Opinion

By February 6, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Fighting to keep public notices in newspapers

The public loses out when government makes it harder to find out what it’s doing By Maryanne Reed Dean of WVU Reed College of Media For Nieman Reports at Harvard University Reading public notice ads in the classifieds is about exciting as watching paint dry, but it’s necessary reading for some. In Carmel, California, a 99-year-old […]

Opinion: W.Va. Senate omnibus education bill draws attention
By January 27, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Senate omnibus education bill draws attention

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association Week three of the 60-day regular session saw the unveiling of a massive, 144-page omnibus education bill, whose release had been anticipated since the start of the session. While it includes a second round of 5 percent on average pay raises for teachers and school service […]

Opinion: Senate President Carmichael says data indicates W.Va. public education system needs reform.
By January 27, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Senate President Carmichael says data indicates W.Va. public education system needs reform.

By Mitch B. Carmichael West Virginia Senate President There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children. Thomas Jefferson felt so strongly about the importance of public education that he wrote the following: “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that […]

Opinion: Senate Democrats issue statement on Education Reform Plan
By January 27, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Senate Democrats issue statement on Education Reform Plan

Rushed Education Bill Insults the Democratic Process From the Senate Minority Caucus:  On Thursday, the Republican caucus of the West Virginia Senate revealed its education reform plan. Less than 24 hours later, members of the Education Committee were asked to vote on it. Instead of introducing the bill through the usual legislative process, Republican leadership […]

By January 27, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. sports betting tax too low?

From the Weirton Daily Times:  Last year, West Virginia legislators made a multi-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business.  They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much state government […]

Posted in: Legislature, Opinion
By January 27, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Legal notices vital for an informed W.Va. citizenry

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington: If someone living just down the street planned to open a business that might change the nature of your neighborhood, you would want to know about that. The same is likely true if a government entity planned to build a road through your property or spend taxpayers’ money for […]

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By January 25, 2019 Read More →

OPINION: Free community college bill shouldn’t be a pissing contest

The Daily Athenaeum The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a free community and technical college bill on Thursday. While the bill would still need to pass the House and get signed by the governor, it’s a big step for the state’s youth. West Virginia has a graduation rate of 90 percent, according to the state […]

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By January 21, 2019 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Hate incident shows how much work remains

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Today we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and events last week show the need to reflect on his mission and ministry is as great as ever. A […]

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By January 15, 2019 Read More →

OPINION: Marijuana: Agency flexibility needed for finances

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable argument. Lawmakers already have […]

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Opinion: Best and Worst
By January 13, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Best and Worst

By James A. Haught The immortal novel, A Tale of Two Cities, begins: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it […]

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