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Curb Government Growth in W.Va.

January 25, 2015 There may be more room than apparent for West Virginia state agencies to control spending, even with mid-year corrections of the type Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered for the past couple of years. more »»

Catching Disability Benefits Cheaters

January 25, 2015 Many West Virginians have heard of people who dishonestly collect state and/or federal benefits meant for those who are unable to work for one reason or another. more »»

Taking Responsibility For School Reform

January 25, 2015 Many people seem to have strong opinions on what it will take to provide better public schools in West Virginia. But two local men have been willing to take responsibility for the challenge. Gov. more »»

Giving the Gift of Life At Blood Donor Event

January 25, 2015 One of the most important life-saving events held annually in our area is the American Red Cross Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. more »»

Middle Class, Poor Will Suffer

January 24, 2015 Energy policy, one place where President Barack Obama could really help the poor and middle-class Americans, seems to be the issue through which he is determined to hurt tens of millions of them. more »»

Make It Easier To Do Business

January 24, 2015 Some level of regulations on businesses is necessary to safeguard West Virginians. Few people would argue against workers’ compensation rules, for exampl. more »»

Protecting Our Children, Others

January 23, 2015 Sexual predators have been reminded again that law enforcement agencies may not be their worst enemies. That distinction belongs to mom and dad. more »»

Rein In Federal School Mandates

January 23, 2015 Some members of a U.S. Senate committee have the right idea — reducing federal mandates for public schools — but in the context of President Barack Obama’s administration their approach seems naiv. more »»

Reduce College Dropout Rate

January 23, 2015 West Virginians both young and old who want to land good jobs need some form of post-high school training, preferably at least a two-year college degree, if they hope to be successfu. more »»

Policies Will Lead To Costlier Oil

January 23, 2015 Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains Wednesday. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that. more »»

Obama Should Reveal Plan

January 22, 2015 One of President Barack Obama’s most important requests of Congress, made during his State of the Union address, seemed to draw relatively little notice by lawmakers and the press. more »»

Rescind Costly, Unfair Programs

January 22, 2015 Ever hear of the federal Raisin Administrative Committee? Probably not, unless you are a raisin farmer. more »»

Provide Focus For Tank Law

January 22, 2015 The truth of concerns about the environment often lies somewhere squarely between the claims of alarmists and the dismissals of industry. So it may be with West Virginia’s so-called “tank bill. more »»

Claim Does Not Stand Up to Scrutiny

January 22, 2015 How he will be portrayed in the history books clearly is on President Barack Obama’s mind. It is obvious he wants to be remembered, at least in part, as an environmentalis. more »»

Reducing Tests In Ohio Schools

January 21, 2015 Some Ohio legislators seem to be welcoming a recommendation that standardized testing in public schools be reduce. more »»

End Obama Delay Of Needed Pipeline

January 21, 2015 For six years, President Barack Obama has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to Americans. more »»

Repairing Roads Used by Drillers

January 21, 2015 At least during the beginning of the natural gas drilling boom in our area, it seemed as if some companies involved in it were determined to be good neighbors. more »»

Keeping Personal Information Secure

January 21, 2015 Even as President Barack Obama was using his State of the Union speech to recommend stronger cybersecurity for Americans, his administration was engaged in perhaps the most massive exchange of... more »»

Driving Gas, Oil Prices Up

January 20, 2015 American ingenuity and hard work have tapped an energy bonanza that is helping to dispel the last vestiges of the “Great Recession” while boosting local and state economies in several areas,... more »»

Tax Increases Will Be New Job-Killer

January 20, 2015 One reason recovery from the “Great Recession” has been so lackluster is that job creators — investors and companies with money to expand the economy — have been worried about what President Barack... more »»

Helping Small Business in W.Va.

January 20, 2015 Some West Virginia legislators are eager to ease regulations that hamper growth of “craft brewing,” it has been reported. We’ll drink to that — figuratively speaking, of cours. more »»

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January 13, 2015 I like to bake a decent cupcake now and then and I have provided more than just a few for birthdays in the newsroom office. However, I have zero talent for decorating cakes, cookies or cupcakes. more »

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