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Last place just not good enough

May 19, 2014 West Virginians have become used to their state coming in last on rankings for just about everything imaginable. more »»

Mine deaths raise troubling questions

May 16, 2014 Violations of federal safety rules are common at many underground coal mines. Most are relatively insignificant and are corrected swiftly. more »»

Rockefeller aims to reverse war on coal

May 15, 2014 It makes no sense for the U.S. government to be concentrating on ways to stop using our most plentiful, economical source of energy — coal — instead of finding better ways to benefit from it. more »»

Deserving of Thanks Law enforcement officers celebrated

May 14, 2014 On Thursday, the nation pause to remember the law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. more »»

Get out and Vote Each ballot cast makes a difference

May 13, 2014 With today being Election Day, the freedom — and civic duty — to cast one’s vote should remind us all how fortunate we are as Americans. more »»

Community helps United Way

May 12, 2014 Local citizens deserve a big pat on the back for helping the?United Way of Randolph County reach its annual fundraising goa. more »»

DHHR officials in a tight spot

May 9, 2014 West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources officials are in a tight spot, put there by a judge who clearly doesn’t want to hear excuses for failure to comply with his mandates. more »»

Obamacare a bad deal for residents

May 7, 2014 As I’ve noted previously, West Virginians recognize a bargain when they see it. They also understand a bad deal when it’s offered to them. more »»

Manchin right about pipeline

May 6, 2014 U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., often is in demand for weekend interview programs. more »»

Regular audits a good safeguard

May 5, 2014 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s suggestion earlier this year that all state agencies should undergo regular, independent audits was brushed off by legislators as political... more »»

Balancing the scales

May 2, 2014 Some might call Charles Severance’s experience during the past few weeks remarkable. Here in West Virginia we have another word: justice. more »»

Keeping kids away from drugs

May 1, 2014 Parents quickly come to understand it is impossible to keep inquisitive, adventurous small children out of trouble. At the same time, they realize no chances can be taken with some hazard. more »»

Moral Dilemma

April 30, 2014 Yet another crack in the foundation of the Randolph County judiciary appeared Monday as details of an extramarital affair between Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong and a county employee were aired, furthe... more »»

Is America a serious country?

April 30, 2014 Well, it looks like Donald Sterling will not be getting that NAACP lifetime achievement award he was set to receive at the civil rights organization’s 100th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in... more »»

Child abuse is an epidemic

April 29, 2014 More than 33,000 children are abused and/or neglected every year in West Virginia and Ohio. Those are the victims we know about. Many others live — and sometimes die — with abuse and neglec. more »»

Numbers given to Legislature don’t add up

April 28, 2014 Earlier this year, legislators agreed to consider establishing a second state nursing home for West Virginia veterans of military service. more »»

Class warfare endures

April 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that “47 percent o... more »»

Time for decent exposure

April 26, 2014 Of the 432 members today serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, he is 429th in seniority, having won a special election barely five months ago. But by now, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. more »»

Is opposition to Obama racisim?

April 26, 2014 Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear... more »»

Minutes count during a disaster

April 25, 2014 Amid all the questions, murky details and recriminations about the Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston, one thing is becoming crystal clear: Minutes count in reacting to such disasters. more »»



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