Opinion

Remember sacrifices of law enforcement each day

An editorial from The Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Of the 20,267 names included on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, 175 belong to those killed in the line of duty in West Virginia. That’s 175 men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order to keep the rest of us safe. Today is National Peace […]

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Should W.Va. taxpayers pay an absent legislator?

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Should a lawmaker be paid even when he misses an entire legislative session, when the “law making” part of his job is to be carried out? Perhaps just as pertinent, should the legislator choose to continue in that position if he can’t carry out its duties? Those […]

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Dealing with unsafe mines

An editorial from The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Violations of federal safety rules are common at many underground coal mines. Most are relatively insignificant and are corrected swiftly. But sometimes Mine Safety and Health Administration officials identify a pattern of repeated violations, including many that display “high or reckless disregard.” When that happens, the […]

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Threats of school violence must be taken seriously

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — We’ve heard the reports of those student pranks that go too far. Some shattered windows at one school. The chopping down of trees on another campus. Harmless fun? Hardly. Both those examples resulted in real damage to school property, and students were punished. But what about a […]

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Columnist seeks public input in FOIA battle

A column by Mickey Furfari for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — This is something about a matter I thought could be kept between me and West Virginia University, my alma mater. But a Freedom of Information Act request for 20 years of public annual academic averages and graduation rates for the WVU wrestling teams […]

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Don’t let apathy win — vote!

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — It was President Abraham Lincoln, during his Gettysburg Address, who summed up our government with his now famous phrase — “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Of course, Lincoln’s address was to honor the thousands of dead soldiers who had fallen at […]

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Don’t blame poverty for poor reading skills

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Educators and public officials in West Virginia are often too willing to use poverty as an excuse for poor performance by our students. The most recent report in which West Virginia performed miserably was a national assessment in which students sampled from 13 states were […]

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Extraordinary stories of strong mothers

A column by Misty Poe, managing editor of The Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — It’s funny how affected you can be by the stories of people you don’t even know. Last week, I got teary-eyed at least twice while scrolling through the newsfeed of a social media site. Two stories, two women on opposite sides of the […]

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Hazmat units needed across West Virginia

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — All one has to do is travel our highways to know that on a daily basis a huge amount of chemicals and other hazardous materials travel through our area. With increased Marcellus shale drilling, that will continue. And that’s also true of the rail system, where […]

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College degree is ticket to bigger earnings

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This weekend, thousands of students across our region will pass a life-altering milestone when they receive a college degree. About 1,500 are set to graduate from Marshall University on Saturday, and commencements are scheduled over the next few days at West Virginia University, the University of Kentucky, […]

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