Opinion

By January 7, 2014 Read More →

Legislature should revisit Marcellus drilling now

An editorial from the Dominion Post MORGANTOWN — For all their scientific bent, a series of legislative studies on horizontal gas well drilling are short of useful data. Couple that with the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) reluctance to recommend any action, and we haven’t even begun tapping into how best to regulate this […]

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America’s morality changing rapidly

An editorial from the Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We often observe that America’s morality keeps evolving — but we’ve never seen a transformation as swift as the snowballing U.S. acceptance of gays and same-sex marriage. Just a half-century ago, it was still a felony to be gay in West Virginia. Anyone caught in same-sex […]

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By January 5, 2014 Read More →

Long-serving officials not exempt from the rules

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — When Walt Helmick became West Virginia commissioner of agriculture last year, one of the first things he did was to request a thorough audit of his department. That is not unusual, especially when an office holder’s predecessor has been in office for many years. […]

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One toke over the line

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Colorado last week embarked on its widely publicized experiment to allow the legal sale of marijuana. Early Wednesday, pot smokers began to buy the first legally purchased marijuana without a prescription in the nation’s history. A lot of smokers were buying. Which is when one of the […]

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Some forecasts you can’t believe

  A column by John G. Miller, managing editor of the Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — In 1981, Ted Turner, who had recently launched Cable News Network (CNN), told a gathering of newspaper publishers that the industry was doomed. “… newspapers as we know them today will be gone within the next 10 years, or […]

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By January 3, 2014 Read More →

Compromise over unemployment benefits needed

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Last month, the U.S. Congress broke its typical gridlock and reached a compromise on a budget bill. What was not included, however, was the extension of a five-year federal program that provided unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. The end of the program last Saturday […]

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By January 3, 2014 Read More →

Posting calorie info on machines a good step

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — While most of the attention related to the Affordable Care Act has been focused on a troubled website, policy cancellations and some sticker shock regarding premiums, another aspect of it has the attention of the vending machine industry. That’s because part of the health care reform law, […]

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By January 2, 2014 Read More →

Courtesy Patrol a state program that works

An editorial from the Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The state’s Courtesy Patrol is now 15 years old, and it continues to assist motorists who have flat tires or medical problems or are in need of directions. It is a small program, perhaps, but one that has proved its worth. The Charleston Gazette recently reported […]

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By January 2, 2014 Read More →

Washington, D.C., is the capital of waste

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — In December, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his annual “Wastebook,” giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it. This year’s list includes some items that would be laughable, if […]

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By January 1, 2014 Read More →

Resolve to repeal the Affordable Care Act

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Barring some catastrophe – perhaps involving Iran or North Korea – the biggest challenge we Americans will face during 2014 will be one we allowed to be created. It is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, of course. Already, even before the law’s most […]

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