Today December 12, 2019

The wondrous Christmas catalog

This time of year always makes me think of the Christmas catalog. I’m not talking about the item-specific catalogs you still get in the mail...

Yesterday December 11, 2019

Democrats overplay their impeachment hand

The evidence accumulated over the last two months of impeachment hearings leads to the conclusion that President Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to announce...

Tuesday December 10, 2019

Stephen Smith goes big on economic overhaul

As I have written here before, Stephen Smith is running an impressive campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor of West Virginia.  He is smart,...

Monday December 9, 2019

Nazi salute warrants house cleaning

So, what are you supposed to do when members of a Division of Corrections class of trainees give the Nazi salute? You clean house, that’s...

Friday December 6, 2019

Delegate Caputo’s second mistake

In the case of the State of West Virginia v. Michael Caputo, it seems a mole hill has become a mountain. Last March, Delegate Caputo...

Thursday December 5, 2019

Carmichael threads needle on Fairness Act

Senate President Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) is threading the needle on the Fairness Act, the proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment,...

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Pelosi’s Paris Ploy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the United Nations climate summit in Madrid that the United States is “still in” the Paris Climate Agreement.  “Our delegation...

Tuesday December 3, 2019

Mr. Rogers—a hero for our time.

Here is an idea for a simple gift you can give yourself this holiday season: Go see the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”...

Monday December 2, 2019

Investigators of suspicious deaths at VA hospital taking their time to get it right

The public first learned last August of the suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg. Since then, information has continued to...

Friday November 29, 2019

A Thanksgiving holiday prayer

(I posted this Thanksgiving holiday commentary several years ago.) This Thanksgiving holiday we face constant reminders of our divisions and personal challenges. Disagreements extend from...

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Bransfield needs to accept responsibility, pay up and apologize

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has come down hard on disgraced former Bishop Michael Bransfield, but is it hard enough? Bishop Mark Brennan’s “plan of amends”...

Tuesday November 26, 2019

Family wants answers after suspicious death of their father at VA hospital

  We now know the identity of a sixth person who died under suspicious circumstances at the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital in Clarksburg.  Russ...

Monday November 25, 2019

Trump deserves censure/reprimand, but not impeachment

The impeachment inquiry has a fundamental problem.  The House Democrats and Republicans, who have handled most of the questioning and been the prominent spokespersons at...

Friday November 22, 2019

The prosperous Eastern Panhandle

A new report by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) confirms what anecdotal evidence has told us—the Eastern Panhandle (Jefferson,...

Thursday November 21, 2019

WV struggles to keep up with child abuse and neglect cases

West Virginia has a legal responsibility to take care of children who are being abused and neglected.  State Code 49-1-105 specifically says it is the...

Wednesday November 20, 2019

West Virginia politics wears out veteran lawmakers

Four veteran members of the West Virginia Legislature have announced, just in the last few weeks, that they are not running for re-election next year....

Tuesday November 19, 2019

You’re not going to believe this, but…

The headline in the New York Times caught my eye; “No One Believes Anything.” The story quoted a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center...

Monday November 18, 2019

Martinsburg drug house ordinance is cleaning up neighborhoods

Walk around any troubled neighborhood in any West Virginia community and talk with folks who live there. They know where the drug dealers live. For...

Friday November 15, 2019

Let’s give charter schools a chance in West Virginia

West Virginia is just dipping its toe into charter schools. The state Board of Education is putting out for public comment proposed rules on how...

Thursday November 14, 2019

Policy changes paying dividends for West Virginia’s economy

West Virginia is seeing some notable growth in employment and workforce participation. The state Chamber of Commerce, citing state figures from Workforce West Virginia, said...

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