Opinion

By January 14, 2014 Read More →

The high cost of high efficiency

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia American Water Company treatment plant in Charleston has the capacity to produce 50 million gallons of fresh, potable water a day. As nearly everyone in the area now knows, it’s an important and efficient plant. In fact, the plant’s efficiency and extra […]

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By January 13, 2014 Read More →

Counting blessings after two crises in one week

  An editorial from the Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” — Rime of the Ancient Mariner The past week proved to be a test of endurance as well as patience for West Virginians. First, the cold punch of temperatures on the minus end of the thermometer, and […]

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By January 13, 2014 Read More →

Overall, a great crisis response

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Putting aside for now the obvious questions for Freedom Industries and West Virginia American Water Company about potential steps they could have taken to prevent the great water crisis of 2014, the overall response by the water company, state and local officials, and the community […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Column from Jeff Kessler, president of the West Virginia Senate

Editor’s Note: The West Virginia Press Association hopes to provide our member newspapers with regular columns from the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and Majority and Minority leaders in both chambers, along with the other State Constitutional Officers: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor and Commissioner of Agricultural. The following […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

Is it a rainy day in West Virginia?

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Perception is nine-tenths of the law in politics and that is the problem with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to give a 2 percent pay raise to teachers and a $504 a year, across-the-board raise to other state workers. Few would deny that even with […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

States pick up pace on workforce development

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Both West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear had some success in bringing new jobs to their states last year. In his “state of state” address on Wednesday, Tomblin pointed out the expansion of the Sogefi plant at Prichard, W.Va., that will add […]

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By January 9, 2014 Read More →

Jimbo Fisher earns his way to top of college football

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Another West Virginia coach has reached the pinnacle of major college football. Clarksburg’s Jimbo Fisher is there after his Florida State University team capped a 14-0 season Monday night with a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS championship game. After a season of […]

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By January 9, 2014 Read More →

Tomblin must monitor W.Va. budget closely

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Facing a serious shortfall in revenue for West Virginia’s general fund budget, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has refused to hit the panic button. For now, that probably is the correct reaction. But if revenue collections continue to lag at the same rates they have for six […]

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By January 8, 2014 Read More →

Capito Can’t Be Stereotyped

A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Rep. Shelley Capito has a big ace up her sleeve going into the race to succeed Sen. Jay Rockefeller. It is simply that Democrats will be unable to portray her as a hardline conservative. Capito, the Republican who represents West Virginia’s […]

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By January 8, 2014 Read More →

Family court mediation system works

An editorial from the Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Getting a divorce is a wrenching personal circumstance that can be hurtful not only to the spouses, but especially the children. This is why the family court system and its mediation component are so helpful in smoothing out the rough spots. For more than a decade […]

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