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Opinion

Ups and Downs

Editorials

State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have ...

Found Money

Editorials

State officials’ announcement that West Virginia’s Medicaid program next year will require $309 million less than had been anticipated earlier is good news, no matter how one views it. But keep one thing about the funds firmly in mind: It is not “found money” for state government. ...

Progress

Editorials

There is no magic wand we West Virginians can wave to create a line of companies waiting to bring jobs here. Economic development is complex, with many moving pieces. But little by little during the past few years, state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have been making our state more ...

For Kids

Editorials

We West Virginians — or, at least, our public officials — talk a lot about “investing in the future.” If there is a foundational aspect to that, it is ensuring our children grow up safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. Two proposals by Gov. Jim Justice, outlined during his ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week One at the Legislature

Columnists

Last week was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. Really, it was just three days, but I’m counting Monday and Tuesday since January legislative interim meetings started then. While it remains to be seen how the next 55 days of the 60-day session will go, this week was a bit ...

Waiting Lists

Editorials

West Virginia is among states that have made gratifying progress in reducing backlogs in laboratory testing of evidence in criminal cases. Unfortunately, there still are waiting lists for law enforcement agencies. As the Bluefield Daily Telegraph pointed out recently, the backlog of DNA ...

Fateful decision

Columnists

With the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Donald Trump finally became a neo-Conservative. The action which was both rash and, even worse, emotional, gave the mullahs a decided break. First, it helped unite Iran, which had been under considerable pressure thanks to the sanctions ...

Barbour plans to take a ‘Snow Day’

Columnists

Hello and Happy New Year from Barbour County! The year 2020 has arrived, and it brought some snow along. I would like to send a big thank you to the DOH for doing such an awesome job this season. The Barbour County Fairgrounds is planning a winter event. The first annual Snow Day will be fun ...

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice offered a late Christmas gift to West Virginians last week, telling us state revenue collections were good during December. He and state legislators need to bear in mind that we are not out of the woods, yet, however. Going into the sixth month of the fiscal year, the ...

Reader’s New Year’s wish is for peace

Letters to the Editor

I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Middle East politics. Perhaps our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is the only thing keeping the Chinese and Russians from taking over the world. One thing I do know is that the Middle East has been at war with itself since the time ...

W.Va. park sites facing challenges

Letters to the Editor

As residents of Tucker County, we have a sincere appreciation for the great outdoors and enjoy getting out and exploring nature’s playground. Luckily, we have an abundance of options in our state. West Virginia boasts eight incredible national park sites perfect for hiking, biking, ...

Study: Fracking could create climate issues

Letters to the Editor

Anyone who still believes that natural gas is a clean fuel might be surprised by the videos, with commentary (http://www.texassharon.com/2019/07/15/is-that-a-methane-leak-or-a-methane-tsunami), showing cancer-causing VOCs and methane freely exiting from horizontal hydrofracturing (hhf) units. ...

New Law

Editorials

It is illegal throughout the United States for retailers to sell nicotine products including both cigarettes and electronic versions of them to anyone under 21 years of age. The provision became law Dec. 20, when President Donald Trump signed a bill approved overwhelmingly by Congress. To ...

Sad Legacy

Editorials

No doubt the federal investigation of Gov. Jim Justice’s relationship with state government was a burden on his mind. It may have distracted him from handling the public’s business, at least to an extent. And, almost undoubtedly, it cost him some money. Still, we have to disagree with one ...

Gratitude

Editorials

Hazards to Americans in the Middle East, especially those in the military, are in the news. That makes an event Saturday in Charleston most gratifying to West Virginians. On that day, more than 140 West Virginia National Guard troops returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Saudi ...

Providing info and understanding

Columnists

Remember your high school and, perhaps, college history classes? Hopefully, you learned a lot about what happened during the past two or three millennia. You were taught virtually nothing about why important things happened, however. And, unless you educated yourself after leaving school, you ...

Unacceptable

Editorials

What is most upsetting about the Nazi salute fiasco that drew unflattering international attention to West Virginia is not that more than 30 young Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees posed for the outrageous photograph. It is that one of their instructors — who taught a ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Red Yawn

Columnists

The 2020 legislative session starts Wednesday, Jan. 8, and I’m struggling with what I can fill this column up with. Based on what media heard last week, this is not going to be a very exciting session. It’s understandable. It’s an election year, with all 100 House of Delegates seats and ...

Civil Rights

Editorials

We Americans are strongly conscious of civil rights, though for much of our history, fundamental ones were denied to most citizens. As incredible as it may seem today, most states denied women the right to vote until 1920. In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment, providing for women’s ...

Erecting a firewall

Columnists

Before the Civil War, hints of what was to come were already evident on the floors of Congress. During the debate over whether slavery should be allowed in the territories in the Mexican cession, some members of Congress had taken to carrying firearms. In 1857, Preston Brooks of South Carolina ...