Opinion

By June 18, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Living in a time with a deficit of political courage

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: We’ve always thought that West Virginia needs visionary leaders at state and local levels – from education, industry, business, labor and government – to come together and chart a way forward, to have an honest and engaging discussion, not just about how the state can make progress against all of […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening
By June 15, 2017 Read More →

Shooting in Alexandria: Sad and sickening

By Don Smith West Virginia Press Association While saddened by the news of the shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, I was sickened by the hypocrisy in the comments of some politicians, cable news commentators and fellow journalists. Are we really surprised that another troubled, angry and frightened individual turned to […]

Editorial: Sen. Mitch Carmichael’s lesson to all – A principled stand
By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Sen. Mitch Carmichael’s lesson to all – A principled stand

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: Make no mistake, when a big and powerful corporation doesn’t get its way on public policy matters no matter the venue, it will often resort to petty retribution because, well, it can, proving that the bottom line – heads and tails above all other concerns – drives its corporate mission. […]

By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Flying blind on taxes, budget

From the Wheeling News-Register: Changing a state’s entire tax structure is a laborious, time-consuming process full of pitfalls. Try to do it at the same time you are attempting to enact a new budget and the frustrations have to be incredible. They certainly have been in West Virginia. Whether one agrees with the stances of […]

Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?
By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Quote of the week: “This is a dysfunctional group. They’re good people, but this is silly.” — Gov. Jim Justice, on the Legislature’s inability to pass a 2017-18 state budget or accompanying revenue plan. With the special session of the Legislature recessed until Monday, with the bulk of the […]

By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Column: Don’t let natural gas prices mislead you

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: By Philip A. Reale Law Office of Philip A. Reale Recently, the state announced that Severance Tax Collections for the end of May were $40 million ahead of estimates. Much of the improvement in severance tax collections was attributed to the increase in the price of natural gas. While it is […]

By June 8, 2017 Read More →

Gazette editorial: Trump’s WV bait and switch

Charleston Gazette editorial Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says West Virginia suffered a political hatchet-job. The state voted overwhelmingly for Republican Donald Trump, and now Trump wants to slash the U.S. safety net that saves the Mountain State from poverty. He wrote on May 26: “So many of the people who voted for Donald Trump […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By June 8, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Highest possible level of funding for black lung clinics should be approved

Times West Virginian editorial The nation’s coal miners suffering from black lung disease need the best care possible. An effort is underway to help ensure that goal is met — that those suffering from the disease get the medical care they need and the essential benefits they have earned. Black lung disease is a debilitating, […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By June 7, 2017 Read More →

Paris ‘pact’ is not binding

The Journal editorial Perhaps the most blatant bit of “fake news” making the rounds these days is a single word: “pact.” It is being used in reference to the Paris Climate Accords. President Donald Trump says he does not intend for the United States to comply with the agreement in Paris, signed by representatives of […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By June 1, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Tick-Tock: Time is running out for a reasonable budget

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Unless a budget is in place by June 19, state and local governments in West Virginia will have to cope with serious problems. Though the fiscal year does not begin until July 1, it will take time to make arrangements for it. So when legislators resume their special session […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion