Opinion

By December 19, 2013 Read More →

Don’t delay action on state’s budget

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG — Unless tax collections pick up, there will be no “happy New Year” in Charleston. Instead, there will be notices going out to state agencies that they must cut spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending June 30. Once again in November, revenue flowing […]

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

DMV should hit the gas pedal on technology

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — No matter what states we have lived in, most of us no doubt have encountered the frustrating waits that seem common at government motor vehicle registration and driver licensing offices. Take a number, wait until it’s called, and then hope to have all the documents that are […]

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Sen. Manchin praised for political courage

An editorial from the Charleston Gazette: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The latest New York Times Magazine contains a long account of the 2013 showdown between West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association — a clash won, so far, by the all-powerful gun group. Although the NRA has only 5 million members — barely […]

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By December 17, 2013 Read More →

Take time to make good decisions about giving

An editorial from the Herald-Dispatch: HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — This is the season for giving, and there are thousands of ways to give. But other than direct gifts to family and friends, most of our charitable giving is funneled through some sort of non-profit organization. That may be our church, a local charity or any of […]

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By December 17, 2013 Read More →

County clerks need peace, quiet for Christmas

An editorial from the Exponent-Telegram: CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — If you need any evidence of the Marcellus shale boom in North Central West Virginia, you don’t have to count the pickup trucks with Texas plates or the number of water trucks going down the road. All you have to do is visit your local county clerk’s […]

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By December 16, 2013 Read More →

Medicaid expansion won’t be overnight

An editorial from the Exponent-Telegram   CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — About 120,000 people potentially will qualify for an expansion of Medicaid that’s due to occur in West Virginia at the start of the year. But response to auto-enrollment letters sent in September has been only about a 50-50 proposition up to now. One expert in healthcare, […]

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By December 16, 2013 Read More →

A new drug-fighting tactic in two W.Va. cities

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In February 2012, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster brought a new approach to fighting drugs on the West Side called Drug Market Intervention. The program targeted hard-core violent criminals on the West Side, while offering a one-time-only second chance to […]

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By December 15, 2013 Read More →

ACA nearly cripples emergency services

An editorial from The Journal: MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The latest fallout in the debacle that is the Affordable Care Act came to light this week when federal legislation had to be introduced to keep local volunteer fire departments and first responders on the job. Volunteers, firefighters and emergency service personnel on the job more than […]

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By December 13, 2013 Read More →

Hope comes in form of new fitness center

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — McDowell County is on the move. Good things are happening, and the future is looking brighter. In recent years, we’ve seen everything from new schools, restaurants and shopping areas to a new federal prison, a new theater in downtown Welch and the Hatfield-McCoy Trail. But […]

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By December 12, 2013 Read More →

Lawmakers need better information

An editorial from The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — The abuse legislators at both the state and federal levels sometimes take from the executive branch of government surprises us. One would think those who hold the purse strings, as lawmakers do, would be more inclined to demand accountability. Some West Virginia legislators complained […]

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