Opinion

By December 29, 2013 Read More →

Another rate hike won’t fix the Postal Service

An editorial from the Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Earlier this year, when Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced that the U.S. Postal Service would no longer have home delivery of mail on Saturdays in an effort to save $2 billion per year, we applauded the decision. We knew it wasn’t an easy decision […]

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By December 29, 2013 Read More →

A cautionary note about New Year’s parties

An editorial from the Weirton Daily Times WEIRTON, W.Va. — New Year’s parties are about to get under way, and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day […]

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By December 28, 2013 Read More →

Corruption cases show need for vigilance

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Corrupt public officials are not simply the realm of historical researchers or big-city newspapers in other parts of the country, as West Virginians and Ohioans have learned this year. Although we may wish to believe the likes of former Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, are a thing […]

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By December 27, 2013 Read More →

Standardized testing a necessity

An editorial from The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Arguments against standardized testing have been shouted by teachers unions and their legislative cohorts for years. A few of their points carry some weight. But in all that noise, there has been very little in the way of viable alternatives to the dreaded tests. When Christine Campbell, […]

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By December 27, 2013 Read More →

Firearms should be out of the reach of children

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A tragic holiday shooting in Kanawha County provides gun owners with another reminder of the importance of keeping weapons secured and away from children. A 9-year-old boy apparently took a family shotgun out for target practice Sunday near Quick, W.Va. The weapon accidentally fired and hit a […]

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By December 26, 2013 Read More →

Be sure to scrutinize those phone bills

An editorial from the Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It is a scam that affects more than 20 million Americans a year, and most of them never know they’ve been had. The Federal Trade Commission calls it “phone bill cramming” — typically small charges added to your cell phone or land line bill by third parties […]

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By December 26, 2013 Read More →

Clarksburg paper names Arch Coal Job Creator of Year

An editorial from the Exponent-Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — One look around national headlines, and one would say that 2013 was not a good year for coal. The natural resource that has powered this great country for much of its existence has been given little credit by some national leaders. And some call into question what […]

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By December 24, 2013 Read More →

There is still coal in W.Va.’s future

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Between the recession and restrictions on the burning of steam coal to generate electricity, consumption of coal in the United States fell 20 percent from more than 1.1 billion tons in 2008 to just under 900 million tons last year, according to the U.S. Energy […]

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By December 24, 2013 Read More →

How many speeders ponied up toys in Ranson?

A column by Grant County Press Editor Bill Foutch PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Here’s a neat story for the Christmas season from the town of Ranson, W.Va. Motorists who get ticketed for speeding in that city can avoid paying a fine by donating to the police department’s holiday toy drive. The department calls it “Slow Down […]

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By December 23, 2013 Read More →

W.Va. moving up in ranks of gas producers

An editorial from The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The coal industry’s well-documented problems notwithstanding, there was positive news last week for West Virginia in the area of energy extraction. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that the state had broken into the Top 10 in the production of natural gas. West Virginia ranks No. 10 […]

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