Opinion

By September 28, 2016 Read More →

Revenue ideas should be front and center

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Now that the fall interim legislative sessions have run their course in Charleston and the fall campaign is up and running, we know this: The state is going to have to find revenues to prop up government spending, continue to cut away with a chain saw or […]

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By September 27, 2016 Read More →

Crucial moment unfolds today in case against EPA

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph  BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and a coalition of 27 states and state agencies, are expected to begin their oral arguments today in Washington in their case against the job killing, anti-coal policies, of the Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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By September 27, 2016 Read More →

Slipshod follow-through on rape evidence

A Gazette editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — DNA evidence is a powerful tool for justice. If an attacker rapes a woman, leaving traces of semen, the genetic code in the residue can identify him as surely as a fingerprint or a clear photo. It’s undeniable proof of guilt (and it also can free […]

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By September 26, 2016 Read More →

WV foresters suffer from budget ax

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  WHEELING, W.Va. — If you are a regular reader of this column, you may want to sit down for this. I am siding with the bureaucracy — a little bit. I will try not to let it happen again. But this time, the folks at […]

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By September 26, 2016 Read More →

Martirano’s push for higher expectations still critical

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In just two years, West Virginia Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano has done much to set a new tone for public education in the Mountain State. There were few of the socio-economic excuses we often hear to explain the low achievement levels for West Virginia students. He accepted […]

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By September 23, 2016 Read More →

State agencies should follow auditor advice

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel  PARKERSBURG — Agency after agency is proving that bureaucratic bloat is so much a part of Charleston culture that each believes it is entitled to be the drain on taxpayer funds it has become. In fact, officials want you to believe they and all the money they waste […]

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By September 23, 2016 Read More →

Why not put Sunday hunting issue before Legislature?

An editorial from The Dominion Post  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Shooting first and asking questions later is usually not recommended. But we’re almost inclined to say it is in the matter of passing a statewide law legalizing Sunday hunting. As it stands, West Virginia is one of only 11 states, including our neighbors in Pennsylvania and Virginia, that either prohibit or […]

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By September 22, 2016 Read More →

WV road maintenance under budget strain

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel  PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Drivers in West Virginia face a greater risk to their vehicles than in most other states. The assaults come from all directions — including the apparently massive bugs that end their lives against our windshields; and the berry-filled birds that perch in trees above our […]

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By September 22, 2016 Read More →

Gayle Manchin and her complement of interest

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Conflict of interest? Or complement of interest? It’s safe to say that Gayle Manchin — wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, state school board member, member of the National Association of State Boards of Education and mother of $19 million Mylan Pharmaceutical CEO Heather Bresch […]

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By September 21, 2016 Read More →

Slow action on rape kits unfair to public

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It was five years ago that the National Institute of Justice revealed a widespread problem with rape investigations. Although most sexual assault victims provide physical evidence during medical exams after being attacked, hundreds of thousands of those “rape kits” were never tested. In other words, any DNA […]

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