Opinion

By December 27, 2013 Read More →

Firearms should be out of the reach of children

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A tragic holiday shooting in Kanawha County provides gun owners with another reminder of the importance of keeping weapons secured and away from children. A 9-year-old boy apparently took a family shotgun out for target practice Sunday near Quick, W.Va. The weapon accidentally fired and hit a […]

Posted in: Opinion
By December 26, 2013 Read More →

Be sure to scrutinize those phone bills

An editorial from the Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It is a scam that affects more than 20 million Americans a year, and most of them never know they’ve been had. The Federal Trade Commission calls it “phone bill cramming” — typically small charges added to your cell phone or land line bill by third parties […]

Posted in: Opinion
By December 26, 2013 Read More →

Clarksburg paper names Arch Coal Job Creator of Year

An editorial from the Exponent-Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — One look around national headlines, and one would say that 2013 was not a good year for coal. The natural resource that has powered this great country for much of its existence has been given little credit by some national leaders. And some call into question what […]

Posted in: Opinion
By December 24, 2013 Read More →

There is still coal in W.Va.’s future

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Between the recession and restrictions on the burning of steam coal to generate electricity, consumption of coal in the United States fell 20 percent from more than 1.1 billion tons in 2008 to just under 900 million tons last year, according to the U.S. Energy […]

Posted in: Opinion
By December 24, 2013 Read More →

How many speeders ponied up toys in Ranson?

A column by Grant County Press Editor Bill Foutch PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Here’s a neat story for the Christmas season from the town of Ranson, W.Va. Motorists who get ticketed for speeding in that city can avoid paying a fine by donating to the police department’s holiday toy drive. The department calls it “Slow Down […]

Posted in: 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 […]

Posted in: Opinion
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 […]

Posted in: Opinion
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 […]

Posted in: Opinion
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 […]

Posted in: Opinion
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 […]

Posted in: Opinion