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Shared Addiction Crisis Needs a Shared Solution

“These are my friends.” Those are the words of Cliff Massey, a former drug user in recovery who helps overdose survivors in Fayette County.

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Legislators quietly chipping away at West Virginians’ wages


We all know that a full-time minimum wage job isn’t enough to raise a family. So why would our legislators lower some people’s wages to below the minimum wage?

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Tax Day: Who Pays, and Who Doesn’t?

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As we drop off our tax returns (or push the send button), it’s a good time to reflect on who pays taxes. Every working person pays taxes, but there are too many profitable U.S. companies who pay no income tax.

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False Accusation Against Egyptian Man Is Not the West Virginia Way


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Visitors always talk about how friendly West Virginians are to strangers. The words of Jesus in Matthew 25, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” are advice most West Virginians follow. So, it was particularly sad to read about a young woman at the Huntington Mall who made a false accusation to police against a visitor to our state.

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Don’t Take Away our Health Care Coverage


Why does West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey want to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

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Keeping the Future of WV in WV

Part of the American Dream every West Virginian should be free to pursue is giving their kids a life that is as good or better than their own. In many cases, that includes providing their children a college education.

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Are Corporations and Millionnaires More Entitled to Freedom than the Rest of Us?

Freedom is being able to pay the bills. Freedom is having a little left over for a trip to the beach with your family. Freedom is being able to stay in West Virginia because the jobs pay well, and the roads aren’t tearing up your car. Freedom is good schools with well paid teachers who parents can trust while they go off to work.

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WV Legislators Want to Subsidize Businesses that Pay Low Wages!

If you don’t like your tax money being used to help low income earners, then you should support raising the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage results in raises for most everyone and would result in fewer full time working people having to rely on government assistance to survive. Yet a bill sponsored by House Democrats to raise the minimum wage in WV $.75/year until it reaches $12/hour went nowhere after being assigned to business friendly committees.

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Congress, Don’t Let Big Pharma Take Us to the Cleaners

Of all the rip-offs going on by the drug companies these days, insulin has to be one of the worst. It was discovered nearly 100 years ago by a doctor who sold the patent for $1 because “He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives.” The big drug companies lack such ethics. They’ve jacked the price of insulin up 700% over the past 30 years.

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Tax season reminds us: WV legislature has been robbing the poor to give to the rich

Some politicians want us to blame immigrants or environmental regulations for the financial pain that many of us are feeling.  But the truth is that our state legislature and federal government have been quietly betraying us by cutting taxes on corporations and the rich while piling them on for individuals and families, especially those with lower incomes.  The gap between the richest and poorest West Virginians has been getting larger and larger since the 1980’s. Today, 13.4% of all income earned in our beautiful state goes to the richest 1%. Meanwhile, West Virginians who make below $30,000 have higher state and local tax rates than those making over $700,000.  Many of us are feeling the effects of that right now as we file our taxes.

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