Opinion

By November 25, 2016 Read More →

Shopping local yields benefit to the community

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch  HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When doing your holiday shopping this season, you have the opportunity to go beyond finding just the right gifts for your family members and friends. You can also invest more in your community. The way to accomplish that is doing your shopping – or at least more […]

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By November 25, 2016 Read More →

Legislature needs to urgently redefine ‘public use’

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We all know the condition of the state of West Virginia. Severance tax revenues are down due to reduced coal mining as well as low prices for natural gas, two of the states major energy exports. The state had to dip into its Rainy Day […]

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By November 23, 2016 Read More →

Electoral college is vital safeguard

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the […]

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By November 23, 2016 Read More →

Improving signs in Southern West Virginia economy

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — We have seen a welcomed uptick in economic development-related announcements across the region in recent weeks. And that’s in addition to several other key construction projects that are nearing a completion across the region. For example, it was confirmed last week that Harbor Freight is coming […]

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By November 22, 2016 Read More →

Red states, blue states: Producers vs. consumers

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s been much said about the differences between the people who voted for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and those who voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. To a general extent, but not exclusively, more populous and more diverse areas of the country went for Clinton, […]

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By November 22, 2016 Read More →

Funding cuts for State Police are unacceptable

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — While we generally have supported Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s handling of the state’s ongoing budget problems, we question the wisdom of continued cuts in the area of public safety, primarily those affecting the State Police. As Staff Writer Darlene Taylor reported in Sunday’s edition, the State […]

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By November 21, 2016 Read More →

Let the chips fall where they may

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  WHEELING, W.Va. — Take a look at the chart on page five of this section of the paper. Have you ever seen that level of detail on evaluations of public schools in West Virginia? Chances are that you have not. That is one reason why the state’s new A-F grading […]

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By November 21, 2016 Read More →

Public opinion vital to Green Bank Observatory

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch  HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The future of a facility that has been at the heart of dozens of important discoveries about space and also is the economic foundation of a sparsely populated West Virginia region is at risk. If we West Virginians care about the future of the Green Bank Observatory, […]

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By November 18, 2016 Read More →

Accountability includes every aspect, not just a few

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A good bit of dialogue has been started by the state’s release of school accountability report cards, which rate the schools in individual counties on an A to F system. From the start of the process, some educators have complained of the ratings for fear that […]

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By November 18, 2016 Read More →

Jim Justice has his work cut out for him

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice may be getting a harsh dose of reality as he and his transition team become more informed about the state’s budget woes in recent days. As Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was announcing an additional 2 percent budget cut for most […]

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