Opinion

By March 25, 2014 Read More →

Micromanaged school systems not working

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — Good managers expect results from those whose work they supervise. They make expectations clear, then avoid telling people how to do their jobs. Contrast that with how West Virginia public schools have been administered for decades. Virtually anything a school principal can say or do has to […]

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We’re the real public servants
By March 25, 2014 Read More →

We’re the real public servants

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, was a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. A column by Mike Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — It has never been easy to pry information public officials want to keep secret out of […]

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By March 25, 2014 Read More →

As Congress bypassed, courts must check abuses

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Federal agencies are supposed to evaluate the potential effects of new rules before implementing them. But the Environmental Protection Agency, goaded on by President Barack Obama, has refused – not failed, in a passive sense, but actively refused – to consider the brutal impact its war […]

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By March 24, 2014 Read More →

Governor’s budget cuts reveal wrong priorities

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday scratched out of the state budget $67 million worth of spending, including funds to help children and families and to prevent domestic violence, and then signed a nice new tax break into law. There was cake and festivities with Jim […]

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By March 24, 2014 Read More →

Governor exercised prudence in cutting budget

An editorial from  The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin approved the state budget last week, but not before exercising his power of the veto to slash $67 million from the Legislature’s budget for the next year. Among those cuts was $100,000 that was intended to go to Meadow Bridge schools in Fayette […]

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Let the sun shine in on public’s business
By March 21, 2014 Read More →

Let the sun shine in on public’s business

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. The importance of transparency in local, […]

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The push for more open government is constant
By March 21, 2014 Read More →

The push for more open government is constant

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sunday marked the 263rd anniversary of the birth of James Madison, the father of the Bill of Rights, which codify […]

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By March 20, 2014 Read More →

Freedom of speech has consequences

An editorial from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Many who are upset that Parkersburg South High School science teacher David Foggin has been suspended over comments posted on his Facebook page are using the First Amendment as part of their argument. These folks must realize, however, those rights come with responsibilities, and […]

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Timely information about money in politics a must
By March 20, 2014 Read More →

Timely information about money in politics a must

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. This column was published by the Logan Banner. In the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision likely to be announced soon, the Supreme Court is expected to strike down the […]

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Breaking the law — intentionally or otherwise
By March 20, 2014 Read More →

Breaking the law — intentionally or otherwise

Editor’s note: Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — When elected officials intentionally refuse to release public information, do they realize they are breaking the law? As Sunshine Week continues, The […]

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