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Editorial: Conservation-minded about water

Can you imagine a day when the Kanawha River is again clean enough to drink? Apparently state lawmakers can. Members of the Joint Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee on Monday approved a proposal from the state Department of Environmental...

Readers’ Voice: Dec. 17, 2014

Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-357-4451 or email

I wanted to go public in favor of Mr. Tackett. I also think “Hoppyskin Park” would be much better....

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Elliot M. Namay Jr.: Fear-driven paranoia, militarism behind torture tragedy

I tried to sit and calm myself to voice a rational, factual commentary lamenting the wrongs that were revealed in the Senate report on torture under the past administration, but my anger and seething disgust with those who continue to defend...

Tanner Mann: On youth and voting, role models needed

Throughout America’s history, voting habits have been very fickle across all ages. According to the textbook “American Government: Institutions and Policies,” by James Q. Wilson, John J. Dilulio Jr. and Meena Bose, between 1860...

Joe Manzo: Welcome to the neighborhood, WVU

I saw in the Gazette that WVU President E. Gordon Gee was in Beckley, and there’s a good chance that WVU will buy the old Mountain State University campus. We already have quite a few campuses in our state and quite a few institutions.


Sheila Kelly: Medicaid managed care bad for people with mental health needs

Public policy decisions often appear to center on statistics and faceless facts rather than the personal impact on the individuals that government is designed to serve. As a mental health professional, DHHR retiree, and president of the West Virginia...

Tega McGuffin: W.Va.’s tougher Next Generation standards good for students, classrooms

West Virginia students have been guided by the strongest academic standards in our state’s history — West Virginia’s Next Generation Standards. Students are engaged and learning higher-order skills that are needed in all...

John David: Making Almost Heaven a reality
John David: Making Almost Heaven a reality

Nancy and Cecil (Cork) Labus decided 19 years ago to return home to West Virginia and looked for a rural inexpensive house near where Cork had family. They found an old place that had been unoccupied for a decade near Hico.

Fayette County is...

Readers’ Voice: Dec. 16, 2014

Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-357-4451 or email

I want to comment to the South Charleston street workers who worked diligently for 10 days or more to install...

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Dan Foster: As Legislature weighs priorities, Kansas and tobacco tax are worth considering

The New Year is approaching and with the recent birth of my third grandson, our household is definitely looking forward. This has also been a watershed time in state politics and West Virginians anxiously await the first actions of the new party in...

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