Opinion

By June 24, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. cities’ population losses must be stopped

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, W.Va.: According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Huntington and Charleston have lost population each year since the 2010 census. In fact, only 32 of West Virginia’s incorporated cities and towns saw their populations increase in the eight years between the 2010 census and 2018. Huntington now has about 46,048 people, […]

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Editorial: Is it time for charter schools in W.Va.?
By June 24, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Is it time for charter schools in W.Va.?

From The Journal of Martinsburg, W.Va.: Included in a major public education improvement bill passed by the state Senate are provisions allowing a few charter schools in West Virginia. Opponents of the idea, including the three unions representing many school employees, were furious. Now, another multifaceted education bill, HB 206, has been passed in the […]

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By June 24, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Taking next step on W.Va. schools

From the Intelligencer of Wheeling: It seems likely a public school improvement bill approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday will become law. Both state Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Gov. Jim Justice have said they agree with the measure. With enactment will come a variety of significant improvements. Schools may have more […]

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Editorial: Renewable energy is not ready for primetime
By June 24, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Renewable energy is not ready for primetime

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: A verbal misstep by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice last week was the perfect illustration of why President Donald Trump is right to be calling retreat in the war on coal launched by his predecessor. It was announced that the Trump administration is implementing its Affordable Clean Energy Rule. […]

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Editorial: Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund important for W.Va., Ohio
By June 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund important for W.Va., Ohio

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives– some probably affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the LWCF. Throughout the Northern Panhandle […]

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By June 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: ‘West Virginia Invests’ program provides promise, hope

From The Journal of Martinsburg, W.Va.: On a recent visit to the Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee remarked on the jobs situation in the state. There’s over 20,000 jobs in this state that we do not have skilled workers for. We don’t have a jobs problem, we have a skills problem,” […]

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By June 16, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: ACF acquisition is but one step in revitalizing neighborhood in Huntington, W.Va.

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Huntington’s Highlawn neighborhood could look different in the next five to 10 years. A lot different. The Huntington Municipal Development Authority agreed last week to purchase the 42-acre ACF Industries complex for $3.12 million. The property, located along the north and south sides of 3rd Avenue at 24th Street, is […]

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By June 4, 2019 Read More →

Gazette-Mail editorial: WV Senate intent on breaking school employees

Charleston Gazette-Mail It’s clear now the Student Success Act, and its predecessor in the regular legislative session, were never about students at all. Not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, but even we’re a little shocked at how far West Virginia’s upper chamber has gone to punish public school teachers and service personnel for striking two years […]

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Opinion: Thanking W.Va. law enforcement for combatting the drug epidemic
By May 29, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Thanking W.Va. law enforcement for combatting the drug epidemic

By Bridget Lambert President, West Virginia Retailers Association West Virginians know that the drug epidemic facing our state is a complex problem to solve. It can be all too easy to think that these challenges are insurmountable, especially when those making a real difference are not always front-and-center. The scourge of meth that plagues our […]

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Editorial: Hatfield-McCoy Trail represents seven years of tourism growth in Mercer County, W.Va.
By May 28, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Hatfield-McCoy Trail represents seven years of tourism growth in Mercer County, W.Va.

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: The region’s ATV tourism engine is roaring. In 2018, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system set a new record by selling 50,031 permits. And 80 percent of those permits that were sold were purchased by non-West Virginia residents. Now the trail system looks to be on track to sell 55,000 annual permits in 2019, according to Hatfield-McCoy […]

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