Opinion

Editorial: Spending cuts can allow for programs
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Spending cuts can allow for programs

From The Journal of Martinsburg: West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could damage their institutions. With […]

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Editorial: W.Va. budget crisis —  Cooler heads need to prevail
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. budget crisis —  Cooler heads need to prevail

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Yes, West Virginia is once again facing a serious budget crisis with a shortfall estimated around $500 million. Yes, lawmakers need to pass a budget — preferably sooner than later. And yes, Gov. Jim Justice is correct in urging prompt action on the issue. However, there is no need to panic just yet. There […]

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Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 
By March 23, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 

By James A. Haught Editor Emeritus The Charleston Gazette-Mail . America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in West Virginia. . […]

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Editorial: Mudslinging in West Virginia
By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Mudslinging in West Virginia

The Journal of Martinsburg: There is plenty of acrimony stemming from disagreement over the issues facing West Virginia state government without adding to it by making the arguments personal. Unfortunately, that has happened. It may be impossible to discover who threw the first verbal stone, but clearly, relations between Gov. Jim Justice and Republican legislators […]

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Editorial: Legislators whistling while the state burns
By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Legislators whistling while the state burns

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: As the state legislature runs down the clock on this do-nothing session, state revenues continue to slide, teachers continue to receive layoff notices, young professionals continue to move out of state, schools continue to close, businesses continue to turn out the lights and opioid drug abuse continues to claim an […]

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Editorial: Lost in the math, two divergent views of state government
By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Lost in the math, two divergent views of state government

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: When discussing a $4 billion budget and its $500 million shortfall, it’s easy to get caught up in the math. It’s also easy to get caught up in the political rhetoric. Make no mistake, Republicans want us to believe that state government can function on a reduced budgetary diet. […]

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By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Legislation to expand broadband is at least a start

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: A bill in the West Virginia legislature aimed at trying to improve residents’ access to broadband internet service can hardly be viewed as a game-changer for the Mountain State, but it’s encouraging to know that lawmakers aren’t ignoring this pressing issue in their current legislative session. As one might expect […]

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Editorial: Cut spending, not programs
By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cut spending, not programs

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could damage their institutions. With […]

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Opinion: Statehouse Beat – Lawmakers ignore calls to invest in WV
By March 19, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Statehouse Beat – Lawmakers ignore calls to invest in WV

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mai Last week at the Capitol brought a fascinating juxtaposition. First, Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher brought in some national site selection pros to explain what factors come into play when companies are looking for new business locations. They didn’t reveal any top corporate secrets in outlining company priorities, which included availability of […]

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Editorial: Amend Storage Tank Regulations
By March 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Amend Storage Tank Regulations

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia legislators’ reaction to a chemical leak into the Elk River at Charleston more than three years ago was understandable. They enacted what came to be known as the “tank bill,” establishing strict rules for owners of storage tanks throughout the state. Water supplies for more than 300,000 people were contaminated […]

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