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Editorial: Cheer up the dark

Today is the year’s shortest day for the Northern Hemisphere. At 6:03 p.m., Earth will reach the point in its orbit when the 23.5-degree tilt of the planet’s axis leans farthest away from the sun. Thus our “top” half of the...

Editorial: Who should pay for the chemical leak?

Should the people of the Kanawha Valley settle for a second-rate cleanup of the site where a coal-washing chemical was spilled into the water supply because Freedom Industries is too poor to do a first-rate job? That appears to be the company’s ...

Editorial: Another disappointing year of test scores

Here we go again. This year’s standardized test scores in West Virginia have actually gotten worse. Fifty-eight percent of students in grades 3, 8 and 11 failed to hit the proficiency mark in math in the 2013-14 school year, compared to 55...

Editorial: Solid job progress for U.S.

America gained 321,000 more jobs in November — the 57th straight month of employment growth, the longest streak on record. Increases have averaged 241,000 per month so far in 2014. High-paying manufacturing jobs have risen by 15,000 a month....

Potpourri

After World War II, American women flooded the workplace, creating two-salary families and altering the U.S. economy forever. Now, a new book contends that the same sort of change is being wrought by aging Americans who keep on working....

Editorial: The lethal, erosive effect of police shootings

Much of America is agonizing over the high ratio of young black men who are shot to death by white police — in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere. As serious as that problem is, police killings aren’t limited to blacks, and some others...

Editorial: Domestic violence menace

The Morgantown pistol massacre draws a spotlight to West Virginia’s never-ending menace of domestic violence.

Tow truck operator Jody Hunt was upset because his girlfriend got a restraining order against him and began dating another man....

Editorial: Thanks, Jay

West Virginians owe gratitude to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who spent a half-century selflessly serving the Mountain State.

Born immensely wealthy, he could have spent his life in idle luxury, yet he chose to struggle daily, year after year, ...

Editorial: Corporate bribery hurts American business reputation

What’s the world’s third-largest industry? It’s bribery, according to a jolting new report from the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

American corporations vastly outstrip other nations in...

Editorial: Another gun-assisted tirade

A Morgantown man, upset over loss of his girlfriend, killed four people and then himself, police say. It’s another episode of irrational slaughter in gun-polluted America.

Right-to-bear-arms zealots endlessly claim that people should...

Editorial: The cost of the coal industry’s lawbreaking

Many coal corporations flagrantly violate health, safety and pollution laws, endangering miners and abusing the public, a coalfield newspaper warned this week.

The Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky asked: “How many more examples do we...

Potpourri

Why did Republicans sweep most of America in the Nov. 4 election? Time magazine offered this explanation: “Republicans dominate not just in red states and red districts but also in red years — the midterm cycles when only about 90...

Editorial: Pro-death values

Civilized governments should represent the finest values of humanity — so it’s repulsive that some conservative states still kill prisoners, a custom little different from medieval beheadings.

Advanced democracies around the world...

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