. Are we really surprised that another troubled, angry and frightened individual turned to […]

Editorial: Sen. Mitch Carmichael’s lesson to all – A principled stand
By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Sen. Mitch Carmichael’s lesson to all – A principled stand

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: Make no mistake, when a big and powerful corporation doesn’t get its way on public policy matters no matter the venue, it will often resort to petty retribution because, well, it can, proving that the bottom line – heads and tails above all other concerns – drives its corporate mission. […]

By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Flying blind on taxes, budget

From the Wheeling News-Register: Changing a state’s entire tax structure is a laborious, time-consuming process full of pitfalls. Try to do it at the same time you are attempting to enact a new budget and the frustrations have to be incredible. They certainly have been in West Virginia. Whether one agrees with the stances of […]

Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?
By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Quote of the week: “This is a dysfunctional group. They’re good people, but this is silly.” — Gov. Jim Justice, on the Legislature’s inability to pass a 2017-18 state budget or accompanying revenue plan. With the special session of the Legislature recessed until Monday, with the bulk of the […]