Opinion

By February 25, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. teachers, state workers deserve pay raises

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — It’s well established that state lawmakers will be hard pressed to balance the budget without dipping into the rainy day fund. That’s especially true after House members came out strongly last week against tax increases. But that doesn’t lessen the importance that lawmakers work to find […]

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By February 24, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. agriculture loans story overshadowed

A column by Phil Kabler of the Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Between contaminated water and the ongoing legislative session, the legislative audit revealing financial mismanagement and probable fraudulent activity in the Department of Agriculture under former commissioner Gus Douglass probably didn’t get the sort of media coverage it warranted. Among the issues raised was […]

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By February 24, 2014 Read More →

Need for armed school guards stems from reality

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The House Committee on Education last week approved a bill that would allow security personnel hired by county sheriffs’ offices to carry weapons in public schools. The bill was introduced by Delegate Linda Sumner, R-Raleigh. It was co-sponsored by Delegate Lynne Arvon, R-Raleigh, and it was greeted […]

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By February 24, 2014 Read More →

Passing the Obamacare IQ exam

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — It has become clear within the past couple of weeks that universities such as Harvard and Yale ought to be sending legions of recruiters to West Virginia. They are after the brightest of Americans, aren’t they? It’s true that in terms […]

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By February 21, 2014 Read More →

Pseudoephedrine Rx bill should become law

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With the scourge of methamphetamines, and the dangerous labs that manufacture the product expanding, we’re glad to see Senate Bill 6 weaving its way through the legislative process. The full Senate passed the measure on to the House on a 25-9 vote on Tuesday. The House […]

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By February 21, 2014 Read More →

Pseudoephedrine Rx bill victimizes allergy sufferers

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The idea of regulating over-the-counter pseudoephedrine to prescription only is nothing to sneeze at. That’s about the only thing both sides agree on in the debate in the Legislature to do just that. For the record, we oppose Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 4212, both […]

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By February 21, 2014 Read More →

Banning youths’ use of e-cigarettes is right move

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Hoping to close the door on a relatively new product that they fear will promote smoking among youth and pose other dangers, lawmakers in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are moving to fill a void in regulation of electronic cigarettes. This winter, legislatures in all three states […]

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By February 20, 2014 Read More →

Stop meddling with educators

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Educators in West Virginia already suffer from far too much micromanagement. A bill approved by the state Senate Education Committee this week would make it worse. If enacted, the measure will ban school administrators from asking teachers to use their planning periods for work-related activities such […]

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By February 19, 2014 Read More →

Keep gun records open

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That is good advice, especially when West Virginia legislators are debating a bill aimed at a non-problem – but with the potential to increase government officials’ ability to operate in secrecy. Don’t we have enough of that already? A […]

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By February 19, 2014 Read More →

Morrisey’s real sin: Defeating McGraw

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — For 20 years, the Democrat-controlled Legislature gave former Attorney General Darrell McGraw free rein to run the office in the most unprincipled manner possible. Whether they were afraid of him or did not want to make waves in a political sea, lawmakers sat on […]

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