Opinion

By April 21, 2014 Read More →

Bloomberg can spend $50 million on politics

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No part of the Constitution is more misconstrued and misinterpreted than the First Amendment, deliberately so, as the desire to control the thoughts and religious beliefs of others is the greatest temptation of power. The veracity of these attacks on freedom of religion, the right […]

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Court ruling will be hindrance to open government

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Back in “the old days,” government bodies could get away with a lot of questionable actions because they weren’t held accountable by the public they served. Thankfully, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed, for the express purpose of providing full and complete information to all […]

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By April 18, 2014 Read More →

Guns discovered at airport checkpoints on the rise

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Some readers may have been surprised to read that a loaded .32-caliber handgun was confiscated from a woman’s carry-on luggage at Tri-State Airport in Ceredo this week. Passenger screening for commercial air travel has been in place since the 1970s, and with the increased airport security since […]

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By April 18, 2014 Read More →

Bridgeport airport lands another football team

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — North Central West Virginia Airport continues to receive good news. Already ahead of last year’s passenger pace, the airport has landed another Big 12 football team — Baylor, which will use the local airport as well as the Wingate by Wyndham and Bridgeport Conference Center as […]

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By April 17, 2014 Read More →

Coldwater owes state of West Virginia millions

A column by Jared Hunt, business editor of the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority, Wood County Development Authority and United Bank will have millions of dollars on the line in the looming bankruptcy proceedings for soon-to-be defunct retailer Coldwater Creek. The company has benefited from two rounds of […]

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By April 17, 2014 Read More →

Pulitzers affirm public service of whistleblowers

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ever since “Deep Throat” (FBI Associate Director Mark Felt) furtively told reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about hidden White House sleaze — eventually sending many Nixon administration officials to prison and driving the president from office — we have admired “leakers” who bring dirty government […]

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By April 17, 2014 Read More →

Monongalia’s top ranking only the good news

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Rev. Martin Luther King preached that, “No man is free until all men are free.” Without sounding preachy, that line of thinking also applies to children’s well-being. It’s wonderful that Monongalia County was ranked No. 1 in the state for child well-being this week in […]

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Pet store’s new business plan could be hurtful
By April 16, 2014 Read More →

Pet store’s new business plan could be hurtful

An editorial from The Daily Athenaeum MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Animal House’s “Rent-A-Duck” program, which allows students and families to rent ducklings for $14.99, is quickly gaining popularity among students. It’s not hard to see why. The idea of renting a cute animal for a limited time is especially appealing to those who enjoy having […]

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By April 16, 2014 Read More →

Obstructing the public’s right to know

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — With very rare exceptions, everything our local and state governments do in West Virginia ought to be public knowledge. It is not, and that should worry Mountain State residents who recognize that public officials can make mistakes and sometimes are not above doing things for their own […]

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By April 16, 2014 Read More →

Court’s decision on public records will hurt access

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When asked to rule in a case regarding access to government records, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals let the public down. In reversing a circuit judge’s decision, the court last week ruled that the city of Nitro and other government agencies have the authority to […]

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