Hoppy’s Commentary

Today July 3, 2015

Celebrating Independence

(Editor’s note: This is a commentary I wrote a few years ago and post every Independence Day.) John Adams’ letter to his wife Abigail was...

Yesterday July 2, 2015

Thursday notes from the Greenbrier Classic

—Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal was a notoriously poor free throw shooter (52%), but that’s still better than his golf game. Shaq whiffed twice off...

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Wednesday notes from the Greenbrier Classic

—Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is expected to play in today’s pro-am tournament. O’Neal was at the gala opening of the Greenbrier casino in 2010...

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Supreme Court finally pulls the reins on the EPA

Finally, a check on the over-zealous Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling Monday, struck down the agency’s Mercury and Air...

Monday June 29, 2015

Marriage equality

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and I support and applaud that decision.  You...

Friday June 26, 2015

School super holds fast to 180 days

The public school year in some West Virginia counties ended with a kind of educational malaise; poor student attendance, many teachers out, no real instruction,...

Thursday June 25, 2015

The false panacea of ‘energy efficiency’

The conventional wisdom is, and has been for years, that we benefit from energy efficiency policies because they save money and are good for the...

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Take down that flag

The nation’s progress toward fulfillment of the lofty promise in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” has been irregular. For example,...

Tuesday June 23, 2015

New signs or patched potholes?

Motorists driving to and from Charleston on I-79 have noted the work underway replacing road signs along a 36-mile stretch between the Capital City and...

Monday June 22, 2015

Love and forgiveness triumph in church shooting

The story of Dylann Roof’s deranged murder of nine innocent people during a Bible study meeting at the Charleston AME Church has spun off in...

Friday June 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, West Virginia

Our great state turns 152 tomorrow. If West Virginia were a person getting up in years, she might say, “I can’t believe I made it...

Thursday June 18, 2015

GOP avoids primary battle for governor

When politicians are asked about competition, they usually say they welcome it because it makes for a better race and leads to more informed voters...

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Political shuffle in the eastern panhandle

The decision by long-time state Sen. Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson) not to run for re-election in 2016 has started a chain reaction of events in the...

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Clinton and Bush? Again?

The official declaration of the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton on Saturday and Jeb Bush on Monday triggers a kind of political weariness. That’s not...

Monday June 15, 2015

The fundamental problem with prevailing wage

In the private sector, determining compensation is, at its core, a simple matter.  The employer and employee reach agreement on the value of labor. The...

Friday June 12, 2015

West Virginia as a Presidential prognosticator

When it comes to picking the winner in Presidential elections, West Virginia has more often than not supported the ultimate victor in the past 30...

Thursday June 11, 2015

The police ‘instant replay’

Instant replay has become invaluable in sports. It greatly improves the ability of game officials to get the call right. The inconvenience of the delay...

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Lawmakers, stakeholders clash over new prevailing wage law

West Virginia’s new prevailing wage law has all the makings of a Rorschach inkblot test. Look at this and tell me what you see? Republican...

Tuesday June 9, 2015

Time to give needle exchange programs a try

A report by the Associated Press last week documented a dramatic increase in the number of acute hepatitis C cases associated with intravenous drug use....

Monday June 8, 2015

What to make of the EPA report on fracking?

Look deep enough into the 998-page EPA study on hydraulic fracturing and you can find something for everyone. The pro-drilling side can cull plenty of...

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