Today November 13, 2018

Major gifts to WVU, Marshall will give entrepreneurial spirit a lift

West Virginia has received some of the best economic news in years.  No, it was not that a big company is opening a plant in...

Sunday November 11, 2018

Thank you for your service

America was born out of conflict. The first line in the Declaration of Independence threw down the gauntlet.  “When in the course of human events...

Friday November 9, 2018

WV House Speaker’s race is on again

This week’s election has reopened debate over who should be the Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Last summer, Kanawha County Delegate Tim...

Thursday November 8, 2018

How Joe Manchin won

Months before the 2018 General Election, politicos wondered how Democratic Senator Joe Manchin could win re-election in a state that had flipped to red and...

Tuesday November 6, 2018

A last wish from Major Taylor for today’s election

Last month’s long-delayed parliamentary elections in Afghanistan were chaotic and dangerous.  A suicide bomber blew himself up at a polling place in a northern Kabul...

Monday November 5, 2018

We should insist on more debates

The debate between Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican challenger Attorney General Patrick Morrisey had just ended when another debate between the two broke out...

Thursday November 1, 2018

How the Cultural Lag Fosters Fear and Loathing on Social Media

The creators of Instagram launched their program just a few years ago as an easy way for users to share photos and videos.  People liked...

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Dept. of Ed Hopes Plan for Improving Math Adds Up to Better Scores

Last month, the state Department of Education released the first “Balanced Scorecard” to provide a snapshot of how public school students are performing and to...

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Judge Arthur Recht’s Impactful Life

Judges often struggle with the issue of how far their authority should reach.  Strict Constitutionalists prefer a restrained bench that is careful to leave public...

Monday October 29, 2018

There is an answer to hate

On a drizzly and otherwise peaceful morning in the Squirrel Hill district of Pittsburgh, Robert Bowers, 46, carried out one of the deadliest attacks on...

Friday October 26, 2018

Manchin-Morrisey Race Features October Surprise

It’s not unusual for high-level campaigns to have an “October Surprise,” when some previously unknown piece of information emerges—often released by one of the candidates—that...

Thursday October 25, 2018

WV Catholic Church Promises Full Disclosure on Sex Scandal

The Catholic Church sex abuse scandal is one of the great tragedies of our time, with thousands of instances where men in positions of respect...

Wednesday October 24, 2018

The General Election Starts Today in West Virginia

Today is Election Day in West Virginia. Okay, it’s not THE Election Day, but it is the first day of the early voting period that...

Tuesday October 23, 2018

Truth and Politics Don’t Mix on Entitlements

U.S. Senator Hiram Warren Johnson, a staunch isolationist, is believed to be the author of the quote, “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” ...

Monday October 22, 2018

Emotional debate over Amendment One

Twenty-five years ago, the West Virginia Supreme Court  issued a decision on abortion that pro-life and pro-choice advocates have been arguing about ever since. The...

Friday October 19, 2018

Why so many school teachers are worn out

During the teachers’ strike in West Virginia earlier this year, educators complained most about their health care benefits and their pay. However, they also cited...

Thursday October 18, 2018

The rise of the independent West Virginia voter

Virtually every person elected in next month’s General Election in West Virginia will be a member of the Democratic or Republican parties. However, that belies...

Wednesday October 17, 2018

West Virginia’s M.C. Escher Supreme Court impeachment process

The ongoing controversy over the impeachment of current and former members of the West Virginia Supreme Court reminds me of one of those mind-bending images...

Thursday October 11, 2018

WVU has given frats enough rope

Four years ago, Nolan Burch, a WVU freshman from New York, died from alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing.  His blood alcohol content was 0.493,...

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Obamacare, once a yoke for Democrats, now a talking point

Remember when Republican politicians made a living running against Obamacare?  It wasn’t that long ago.  The rage against the Affordable Care Act contributed to Republicans...

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