Aug. 23 sampling of West Virginia newspapers’ editorial comments:

Here is a look at some of the editorials offered by West Virginia newspapers:

The Daily Athenaeum of Morgantown looks at the transportation system at WVU: 

…”One of the many downsides of college is how easy it is to simply skip a class, especially if attendance policies are lax or have no effect on grades. Usually students don’t go to class because they don’t feel like it or accidentally sleep in, but here at WVU the extra issue of transportation keeps students away from their classes, as well.

And with the rising tuition rates, the cost of a seat in class has increased. This means that a student literally loses money by not attending their designated class. In that respect, transportation systems should be one of the last things standing between a student and his or her class.

Granted, we do have thousands of students, both undergraduates and graduates, utilizing our transportation systems; often there are simply not enough buses or too much wear and tear on a PRT system that was better suited to the population of WVU students in the 1970’s.

With that in mind, we can only hope that the increase in tuition will also go toward the funding of a better PRT system and more buses to take students where they need to be, when they need to be there.”

Read the entire editorialhttp://www.thedaonline.com/opinion/editorial-transportation-an-on-going-issue-1.3051526#.UhdeguD3B9J


The Charleston Gazette praises ‘The Butler”:

…”Ex-Gazette copy editor Wil Haygood, now at The Washington Post, wrote a landmark 2008 newspaper report on the real White House butler who became the basis for the film.

The movie reaped $25 million on its opening weekend, and is drawing nationwide reviews calling it “groundbreaking” and “crudely powerful.” Critic Ann Hornaday called it “the first major feature film to capture the full sweep and scope of the civil rights movement.”

The New York Times said it’s “a brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial.”

Older Americans who lived through the historic battle for equality will remember nearly every scene of “The Butler” — and younger Americans should see it to learn the reality of the heroic struggle.”

Read the entire editorialhttp://www.wvgazette.com/Opinion/Editorials/201308220048


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel considers the fate of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, convicted of leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.

“… Manning was a soldier. Even though he was not convicted of the more serious charges against him of aiding the enemy – which could have led to the death penalty – Manning’s actions put other American soldiers’ lives in danger. In his actions – both during his time in Afghanistan and after he was arrested – he showed little regard for that potential. There can be no excuse for that. …”

Read the entire editorial: http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/577305/Manning.html?nav=5057


The Times West Virginian in Fairmont sees a crisis in child abuse and neglect:

“… This report comes off he heels of a national study that reported that West Virginia has the highest rate of children dying from abuse or neglect. The report, released by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, found West Virginia had a death rate at 4.16 children per 100,000 in 2011.

There are a lot of factors that lead to a startling statistic like that, but those in the court system say a rampant drug problem that is sweeping through the state can account for many of the deaths.

The fix isn’t an easy one. According to he audit, CPS, which is under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families, is unable to adequately recruit or retain trained workers who can handle the volume of calls and complaints. For the past six years, the department has studied the issue, but no actions have been taken to correct it.   It’s time to act. …”

Read the entire editorial: http://timeswv.com/editorials/x789511271/Immediate-fix-not-more-study-must-occur-to-protect-children


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register look at Attorney General and Legislature’s study of pseudoephedrine diversion to meth labs:

“… Morrisey has been painted into something of a corner. Because of the lawsuits and state law on discussing investigations, he is very limited in what he can say, even to the extent of providing general information about how much pseudoephedrine is being diverted from legitimate use. That information alone could be part of any investigation Morrisey’s office is involved in – or germane to the two lawsuits,

Still, the information Perdue wants is exceedingly important. Surely some means of providing it, or at least informed estimates, can be found. Morrisey and legislators should work together to accomplish that.”

Read the entire editorial: http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/588682/Getting-Facts-On-Diverted-Medicine.html?nav=511




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