Opinion

By November 29, 2013 Read More →

Law Enforcement Ruling Appropriate

From an editorial in The Intelligencer /Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Why law enforcement agencies sometimes withhold information about internal investigations is a mystery to us. One would think police and sheriff’s departments would be eager to expose the few bad apples in their midst – and assure the public they have been dealt with. […]

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By November 27, 2013 Read More →

WVPA Column: Newspapers energize the holiday shopping marketplace

By Don Smith Executive Director West Virginia Press Association West Virginians know Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, pumpkin pie, the Macy’s parade and football. Those are traditions. There is another tradition many West Virginians count on each Thanksgiving: finding the community newspaper “stuffed” with sales fliers and coupons. The Friday after Thanksgiving kicks off […]

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By November 27, 2013 Read More →

Herald-Dispatch encouraged by alternative to lockup for DUI cases

Excerpts from an editorial in the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: “HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — … A test group of offenders have been issued the new SOBERLINK device, which com­bines cellphone and GPS technology with a hand-held Breathalyzer. Officers with the Sheriff’s Alternative Sentencing Division can place a call to the offender at any time of day, requiring […]

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By November 27, 2013 Read More →

Bluefield paper decries “War on Coal”

Excerpts from an editorial in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: “BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The looming closure of the Caterpillar mining equipment plant in Pulaski, Va., is another troubling blow to the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. The company announced last week that it will be shutting down its mining equipment plant in Pulaski, laying off 240 workers […]

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By November 26, 2013 Read More →

Grant County Press speaks up for small business

Below are excerpts of a column called “Bill’s 2¢ worth” by Bill Fouch, editor of the Grant County Press: PETERSBURG, W.Va. — “The national Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30, and shoppers are asked to spend at least that one day shopping locally… … it’s the local businesses that sponsor little league teams, purchase the […]

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By November 25, 2013 Read More →

Morgantown paper boosts Rotary Club’s fight against polio

The Dominion Post does more than just write about a local group’s initiative: “…this disease still haunts regions of the world in south Asia and west Africa. In October, members of more than 30 North American Rotary clubs, including clubs in Morgantown and Kingwood, traveled to Togo. Togo’s proximity to Nigeria, where more than 50 […]

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By November 25, 2013 Read More →

Revitalizing neighborhoods a widespread challenge

An editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail supports an initiative to reinvigorate a section of the city: CHARLESTON, W.VA. — “THE West Side is the best side,” goes the old adage, boasted by generations of Charlestonians who grew up west of the Elk River. While it is still a significant contributor to Charleston’s economic and […]

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By November 23, 2013 Read More →

Wheeling paper urges lawmakers to ensure vehicle insurance rules are realistic

An editorial in The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register urges state lawmakers to reexamine the minimum requirements for vehicle insurance coverage: “…Reasonable people do not like the idea of pricing insurance out of the reach of low-income West Virginians, of course. But adequate insurance, like car payments and gasoline prices, needs to be considered as part […]

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By November 22, 2013 Read More →

Exponent-Telegram shines light on JFK legacy

  Exponent-Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The next time you drive to Charleston, remember that Interstate 79 would not be there if not for John F. Kennedy. The interstate highway system devised under President Eisenhower did not include any roads for West Virginia. Once in office, JFK, who was grateful to the Mountain State for putting […]

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By November 21, 2013 Read More →

“Why, that’s Jay Rockefeller! He’s running for governor”

Don’t miss this sweet column by Mary Wade Burnside, features editor of the Exponent-Telegram in Clarksburg, who has lived elsewhere but keeps finding herself back home. Some excerpts: “When I first returned to North Central West Virginia, I would marvel at the changes that had taken place. I could not walk up and down High […]

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