Opinion

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV teachers strike point made

From The Intelligener of Wheeling: In a way, the cold, rainy weather Thursday and Friday was a good thing for teachers picketing in front of area public schools for hours on end. Doubtless virtually all of them would have preferred to have been inside their warm, dry classrooms those days, of course.  But conditions were […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Returning to stale old policies won’t fix West Virginia

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: From the time Cass Gilbert’s grandiose state Capitol building in Charleston was first occupied in the 1930s, until the 2015 legislative session, Democrats had been the majority party in both legislative chambers of West Virginia’s state government. How well did that work out for West Virginia? Since 1950, […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Disability Fraud Unit saves WV $8.1 million

From Bluefield Daily Telegraph: West Virginia’s Disability Fraud Unit is off to a strong start, having achieved more than $8.1 million in total savings for the Mountain State during its first two years of operation. The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, a partnership with the Social Security Administration, investigates suspicious or questionable disability claims. This includes […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Medical Cannabis Advisory Board proposal should go up in smoke

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: In authorizing sale of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, for medicinal use, West Virginia legislators had the good sense to stipulate the smokable version of the weed would not be available. Now, an advisory board plans to recommend that ban be rescinded, in effect.That is crazy, not to mention […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia residents knowing how our money is spent

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Just a few months after West Virginia voters said yes to a $1.6 billion road improvement bond issue, state legislators want to limit the public’s ability to know how the money will be spent. Among promises made to sway voters in favor of the measure was one that most […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Public has right to know how its money is spent

The Journal editorial In October, voters in West Virginia approved a road bond referendum allowing the state to sell up to $1.6 billion in state bonds to improve state roads. West Virginia’s Roads to Prosperity — a $3 billion roads infrastructure spending plan — has been touted as not just fixing the state’s roads, but […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: The spending of tax dollars is the public’s business

Logan Banner editorial It’s ironic — and disheartening to open-government advocates — that while the West Virginia auditor’s office is touting the importance of public access to the state’s spending records, another branch of government is trying to place a shroud of secrecy on some of that information. That other government branch is a group of state […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Senate Bill 474 sheds light on leaders’ efforts to hide facts

The Exponent Telegram editorial: Consider it ironic that in introducing legislation to shield important facts from the public in regards to public projects funded through the taxpayer-supported road bond, lawmakers had shed light on their own fears of transparency. And that sums up Senate Bill 474, which would keep government entities from releasing for public […]

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By February 18, 2018 Read More →

Consequences: WV legislative committee made right call to prevent logging in state parks

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: State Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt put his finger on the reason West Virginia legislators should be leery of a proposal to permit logging in a state park. “Once the trees are cut, it is simply too late to repair any unseen consequences,” Leonhardt warned during a legislative committee hearing […]

By February 18, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Logging WV state parks raises many concerns

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: It was good to hear Steven McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, tell a Senate committee recently that a bill to allow logging in state parks was “not about the money.” That makes it easier to ask this question: Why do it then? McDaniel’s comment, as […]