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Editorial: Children, safe and sound?

People who work in child welfare or mental health shake their heads and say, “It’s back to the future,” or “déja vu all over again.” The U.S. Department of Justice recently concluded that too many West Virginia...

Editorial: Children, safe and sound?

People who work in child welfare or mental health shake their heads and say, “It’s back to the future,” or “déja vu all over again.” The U.S. Department of Justice recently concluded that too many West Virginia...

Editorial: Flying the Confederate flag is different

After a crazed racist who wrapped himself in the Confederate flag massacred nine blacks at a South Carolina church, those defiant banners are being removed across the South. Great. They should come down, because flying the rebel flag became a symbol...

Editorial: Police seizures can be good and bad

Under a federal plan called the Equitable Sharing Program, drug police and U.S. narcotics agencies seize all sorts of possessions from drug-dealers — homes, cars, boats, aircraft, cash, motorcycles, jewelry, etc. Anything that might have been...

The Charleston Gazette: A historic week of progress

Looking back over the past century, here’s an outline of U.S. social progress:

Conservatives tried to block voting by women — but they lost.

Conservatives attempted to prevent couples from using birth control — but...

Science Bright young campers

Astronomer Edwin Hubble said: “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”

Biologist Louis Pasteur wrote: “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to...

Editorial: King v. Burwell decision is a win for American health care

Thank heaven, Americans won another victory Thursday in the struggle to make medical care a human right for everyone.

A solid majority on the U.S. Supreme Court defeated a right-wing attempt to revoke health insurance for 6.4 million Americans...

John Palmer: Things are not what they seem

The alleged “war on coal” has been blamed for the loss of middle-class jobs in West Virginia. But things are not what they seem. These job losses over the decades have been due mostly to replacement of men by machines, and more...

Editorial: West Virginia’s drug plague

From 2007 to 2009, West Virginia had an ugly rate of drug overdose deaths: 22 per 100,000 population. But from 2011 through 2013, the curse got worse: 34 per 100,000 — the grimmest toll in America.

These figures come from a new national...

Editorial: Racism

A New Yorker report on South Carolina’s black church massacre begins:

“Between 1882 and 1968, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, 3,446 black men, women and children were lynched in this country — a practice so ...

Editorial: Rebel flag symbol of racism

Confederate battle flags were displayed on the Internet by the disturbed young white bigot who massacred nine black worshippers in a South Carolina church last week. Clearly, this shows that the Stars-and-Bars — the flag of states that rebelled...

Editorial: Kansas models ruin

Taxes are essential for civilization. Without them, societies cannot have paved roads, bridges, public schools, public colleges, police protection, ambulance service, fire departments, postal delivery, health agencies, sewer systems, trash landfills,...

The Charleston Gazette: West Virginia Day — Rooted in the mountains

On this date in 1863, West Virginia became a loyal northern state in the western mountains of rebellious, slaveholding Virginia, amid America’s worst tragedy, the ghastly Civil War.

This holiday rouses feelings — from memories of...

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