Friday April 13, 2018

The PEIA Task Force’s tall task

Public Employee Insurance Agency Director Ted Cheatham delivered a comprehensive and insightful presentation to the PEIA Task Force this week on how the state health...

Thursday April 12, 2018

WV tourism campaign—old song, new idea

West Virginia has its own internationally recognized anthem, thanks to John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” never quite reached...

Wednesday April 11, 2018

WV 4th and 8th graders below average in reading, math

The latest report card is out for reading and math by fourth and eighth grade students in our nation’s public and private schools and it...

Tuesday April 10, 2018

Huntington makes progress in fight against opioid epidemic

The date of August 15, 2016, marks a low point for Huntington.  On that day, 28 people overdosed on heroin that was mixed with the...

Monday April 9, 2018

The power of the presumption of innocence

In the early morning hours of September 19, 2014, Frank Gene Thompson drove off U.S. Route 119 in Boone County and into an embankment. The...

Friday April 6, 2018

How to beat Don Blankenship

Don Blankenship has become the most talked about candidate in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia.  The former...

Thursday April 5, 2018

West Virginia is getting older, but (economically) not better.

West Virginia is graying faster than most of the rest of the nation. Our median age is just over 42—fourth highest in the nation, after...

Wednesday April 4, 2018

West Virginia teacher strike resonates in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona

As anyone who was in the West Virginia State Capitol during the recent teacher’s strike can tell you, it was loud… really loud.  It was...

Tuesday April 3, 2018

High Court considers eliminating gerrymandering

On February 11, 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed into law a congressional redistricting plan to maintain the political power of the Democratic-Republican Party.*  Critics...

Monday April 2, 2018

An increasing number of children are tragic victims of the state’s opioid crisis

Nearly every day we see more evidence of the worsening opioid crisis in West Virginia. A recent review of child custody cases before the State...

Friday March 30, 2018

Governor Justice’s perplexing veto

The West Virginia Legislature has the constitutional authority and bears the responsibility for appropriating state funds.  Even the Governor, who wields considerable executive power, must...

Thursday March 29, 2018

So, how many vehicles does the State of West Virginia have?

Who could have imagined that asking how many vehicles the state government of West Virginia has would turn into a kind of existential quest. State...

Wednesday March 28, 2018

Charleston needle exchange program needs revamped

Charleston began a needle exchange program a little over two years ago.  The expectation among health officials, city leaders and first responders was that passing...

Tuesday March 27, 2018

What Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme says about federal spending

Media are always reaching out to “experts” to help viewers, listeners and readers understand stories.  These insights are often helpful because they come from individuals...

Monday March 26, 2018

Tree protesters blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline are engaged in peaceful, but unlawful action

Regardless of your position on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, you have to admire the fortitude of the protesters who are encamped in two trees...

Friday March 23, 2018

Trump vs Biden: Let’s get ready to rumble!

So Donald Trump and Joe Biden want to fight. At least, they say they do.  The two have been skirmishing verbally for a couple of...

Thursday March 22, 2018

Sense of urgency needed to fight the opioid crisis

Imagine if the nation’s top health officials made a dramatic announcement this morning about a just discovered disease.  The dire warning said that perhaps as...

Wednesday March 21, 2018

Don Blankenship’s transition from federal prisoner to viable U.S. Senate candidate

Last May, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship completed his one year prison sentence after a federal jury found him guilty of conspiring to violate...

Tuesday March 20, 2018

Ohio judge takes a novel approach to find solutions to opioid crisis

The new ground zero in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis in this country is the Cleveland courtroom of Judge Dan Polster of the...

Monday March 19, 2018

The real winners at the state high school basketball tournament

There was a river of tears at the Charleston Civic Center the last two weeks during the annual girls and boys high school basketball tournaments....

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