Opinion

By January 21, 2019 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Hate incident shows how much work remains

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Today we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and events last week show the need to reflect on his mission and ministry is as great as ever. A […]

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By January 15, 2019 Read More →

OPINION: Marijuana: Agency flexibility needed for finances

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable argument. Lawmakers already have […]

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Opinion: Best and Worst
By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Best and Worst

By James A. Haught The immortal novel, A Tale of Two Cities, begins: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it […]

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By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia must be prudent with budget surplus

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington:  Gov. Jim Justice gave his third State of the State speech Wednesday night. These annual speeches are the ceremonial kickoff to the 60-day legislative session, and Justice used it to outline his hopes for the session. Among Justice’s proposals is eliminating the state income tax on Social Security benefits, which […]

By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Why not legalize only THC in W.Va.?

By Mike Myer, Editor of  The Intelligencer of Wheeling Despite serious concerns expressed by many in the health care and law enforcement communities, some members of the West Virginia Legislature seem determined to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Why not just permit sale of tetrahydrocannabinol — THC, as it’s referred to commonly — to everyone? […]

By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Time to help the youngest victims in W.Va.

From The Wheeling News-Register: Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in our public schools: We are not doing […]

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By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Who are the real rogues on W.Va. pipeline construction?

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette page:  A lobbyist for the natural gas industry told West Virginia legislators Tuesday progress on a pipeline stretching through the Mountain State was slowed because of “rogue environmental groups” challenging the project in the federal court system. In reality, Dominion Energy has halted construction after the Fourth Circuit Court of […]

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Opinion: For many, hope is dirty and loud
By January 8, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: For many, hope is dirty and loud

By Don Smith Executive Director of the West Virginia Press Association and Moundsville, W.Va., native   If you haven’t already, take time to read Ken Ward’s article:  ‘Reasonably necessary’? How natural gas drilling is changing WV’s landscape: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/wv_troubled_transition/reasonably-necessary-how-natural-gas-drilling-is-changing-wv-s/article_b9853173-0147-52b1-ad2c-f3c5e293a7b1.html It’s excellent work. I thought about Ken’s article and the issues he outlined as I returned home […]

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By January 1, 2019 Read More →

OPINION: A New Year: We can make things better in 2019

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Today is the day on which we burden the coming year with a lot of unreasonable expectations, sometimes forgetting it is up to us to make them a reality. Sure, we carry out our traditions and hope for luck to help us along. But deep down each of us […]

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Opinion: Evangelicals vote, “Nones” falter
By December 29, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: Evangelicals vote, “Nones” falter

By James A. Haught In the 2018 election, America’s shrinking segment of white evangelicals mobilized strongly for the Republican Party – but the rising cohort of nonreligious Americans failed to exert their full political power. As secularism grows relentlessly, white evangelicals have declined to a mere 15 percent of the U.S. population (down from 20 percent in 2012). […]

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