Yesterday April 3, 2020

Don’t give up on school yet

West Virginia Legislative leaders have issued a bi-partisan call for Governor Jim Justice to cancel the rest of the public school year. (Read more from...

Thursday April 2, 2020

Politics will have to wait in West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice, after consulting with Secretary of State Mac Warner and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, has decided to postpone West Virginia’s Primary Election from...

Wednesday April 1, 2020

West Virginia’s jobless rate expected to soar

*(Editor’s note: This commentary has been updated with new unemployment figures today.) We will soon see the largest one-month jump in unemployment in West Virginia...

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Justice: “Be the adult in the room.”

West Virginia has a message to people fleeing parts of the country where the pandemic is the worst: Don’t come here, and if you do,...

Monday March 30, 2020

Battling the virus in WV—stay the course

We now have our first death in West Virginia from COVID-19, an 88-year-old Marion County woman. That is sad, and tragically there will be more as...

Friday March 27, 2020

Early hopeful signs in West Virginia’s fight against COVID-19

Doctor Clay Marsh, sounded hopeful, but also cautious on Talkline Thursday. WVU’s Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, who Governor Justice has just...

Thursday March 26, 2020

Stimulus bill means lots of help for WV

West Virginia individuals, businesses, healthcare providers, state and local governments all stand to get money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill headed for passage in...

Wednesday March 25, 2020

West Virginia’s Day of Prayer

Governor Jim Justice has called for this to be a Day of Prayer in West Virginia, as our citizens adjust to life under the threat...

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Community spread of virus causes WV to tighten down

Developments in the coronavirus pandemic are happening rapidly.  Another significant turn came yesterday in West Virginia when WVU Medicine Vice President and Executive Dean for...

Monday March 23, 2020

WV gets a last warning before a shutdown

There was considerable build up to Governor Jim Justice’s message to the state Saturday night about the state’s response to the pandemic. Afterward, some were...

Friday March 20, 2020

Is America willing to sacrifice?

We are all now being impacted by the COVID-19 virus, some much more than others. At the top of the list are those who have...

Thursday March 19, 2020

WV school systems step up to feed children during pandemic

During times of tumult is when individuals and institutions do their best to help others. We’re already hearing stories of altruism in West Virginia as...

Wednesday March 18, 2020

Politics continue in WV, even in the face of the pandemic

Normally this time of year we would be talking and writing a lot about the upcoming election. The West Virginia Primary is just 55 days...

Tuesday March 17, 2020

Awaiting the new normal

These are, to say the least, uncertain times. New and updated information as a result of the spreading coronavirus is rushing toward us.  It feels...

Monday March 16, 2020

WV running short on doctors for Alzheimer’s, dementia

Last month I wrote a commentary about Alzheimer’s cruel toll in West Virginia. According to the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association, 38,000 West Virginians are living...

Friday March 13, 2020

WV tries to get ahead of COVID-19

Earlier this week, I wrote in a commentary about the national media coverage of the coronavirus that, “It’s beginning to feel like some of the...

Thursday March 12, 2020

WVU & Marshall take an ounce of prevention

West Virginia University and Marshall University have both decided to extend spring break and suspend in-person classes to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ...

Wednesday March 11, 2020

WV budget: not too much, not too little, just right

The Legislature and Governor Jim Justice have come a long way since 2017. This time three years ago, Justice and lawmakers were locked in a...

Monday March 9, 2020

Municipal land grab proves costly

One of the ways that municipalities can annex land is through the “minor boundary adjustment” provision in the state code.  That method requires no approval...

Friday March 6, 2020

Compromise needed on foster care bill

One of the biggest issues remaining in the final hours of this regular legislative session is what to do about the state’s foster care system....

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