Opinion

By July 17, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Service clubs offer a chance to give to community

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial “If our club no longer existed, are there entities and organizations that would pick up these efforts or would we see a void?” Jill Parsons, president of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, posed that questions as part of a look at what local civic organizations are doing to make sure […]

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By July 11, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Foster care system still in need of help

By JOHN MILLER The Exponent Telegram editorial For the past year, the state’s foster care system has received ample attention from the news media, helping to spread the word that more foster families are needed. By now we all know that the opioid epidemic is at the root of much of the need, as parents […]

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By July 10, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Some progress, but long way to go on painkiller use

The Herald-Dispatch editorial Some areas of our region are making great strides in reducing opioid prescription rates. Others, not so much. But at least concerned health officials are tracking the nation’s progress on this critical issue, and we can see some progress. Last week, the Center for Disease Control released statistics that showed the amount […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Consider expanding marijuana panel

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  Not a single member of the advisory panel helping prepare rules for medical use of marijuana in West Virginia is from the Northern Panhandle. In fact, only two of the 13 are from the northern half of the state (Morgantown and Great Cacapon). Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Limit government spending in WV

From The Weirton Daily Times: Statutory limits on government growth, as West Virginia House of Delegates member Pat McGeehan envisions, are not a bad idea. Convincing his fellow legislators to adopt them is another story, however. McGeehan, R-Hancock, plans to try that when lawmakers convene their next regular session early in 2018. He told our […]

By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Ethics violations are everywhere

From The Journal of Martinsburg:    Storing 12 pieces of personal furniture in a room at the West Virginia Water Development Authority’s building may not have seemed like a big deal to the agency’s executive director, Chris Jarrett. He kept the furniture, including four large desks, a conference table and assorted other pieces, there for […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Health care plan must get support from both sides

From The Times West Virginian: Back in 2010, when the Affordable Care Act that became widely known as “Obamacare” became the law of the United States, it was a Democratic effort. Sure, Republican amendments were part of the legislative process, but no Senate or House Republicans voted for the Affordable Care Act in its final […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Open season on delinquent taxes

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  It has virtually become a fifth season. But one that doesn’t just come and go with a change in the weather or is even actually designated on the calendar. No, tax season doesn’t just run from Jan. 31 — when employers must provide W-2s — to April 15, when […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Fixing Obamacare is the best option

Newspaper applauds U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito for stance From The Exponent Telegram: America has a problem — a big problem. It’s one that if we don’t truly address it sooner than later has the potential to bring our nation’s economy to its knees. U.S. health care spending grew 5.8 percent in 2015, reaching $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 […]

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By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Hospitals facing their own struggles in healthcare marketplace

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Discussions about healthcare, Obamacare and “repeal and replace,”often factor in only a few characters — the government, the insurance companies and the patients. But there is another party to consider: the providers. Doctors, nurses and hospitals face their own challenges; and a hospital system in Charleston recently announced steps […]

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