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Reporter’s Notebook: Week one at the West Virginia Legislature

The start of the 2022 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature will certainly go down as one of the most memorable of my journalism career both for good and ill. Let’s start with the obvious: there was no State of the State address. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday night just ...

Op-ed: Restoring confidence in government begins with confidence in elections

Restoring confidence in our government begins with confidence in our elections. Election confidence has two main components: transparency and process. Much of the recent focus has been on transparency over matters such as vote totals and legal challenges not heard by our courts. Some people ...

Don’t let troublemakers slow progress

Legislative leadership in West Virginia has its priorities in order. That was the impression, anyway, a few days before the session started, when a few of them spoke with reporters at the West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead. As always, the aims were better education, better ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Billionaires won’t save us

“Amazon won’t let us leave” Last month, these became the final words sent by warehouse worker Larry Virden to his girlfriend Cherie Jones, when a monster tornado collapsed an Amazon warehouse facility in Edwardsville, Ill. “I know it’s the weekend and Amazon was busy blasting ...

What’s Next MOV: Democracy is not a spectator sport

We all know the call to action in the Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Americans have been working out the meaning of that statement ever since. Participating in making the decisions that affect our lives ...

Look Back: Hopes of more than a century ago

THE NEW YEAR [1921] A world stands this morning at the threshold of a new year with all its hopes, its fears, its joys, its sorrows and its possibilities. No one knows what the future holds in store for us. No one can foretell the events, good or bad, well or ill, that may befall during the ...