Opinion

By February 18, 2014 Read More →

Developer’s vision boosted Clarksburg economy

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Those with vision of business developments often find it difficult for others to see what they see. That definitely could be said of the late James D. LaRosa, who took two plots of land, abandoned after being stripped of coal reserves, and turned them into two […]

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OP-ED: Legislation supports natural gas development
By February 17, 2014 Read More →

OP-ED: Legislation supports natural gas development

West Virginia’s elected officials showed great leadership in 2011 when they made our state the first in the Appalachian Basin to pass comprehensive legislation that provided stability to companies that were considering investing in natural gas resources. With reasonable regulations in place, West Virginia has experienced a significant boost from development of the Marcellus Shale. […]

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By February 17, 2014 Read More →

‘Technicalities’ should not aid drunk drivers

An editorial from The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Intoxicated drivers are a menace to the traveling public. Police, prosecutors and the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles should not be prevented by loopholes and technicalities in the law from getting drunks off the road. State Supreme Court justices apparently agree. In two cases involving what […]

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By February 17, 2014 Read More →

Bolster People’s Right to Know

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Too often, politicians publicly proclaim their allegiance to principles of open government, then privately do all they can to keep constituents in the dark. Combatting that requires vigilance on the part of the people and those officials who still consider themselves public servants. Though West Virginia […]

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By February 16, 2014 Read More →

The Charleston Gazette speaks out for the public’s right to know about concealed weapons permits

Secret: Hidden pistols In the past, researchers estimated that only about 1 percent of Americans carry loaded pistols hidden in their pockets. Yet this tiny group has enormous political power. Rural, conservative legislators are terrified of the gun lobby, giving it whatever it wants. West Virginia’s laws are so loose that virtually any adult — […]

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By February 14, 2014 Read More →

Must a snow day be a non-instructional day?

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s been a tough winter for school systems in West  Virginia. Multiple snow days. Mix in a week of water crisis for many school systems and you’ve got a formula for not reaching the required 180 days of instruction. Fewer instruction days translate to fewer […]

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By February 14, 2014 Read More →

Braxton player holds world record set in 1960

A column by Mickey Furfari for the Times West Virginian MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Did you ever wonder what is the all-time highest number of points scored in a boys’ high school basketball game? Thanks to friend Dr. Larry Schwab, I found out who set the world record, and retired attorney John Skinner of Charles Town […]

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By February 14, 2014 Read More →

Businesses of all types need to protect data

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The computer data breaches with retailers such as Tar­get, Neiman Marcus and Michaels have gotten plenty of head­lines. But our private information is vul­nerable in many places beyond the checkout line. The Identity Theft Resource Cen­ter reported 619 data breaches for 2013, up 30 percent from the […]

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By February 13, 2014 Read More →

UC keeps nursing commitment to Beckley area

An editorial from the Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The new nursing program to be instituted at the University of Charleston-Beckley is the fulfillment of both a promise and a regional need. When Mountain State University shut down, so did its nursing program. When the University of Charleston took over, they assured us the nursing program […]

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By February 13, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. agriculture audit harvests bad government

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Most say we just reaped what we sowed in the state Department of Agriculture. They won’t get an argument from us on that assessment. Electing the same commissioner of agriculture, or any public official, for 44 years — 11 terms — is certain to lead to […]

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