Today June 19, 2019

When a ‘Jobs Act’ creates no jobs

Back in 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Jobs Act.  The aim was to require companies working on public projects financed all...

Yesterday June 18, 2019

The high school diploma isn’t what it used to be

About 3.6 million students graduated from high school this year.  Completing K-12 is an accomplishment worth noting, but those diplomas are losing value when it...

Monday June 17, 2019

Legislators need wingsuits to pass education reform bill

The House of Delegates is getting back together today to see if members can agree on education reform. It makes me think of those daredevils...

Friday June 14, 2019

Homesick Manchin leaning more toward Governor’s race

It’s Wednesday afternoon at the United States Capitol. The U.S. Senate had just voted 77-19 to confirm Thomas Barber as a U.S. District Judge in...

Thursday June 13, 2019

McElhinny: Legislative focus on fun, fellowship and betterment

Special session just needs an attitude adjustment.

Wednesday June 12, 2019

WV Commerce Secretary optimistic after meeting with China Energy

It was with great fanfare that the Justice administration announced in November 2017 a partnership with China Energy.  According to the memorandum of understanding, the...

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Bloomberg goes after coal, natural gas

Back during the Obama administration, we heard a lot about the War on Coal.  The Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama did its level best...

Monday June 10, 2019

Justice’s ‘Trump’ card

Governor Jim Justice is suffering of a lot of slings and arrows right now. Almost daily, there are media reports about one or more of...

Friday June 7, 2019

Bishop Bransfield’s fall from grace

The Bible is filled with stories and lessons of sacrifice and humility.  John the Baptist wore clothes of camel hair and lived on locusts and...

Thursday June 6, 2019

Remembering D-Day 75 years later

Seventy-five years ago today, Allied forces launched the largest amphibious invasion in history. Operation Overlord consisted of 13,000 aircraft, 5,000 ships and 160,000 American, British...

Wednesday June 5, 2019

Strikes by West Virginia school teachers and other public employees are illegal

West Virginia public school teachers and service workers have demonstrated remarkable solidarity during work stoppages the last two years. Clearly, the nine-day strike in 2018...

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Governor Justice must take the lead on education reform

So, the State Senate has now passed an omnibus education reform bill.  The vote was 18-15 with one member absent.  All 13 Democratic Senators present...

Monday June 3, 2019

West Virginia already has a solution to at-risk students

One of the education success stories in West Virginia is the Mountaineer Challenge Academy.  The program, run by the National Guard, accepts at-risk youth between...

Friday May 31, 2019

Education reform and Groundhog Day

In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, finds himself reliving the same day over and over again.  We...

Thursday May 30, 2019

Charleston’s proposed abortion ‘buffer zone’ ordinance raises 1st Amendment issues

Charleston City Council is considering an ordinance that would provide a buffer zone between individuals entering the state’s only abortion clinic and pro-life protesters and...

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Mitch Carmichael’s Saturday session is a heavy lift

Saturday will be education reform redux at the State Capitol, at least on the Senate side of the building. Senate President Mitch Carmichael has called...

Tuesday May 28, 2019

Johns Hopkins report misses mark on needle exchange program

Last week, the Harm Reduction Journal published a report by Johns Hopkins University critical of the decision last year to shut down the Kanawha-Charleston Health...

Friday May 24, 2019

Memorial Day, 2019: ‘No heroic sacrifice is ever lost.’

As we head into the holiday weekend, it is understandable that thoughts turn to the coming summer, the benefits of relaxation and relief from the...

Thursday May 23, 2019

Routine maintenance now a top priority to #FTDR

West Virginia’s Division of Highways is now zeroed in on routine road maintenance.  That’s not very exciting, especially when motorists are fuming over the potholes,...

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Education reform is a high, but reachable, peak

The is the climbing season on Mount Everest.  It’s the narrow window when conditions are most favorable for individuals to try to make it to...

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