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Readers Voice: March 2, 2015

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

I hope that the Legislature gives teachers a raise. I don’t know how principals can get by on $90,000 a...

James A. Haught: The remarkable journey we have traveled

Look back over your life and count the amazing changes.

There was no electricity in Reader, the Wetzel County farm town where I was born in 1932. We had gaslights with fragile mantles that crumbled at a touch, and gas stoves hooked up with...

Editorial: Drug addiction is a West Virginia curse

This state has several impediments — low education, high obesity, low income, high cigarette smoking, etc. Add another: out-of-control drug addiction.

Huntington physician Matthew Rohrbach, a new delegate in the Legislature, wrote in the...

John N. Ellem: Lawmakers in danger of serving special interests over W.Va. consumers

The recent elections in West Virginia clearly constitute a seismic shift in power. I sat out this shift in power, after deciding to end my service in the House of Delegates after 14 years of service (seven terms) to devote more time to my...

The Charleston Gazette: Extreme proposals are bizarre

Over the years, many West Virginia Democratic leaders have been DINOs (Democrats in name only). They renounced Democratic President Obama and rejected much of their party’s national platform. In past Legislatures, they enacted laws for more...

Daily Mail: Short takes – Feb. 28, 2015

There’s a first for West Virginia, and an 18-year-old Capital High School student deserves the recognition he is getting for it.

Pete Nichols is the first...

Daily Mail: GOP Delegate Upson beats the odds

To say that West Virginia Delegate Jill Upson beat the odds would be putting it mildly.

As a black female Republican, she is a statistical rarity. Only about 2 percent of people who identify as Republicans are black, as compared to 22...

Daily Mail: Hats off – Feb. 28, 2015

There’s a creative little place in Charleston that’s known to a small but growing number of co-workers, makers, innovators, startups and those generally curious.

That place is part talent hub, part business incubator, part new-...

Rick Wilson: Public safety paramount for W.Va. water laws

I was traveling out of state last January when I got an email from a friend at the Council of Churches about a chemical spill in Charleston.

At first, I didn’t think much of it or have any idea of how huge that event would turn out to be....

Tam Mallory: Does discussion of prison training omit belief in rehabilitation?

Last summer, a commentary by Mark Hale “Mock riot saves lives,” unnerved me to the core with the opening sentence “Sometimes, a prison riot is a good thing.”

Mr. Hale may have been implying that such training...

Ed Rabel: Redefining TV news

The sordid condition of television news was made even more vivid in recent days in national newspaper headlines exposing the apparent fraudulent story that NBC News anchorman Brian Williams has been telling. (“With an Apology, Brian...

Editor: Misery in eye of beholder?

Frankly, we think West Virginia is a good place to live and raise children. Green hills and shady ravines are everywhere, offering comforts of nature. Deer, raccoons and squirrels are delightful visitors. Life is laid-back in this less-populated state,...

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