Opinion

By June 27, 2014 Read More →

State superintendent must shrink his job

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state school board hired Michael J. Martirano as the new state superintendent. For the last nine years, he has headed the public school system in St. Mary’s County, Md. In St. Mary’s, Martirano oversaw the instruction of 17,454 students. In this job, he needs […]

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By June 26, 2014 Read More →

Property vandalism is no laughing matter

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Vandalism is a huge problem in America. Some big cities spend millions of dollars each year on graffiti removal alone. While some of the damage done to buildings and public spaces is accidental and some is meant to send a message, most vandalism is committed for no […]

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By June 26, 2014 Read More →

Treat Frat Hazing As the Crime It Is

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register           WHEELING, W.Va. — Hazing that involves physical abuse of people being initiated into clubs, fraternities and other groups remains far too common, especially on college campuses. It needs to be seen for what it is: criminal assault. Law enforcement officials in Monongalia County feel that way. This week, […]

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By June 25, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. law change creates gun purchase loophole

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia recently became the 23rd state to receive an exemption that allows people with concealed weapons permits to purchase a weapon without a background check. At first glance, that would seem to be a problem-free step. Someone who has received a concealed weapons permit already has […]

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By June 25, 2014 Read More →

Keep casino, track healthy

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort at Chester remains a strong business, providing hundreds of jobs directly and indirectly and pumping millions of dollars into the local economy. In addition, it is the source of millions more for state government. But like virtually all businesses, the environment has […]

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By June 24, 2014 Read More →

Lawsuits against EPA are useful

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — The Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on reasonable electricity prices may not have scored a victory in a Supreme Court ruling Monday – but they did accomplish something useful. They delayed the EPA’s attack. High court justices ruled in favor of the EPA for the most part, in […]

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By June 24, 2014 Read More →

Sentencing more than a message

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Lawyers are rarely at a loss for words at the sentencing phase of any trial. But one of our nation’s most renown trial lawyers, better known as President Lincoln, may have said it best. “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and […]

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By June 23, 2014 Read More →

It Could Happen Elsewhere

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries in Charleston are going to be removed, beginning this week. Now we won’t have to worry any more about drinking water being contaminated by the Keystone Cops of the chemical industry. Right. Reality, anyone? Water supplies […]

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By June 23, 2014 Read More →

The problem with pre-school

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia passed legislation in 2002 requiring public schools to expand access to pre-school education programs that were originally implemented in some local districts in 1983. Since then, the state has ranked high nationally, coming in at No. 6 for pre-kindergarten enrollment for 4-year-olds, and No. 8 […]

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By June 20, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. making headway in prison overcrowding

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Signs that West Virginia is starting to ease the pressure on its overcrowded prisons and jails have come from two directions recently. One is looking back to what’s been accomplished over the past year, and the other is looking ahead to another strategy scheduled to be put […]

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