Opinion

At the Capitol: W.Va. Miley offers frank assessment of state
By February 10, 2020 Read More →

At the Capitol: W.Va. Miley offers frank assessment of state

By Phil Kabler For The West Virginia Press Association Day 30 of the 60-day regular session of the Legislature was marked by an unusually frank assessment of the state of the state by a long-serving legislator who is not seeking re-election this year. Speaking at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Breakfast, House Minority […]

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WV House Speaker Hanshaw notes criminal justice reforms have been a legislative priority
By February 7, 2020 Read More →

WV House Speaker Hanshaw notes criminal justice reforms have been a legislative priority

WV House, Senate leaders provide update at session’s halfway point By Charles Young, The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON — On Thursday, the 30th day of the legislative session, leaders from the House of Delegates and state Senate provided an update on progress on key issues and outlined what they think can be accomplished by session’s end […]

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Opinion: Transparency an important step forward for Rx prices
By February 4, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: Transparency an important step forward for Rx prices

By Jane Marks AARP West Virginia State President It should come as no surprise that many AARP members in the Mountain State and nationally tell us they can’t afford the medications they need, and are forced to make difficult choices as a result. In a recent survey of voters age 50 and older, four out […]

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At the W.Va. Capitol: School calendar, regional jails, DUI
By February 3, 2020 Read More →

At the W.Va. Capitol: School calendar, regional jails, DUI

By Phil Kabler For W.Va. Press At a session that Administration Secretary Allan McVey described as “the slowest session I think I’ve ever seen,” debate over a proposed change to school calendars highlighted the third full week of the 60-day regular session of the Legislature. A proposal to push back the start of the public school year until after Labor Day dominated House of Delegates floor […]

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By January 29, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: Your right to know? Maybe not for much longer in W.Va. …

From the Monroe Watchman, Monroe County, W.Va.: For  as  long  as  this writer can remember, legal advertising has appeared in The Monroe Watchman under the heading, “Public Notices: Your Right to Know.”  Throughout that time, publication of these items has been required by state government, to inform the public of certain government actions and legal […]

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By January 29, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. maintain forward progress with employment growth

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Gov. Jim Justice is justified in bragging about our state’s economy. “This is something all West Virginians should be proud of,” he said last week. As the governor pointed out, 2019 was “our best year of job numbers in West Virginia in more than a decade.” Go just slightly beyond a decade […]

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By January 26, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: Legislation the West Virginia public should notice and oppose

West Virginia legislators, residents should all oppose HB 4025 From the West Virginia Press Association: The West Virginia House of Delegates Judiciary Committee is considering House Bill 4025, sponsored by Delegates Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh County, and Tony Paynter, R- Wyoming County, which would reduce the publication of legal ads for public notice in communities and […]

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Opinion: President Trump ensures a more SECURE retirement for small business employees
By January 22, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: President Trump ensures a more SECURE retirement for small business employees

By Steve Bulger Acting administrator for the Small Business Adminstration Mid-Atlantic Regional According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of small business employees do not have access to the same quality work-based retirement plans as workers at large employers. For example, in 2017, only 53% of workers at private-sector establishments with fewer than 100 employees […]

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By January 20, 2020 Read More →

Editorial: More on Dumbing Down W.Va. high school graduates

From The Moorefield Examiner: We carried a guest editorial last week on the latest effort for the West Virginia Board of Education to dumbing down our high school graduates by cutting the number of credits required to graduate.   Not only is this wrong, it’s aimed at the one aspect of education that is so terribly […]

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Opinion: Teach about constitutional republic, principles of federal, state governments
By January 20, 2020 Read More →

Opinion: Teach about constitutional republic, principles of federal, state governments

By West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump The recent “Dangerous for Democracy” front page headline and underlying news article in last week’s Charleston “Sunday Gazette-Mail” was a head scratcher for me. At first glance, it pointed out a problem about the proposal of the West Virginia Board of Education, to allow county school systems to […]

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