Hoppy’s Commentary

Today September 16, 2014

New school super faces long haul

West Virginia’s new Superintendent of Schools sprinted through his first day on the job.  Dr. Michael Martirano took his oath of office at the Culture...

Yesterday September 15, 2014

Tomblin puts faith in DEP, tank law compromise

Gov. Tomblin, members of his administration and the state Department of Environmental Protection have put in a lot of overtime in recent weeks, trying to...

Friday September 12, 2014

WVU’s academic embarrassment

Just a few years ago, Anoop Shankar was a rising academic star at WVU, on the verge of being appointed to the new “Chair of...

Thursday September 11, 2014

September 11, 2001

Growing up, I knew well the significance of Dec. 7, 1941.  I was not born until 14 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,...

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Finding a balance on abortion

Earlier this year, Governor Tomblin made one of the most controversial decisions during his time in office. He vetoed the “fetal pain” bill that would...

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Judge Wilfong’s poor judgment

The case of Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Wilfong presents an awkward conundrum. The first-term judge admits to a two-year long affair with Travis...

Monday September 8, 2014

Governor readies compromise tank law fix

The Tomblin administration is putting the finishing touches on guidelines it hopes will resolve the controversy over implementation of the new tank law.     Small oil...

Friday September 5, 2014

Misplaced mustering for minimum wage

Protesters were out in some 150 cities yesterday calling for a higher minimum wage for workers at fast food restaurants.  The Service Employees International Union...

Thursday September 4, 2014

“We will follow them to the gates of hell”

Much is being made of President Obama’s “we don’t have a strategy yet” line last week when addressing what the United States will do about...

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Our views on work, poverty, immigration and more

Results from the West Virginia Poll give insights into how we see our state and our country.  The poll was conducted by R.L. Repass and...

Tuesday September 2, 2014

Natalie Tennant’s increasingly uphill Senate battle

One reason Senator Robert Byrd always won re-election is that no one ever believed his opponent had a chance of beating him.  Popular politicians benefit...

Monday September 1, 2014

Labor Day lament

The first Labor Day celebrations in the late 1800’s in New York City were billed by union leaders as a working man’s holiday.  That idea...

Friday August 29, 2014

WVU season prediction

I am normally not an optimist.   A realist, perhaps, but not one normally given to the art of the possible. Therefore, as the WVU...

Thursday August 28, 2014

LA’s loony election lottery idea

There are bad ideas, and then there are really bad ideas. Consider a proposal from the Los Angeles Ethics Commission earlier this month that the...

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Prosecution rushes to judgment in Gardner dispute

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the Kanawha County prosecutor’s office rushed to drop a felony charge against state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman’s son, Teddy...

Tuesday August 26, 2014

Forced resignation at DOH adds to investigation intrigue

The forced resignation of high-ranking state Division of Highways administrator Bob Andrew last Friday came just days after Andrew’s name surfaced during a plea hearing...

Monday August 25, 2014

Time to expand home rule

In a democracy the power is vested in the people. Freely elected representatives carry out the will of the people. A problem arises, however, when...

Friday August 22, 2014

Governor needs to take the lead on tank law problems

Governor Tomblin is a cautious, conservative leader.  His style of listening to all sides and considering the options before reaching a decision has served him...

Thursday August 21, 2014

Equal justice?

Back on Aug. 5, the Charleston Police were called to Kanawha City after a report of a person down.  When they arrived, shortly after the...

Wednesday August 20, 2014

The Constitutional clash in Ferguson

The chaos in Ferguson, Missouri is straining the country’s definitions of protests and law enforcement. The United States Constitution clearly protects the rights of individuals...

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