Opinion

By May 19, 2019 Read More →

Education: Another bitter West Virginia legislative battle will not be helpful

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Many West Virginians have been anticipating a special legislative session on public schools for weeks, since the collapse in early March of efforts to enact an “omnibus education bill.” Now, lawmakers are scheduled to go back to Charleston for a special session beginning Monday. Education may not be on the agenda. […]

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Editorial: Next generation may be best chance of reviving downtowns in West Virginia

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, W.Va.: For decades, the building at the corner of Louisa Road and 26th Street in downtown Catlettsburg, Ky., stood out for its appearance and its architecture. Its dark gray color contrasted with that of other buildings in the area, and its turret recalled a time when such features were common […]

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Editorial: The cost of a West Virginian’s life

From the Times West Virginian of Fairmont: What is the monetary value of the life of a West Virginian? Our attorney general seems to know. Earlier this month, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office settled an opioid-related case against McKesson Corp. for $37 million. While it’s hard to turn one’s nose up at $37 million, this […]

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Editorial: What federal investigations of Governor Justice say about West Virginia

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: Gov. Jim Justice is developing a track record in public governance and personal finance management that does not give West Virginia or his business acumen a good look. Put another way, our governor, as our representative on a national stage, is regarded as a reflection of our values, of who […]

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Editorial: Drug abuse prevention, education key for West Virginia

From The Journal of Martinsburg: Some children are already using drugs at the age of 12 or 13, according to studies like the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These kids, researchers estimate, are likely using even earlier. If abuse continues into later adolescence, abusers typically advance into other drugs, drug abuse.gov reports. Prevention in […]

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Editorial: When it comes to education reform in West Virginia, shareholders need to do some more homework

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: If all had gone as originally planned, West Virginia lawmakers were supposed to convene in a special session on Monday to continue efforts to “reform” public education. Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders had designed the plan to save on costs, since lawmakers were already scheduled to be in […]

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Editorial: Ensure West Virginia children can be educated

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Public schools are supposed to focus on teaching children, not filling gaps in nutrition, health care and mental wellness services. Yet in part because those lapses become evident in classrooms — and affect students’ abilities to learn — educators have had to do something about them. Emotional and behavioral challenges […]

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By May 17, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Huntington, W.Va., user fee is a necessary nuisance

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Every so often, the debate over the amount and use of the Huntington city user fee flares up. It happened again a couple of weeks ago. It started when WSAZ-TV Newschannel 3 aired a sweeps-month report raising questions about whether the money collected from the user fee was going where […]

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By May 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Keep wary eye on W.Va. Investments

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the United States and China a concern for us, because […]

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By May 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: New W.Va. mine could have far-reaching effects

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: When people talk about economically distressed areas in southern West Virginia, they usually focus on McDowell County. Nearly forgotten has been its neighbor to the north. Wyoming County has not been hit nearly as hard as McDowell County as the coal industry has contracted and reduced employment, but the downsizing […]

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