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Examination of higher ed a good idea

May 25, 2016 Job One after West Virginia legislators adopt a new budget should be keeping this year’s fiasco from occurring again. more »»

Budget needs to be approved

May 24, 2016 West Virginia legislators have just a little more than a month to come up with a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. more »»

Saving Money

May 23, 2016 State officials finding ways to do things more efficiently, at less cost to taxpayers, deserve heartfelt pats on the bac. more »»

Reinstating food tax bad for W.Va.

May 20, 2016 Among the shining successes of West Virginia government for the past several years was phasing out the sales tax on food. more »»

Revenue estimates must be accurate

May 19, 2016 One easy way to produce a state budget that appears balanced has not been mentioned in Charleston during the past couple of months, with good reason. It does not solve problems, it creates the. more »»

West Virginia initiative catches on

May 18, 2016 West Virginia’s efforts to improve early childhood education are beginning to gain national attention, as the National Institute for Early Education Research released this year’s rankings of all 50... more »»

Reduction in spending is a must

May 17, 2016 West Virginia legislators — and taxpayers — have been painted into a corner again. If anything, the corner is tighter this time around. more »»

No Apology

May 16, 2016 President Barack Obama’s aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945. Good. more »»


May 16, 2016 German authorities say there is no link between Islamic terrorism and a man who stabbed four people at a train station last week. The attacker is just mentally ill, they explain. more »»

Judicial election method a bad one

May 13, 2016 Fortunately for the future of our state, Beth Walker won a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court during Tuesday’s election. more »»

There must be consequences

May 12, 2016 Many children anxiously await the arrival of report cards each grading period. more »»

Plan should go light on tax hikes

May 11, 2016 It has been a safe bet for at least two weeks that any agreement on a new state budget for West Virginia would have to wait until at least mid-May. more »»

Every vote truly counts

May 10, 2016 Today’s political climate — on all levels — has gotten heated, even nasty, in some cases, dividing parties and even friends. more »»

Levy, judicial races will be finalized today

May 10, 2016 Several key races and an excess levy will be decided in today’s primary election. Voters will again be asked to cast a ballot on the Randolph County Schools excess levy. more »»


May 9, 2016 In recent years, the Randolph County justice system has seen its fair share of controversy. more »»

For the Kids

May 9, 2016 Much has been said and written about the Randolph County Schools excess levy. more »»

Officials must be mindful in budget prep

May 7, 2016 West Virginia’s economy is in trouble. It is not just state government but also families and businesses throughout the state who are being forced to rethink budgets. As legislators and Gov. more »»

Judicial integrity should come first in race

May 7, 2016 Old habits die hard. more »»

Teachers transform lives

May 7, 2016 Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. more »»

Spending cuts are necessary

May 6, 2016 Think of West Virginia’s state budget crisis this way: If the only thing done to address it would be taking money out of the emergency Rainy Day fund, the $748 million there would be gone in no more... more »»



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