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    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
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    Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:46:55 GMT
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
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    Energy generation economy will require evolution

    Friday, June 27 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-06-27 13:38:18 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.
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Education reform continues to be a major topic during this year's legislative session. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has put forth sweeping, once-in-a-lifetime changes to our school system. We hate to use the term "make or break," but that old cliché clearly fits this situation. Tomblin's bill would give local boards of education, principals and teachers flexibility and control and, hopefully, allow them to better educate, challenge and motivate our students. Decisions would be made at the local level. Principals would have more options when it comes to how they run their facilities and teachers would be empowered in their classrooms.

According to a number of studies, West Virginia spends upwards of $3 billion a year on education, but our public schools are just not preparing our students to meet the demands of today's workplace. Already, the upholders of the status quo are defending the current system, claiming that nothing is wrong. Yet, honesty must be part of this debate and if we're being honest, we know we can do better. So much better. This is the year when say enough is enough, or we stand by as we fail another generation of young people.