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Don’t Agree to Tax Increase in W.Va.

January 15, 2015 It is being suggested West Virginia should increase the state tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack, allegedly to help curb tobacco use. That is a bad idea and local legislators who oppose it are right. more »»

Put W.Va. 2 Plan Into High Gear

January 15, 2015 There is no place more appropriate than the Ohio Valley for West Virginia to shrug off the years-long uneasiness about thinking big in terms of highway construction. more »»

Teaching Children Truth as We Know It

January 15, 2015 West Virginia Board of Education members have backed away from a proposal to change state requirements for how children are taught about climate change. Good. more »»

Learning More About Coverup

January 14, 2015 Within days of the August 2012 sexual assault of a 16-year-old Weirton girl by two Steubenville football players, allegations were made that school officials tried to cover up the crime. more »»

Reinforce Public’s Right to Information

January 14, 2015 West Virginia has very strict open government laws regarding both public documents and meetings of public bodies ranging from city councils to state agencies. more »»

Don’t Cut Back On Mine Safety

January 14, 2015 Coal production in West Virginia has plummeted during recent years, costing our state jobs and harming many communities that rely on the industry. During 2008, Mountain State mines produced 165. more »»

Obama Should Have Marched in Paris

January 14, 2015 By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris during the weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1. more »»

Tomblin Speech Will Set Tone

January 13, 2015 West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address to the Legislature, coming up this week, may be the most interesting and important of his tenure. more »»

Someone Must Pay For the Giveaways

January 13, 2015 From “cash for clunkers” to expansion of the Medicaid program, President Barack Obama has made government giveaways a hallmark of his administration. more »»

Boost Housing Development

January 13, 2015 Affordable housing has been a challenge in the Northern Panhandle for many years. The influx of gas and oil industry workers has aggravated it. more »»

College Plan Not Free for Taxpayers

January 13, 2015 It should come as no surprise that President Barack Obama’s suggestion community college educations should be provided free of charge is being praised by many “stakeholders” — that is, higher... more »»

Improve School Graduation Rates

January 12, 2015 Most East Ohio school districts do a reasonably good job of ensuring that students graduate from high school. more »»

Pass Pipeline Bill Over Obama Veto

January 12, 2015 Members of the House of Representatives have approved a measure that would force President Barack Obama to allow construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. more »»

Gag Order Limits Reporting of Trial

January 12, 2015 Thoughtful people throughout the world are thinking about the role of a free, unfettered press — and how, in the wake of the massacre of some French journalists by Islamic terrorists — how to... more »»

Obama Thumbs Nose At American Voters

January 12, 2015 American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn’t paying attentio. more »»

Rethink W.Va. Public Schools

January 11, 2015 As they ponder how to spend the next two months, West Virginia legislators should put high priority in getting back to the basics of good state government. more »»

Serving Our State Well in Washington

January 11, 2015 While he was governor, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had a reputation for getting things done. He also had a talent for bringing political opponents together. more »»

Tax Reform Remains An Important Need

January 11, 2015 During town hall-style meetings throughout the Northern Panhandle, state legislators preparing for their annual regular session have heard any number of suggestions. more »»

Pats on the Back:

January 11, 2015 -- To retired Marshall County Commissioner Don Mason, who was recognized for his 28 years of service in the position. Mason also has been presented the Distinguished West Virginian award. more »»

W.Va. Economy Is Big Concern

January 10, 2015 State officials who had been banking on severance taxes to keep West Virginia’s general fund budget in balance have been disappointed, as we reported last week. more »»

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