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  • Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:00:24 GMT
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
  • Can we be realistic on roads?

    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.
  • Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    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.

West Virginia University President James "Jim" Clements announced this week that he's moving on. Clements, who has been with WVU since 2009, will soon take over as president of Clemson University in South Carolina. Clements brought vision, energy and enthusiasm to his post and did much to bring our state's flagship institution into the 21st Century. He embraced his leadership role and passion for our school was never in doubt. We wish him the best in his new challenge and we're certain he'll have nothing but success.

We also hope the selection committee charged with picking the next president of WVU does not repeat the sins of the past. That institution is a vital part of this state and a true engine for economic growth and development. We need a leader who, of course, understands what makes this state tick and how things get done, but the selection must not be political. The good ol' boys have ruined enough in West Virginia; we cannot allow them to take down our university. If this state is going to reach its potential, WVU will be at the forefront of that movement. We need a leader who will work for the good of our school, not at the behest of the political class.