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EDITORIAL: Senate Bill 474 sheds light on leaders’ efforts to hide facts

The Exponent Telegram editorial: Consider it ironic that in introducing legislation to shield important facts from the public in regards to public projects funded through the taxpayer-supported road bond, lawmakers had shed light on their own fears of transparency. And that sums up Senate Bill 474, which would keep government entities from releasing for public […]

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By February 18, 2018 Read More →

Consequences: WV legislative committee made right call to prevent logging in state parks

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: State Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt put his finger on the reason West Virginia legislators should be leery of a proposal to permit logging in a state park. “Once the trees are cut, it is simply too late to repair any unseen consequences,” Leonhardt warned during a legislative committee hearing […]

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Editorial: Logging WV state parks raises many concerns

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: It was good to hear Steven McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, tell a Senate committee recently that a bill to allow logging in state parks was “not about the money.” That makes it easier to ask this question: Why do it then? McDaniel’s comment, as […]

By February 18, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: With removal of old retail structures, Bluefield planning exciting downtown facelift

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Traffic was often bumper-to-bumper as shoppers packed the streets in search of an elusive parking space. Downtown landmarks like J.C. Penney, Leggett, Thornton’s and Montgomery Ward were bustling with shoppers on any given weekend. So was Kresge’s and the Dutch Oven Bakery during the always hectic lunch hour. These were the glory years for downtown Bluefield. Our […]

By February 17, 2018 Read More →

By February 17, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Auditor McCuskey adding to government transparency

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: See your tax dollars in action West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey this week unveiled the state’s new website — www.wvcheck book.gov — to provide citizens a graphic snapshot on state government spending and revenue, reported John McConville in the The Journal of Martinsburg. “This site has been […]

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Editorial: WV Legislature must really tackle school issues

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  West Virginia legislators have been set up for a failure that could affect public schools throughout the state, perhaps seriously. It is time to call a “time out” to address not just the current confrontation but more important, the systemic dysfunction of which this is but a symptom. Dissatisfaction among […]

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Editorial: Education means jobs in WV

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  What does free education have to do with free enterprise? Many might think, “Nothing,” but a unanimous state Senate declared “Everything” last week. In a 34-0 vote, the Senate approved SB 284, which increases access to community and technical college. Though as initially skeptical of this bill as we […]

By February 11, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: WV legislators, public should remember things ‘The Press’ can’t do

By MIKE MYER  Executive Editor The Intelligencer of Wheeling “I trust the media less than I do the government,” state Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, said during a legislative committee hearing the other day. Millions of Americans agree with him. Millions more would if a Democrat rather than a Republican was president. Some in the media, […]

By February 11, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV is gassed up and ready to go

From The State Journal of W.Va. If you talk to those in the natural gas industry, they will tell you that West Virginia sits at the epicenter of what could potentially be the economic development future of the Mountain State — if not the nation. The Marcellus and Utica natural gas fields are deep, rich […]