Opinion

By April 26, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: What’s so hard about extending tolls?

From the Register-Herald of Beckley Why on God’s green Earth has the state legislature dawdled on the question of whether or not to extend tolling on the West Virginia Turnpike? Seriously. We have looked all around the issue for the past few years and have not found a single, solitary good reason the $2 fee […]

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By April 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Legislators losing time to craft state budget

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Not much has been heard for a while regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact […]

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By April 24, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Celebrating WVU’s 150th Birthday

From the Wheeling News-Register:   By Gypsy Denzine Dean, College of Education and Human Services, aWest Virginia University Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing […]

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By April 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Level playing field for miners

The Journal editorial It has been pointed out that many of the miners who lost jobs because of former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity will never go back to digging coal, regardless of how energetic new President Donald Trump is in reversing the assault. That is true enough. For one thing, […]

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By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Adding up impact of taxes we pay

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]