Opinion

By January 28, 2018 Read More →

WV House bill would allow lawsuits against state or officials to be filed in counties, not just Kanawha County

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  If you want to file a lawsuit against a state agency or official in West Virginia, be prepared for lots of trips to Charleston and the expense of sending your attorney there, too. State law limits such suits to Kanawha County Circuit Court. That is absurd — and, frankly, an […]

By January 28, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Congress steps up to support family caregivers

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: You know – or maybe you are – one of our nation’s dedicated family caregivers. An estimated 40 million Americans and 300,000 West Virginians are working regularly to provide at-home care for their parents, spouses, children or other adults with disabilities. Some days they help their loved ones eat, bathe […]

By January 28, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia at top of nation’s public health emergency with opioids

 From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph:  With President Trump’s renewed declaration of a national public health emergency as a result of  the opioid epidemic, area lawmakers are now hoping to see additional federal dollars allocated toward fighting this deadly crisis. The extension of the public health emergency is a necessary step as the opioid epidemic is showing […]

By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV educators should reject idea of a strike

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Questioned about challenges facing public education in West Virginia, teachers sometimes respond that they’re doing the best they can with what they have. So are Mountain State taxpayers. Now, as many are preparing to do their state income tax returns and are thinking about paying property tax bills, is not […]

By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Proposed WV legislative change to single-member districts is logical

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Lawmakers in West Virginia’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly this week to reorganize the state’s electoral map into 100 single-member delegates districts, a move that could provide stronger representation for the deep south counties. At the present time, the House’s 100 members together represent 67 districts. The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed the House by a vote […]

By January 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Demanding less from W.Va. Students is a mistake

The Intelligencer of Wheeling, W.Va.: If they have a choice, local public school officials in the Northern Panhandle should not go along with the state Board of Education’s move to water down high school graduation requirements. West Virginia students already lag behind those of many other states in performance on some standardized tests. Colleges and […]

By January 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. tourism ads should also target employers

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, W.Va.:  …In West Virginia, a request has gone out from the governor for legislators to approve $20 million for the Tourism Office to spend on marketing the state. Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby says that kind of money will generate a return on investment of about 8-to-1: $20 million now […]

By January 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Travelers on I-77 in W.Va. need proper signage with Hatfield-McCoy directions

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.: With our region fast becoming a destination for ATV riders across the nation, it is imperative that we have proper signage in place to direct the out-of-town visitors to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system and other local attractions. That’s why we were pleased to learn last week that the West Virginia […]

By January 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Free community college in W.Va. is a Legislative idea worth investigating

The Register-Herald of  Beckley, W.Va.: A century ago, only about a fifth of 15- to 18-year-olds in the United States attended high school, and less than a tenth of 18-year-olds graduated. Simply put, getting a high school diploma wasn’t viewed as necessary back then for most people to get a job. But enrollment began to grow […]

By January 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Gov. Justice plan for West Virginia defies the reality

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown, W.Va.: You almost have to suspend disbelief for a moment that reality TV didn’t create Gov. Jim Justice, too. But it didn’t. Yet, his personality, oratory and resort to props and lack of almost any details often lead us to think otherwise. Like most legislators, we came away from […]