Opinion

WVPA Sharing: Sen. Plymale offers thoughts on Senate Bill 330
By January 15, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Sen. Plymale offers thoughts on Senate Bill 330

By Sen. Robert H. Plymale Chair of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In recent months, there has been much controversy regarding SB 330, which was passed during the 2011 Legislative Session.  Much of the information being circulated in the media is inaccurate.  I would like to take this time to provide a […]

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. hit hard by Obamacare

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginians are going to pay more for health insurance under Obamacare than the president and his cronies insisted for years. That is virtually inevitable, as a report from the government itself shows. For Obamacare to work, about 40 percent of those enrolling must […]

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By January 15, 2014 Read More →

Tobacco use among W.Va. teens still high

An editorial from the Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Fifty years after the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report that linked cigarette smoking to potential health problems, tobacco use continues to be a major health issue in West Virginia. According to statistics from the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, 18.6 percent of high-school age youth in West […]

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By January 14, 2014 Read More →

Chemical spill shows system isn’t working

An editorial from the Exponent Telegram  CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As state, local and company officials continue efforts to provide clean water to a majority of the Kanawha Valley, we hope they and others are keeping a watchful eye on potentially dangerous situations elsewhere. While we’re sure the blame game over the chemical spill at Freedom […]

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By January 14, 2014 Read More →

The high cost of high efficiency

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia American Water Company treatment plant in Charleston has the capacity to produce 50 million gallons of fresh, potable water a day. As nearly everyone in the area now knows, it’s an important and efficient plant. In fact, the plant’s efficiency and extra […]

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By January 13, 2014 Read More →

Counting blessings after two crises in one week

  An editorial from the Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” — Rime of the Ancient Mariner The past week proved to be a test of endurance as well as patience for West Virginians. First, the cold punch of temperatures on the minus end of the thermometer, and […]

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By January 13, 2014 Read More →

Overall, a great crisis response

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Putting aside for now the obvious questions for Freedom Industries and West Virginia American Water Company about potential steps they could have taken to prevent the great water crisis of 2014, the overall response by the water company, state and local officials, and the community […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Column from Jeff Kessler, president of the West Virginia Senate

Editor’s Note: The West Virginia Press Association hopes to provide our member newspapers with regular columns from the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and Majority and Minority leaders in both chambers, along with the other State Constitutional Officers: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor and Commissioner of Agricultural. The following […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

Is it a rainy day in West Virginia?

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Perception is nine-tenths of the law in politics and that is the problem with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to give a 2 percent pay raise to teachers and a $504 a year, across-the-board raise to other state workers. Few would deny that even with […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

States pick up pace on workforce development

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Both West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear had some success in bringing new jobs to their states last year. In his “state of state” address on Wednesday, Tomblin pointed out the expansion of the Sogefi plant at Prichard, W.Va., that will add […]

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