The Times West Virginian

Opinion

Opinion
  • Long-range vision with transportation has been made to be thing of proud past

    Last week’s closure of Fairmont’s Fourth Street Bridge is a symbol of a problem that must be fixed.
    The United States should be proud of the vision its leaders once displayed to address the country’s transportation needs.
    Back in 1954, for example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his goal of an interstate highway system — something that transformed the country.

    July 13, 2014

  • COLUMN: Who would leave animal in sweltering car?

    I was standing and debating between two brands of a product in a big box store when I heard a call over the intercom:
    “Will the owner of a green Cavalier with a dog inside please report to the lawn and garden center.”
    I shook my head. I hate seeing dogs in cars waiting while their owners shop. About five minutes later, there was another announcement over the intercom.

    July 13, 2014

  • We must take all weather emergency alerts seriously

    In a weather emergency, every second counts.
    Think back to the derecho that devastated the state just two years ago. The powerful wind storm caused nearly 700,000 people in West Virginia to lose electricity, some who didn’t have power restored for weeks. A state of emergency was declared, and all but two of the state’s 55 counties sustained some damage or loss of power.

    July 10, 2014

  • Adult Drug Court helps reduce rate of addicted infants born in the state

    Drugs ruin lives.
    And they don’t ruin just the lives of the people who make a conscious decision to try them and get slowly sucked into a life of addiction, where all thoughts and actions are dictated by the next fix.

    July 9, 2014

  • WorkForce grants helpful step in diversifying state’s job skills

    Last week, the federal government announced the awarding of twin grants worth more than $6 million to WorkForce West Virginia to be used to retrain unemployed state workers and help direct them into new jobs.
    The same day we saw why these grants, and the efforts by WorkForce West Virginia, are so important.

    July 8, 2014

  • Strong field of Fairmont’s best needed to run for city council

    Being a member of Fairmont City Council is not an easy job.
    It requires a strong commitment of time and energy.
    You’ll be approached by many of your fellow citizens wanting answers, and you will not always be able to give them a response they want to hear.

    July 6, 2014

  • Fireworks -ts.jpg Happy birthday, America. Now legalize fireworks.

    Through the smoke of Roman candles and bottle rockets, the absurdity of Americans' obsession with do-it-yourself explosives is nonetheless clear: One day each year, we gather with neighbors, friends and loved ones to blow stuff up in our backyards. Go, U.S.A.!

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 4 must always be day for American thanksgiving

    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, a group of upstart freedom fighters who sought freedom more than life declared this new country to be established. Their declaration still speaks to us of the 21st century.
    Their declaration stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    July 4, 2014

  • Texting while driving a major and dangerous risk for teen drivers

    Sixty percent.
    That’s the number of American high school seniors who say they’ve texted behind the wheel.
    And when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its biennial survey of risky youth behaviors earlier this year, the percentage of teens who admitted to texting while driving was higher than the number of teens who said they had smoked at least one cigarette in the 30 days before the survey (15.7 percent) and the number that described themselves as sexually active (34 percent).

    July 3, 2014

  • State is on the hook for paying pensions for our first responders

    Anyone have a billion dollars to spare? That is how much money the municipalities in West Virginia are short of meeting their pension obligations to their police officers and firefighters.
    Charleston city treasurer Victor Grigoraci detailed this problem to city council members in March. He studied the 53 separate police and fire pension plans in West Virginia.

    July 1, 2014

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