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Tourism that benefits all of us

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Rx-only solution to meth epidemic  could be in West Virginia’s future

Battle lines are now being drawn on both sides of the growing controversy about potential tougher laws and regulations in West Virginia that can impact the purchase of pseudoephedrine in pharmacies since this drug is the main ingredient used to produce methamphetamine. The West Virginia Legislature recently passed a law that requires pharmacies to keep […]

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Morrisey vs. Skinner: beyond Thunderdome

West Virginia’s Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Democratic state delegate Stephen Skinner haven’t met in an election and possibly never will. One is in the executive branch of government; the other is in the legislative. One holds high office; the other is a freshman backbencher in the state’s lowest elective body. Despite these asymmetries, […]

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What’s fair about a ‘minimum’ wage?

I often hear from my friends on the Left that “free markets” don’t work. They even cite examples of what they call “market failure.” What they are missing is that in order to have a free market, there must be true price discovery; the buyer and the seller must be free to negotiate price. When […]

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Homegrown t’maters do matter to me

The peach season is winding down and oh those Mountain State peaches. The much-touted Georgia peach is just a fuzzy red grape by comparison. I would even go so far as to put West Virginia peaches in a category with those from the aptly named Garden State. So large and juicy are the West Virginia […]

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No Labor day for the jobless

Every year, on the first Monday in September, we celebrate Labor Day. There isn’t a consensus as to when the first Labor Day was observed or even who first came up with the idea; the first incarnations were enacted by municipal and state governments. It became a national holiday in 1894, during the Grover Cleveland […]

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State parks system  in need of overhaul

West Virginia has more than three dozen state parks ranging in size from 8,292 acres at Holly River State Park in Webster County to a modest four acres at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Mason County, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers at Point Pleasant. But according to state parks director Ken […]

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At last, getting to know the ‘Fat Man in the Middle’

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Ag potential is great in Jefferson Co.

I recently spent two days in Jefferson County, visiting a variety of farms, markets and other agriculture-related facilities. The goal of the tour was to find ways the WVDA can help boost the agriculture industry in West Virginia’s easternmost county. Jefferson County is uniquely poised to make substantial strides in its agricultural economy. First, it […]

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Make minimum wage? You’re paid too much

“Let’s raise the minimum wage to $30 per hour, and then we’ll all make a good living.” — State Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, as quoted by Russell Mokhiber at his Morgan County USA blog. Don’t worry. Larry Kump was only being facetious. Kump has no love for the minimum wage, which he views as a […]

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