Opinion

By June 8, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Highest possible level of funding for black lung clinics should be approved

Times West Virginian editorial The nation’s coal miners suffering from black lung disease need the best care possible. An effort is underway to help ensure that goal is met — that those suffering from the disease get the medical care they need and the essential benefits they have earned. Black lung disease is a debilitating, […]

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By June 7, 2017 Read More →

Paris ‘pact’ is not binding

The Journal editorial Perhaps the most blatant bit of “fake news” making the rounds these days is a single word: “pact.” It is being used in reference to the Paris Climate Accords. President Donald Trump says he does not intend for the United States to comply with the agreement in Paris, signed by representatives of […]

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By June 1, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Tick-Tock: Time is running out for a reasonable budget

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Unless a budget is in place by June 19, state and local governments in West Virginia will have to cope with serious problems. Though the fiscal year does not begin until July 1, it will take time to make arrangements for it. So when legislators resume their special session […]

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By May 30, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Taxpayers owed accountability

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial One cannot blame officials in small towns for scrimping on the accounting process. Clerks cannot patrol village streets, after all. Accountants do not pave pothole-ridden roads. Every dime spent on them is money that cannot be used for purposes such as keeping the street lights on. But they are […]

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By May 29, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: States should do more to evaluate tax breaks

The Herald-Dispatch editorial Incentives and tax breaks play an important part in most state and local governments’ efforts to attract business. This region recently saw that at work with the announcement last month that Braidy Industries plans to build an aluminum mill in the South Shore, Kentucky, area about 15 miles northwest of Ashland and […]

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By May 29, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Loose lips birth deadly results

The Journal editorial Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ought to be just as concerned. Press reports in […]

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By May 24, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Crazy times in Charleston

The Journal editorial With the clock ticking on a new budget for West Virginia government — the new fiscal year begins July 1 — House of Delegates members have a plan to try again. A tax bill dramatically different than one promoted in the state Senate was approved by delegates on Friday. Senators were to […]

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By May 24, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: We all carry scars from each senseless attack by savage terrorists

Times West Virginian editorial There are some places where you shouldn’t have to fear for your life. A nightclub with your friends and loved ones, dancing away the stress from a long week. A movie theater to watch the latest installment in the “Batman” franchise. The concert of a teen pop sensation. And yet those […]

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By May 22, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Will another Interstate 79-style snarl happen again next year?

By Matt Harvey The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Now that it’s clear we’re stuck with an Interstate 79 snarl for probably most of the rest of the summer (and perhaps even beyond), it’s time to look ahead. What’s the likelihood the West Virginia Department of Transportation will award bids that result in similar woes […]

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By May 22, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Start planning for worst-case scenario

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” Or in this instance, if the dragon is only six weeks away from potentially taking wing and torching your state government. That quote above is from perhaps the world’s pre-eminent fantasy […]