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The Charleston Gazette: Executions fading

In his landmark book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that humanity slowly is growing more decent and humane, less brutal and cruel. Although some murderous fanatics still decapitate prisoners...

Editorial: Targeting Christians

International news reports make it seem that fanatical Islamic terrorists kill fellow Muslims and various religious minorities with equal hatred. But a group of American scholars contends that the suicidal Islamic “cult of death”...

The Charleston Gazette: Damaged America

As long as millions of minority Americans live in inner-city poverty —with little hope for better education, better jobs and better lives — the nation is going to be blemished and damaged. Crime, despair, alcoholism, addiction, gangs,...

Editorial: Breeding more hate

The Islamic State — the murderous Mideast group trying to revive the historic caliphate theocracy — claims it has loosed its first attack in America.

Through its radio station, I.S. boasted that “two soldiers of the...

Editorial: Western coal’s unfair, taxpayer-supported advantage

Here’s an explanation for West Virginia’s coalfield woes that you don’t hear every day: Western coal is so cheap and impossible to compete with because the federal government undercharges companies for the privilege of mining on...

Editorial: Water rate requires careful look

West Virginia American Water Co. has asked the state Public Service Commission for a 28 percent rate increase. Gov. Tomblin, this would be an excellent time to fill that vacant seat on the PSC.

Water customers might have supposed the request is...

Longtime international columnist William Pfaff dies

William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and author whose work appeared for decades in The Charleston Gazette and Sunday Gazette-Mail, died on Thursday, April 30 in a hospital in Paris, after a fall and a heart attack, The New York Times...

Editorial: Drug company profiteers

Disgustingly, some U.S. pharmaceutical firms gain exclusive rights to certain medicines, then jack up prices sky-high. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International bought the rights to two lifesaving heart drugs,...

Potpourri

In 1980, roughly half of America’s counties were Caucasians comprising 98 percent or more of the population. Today, only 5 percent fit that description. Writing in The Washington Post, demographer Christopher Ingraham reiterated that, around...

Editorial: Another tax shift?

New legislative leaders are studying a major realignment of state taxes, through the Joint Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform. A recent meeting offered a glimpse of what lawmakers have in mind, such as further tax cuts and even eliminating the...

Editorial: Stormy climate

Pope Francis, the compassionate reformer who inspires billions of people, is plunging into an international crusade that may affect West Virginia. He wants stronger worldwide limits on burning of fossil fuels like coal, to curtail dangers of global...

Editorial: Charleston election – At-large council

In addition to council members who represent their individual wards of the city, Charleston residents also elect six at-large members. The city is fortunate to have a broad and qualified field of candidates. Among them, we recommend:

| Tom Lane, ...

Editorial: Charleston election – Mayor

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is running for a fourth term as mayor, and we urge the city’s residents to go out and vote for him.

Jones, a Charleston native, Vietnam veteran, businessman and radio personality, has been a great success as...

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