Opinion

Marshall’s focus on retention is good strategy

An editorial from The Herald Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Colleges and universities across the nation are faced with declining enrollments — a challenge that has implications for the institutions themselves but also for their respective states and the nation as a whole. As fewer students pursue higher education, those institutions suffer lower revenues, adding more […]

Posted in: Opinion

Misguided protest for state funding

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A group called Our Children, Our Future is planning a protest in Charleston Tuesday, where it hopes to capitalize on the special legislative session, expected to begin today, in order to shame legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin into restoring more of the $1.06 million […]

Posted in: Opinion

America spends mightily on prison poverty trap

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Statistically, the United States is the most criminal country. A new report from the National Research Council says: “From 1973 to 2009, the state and federal prison populations … rose steadily from about 200,000 to 1.5 million. … Another 700,000 are held daily in local jails. … […]

Posted in: Opinion

Concerns about expanded summer practices

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — In April, when the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s members gave their approval to expanding summer practices for sports programs, many concerns were raised. For now, the state Board of Education is listening. The board tabled the idea, sending it back to the SSAC for […]

Posted in: Opinion

Noah?

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — With the primary election now out of the way, the decisions made and the candidates whittled down in number, it’s time to focus on the really important issues that confront us. Yes, we’d like to talk baby names. Back the way it used to be, baby names would […]

Posted in: 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 […]

Posted in: Opinion

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 […]

Posted in: Opinion

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 […]

Posted in: Opinion

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 […]

Posted in: Opinion

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 […]

Posted in: Opinion