Opinion

Editorial: Bill paved with good intentions
By March 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Bill paved with good intentions

From the Dominion Post of Morgantown: You need not pray the road in West Virginia will rise up to meet you. It already does. But rather than meet you, it beats you and your vehicle. No one need cite reports, studies or research on this score. It’s already assumed. Problem is, everyone agrees we must […]

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Column: Our protection in the press is a fundamental freedom

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: By Larry Hypes I have been in and out of the newsroom here at the daily paper for more than 40 years and I can tell you that I have never known a reporter to intentionally misrepre- What has it been – 58 days since the presidential inauguration? Since the […]

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Editorial: Either way, tax increases/budget cuts are going to hurt
By March 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Either way, tax increases/budget cuts are going to hurt

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: For fiscal year 2017, like previous years, the state of West Virginia is in bad financial shape. Using current revenue projections and current levels of spending, West Virginia is expected to be about $500 million short of funds next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Gov. Jim Justice proposed a […]

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Editorial: Mountain State transformation
By March 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Mountain State transformation

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette Page: West Virginia’s remarkable switch from mostly Democratic to mostly Republican is lamented in a New York Times commentary by a longtime political expert. A leader of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 victory in this state, Charles Peters left Charleston to help lead President Kennedy’s new Peace Corps. Then, he founded […]

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Budget discipline overdue
By March 16, 2017 Read More →

Budget discipline overdue

The Weirton Daily Times editorial In some politicians’ minds, the essence of a good government budget is that it contains goodies for just about everyone. Work up the courage to take some of them out — off taxpayers’ backs — and you can be in big trouble at election time. Republican leaders in the West […]

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Editorial: Limited tank exemptions proper for oil and gas
By March 14, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Limited tank exemptions proper for oil and gas

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail:  You’ve got to give credit to the workers and owners and operators of 42,000 above-ground liquid storage tanks in West Virginia. They had been operating their relatively small tanks of about 2,100- to 4,200-gallons safely for years, out of notice from the public with nary a problem. Then Freedom Industries’ poorly […]

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Editorial: Are WV lawmakers trying to melt down local economies?
By March 14, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Are WV lawmakers trying to melt down local economies?

 From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: The 2017 Legislature passed its midpoint, with little progress toward solving West Virginia’s looming $700 million budget nightmare. Addressing Fairmont State University students, Gov. Jim Justice said West Virginia is suffering a “China syndrome.” He continued: “You ever heard of that before? Where you have a total meltdown and you can’t […]

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Read the bill: The American Health Care Act
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Read the bill: The American Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., has released the following information on the American Health Care Act: West Virginia families on Obamacare are looking at a 32 percent premium increase, it’s clear that Obamacare is deeply broken. More insurers are pulling out of Obamacare, offering fewer choices for consumers all while prices rise. House […]

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Opinion: Celebrate WVU’s legacy by imagining the state’s future
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Celebrate WVU’s legacy by imagining the state’s future

By Gordon Gee President, West Virginia University In February 1867, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and 12 other territories had yet to join the United States. Secretary of State William Seward had yet to even commit the “folly” of purchasing Alaska. Much of what would become our country was still unsettled prairie — the rugged land that a girl named Laura […]

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Proposed voter ID legislation is misguided and unnecessary
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Proposed voter ID legislation is misguided and unnecessary

The Herald-Dispatch editorial It seems like it was just last year that the West Virginia Legislature debated and approved a bill that modified identification requirements for voters in the Mountain State, basically requiring them for the first time to show some form of identification before they can cast a ballot. In fact, it was just […]

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