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Bill would strengthen people’s right to know

March 19, 2013 Perhaps the most basic guarantee West Virginians have of our liberties, our financial well-being and the prospect of bright futures for our children is knowledge of what our government is doing. more »»

Skylar’s Law should be passed by Legislature

March 18, 2013 Last week, David Neese of Star City, pleaded with state legislators to instill more of a sense of urgency into a program intended to find and rescue children in danger. more »»

Overcrowded jail system reaching a crisis point

March 16, 2013 A pair of Randolph County news stories this week illustrate the massive problems the state is facing regarding overcrowding in the regional jail and prison systems. more »»

Manchin’s speech on medal merits applause

March 14, 2013 Sen. Joe Manchin’s decision that an issue on which he took a strong stance merited a speech on the Senate floor will be applauded by many of his Mountain State constituents. more »»

Tomblin’s education proposal a good start

March 13, 2013 Improving public schools in West Virginia will not be easy and it will not happen overnight. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to accomplish reform is far from perfect. more »»

State slow to admit router error

March 11, 2013 At long last, West Virginia state government is admitting the purchase of about $24 million worth of computer network routers in 2010 was botched badly. Well, that’s a start. more »»

Closure of White House is political posturing

March 9, 2013 If you’re traveling to our nation’s capital today — or in the near future — you’ll notice one big change among tourist destinations: The White House is now completely closed to the public. more »»

Combining classes will hinder kids’ education

March 9, 2013 Even with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s focus on education this Legislative session, it still seems that the children of our state are not being put first. more »»

Belington city election turnout was shameful

March 8, 2013 The residents of Belington should be ashamed of themselves. more »»

International exports shoring up coal industry

March 7, 2013 Prior to the election last November, President Barack Obama’s supporters insisted those — like this newspaper — critical of his war on coal didn’t know what we were talking about. The U.S. more »»

Tomblin takes right stand on Medicaid

March 6, 2013 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has resisted enormous political pressure to do the right thing for West Virginians — all of us — regarding the Medicaid program. more »»

Education reform bill leaves out private sector

March 5, 2013 West Virginians need all the help we can get to improve our public school system. more »»

Flip switch to ‘off’ for electric cars

March 4, 2013 State officials should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the private sector, particularly when they use West Virginians’ hard-earned money to do s. more »»

Early or not, voting is a vital duty

March 2, 2013 Municipal elections will be held Tuesday in Elkins and Belington, giving voters a chance to make their voices heard at the local level. more »»

Too costly to expand Medicaid

March 1, 2013 West Virginia is being forced to cut government services in order to keep the existing Medicaid program afloat. Gov. more »»

Scholarship program helps young people achieve dreams

February 28, 2013 Too often we focus on the mistakes made by young people in our community and forget that most of our youth are good individuals who deserve the chance to be everything they can be. more »»

Tomblin’s proposal has merit

February 27, 2013 A household environment in which no one is bringing home a paycheck is an unhealthy one. Ask anyone who’s had to cope with the challenge of feeding children healthy meals on food stamps. more »»

Schools not setting good financial example

February 25, 2013 It is no wonder so many young West Virginians don’t understand how to manage money. Too often, their school administrators don’t set a good example. more »»

Bath salts going down the drain in Buckhannon

February 23, 2013 Buckhannon city officials and concerned residents appear to have won a victory this week in their battle to keep synthetic drugs from being sold in their town. more »»

How can schools stop teens from sexting?

February 22, 2013 Many teenagers simply don’t understand the trouble they can get into by engaging in any number of risky behaviors. Bad things may happen to kids, they understand — but not to the. more »»



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