WASHINGTON -- Success often starts small, but West Virginia's success in landing new investments by Japanese companies started big – with Wheeling Nisshin in 1986, NGK Sparkplugs in 1995, and then Toyota's $400 million automotive facility in 1996.
MORGANTOWN -- WVU economics professor Russell Sobel, in his book "Unleashing Capitalism," wrote that capitalism succeeds because it keeps the economy focused on the highest-value targets in the marketplace.
CHARLESTON -- As West Virginia has one of the nation's oldest populations, we Mountaineers are typically alert to issues that have an impact on our elderly citizens.
WASHINGTON -- There are moments in history that define who we are as a nation, and who we can be as a people. They are touchstones, forever defining our history in terms of "before" and "after."
CHARLESTON -- GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney recently told West Virginia voters that the Stella-Jones Corp. closed its Ripley plant in 2010 because a Jackson County jury awarded a former employee wages in an age discrimination lawsuit.
HUNTINGTON -- Our Bill of Rights is the foundation of the liberties we enjoy as American citizens. Americans celebrate their 1st Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but what about their 7th Amendment rights?
Farrell CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Record recently published an editorial offering a "remedial civics lesson" for a dissenting Supreme Court Justice. The editorial suggests that the West Virginia Supreme Court "does not have the right to nullify or amend" a legislative act or "overrule the legislature."
Tomblin CHARLESTON -- The future success of West Virginia's families and communities will rely on the success of our education systems. Broad-based collaboration aimed at fostering supportive communities that advance student achievement is an essential component in promoting the economic and cultural vitality of our state.
CHARLESTON -- The conception of political equality from the Declaration of Independence, to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, to the Fifteenth, Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments can mean only one thing -- one person, one vote.
HARPERS FERRY -- In the ongoing legal fights against unchecked federal government regulation and authority, a state's Attorney General should be on the front lines. From a constitutional perspective, an Attorney General is supposed to uphold the rule of law as the top legal officer and leading law enforcement official of a state. A successful Attorney General should be actively engaged in interpreting and challenging laws.
CHARLESTON -- By now, readers of The West Virginia Record likely are numb to personal injury spokesman Michael Romano's outrageous hyperbole. However, his continued misstatements call for a correction.
CHARLESTON -- Recently I had the privilege of awarding the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry to 49 West Virginia companies.
Romano CLARKSBURG -- We all hate "tit for tat," but the recent article by Richie Heath, director of the so-called Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), again demanding the state expand government by creating an intermediate court of appeals, begs a response.
CHARLESTON -- West Virginia businesses are working hard to compete on the world stage. Our abundant natural resources -– coal, timber, metals –- actually allow our Mountain State to realize an almost-unheard-of trade surplus.
MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia has gotten yet another bad business ranking. This time it comes from Chief Executive Magazine, which recently published its list of the best and worst states to do business in 2011.