Opinion

By June 29, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Coal-production report from WVU brings mixed news for West Virginia

Times West Virginian editorial The good news involving West Virginia coal is the market has at least stabilized after the deep slump of recent years. A slight uptick in the coming years is also possible. The outlook for the long term, however, is not good, and there are significant differences for the northern and southern […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
Gazette editorial: Charleston’s benefactor John McGee
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Gazette editorial: Charleston’s benefactor John McGee

Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial There are two types of philanthropists: those who give their wealth to faraway recipients, such as Ivy League universities, and those who make their home communities better. The late Gazette publisher, W.E. “Ned” Chilton III, advocated the latter. He helped launch the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, to ensure that local wealth remains […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: WestVirginiaStrong

The Register-Herald of Beckley: June 23, 2016. The rains came. Then it rained some more. It rained hard. It rained for hours. It rained so hard and so long that once-placid streams and creeks burst from their banks, spewing floodwaters where they had never gone before. Not just one neighborhood, not just one town were […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia keeping up with international relations

From The Weirton Daily Times: Economic development often is more of a marathon than a sprint. Projects many of us may feel should be simple, usually can take years of negotiations before an announcement can be made, let alone before any construction or hiring can take place. Those involved in the process also have a large […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Nonsense — Gov. Justice has chance to do more than showboat

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made his […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Look back at West Virginia’s heritage

The Journal of Martinsburg, W.Va.: As we marked our state’s birthday this week, some West Virginians may wonder whether there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared to […]

Posted in: Latest News, Opinion
By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State Budget Not Being Cut

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again and do the […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cuts to cost more than pretty penny

The Dominion Post of Morgantown: Never mind that everyone told us we cannot cut our way to prosperity. Don’t confuse us with facts. The Legislature had already made up its mind. Overall, the state budget that will become law today — without Gov. Jim Justice’s signature — contains more than three times the funding cuts […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State budget funds vital government services

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail Editorial Page: To hear Gov. Jim Justice put it, West Virginia could have “absolutely eradicated this terrible drug epidemic” if only legislators had included a five-percent successful “bidders fee” to roads projects in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Who knew that eliminating the drug problem could be as simple […]

Posted in: Opinion, WVPA Sharing
By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Capito holds the fate of millions

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., says she is studying intensely to decide whether to support the proposed Senate Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act. She says she will “evaluate whether it provides access to affordable health care for West Virginians, including those on the Medicaid expansion and those struggling with drug […]