Economy: Partnership offers hope for improving West Virginia


Most of us have heard the phrase “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way,” but few in political circles and King Bureaucracy’s court remember to think that way. In fact, much of what has hampered West Virginia’s ability to rise above generations-worth of economic struggle has ...

COVID-19: We can do more to end this pandemic


We’ve gotten through our Thanksgiving family gatherings, and just as we await any potential increase in the number of COVID-19 cases brought on by all that together time, Americans get word that a new version of the monster has emerged: the omicron variant. “There is concern that this new ...

Infrastructure: McKinley deserves praise for his vote


Doing the right thing is not always easy, as U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has found out from his vote to support repairing the nation’s decaying infrastructure. McKinley this past week told the Rotary Club of Wheeling he has received threats for his vote on the $1.2 trillion hard ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down


UP: To the many volunteers throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley who helped nonprofits serve meals to those in need on Thanksgiving. “We have a lot of people in our community who can’t get out to get a meal at Thanksgiving or don’t have a way to cook it,” said Salvation Army Maj. Carey ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Legislative low-key

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November and December tend to be a quiet time in West Virginia state politics. But we should soon start hearing about what a possible legislative agenda could look like in 2022. The 2022 legislative session begins noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, and it will wrap up at midnight on Saturday, March 12. ...

Employment: Policymakers must tackle real problems


West Virginians got some good news this week, when WorkForce West Virginia released data showing the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in October. That is lower than the national average of 4.6 percent; and the lowest West Virginia has seen since April-June ...