Opinion

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Editorial: WV Auditor McCuskey adding to government transparency

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: See your tax dollars in action West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey this week unveiled the state’s new website — www.wvcheck book.gov — to provide citizens a graphic snapshot on state government spending and revenue, reported John McConville in the The Journal of Martinsburg. “This site has been […]

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Editorial: WV Legislature must really tackle school issues

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  West Virginia legislators have been set up for a failure that could affect public schools throughout the state, perhaps seriously. It is time to call a “time out” to address not just the current confrontation but more important, the systemic dysfunction of which this is but a symptom. Dissatisfaction among […]

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Editorial: Education means jobs in WV

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  What does free education have to do with free enterprise? Many might think, “Nothing,” but a unanimous state Senate declared “Everything” last week. In a 34-0 vote, the Senate approved SB 284, which increases access to community and technical college. Though as initially skeptical of this bill as we […]

By February 11, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: WV legislators, public should remember things ‘The Press’ can’t do

By MIKE MYER  Executive Editor The Intelligencer of Wheeling “I trust the media less than I do the government,” state Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, said during a legislative committee hearing the other day. Millions of Americans agree with him. Millions more would if a Democrat rather than a Republican was president. Some in the media, […]

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Editorial: WV is gassed up and ready to go

From The State Journal of W.Va. If you talk to those in the natural gas industry, they will tell you that West Virginia sits at the epicenter of what could potentially be the economic development future of the Mountain State — if not the nation. The Marcellus and Utica natural gas fields are deep, rich […]

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Editorial: W.Va. Newspaper’s ongoing fight for the public’s right to know

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: Forty years ago Friday, a teenager at Hayes Junior High School in St. Albans shot and killed one of his classmates, Albert Smith. The following morning, The Charleston Gazette identified the shooter as 14-year-old Stuart Perrock. The Charleston Daily Mail, after not naming the teenager in its initial coverage, identified him […]

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Editorial: WV legislature should get bigger ‘take’ from sports bets

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Five and one-half million dollars doesn’t even amount to chicken feed in the context of the billions of dollars wagered on sports every year in the United States. Yet that is one estimate, by some in the state Senate, of how much West Virginia government would get annually by legalizing […]

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Opinion: Responsible timbering in WV state parks makes sense

By Kenneth Cobb Outdoors Columnist The Inter-Mountain of Elkins Improving the health of West Virginia’s State Parks is the objective of Senate Bill SB270 and House Bill HB4082. Gov. Jim Justice appears to be in favor of this legislation. According to State Park officials, West Virginia’s 81,000 acres of forested land within all of the […]

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Editorial: For W.Va. SB 284, education means jobs

The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  What does free education have to do with free enterprise? Many might think, “Nothing,” but a unanimous state Senate declared “Everything” last week. In a 34-0 vote, the Senate approved SB 284, which increases access to community and technical college. Though as initially skeptical of this bill as we are […]

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Editorial: Déjà vu all over again? W.Va. legislators giving business tax breaks, while cutting social, public funding

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: We are not sure what set of statistics or nonpartisan reports our legislators in Charleston are studying – if any – but clearly they are not giving much yard to those that speak to the realities on the ground here in West Virginia. Maybe they don’t want the facts to […]