The Times West Virginian


  • Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths

    Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
    A simple 57-cent item.
    That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.

    April 4, 2014

  • TextLimit app one more step in cutting down distracted driving

    Every day in the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve distracted drivers.
    That statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which goes on to say that 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their cellphone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.

    April 3, 2014

  • Award-winning county teachers represent hard work, sacrifice

    Each year, the Arch Coal Foundation recognizes outstanding West Virginia teachers with its annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.
    And this year, two Marion County teachers were among the 12 recipients.

    April 2, 2014

  • Ruling about college athletes forming union can have huge impact

    Student-athlete or employee?
    How should players at your favorite college or university be classified?
    There’s sure to be plenty of discussion — and litigation — over this point after a federal agency ruled last Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes.

    March 30, 2014

  • COLUMN: Decision on wedding announcement matter of policy

    Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia, dating back 10 years ago when a state supreme court decision in Massachusetts shot down a lower court ruling.
    After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-3 on Nov. 18, 2003, that “barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution,” the state government was given 180 days to take whatever action they felt fit the decision.

    March 30, 2014

  • Courtesy Patrol ‘too valuable of a program for us to not fund it’

    It’s a service West Virginians and visitors to the state appreciate.
    West Virginia Courtesy Patrol drivers patrol 25 assigned zones totaling approximately 810 highway miles 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    March 28, 2014

  • Time to get unclaimed cash from state, IRS

    Can you believe that many people who are owed money and property by the state do nothing to reclaim it?

    March 26, 2014

  • Law enforcement in Marion County serious in mission against drunk driving

    How costly is drunk driving in the United States?
    Despite lower blood-alcohol limits that enable more drivers to be cited and stepped-up enforcement in recent decades, it remains a major, deadly problem.

    March 23, 2014

  • If you drop it, should you go ahead and eat it?

    Growing up, my family did not observe the “5 Second Rule.”
    You know, it’s that unwritten rule amongst children, harried mothers and people who really, really want to eat that peanut M&M that fell on the floor. If you drop a piece of food on the floor, if you pick it up within five seconds, you fall under a “grace” period where it’s OK to eat the food.

    March 23, 2014

  • Death of hate messages would bring reason for U.S. to celebrate

    Unlike the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., we don’t take virtual joy in marking death.
    Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, a small congregation made up almost entirely of his extended family, for years made unapologetic assaults on gays and lesbians.

    March 21, 2014

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