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McKinley: Vote to retain him in Congress

Voters in the Mid-Ohio Valley made a wise choice six years ago in sending David McKinley to the U.S. House of Representatives. President Barack Obama was just beginning his assault on the Mountain State’s economy and on personal freedoms. Obamacare had been enacted, but its full force had ...

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DOWN: To a candidate who falsely accuses his opponent of having moved to the Mountain State solely to seek political office, while supporting — even financially — a presidential candidate who did, indeed, become a carpetbagger in New York purely so she could be a U.S. Senator for just long ...

Graduation: Educators have other goals to achieve

West Virginia students, parents and teachers have reason to be proud they are now achieving a high school graduation rate of nearly 90 percent — fast-approaching the goal set for the year 2020. But outgoing State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano is wrong about what that ...

Obamacare: Taxpayers feel the pinch from subsidies

It took less time for the empty promises of Obamacare to deflate than even some of its harshest critics might have predicted. Nonsense such as “free,” or simply “affordable” is being replaced by a report that shows Obamacare premiums will explode by nearly 25 percent next year, as many ...

Congress: Clinton can be restrained by GOP

As eager for change in the White House as many Mid-Ohio Valley residents are, some may not plan to support Donald Trump for president. But Hillary Clinton, the other major candidate on the ballot, is no alternative. Voting for her is out of the question. There is something those who worry ...

Rob Portman: Ohio senator deserves your vote

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is “fighting President Obama every step of the way,” in Washington, D.C. Those words came from his challenger in the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. While Democrat Strickland may have thought he was delivering a zinger ...

Leonhardt: Candidate will make mark in agriculture

Kent Leonhardt’s work as a state senator has benefited many West Virginians. He has played an important role in reforming government during the past two years. Now he is running for state commissioner of agriculture, a position for which many voters may not be aware of his qualifications ...

Mac Warner: Candidate should be secretary of state

West Virginia’s secretary of state has two big jobs: overseeing clean elections, and serving businesses without getting in their way. Mac Warner has the experience and skill to do both. Warner has solid plans to make the election process more accessible and secure, and to make it easier to ...

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UP: To the opening of the Willow Island Hydroelectric Facility this week in Pleasants County. As power companies — and our region — try to diversify their sources of electricity, it is encouraging to know we have the resources to do so right here at home. This plant will generate 239,000 ...

Safe Driving: Everyone can benefit from safety tips

This week is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, which is a fancy way of saying truck drivers, law enforcement and companies are doing a little extra this week to remind us all about safe driving techniques. While the focus appears to be on commercial ...

Fight Hunger: Donate non-perishable items for worthy cause

Local organizations work hard all year to provide for those in need here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. But there are seasons in which the need grows, and with winter fast approaching, the Stop Senior Hunger Food Campaign aims to prepare for the inevitable bad weather by collecting nonperishable food ...

Morrisey: Attorney general deserves another term

We West Virginians are no strangers to the mud-slinging brand of politics. That is no reason for us to be suckers for a candidate whose campaign is hip-deep in the slimy strategy. For years, the Mountain State endured an attorney general, Darrell McGraw, who did little for us. His attention ...

Leadership: Bill Cole should be our next governor

West Virginians cannot afford, quite literally, to make a mistake in electing our next governor. We need Bill Cole in the office to lead the change that is imperative for our state. For decades, West Virginia’s natural resources, along with hard-working, skilled men and women who mined ...

Academia: Gee’s cuts at WVU are encouraging move

West Virginia University president Gordon Gee was right to refuse to call a potential $45 million in spending cuts at the university by 2020 a “problem.” Academia makes the bloating in state government look downright tame, most of the time, and Gee has instead chosen to see an opportunity ...

Competition: Agencies must enforce monopoly regulations

Parkersburg is among the four West Virginia cities pursuing a lawsuit against “a collection of once vigorous competitors in asphalt production, paving and contracting services, now illegally combined into actual or de facto monopolies in at least 30 West Virginia counties,” according to a ...

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UP: To those participating in this afternoon’s Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff at the Point Park Marketplace. The 25 entrants — including The News and Sentinel — will be part of a fantastic community event presented by the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce from 2-5 p.m. Attendees ...

Recovery: State lawmakers must loosen regulations

West Virginians who cannot shake the suspicion that the recovery reportedly being experienced in the rest of the country has left them behind have more good reason to be concerned. A report in the 2017 West Virginia Manufacturers Register concludes that, in fact, things are getting a little ...

Breakthrough: Options Pathway deserves support

Thank goodness the parties involved stopped playing whatever games led to “losing sight of who this program is for,” as Wood County Board of Education member Jim Asbury put it Tuesday evening, regarding the Options Pathway program the board eventually approved 4-0. Now, the task is to ...

Predatory: Drug companies should be questioned

Most businesses are formed with the intent of making a profit, along with delivering a good or service. No one begrudges business owners, managers and employees the honest fruits of their labor. But when those businesses become predatory, taking advantage of a vulnerable population to profit ...

Troubling: Jim Justice must pay taxes he owes

Billionaire businessman Jim Justice claims if West Virginians will elect him governor, he can fix most of what is wrong with our state. He could start by paying the more than $3.5 million in delinquent taxes he reportedly owes us. Justice, who has the money to provide his election campaign ...