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Conspiracy theories don’t honor victims

February 15, 2013 On that sad day in December when news of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut dominated not just our televisions and computers but also our conversations, thoughts and fears, many in our area... more »»

Not stormy enough to tap ‘rainy day fund’

February 13, 2013 Part of West Virginia’s laudable record of handling state finances for the past several years has been the buildup of an impressive “rainy day fun. more »»

Coalfields Expressway needs built

February 11, 2013 If it involves coal in any way, it must be bad, some radical environmentalists believ. more »»

New directive good for state

February 11, 2013 All West Virginia state agencies should be required to follow a new purchasing directive all the time. If ensuring that happens requires an act of the Legislature, lawmakers should approve one. more »»

Why is teen pregnancy so prevalent?

February 7, 2013 More than 46 teenage girls of every 1,000 in the Mountain State gave birth during 2011, according to the West Virginia Kids Count organizatio. more »»

Tomblin trys to hold taxes to a minimum

February 5, 2013 In deciding not to follow recommendations he raise taxes or dip into West Virginia’s “rainy day” fund to fight drug abuse, Gov. more »»

DHHR dismissals still shrouded in mystery

February 4, 2013 West Virginians who want to know more about why three state employees were fired after questioning what they apparently viewed as unnecessary government spending may have to wait — again. more »»

Is extreme weather the new normal?

February 2, 2013 What is up with the weather? That might sound like a frivolous question, but let’s look at recent events in our area: ? The June 29 derecho caused tremendous damages in our region, knocking out powe... more »»

Overtime ballooned regional jail payroll costs

January 31, 2013 Joe DeLong, executive director of West Virginia’s Regional Jail Authority, wants to reduce his agency’s payroll costs. Hiring 100 new full-time employees ought to do that, he believes. more »»

No more delays for Corridor H

January 30, 2013 Tourism already is a major contributor to West Virginia’s economy, but it could become much, much more important if a better highway route existed to bring East Coast residents to our majestic... more »»

Dealing with state prison overcrowding

January 29, 2013 Recommendations to help West Virginia cope with prison overcrowding appear to be based firmly on the philosophy that most criminals can be rehabilitated — that, in effect, once they are released... more »»

Women in combat will change face of warfare

January 26, 2013 President Barack Obama’s second inauguration was not the only big news to come out of Washington this week: just three days after Obama talked about fairness and equality in his inaugural address,... more »»

Community members still shell-shocked by Sandy

January 25, 2013 Like many local residents, we keep an eagle eye on the weather forecast during the winter months, so it came as a bit of a shock to us — and probably to some of you — when the forecast suddenly... more »»

Manchin wants to put fiscal house in order

January 24, 2013 Sen. Joe Manchin spent much of last week traveling through West Virginia, discussing challenges facing our state and nation with his constituents. more »»

Take a long, hard look at the violence around us

January 23, 2013 Complaints that the younger generation is going to the dogs are nothing new. more »»

The ‘dream’ lives on

January 21, 2013 Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most moving and eloquent speeches in our nation’s histor. more »»

Emergency planning is essential to our schools

January 19, 2013 Readers may be understandably troubled by the bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of all Barbour County schools Friday afternoon. more »»

Tomblin tells the federal government to butt out

January 18, 2013 Frustration with the federal government has grown steadily among many West Virginians during the past few years. more »»

West Virginia schools need honesty, not more awards

January 17, 2013 One reason improving West Virginia public education is such a slow process is that we keep hearing how great schools already are. Shame on those who know better for perpetuating that farce. more »»



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