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Celebrate West Virginia Day

June 20, 2014 Sometimes it seems as if being a West Virginian is quite a bit less than almost Heaven. State officials are having trouble keeping our budget in balance. more »»

Mountaineers Are Always Free

June 20, 2014 Enormous changes have occurred since this date 151 years ago, when West Virginia became a state. Among the most significant has been an accelerating shift in the governmental environment. more »»

Indecisiveness Aids Our Foes

June 20, 2014 Sometimes it seems Barack Obama may be better suited to have continued his short career as a college professor than to be president of the United States. more »»

Coal Ash Proposal Merits Senate Vote

June 20, 2014 U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., deserves the praise he has received for dealing with an important issue. more »»

Don’t Ban Free Speech in Ohio

June 19, 2014 Throughout the world, politics in America has the reputation of being something of a free-for-all in which candidates and their supporters trade charges and counter-charges with virtually no... more »»

Ensuring Taxes Are Paid in W.Va.

June 19, 2014 There were several times this spring that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia legislators would have been delighted had someone pointed them toward $30 million in previously unknown revenue. more »»

Slashing Service But Spending More

June 19, 2014 Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let’s hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait. more »»

Moundsville Should Pursue ATV Rules

June 19, 2014 Surely Moundsville officials can write a city ordinance that cracks down on those who misuse all-terrain vehicles on city streets, without penalizing those who use ATVs appropriately. more »»

Violence Has Roots Elsewhere

June 18, 2014 Street violence in Steubenville has become an interstate phenomenon calling for involvement by federal law enforcement agencies. more »»

Opportunities Can Be Nearby

June 18, 2014 Economic development officials tend to be on the lookout for new businesses. Opportunities in headline-making industries such as energy and flashy high-tech ventures are sought. more »»

Americans Still At Risk in Iraq

June 18, 2014 Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised — and from from complete. more »»

Rabies Clinics Are Important Service

June 18, 2014 Among the most valuable services available to local residents is the annual series of rabies clinics provided by the Ohio County dog warden and local veterinarian. more »»

Expedite Action To Curb Violence

June 17, 2014 Steubenville residents seem to be getting little relief from street violence. Another fatal shooting occurred Sunday, when a Newark, N.J. more »»

Holding Down Cost of College

June 17, 2014 Community and technical colleges throughout West Virginia may have to increase tuition substantially during the next few years, state legislators were told this week. more »»

Seeking Iranian Help Is a Mistake

June 17, 2014 History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. more »»

Public Pools Can Be Real Lifesavers

June 17, 2014 Officials in several Ohio Valley communities have either closed municipal swimming pools or are discussing such action, because of tight budgets. more »»

Investigate Claimed Loss of IRS Emails

June 17, 2014 Members of Congress investigating Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations got quite a shock a few days ago. more »»

Dealing With Vicious Youths

June 16, 2014 Many of the juveniles in corrections centers indeed are children who made unwise decisions and should not be treated as hardened criminals. more »»

Southern Border Is Far From Secure

June 16, 2014 So easy a child could do it. The phrase is used to describe everything from assembling toys to programming remote controls. more »»

Monitor Prison Reform Carefully

June 15, 2014 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia legislators have every right to feel good about efforts to reduce prison and jail overcrowding — but only tentativel. more »»

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