Opinion

Editorial: West Virginia — United we stand, divided we fall
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Editorial: West Virginia — United we stand, divided we fall

From The Exponent Telegram:Going into this year’s legislative session, everyone knew that the challenges facing our great state were unprecedented and daunting, to say the least. To address these challenges would require leadership, vision, compromise and bipartisan cooperation. The first task was to address the state’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year, ending June […]

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Editorial: Federal RECLAIM Act could still help coal region
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Editorial: Federal RECLAIM Act could still help coal region

 From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: While the coal industry may be showing renewed signs of life here in the mountains of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, efforts to diversify our regional economy and create new jobs must continue. A federal measure that has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate […]

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Editorial: Youth employment levels remain alarmingly low
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Editorial: Youth employment levels remain alarmingly low

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: One troubling workforce development trend only seems to be getting worse. As employers continue to raise concerns about the work ethic and soft skills of entry-level job candidates and new employees, researchers also are finding that fewer young people have the part-time work experience and summer jobs that often help […]

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Opinion: Tom Crouser — Legislators shouldn’t choose their voters
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Opinion: Tom Crouser — Legislators shouldn’t choose their voters

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: There’s another reason legislators shouldn’t choose their voters during redistricting that goes beyond the obvious reason they are choosing their own voters. It pits delegate against delegate in a War of the Roses resulting in retaliatory settling of scores. It also explains Kanawha County’s wacky delegate districts. Strap […]

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Opinion: At the Capitol — Session ends with budget drama
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Opinion: At the Capitol — Session ends with budget drama

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association Final hours of the 2017 regular session were marked with drama, including a last-minute blockbuster announcement from Gov. Jim Justice that a deal was near on the budget bill that would avoid major cuts to public education, higher education, and health programs, but the session ultimately […]

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Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public
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Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: After the West Virginia legislature this week approved a bill allowing medical marijuana in the state starting in 2019, readers were asked this question related to the legislature’s action: “Do you approve of medical marijuana for West Virginia? If not, what are your concerns?” Here are some comments they posted […]

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Editorial: Broadband is a modern necessity

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Gazette editorial page: A couple of years ago, Suddenlink invested millions and began providing 1-gigabit-per-second internet service to the Ohio Valley from Point Pleasant to New Martinsville. Parkersburg was dubbed “Gig City.” (A gigabit is a billion bits, and eight bits make a computer byte, or one written letter or number. […]

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Editorial: Earmarking Higher Education Funding
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Editorial: Earmarking Higher Education Funding

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia’s budget crunch grew tighter during the past few years, state legislators have been right to ask whether taxpayers can afford all the higher education we are paying for now. Among them, public colleges, universities and medical schools eat up about $400 million a year from the general revenue […]

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Editorial: Getting Back To Basics on Budget
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Editorial: Getting Back To Basics on Budget

From The Wheeling News-Register:  Earlier this year, Gov. Jim Justice described state government finances as “an 18-carat dog’s mess.” Now, both houses of the West Virginia Legislature have approved budget bills for the coming fiscal year. The measures are substantially different, but they — and the governor’s budget proposal — have one thing in common: […]

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Senators Manchin, Capito issue statements on air strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.,  released the following statements regarding President Trump’s military action in Syria: Sen. Manchin:  “Earlier this week, the world watched the devastating effects of chemicals weapons on innocent civilians and children after the Syrian regime decided to use these outlawed weapons against its own […]

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