Opinion

By October 9, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. should be realistic in trimming next state budget

From Parkersburg News and Sentinel: West Virginia’s state government fiscal dilemma is illustrated well by the relief state officials exhibited last week when they learned, one-fourth of the way through the current fiscal year, the general revenue budget is only $29.7 million in the red. It could have been worse, to judge by the dismal […]

By October 4, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Good to see W.Va. state revenue bounce back

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: We’re glad to see state revenue numbers for September cut into what was shaping up to be a $50 million budget shortfall for West Virginia’s state government. The state exceeded revenue projections by about $20 million, or 4 percent, according to an article by the Gazette-Mail’s Phil Kabler. As Kabler reported, […]

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Editorial: Burning ban is essential during statewide drought in W.Va.
By October 4, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Burning ban is essential during statewide drought in W.Va.

From The Exponent Telegram: We had very little rain in West Virginia during September, and we’re now feeling the effects. And with no relief in the forecast, we need to exercise caution. North Central West Virginia is now classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D0, which means abnormally dry. Southern West Virginia is even […]

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Editorial: W.Va. can’t cut taxes and meet infrastructure needs
By October 2, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. can’t cut taxes and meet infrastructure needs

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail Legislators and state officials have been talking a lot lately about the condition of secondary roads and the future of the personal property tax on business equipment and inventory. They treat the personal property tax as something that must be taken care of immediately. They see the condition of secondary roads […]

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By October 1, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Getting answers from the W.Va. State Board of Education

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Local residents will have a chance in about a month to tell West Virginia Board of Education members what we think. That opportunity should be seized eagerly. State board members plan a series of public meetings this fall, but there are only six scheduled. The one set for 6 p.m. […]

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By September 30, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Everyone in W.Va. was wrong on income growth (including this newspaper)

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: In an editorial over the summer, we applauded the news that West Virginia had the best income growth rate in the country for the first quarter of 2019. But we tempered that with the context that growth rates here were largely linked to temporary economic boosts from construction. We also explained an […]

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By September 25, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. expats can always return with jobs

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Perhaps there will be some advantage after all to the number of sharp young minds that have left West Virginia in search of brighter futures. At least some of them never forgot their homes among the hills, or stopped thinking about how to help it reach its full potential, […]

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By September 25, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. needs accurate numbers on coal’s future

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: An article last week from PolitiFact — a Pulitzer-award winning fact-checking publication — gave United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts a “mostly false” rating after Roberts said there are 1,600 coal-fired power plants under construction worldwide. PolitiFact found there are actually 458 plants under construction. Another 445 are in the permitting or pre-permitting stages. […]

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Opinion: W.Va. Senator Capito statement on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry announcement
By September 25, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Senator Capito statement on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement following House Democrats’ official impeachment inquiry announcement: “West Virginians have made it clear to me time and time again that they would rather Congress focus on the issues that truly affect their day-to-day lives—not political and partisan theatrics. Earlier this afternoon, in […]

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By September 18, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Bankruptcy allows opioid makers to hide

From Charleston Gazette-Mail: Were he alive today, British wordsmith Samuel Johnson might remark that bankruptcy is the last refuge of a scoundrel. That will be the final refuge for Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, which made billions off of the development and marketing of OxyContin, the drug that began the avalanche that […]

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