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Editorial: Flood relief is neighbor helping neighbor

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: It seems like the state of West Virginia is becoming accustomed to flooding, just as residents in California are used to fighting massive forest fires. Flooding and forest fires are powerful forces that cause loss of life and destruction of homes. In addition, both flooding and forest fires are […]

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Editorial: Can 60 senators from middle make something happen with health care?

From The Times West Virginia of Fairmont: Folks on the far left and far right are sure to be disappointed. We can only hope that those in the middle can bring some sanity to the long, often fierce debate over health care in the United States. The Republican-run Senate voted 51-49 early Friday morning to […]

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Editorial: Job losses, economy hitting southern W.Va. hard

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: The economic news here in central and southern West Virginia isn’t good these days. “CAMC to cut 300 jobs” the Gazette-Mail’s Thursday headline blared. “Kanawha Electric & Machine Co. closing after 80 years” says one story in today’s print edition. Economically, it seems we are seeing more down […]

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Editorial: W.Va. owes a large debt of gratitude to the Boy Scouts

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: Southern West Virginia said goodbye to the Boy Scouts of America Friday following nine days of adventure, learning, camping and more at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. We hope the Scouts, Scouting officials and volunteers from all over the United States — scores of whom had never been to West Virginia previously […]

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Editorial: $1 raise for corrections officers is an important first step

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Men and women who choose to work as officers in our state’s correctional facilities perform a job few people are capable of doing well. “It has to be one of the most challenging jobs in all of West Virginia,” said Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the West Virginia […]

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Editorial: Putting toll booths on I-70 a bad idea

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Charging motorists tolls for using Interstate 70 through Ohio County, even if local drivers could be exempted, is a bad idea. As we reported last weekend, some local legislators worry state officials may consider charging tolls, perhaps to help cover the cost of a major repair project on local I-70 […]

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Editorial: ‘Roads to Prosperity’ infrastructure projects critical to W.Va.

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: There are a lot of moving components to Gov. Jim Justice’s much touted highway plan, including an upcoming bond referendum vote this October and the possibility of adding more toll roads in the future. But at the core of the governor’s “Roads to Prosperity” plan is his simple desire to create jobs, […]

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Editorial: Cutting fat out of tax incentives

From The Wheeling News-Register:Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of companies that have learned to […]

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Editorial: W.Va. is well-schooled in inefficiency

The Dominion Post of Morgantown: “There can be economy only where there is efficiency.” That remark by a 19th century British statesman goes to the heart of many problems. Despite some in the private sector’s penchant for wastefulness and disorganization, many claim government has a monopoly on inefficiency. Though it’s uncertain who’s got the edge, […]

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Editorial: State cuts to smoking prevention office misguided

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia has taken a big step backward in trying to combat one of the state’s leading health risks: smoking tobacco. When you consider the magnitude of the health issues caused by smoking and the number of people in the Mountain State who use tobacco, this development makes little […]