Opinion

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Editorial: W.Va. Attorney General Morrisey deserves credit for pain pill settlement

It is a measure of the ultra-politicized times in which we live that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is being criticized by some for his handling of a lawsuit settlement for a whopping $37 million. Could the state have collected more from drug distributor the McKesson Corp.? Maybe. Maybe not. But the bottom line […]

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Editorial: Will Manchin enter W.Va. gubernational race?

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Will he or won’t he? It is one of the biggest questions swirling around West Virginia politics at the moment. Joe Manchin, a Democrat who was just re-elected to a second term in the U.S. Senate last year, has been openly talking in recent weeks about the possibility of running for […]

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Editorial: Government derelict in aiding people hurt by disasters

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Even in these increasingly partisan times, it wasn’t so long ago that Republicans and Democrats could at least agree on matters that involved relief funding for areas hit hard by disasters. But even that has become a slog in the past few years. That’s illustrated by the current stalemate over […]

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Opinion: Educators want flexibility. They should be looking at chartering.

By Nelson Smith The words “flexible” or “flexibility” appear 30 times in the 32-page report “West Virginia’s Voice” which summarizes the state’s recent education-policy forums. School leaders and district administrators feel hamstrung by a multitude of restrictions on how they spend the money Charleston sends.  A principal may be getting funding she can only spend on […]

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By April 15, 2019 Read More →

EDITORIAL: W.Va. Governor slides off the rails at chamber dinner

The Register-Herald editorial Turns out that Gov. Jim Justice, the featured speaker at the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Friday night, was the source of all entertainment, too, though no one was laughing, other than derisively, or applauding, other than politely. The governor hosted a pity party for the image of a […]

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By April 7, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. system for rehabilitating criminals is broken

From The Times West Virginian:  On March 12, Times West Virginian reporter Eddie Trizzino reported on a high-speed pursuit that began in Marion County and ended in Harrison County, resulting in the arrest of Ryan Thomas Heflin. According to police, Heflin had stolen a vehicle only a few days prior to the chase, although the […]

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By April 7, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: W.Va. failing use of FEMA funds

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:  Richwood’s municipal recorder paid herself more than $45,000 without getting approval from her city council, an investigation by state Auditor John McCuskey’s office contends. It adds that a former mayor paid himself $3,640 for four days’ “volunteer” work. City officials received about $500,000 in federal funds for emergency repairs to […]

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By April 7, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: False accusation in Huntington, W.Va., brings shame to the entire area

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington: The alleged child abduction at the Huntington Mall didn’t happen, but it did expose things about ourselves that we didn’t want to believe. According to initial reports, on Monday evening a woman told police that while she was shopping in a store at the mall, a man grabbed her […]

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Editorial: W.Va. government bureaucracy — Changes still needed for overdue disaster relief

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: In the “here we go again” category, the bureaucrats in Charleston continue to prove to the federal government that they simply cannot be trusted with large sums of money. One would think, after having been placed on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “slow spender” list for […]

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By April 7, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Time to give charter schools pilot program a chance

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: After seven public forums sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, a few sponsored by other groups and a great deal of public debate through social media platforms and other venues, the question still remains: Would charter schools help or harm public education? The proponents are undeterred. And […]

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