Opinion

By May 30, 2014 Read More →

Schifino reflects on sudden end to WVU career

A column by Bob Hertzel for The Times West Virginian MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Time and circumstances have a way of changing history. Drew Schifino is proof of that. Schifino was one of the most prolific scorers ever to play basketball at West Virginia University, but his memory has faded fast and the circumstances in which his career […]

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By May 29, 2014 Read More →

Race Card: Rockefeller owes W.Va. an apology

An editorial from The Journal  MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Once again, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has accused those critical of President Barack Obama’s health care law of being racists. He did it last week during a Senate hearing. Rockefeller said some critics of Obamacare “don’t want it to work, because they don’t like the president. […]

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By May 29, 2014 Read More →

Try again on abortion limits

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginians with deep moral concerns about abortion often grow frustrated at the name-calling so prevalent in most discussions of the subject. Proponents of limits on even late-term abortions frequently are accused of waging “war on women.” That is nonsense, of course. Many of the unborn children […]

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By May 28, 2014 Read More →

Free speech: Police have it

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A security officer at the State Capitol has been fired because he sympathized with protesters rallying near the golden dome against contamination of the public water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. In February, officer Douglas Day posted a Facebook note saying he “despised wearing a police uniform” […]

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By May 28, 2014 Read More →

State must address juvenile detention crunch

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — When the Salem Industrial Home for Youth was re-purposed as an adult facility, the decision was hailed as a win-win for the state. The Industrial Home was the target of a lawsuit alleging it was operated more like an adult facility instead of a youth home, […]

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By May 28, 2014 Read More →

Energy can build diplomatic links

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — A major new natural gas contract will do more than keep tens of millions of Chinese warm. It also will thaw relations between their government and Russia. Meanwhile, U.S. officials seem to be doing all they can to limit diplomatic leverage our country can enjoy through energy […]

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By May 27, 2014 Read More →

Fayette County has too many schools

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The depth of the problems facing Fayette County schools was revealed in a recent interview with Ron Cantley, the Board of Education’s operations director. Cantley candidly described what the county was up against: leaky roofs, old coal boilers, failing windows and old furnishings in a school system in which […]

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By May 27, 2014 Read More →

Craft beer trend good sign for local business

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A century ago, brewing beer was a largely local affair. In the late 1800s, Anheuser-Busch and other companies had planted the seeds for national distribution with pasteurization, refrigerated rail cars and innovative advertising and marketing. But in the early 1900s, there were still thousands of local breweries […]

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By May 23, 2014 Read More →

Change of heart restores hope, too

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Never has $1 million meant so much to so many of the most vulnerable. Some might say that’s a bit of an overstatement. But we doubt any of them are at-risk children, or domestic violence victims. Earlier this week, the state Legislature agreed to restore more than $1 million […]

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By May 23, 2014 Read More →

College president salaries trend ever higher

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch  HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Chronicle of Higher Edu­cation came out with an eye­opening report last week, showing that nine public college pres­idents earned more than $1 million in total compensation in 2013. Topping the list was Gordon Gee, who was paid $6.1 million as the head of Ohio State University. […]

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