Opinion

By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Rick Wilson: How much poverty budgeting will WV take?

By RICK WILSON Charleston Gazette-Mail opinion column There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how the website WalletHub came up with a list of the best and worst places for millennials to live. It’s no surprise that West Virginia came out on the bottom. But, as my friend Stephen Smith wrote with Pastor Mason […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Opinion: or public safety’s sake, Governor Justice was right to veto budget bill
By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: or public safety’s sake, Governor Justice was right to veto budget bill

By Jeff Sandy Secretary of W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety   As a history buff, I have long believed that we should learn from the good and bad decisions of the men and women who preceded us. We have all known people who feel they can get another year out of their […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By April 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Residents cannot bear higher taxes

The Journal editorial When politicians begin talking about “tax reform,” their constituents often are right to worry about tax increases. Too often, raising more money — not making tax codes simpler, fairer or more attractive to job creators — is behind “reform” movements. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen in West Virginia. Last year, state […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By April 18, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Broadband Hgh-speed Internet —  An essential Service

  By Gaylene Miller State Director AARP WV Broadband high-speed internet access is widely recognized as an essential service in today’s society. Yet, a significant gap – often referred to as the “digital divide” – still exists between people with access to technology and those without it. Many areas of rural West Virginia remain without […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By April 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cleaning up W.Va. elections

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Eleven states are being threatened with lawsuits if they do not clean up their voter registration lists, the Judicial Watch organization revealed a few days ago. If you are a West Virginian, the announcement may well have prompted a “here we go again” reaction. Our state is notorious for […]

By April 17, 2017 Read More →

Ethics: Training course is a valuable opportunity

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial West Virginia has a nine-member Ethics Commission, meant to “investigate, initiate, process and adjudicate complaints of potential violations of the Ethics Act.” The commission issues advisory opinions regarding the Ethics Act and Open Government Meetings Act, oversees registration and reporting of lobbyists, processes financial disclosure statements from candidates and […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Happy Easter: Celebrate life, light and love on this day
By April 16, 2017 Read More →

Happy Easter: Celebrate life, light and love on this day

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Happy Easter! Today marks the centerpiece of the ecclesiastical year, the date on which most Christians celebrate the foundation of their faith — and on which most of the world celebrates the wonderful return of sunshine and spring as we throw off the cold, gray winter. Pope Leo I […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Opinion: Statehouse Beat – Budget search misses real chances to save money
By April 16, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Statehouse Beat – Budget search misses real chances to save money

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail During the session, Gov. Jim Justice talked often about how the state cannot continue to “kick the can down the road,” his metaphor for failing to address systemic problems with state finances. The Legislature, in passing a hastily thrown together budget bill (House Bill 2018), kicked the can down […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Opinion: In the wake of tragedy, hold friends and family close
By April 16, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: In the wake of tragedy, hold friends and family close

By Samantha Perry The Bluefield Daily Telegraph   “Blink of an eye.” It’s a phrase commonly heard throughout our newsroom — one that denotes the randomness of the tragedy of the moment. Death, too often, is a fixture in our office. Whether the byproduct of crime, domestic violence or chaos in the wake of a […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By April 16, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Historic-building tax credit worth revisiting

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia’s lawmakers, looking squarely at a $500 million budget deficit, spent plenty of time during the recent legislative session talking about how sparking economic activity is the longer-term answer to the state’s financial struggles. There’s no question they are correct about that; lack of economic growth and the decline […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion