The Times West Virginian


  • Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region

    Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
    That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
    When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.

    April 6, 2014

  • COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community

    There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
    I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.

    April 6, 2014

  • 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

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