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December 21, 2013 UP: To all residents who became Secret Santas to help children who otherwise would not have received Christmas gifts. As always, your generosity will put smiles on many faces on Christmas mornin. more »»

'Scoring' Bills

December 20, 2013 When members of Congress get copies of bills under consideration, they also receive estimates of the measures’ costs — not that it seems to do much good in controlling government spending. more »»

Balancing Act

December 19, 2013 Unless tax collections pick up, there will be no “happy New Year” in Charlesto. more »»

An Imperial Presidency

December 18, 2013 For as long as 30 years, the wind power industry will be permitted to do something no one else can get away with, President Barack Obama has decreed. more »»

Global 21

December 17, 2013 U.S. students did not stack up well against competitors in other countries during the most recent round of PISA — Program for International Student Assessment — testing, recent studies have show. more »»


December 16, 2013 For three years or so, we have been warning the new national health care law — Obamacare — would devastate the Medicare program on which millions of older Americans rely. more »»

Preventing Abuses

December 15, 2013 West Virginia and Ohio are among nine states targeted by our neighbors to the north and east in another attempt to burden our people with higher electric bills and our industries with job-killing ne... more »»

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December 14, 2013 UP: To the PM Co.’s sixth annual Spirit of Giving fundraising event that raised $33,660. The money, $16,830 donations from guests matched 1-1 by the PM Co. more »»

Wasting Money

December 13, 2013 In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn’t even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budget. more »»

Lighting Up

December 12, 2013 About one in five West Virginia high school students smokes cigarettes regularly. As bad as that sounds — and it is distressing — it is good news, in a way. more »»

Christmas Spirit

December 11, 2013 While the Christmas season is supposed to be a time of peace and joy, we all know it often becomes several weeks of stress. more »»

Good Choice

December 10, 2013 When West Virginia University President Jim Clements announced he was leaving to become president of Clemson University, WVU’s Board of Governors faced a dilemm. more »»


December 9, 2013 The holiday season brings big crowds looking for Christmas bargains in stores and malls. The season also brings out another type of shopper — one looking for bargains found by other shoppers. more »»


December 8, 2013 It is very seldom the death of one person can unite the entire world in mourning. Nelson Mandela was such a person. more »»

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December 7, 2013 UP: To the people who will take a few moments today to remember this is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. more »»

Losing Trust

December 6, 2013 Half-truths as well as outright lies have become all President Barack Obama has to defend his Obamacare health insurance takeover. more »»

Keeping Tabs

December 5, 2013 Thank Heaven someone finally noticed something was wrong when a 52-year-old Charleston man made multiple trips to Sardis, Ohio, to pick up a 14-year-old girl — then took her back across the Ohio... more »»

Helping the Homeless

December 4, 2013 About 3,000 people will not go to bed in their own homes tonight in West Virginia, because they don’t have homes. more »»

Worth Considering

December 3, 2013 No rational, compassionate West Virginian wants government to do anything that might encourage people to abuse drugs. more »»

Two-Party Government

December 2, 2013 It should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched West Virginia. Delegate Ryan Ferns that he decided to leave the Democrat Party and become a Republican. more »»



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