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Editorials

Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority

For decades, the Gulf Coast has been the focal point of our nation’s petrochemical industry. Because much of the oil and natural gas produced in the United States came from that region, locating downstream plants there seemed to make sense. But, as three members of Congress from West ...

Public Water: Resources, not surveys, needed for improvement

According to a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, approximately two-thirds of West Virginia counties receive poor marks for public water systems safety violations, and approximately three-quarters of them are slow to get those issues fixed. It is difficult to understand ...

Investment: West Virginia must diversify economy

State officials are right to be pleased with improvements in West Virginia’s economy during the past few years. Unemployment, at a statewide average of 4.6 percent has not been lower in some time. But putting the number in context reveals this is a situation in which the grass really is ...

Stewardship: Wood County Board of Education taking necessary action

No one presented with the kinds of numbers heard during last week’s Wood County Board of Education meeting could have come away without the understanding something dramatic must be done (in fact, should have been done many years ago) to preserve the district’s financial stability. Wood ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To those working as part of the Appalachian Region Prescription Opioid strike force, who were again able to take off the streets a significant number of contributors to the substance abuse epidemic in our region. The 13 arrests —including one right here in Vienna — were for alleged ...

Purchasing: West Virginia State Police must stop dragging their feet

West Virginia taxpayers have had more than their share of reasons to believe the folks in Charleston — particularly the bureaucrats — are not always good stewards of their money. Attempts have been made over the years to modernize and standardize purchasing procedures so the public has a ...