Today 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...

Yesterday 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...

Wednesday November 13, 2019

The die is cast on impeachment hearings

So, the much-anticipated House impeachment inquiry goes public today.  The country will be able to watch and listen as diplomats testify in open hearings and...

Tuesday November 12, 2019

A stumble on Coach Neal Brown’s ‘Trust the Climb’

  Mountaineer Coach Neal Brown’s “Trust the Climb” mantra took a tumble Saturday. The 38-17 loss to Texas Tech was not simply a misstep or...

Monday November 11, 2019

A day of tribute, respect and remembrance

(Editor’s note: This is a commentary I have posted previously on Veterans Day.) One-hundred and one years ago, at the 11th hour, of the 11th...

Friday November 8, 2019

The Diviney family’s personal hell

Ken and Sue Diviney and their daughter, Kari, have been through hell. I’m not talking about just a difficult period… the kind of challenge you...

Thursday November 7, 2019

Confirmation of 6th suspicious death at Clarksburg VA

So far, MetroNews and other media have confirmed the names of five veterans who died under suspicious circumstances at the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital...

Wednesday November 6, 2019

West Virginia students score below average in national testing

Results from the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) testing show a pattern in West Virginia, and it’s not a good one. The biennial exam,...

Tuesday November 5, 2019

West Virginia offers major incentive to teach here

Earlier this year the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, the education reform bill. The legislation allowed for creation of up to three charter schools...

Monday November 4, 2019

Fix the miners’ pension fund before it’s too late

Last week’s bankruptcy filing by Murray Energy should create an even greater sense of urgency in Congress to pass the proposed fix for the financially...

Friday November 1, 2019

West Virginia Catholics confronting Bransfield scandal

Most Christians know well a verse in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that comes to mind when the collection plate is passed: “God loves a cheerful giver.”...

Thursday October 31, 2019

Obama gets real on ‘woke’

Former presidents, especially popular ones, have a great luxury; they can say pretty much what they want and not worry about the political consequences. With...

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Murray bankruptcy is symbolically significant

Bob Murray has been the face and the attitude of the struggling steam coal industry for some time now.  As others abandoned coal, the outspoken...

Tuesday October 29, 2019

Coal, natural gas slowdown affects W.Va. budget

Keeping a tight grip on the state budget of West Virginia is like hanging on to the reins of a bucking bronco; it’s hard to...

Monday October 28, 2019

An uncivil society

There is yet another survey that suggests we Americans are about to tear each other limb from limb. This time it’s from the Georgetown Institute...

Friday October 25, 2019

So, I’m not as compassionate as I thought I was

I talk a lot on my radio show about the state’s opioid epidemic.  The stories and interviews have convinced me of a couple of things:...

Thursday October 24, 2019

Come home to West Virginia

So, I have this fantasy about West Virginia. We know that we need more people to move here to help grow the economy.  An available...

Wednesday October 23, 2019

WV business tax structure rates better than most

No one likes to pay taxes, but it is understood that some taxation is necessary to pay for the services that we believe the government...

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