Opinion

By May 28, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Helping grandparents essential in combating West Virginia’s opioid crisis

From The Exponent Telegram Some jarring statistics from 2017 bear heavily on the future of our state. The ramifications could last for another generation. The Anne E. Casey Kids Count Data Center reports that almost 10 percent of the children in West Virginia did not live with a parent in 2017. We now lead the […]

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By May 28, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Battling drug abuse in West Virginia is daunting task

From The Wheeling News-Register: Deaths from drug overdoses tend to be the headlines regarding the scourge of substance abuse that continues to sweep West Virginia, Ohio and many other states. But the damage goes much deeper, as was pointed out last week during a meeting of the Brooke County Faith Team, which is attempting to […]

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By May 28, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Shifting money to Road Fund is going down a slippery slope for W.Va.

By Phil Kabler Charleston Gazette-Mail Statehouse Reporter Last week’s one-day resumption of the special session had the feel of a conference where the keynote speaker is running late, and the emcee has to ad-lib for 20 minutes: It was all time-filler. The day’s agenda included legislation moving another $54 million of unappropriated tax revenue to […]

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By May 23, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Holiday traffic, roads, drunk driving do not mix in W.Va.

West Virginia designated as most dangerous state in the nation for those traveling on Memorial Day weekend. From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: It may be difficult for Mountain State residents to hear, but according to a company called ASecureLife, West Virginia is the most dangerous state in the nation for those traveling on Memorial […]

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By May 22, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Shutting down needle exchange in Charleston, W.Va., made things worse

From Charleston Gazette-Mail: Unsurprisingly, a study published this week from Johns Hopkins University has found that shutting down the syringe exchange program operated by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has increased the risk of the spread of diseases like hepatitis and HIV and will likely lead to more drug overdose deaths. Closing the program was part […]

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Opinion: Tariffs harmful to Appalachian hardwood industry
By May 20, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Tariffs harmful to Appalachian hardwood industry

Dear Editor: Retaliatory tariffs from China have been a buzz saw through Appalachian hardwood businesses and the families that own and operate them. The hardwood industry provides an estimated $60 billion economic impact in the 12-state region but that will change this year because of trade with China. Exports make up approxi- mately 50% of […]

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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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By May 19, 2019 Read More →

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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By May 19, 2019 Read More →

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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By May 19, 2019 Read More →

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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