Opinion

By April 7, 2014 Read More →

Water safety: New inspections justified

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The new state safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems signed into law this week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are justified and necessary. The legislative action comes in response to the Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston, which impacted the drinking water of […]

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Police manpower problem has no easy answers

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — It’s one thing to operate a convenience store with fewer people, but it’s quite another thing when a city is down 10 police officers. Clarksburg’s Police Department is budgeted for 48 officers, but with the expected departure of two of them soon, the force will be […]

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By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Ruling gives another edge to special interests

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It is hard to argue that what the American political process needs is more money from the wealthy and special interests. But the Supreme Court has made sure that is what we are going to get. In 2010, the court’s decision on Citizens United vs. FEC lifted […]

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Collegiate athlete compensation overdue

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With a National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University football players should be considered employees of the school, and could even unionize, much attention has been focused on the finances of big-time college athletics. That attention is long overdue. For far too many years, major […]

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By April 3, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. spill may lead to change of course

An editorial from The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —  Forty years ago, little did we know that Vietnam and Watergate would one day be referred to as watershed events. Events that mark a unique or major historical change of course in our nation. It’s safe to say that the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill […]

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By April 3, 2014 Read More →

Killer connection

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Last month, the family of 14-year-old Jenna Betti was in mourning after the teenager was stuck and killed by a train in Martinez, Calif. She was trying to retrieve her cell phone from the track, where she dropped it as the train approached. Also in March, a […]

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By April 2, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. planners must cope with dropping revenue

An editorial from The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Exports are a key component of West Virginia’s economy – but they were down drastically last year. That does not bode well for state budget planners. During 2012, state businesses exported $11.3 billion in goods. But last year, the total plunged to $8.4 billion, almost entirely because […]

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By April 2, 2014 Read More →

Another warning on changing climate

An editorial from The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of the world’s best scientists — working through the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — have intensified their alarm that humanity faces worse peril from deadly superstorms, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, rising sea level, melting icecaps, disease, hunger, poverty and the gap […]

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Ex-WVU wrestling coach endured early tragedies
By April 1, 2014 Read More →

Ex-WVU wrestling coach endured early tragedies

A column by Mickey Furfari from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Craig Turnbull, the latest head coach victim of Oliver Luck’s shocking series of firings at West Virginia University, had generally enjoyed what many rate as an outstanding career not only in athletics but in life. Like the present, there also were some […]

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By April 1, 2014 Read More →

Axing wage bill is in W.Va.’s best interests

An editorial from The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is being urged to do something irresponsible – to sign into law a bill that would be bad for West Virginia. Never mind flaws in the Legislature’s minimum wage bill, the governor is being told. Just sign it. Trust the same lawmakers who […]

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