Opinion

By December 23, 2013 Read More →

W.Va. moving up in ranks of gas producers

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The coal industry’s well-documented problems notwithstanding, there was positive news last week for West Virginia in the area of energy extraction. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that the state had broken into the Top 10 in the production of natural gas. West Virginia ranks No. 10 […]

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By December 23, 2013 Read More →

Volunteers give voice to abused, neglected children

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. -— Silence can’t be tolerated. Abused and neglected children, way too often, don’t have the voice they need to make their lives better. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Marion County are committed to changing that situation. The goal in the state is “to assure quality […]

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By December 22, 2013 Read More →

Holiday lights gladden the spirit

An editorial from the Sunday Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Around noon Saturday, something important happened, but you may not have noticed. Planet Earth, slightly tilted on its axis, passed the point in its annual orbit at which the northern hemisphere tipped farthest away from the sun, producing the longest night and shortest day of the […]

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By December 21, 2013 Read More →

Shattered wrists and science fairs

A column by NPR’s Giles Snyder for The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Note to self: don’t call your wife while she’s recuperating in the hospital because you ignored her warning to check the ink in the printer the night before your son’s Science Fair project is due. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but yes, I […]

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By December 20, 2013 Read More →

Some W.Va. kids facing a hungry holiday

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — Local charitable organizations and volunteers have worked many hours to help feed the needy this holiday season. Their efforts are to be commended, and they know from firsthand experience that we definitely have people in our community who are without food. This is tragic, particularly when the […]

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By December 20, 2013 Read More →

W.Va. is shortsighted to shortchange public health

An editorial from the Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — A report released Tuesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lowered the boom on West Virginia’s approach toward handling infectious diseases. We weren’t alone this time in scoring poorly  — 10 other states were right there with us in meeting just […]

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By December 19, 2013 Read More →

National Silver Alert Act could save lives

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT — It’s hard to watch our loved ones age. It’s heartbreaking to watch their mind leave them as they become a shell of the person they once were. We see the face we have known for many, many years, the hands that held our own, the arms […]

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By December 19, 2013 Read More →

Don’t delay action on state’s budget

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG — Unless tax collections pick up, there will be no “happy New Year” in Charleston. Instead, there will be notices going out to state agencies that they must cut spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending June 30. Once again in November, revenue flowing […]

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

DMV should hit the gas pedal on technology

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — No matter what states we have lived in, most of us no doubt have encountered the frustrating waits that seem common at government motor vehicle registration and driver licensing offices. Take a number, wait until it’s called, and then hope to have all the documents that are […]

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Sen. Manchin praised for political courage

An editorial from the Charleston Gazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The latest New York Times Magazine contains a long account of the 2013 showdown between West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association — a clash won, so far, by the all-powerful gun group. Although the NRA has only 5 million members — barely […]

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