Hoppy’s Commentary

Today May 4, 2015

Blankenship tapes could spell bad news for mine operator

It’s sometimes speculated that Richard Nixon could have survived the Watergate scandal had it not been for the disclosure of the president’s secret taping system....

Friday April 24, 2015

Reed readies second run in 2nd District

Ken Reed tells the story of when he opened his first pharmacy.  It was really slow for about a year before customers finally started coming...

Thursday April 23, 2015

Jim Justice’s entry would shake up governor’s race

The 2016 West Virginia governor’s race took three significant turns in just one week. First, two polls—one was a private poll by Joe Manchin—showed the...

Wednesday April 22, 2015

CEO defies the free market in pay experiment

It would be nice to make as much money as the boss, but what happens when everybody in the workplace actually does? We’re going to...

Tuesday April 21, 2015

The Chipotle campaign

Reporters occasionally have to demean themselves to get a story. The boss never wants a reporter to saunter back into the newsroom after being assigned to...

Monday April 20, 2015

Manchin decision shifts governor’s race

Well, now that that’s out of the way, let the governor’s race begin. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has decided to stay in the Senate and...

Friday April 17, 2015

Common Core woes continue in WV

West Virginia is transitioning to the new Common Core standards in public education. These standards are supposed to improve the quality of education in the...

Thursday April 16, 2015

West Virginia feels impact of climate change policies

West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin will make oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this morning, trying to convince the...

Wednesday April 15, 2015

Polls show Manchin leads governor’s race … if he runs

The overriding political question currently in West Virginia is, “What’s Joe Manchin going to do?” The Democratic U.S. Senator and former two-term governor continues to...

Tuesday April 14, 2015

The policeman’s predicament: When to shoot?

The police head out each day prepared to deal with the worst of the worst in our society. They are armed and trained to uphold...

Monday April 13, 2015

PEIA pushes harder on wellness

The health insurance program for West Virginia’s public employees is a necessary but expensive proposition. The Public Employees Insurance Agency projects expenses of over $1...

Friday April 10, 2015

Long-time broadcaster Kay Murray signs off

Kay Murray will turn off the microphone at 10 o’clock this morning for what she says will be the last time, and that’s hard to...

Thursday April 9, 2015

Audit shows CENTRA bus system failures

Public service is an admirable endeavor.   Some of the best among us choose to dedicate their time, energies and expertise to community service for altruistic...

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Booth Goodwin eyes governor’s race

Add another name to the list of potential West Virginia gubernatorial candidates in 2016: Booth Goodwin. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District is said...

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Parkersburg mayor says affair allegations are exaggerated

The City of Parkersburg is in the midst of a bitter and unseemly soap opera that is dominating the headlines and coffee shop discussions. Mayor...

Monday April 6, 2015

Governor, state board get serious about 180 days

Governor Tomblin spent considerable time in his 2013 State of the State address talking about improving public education in West Virginia.  One of his proposals...

Friday April 3, 2015

West Virginia’s pill addiction

“Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little yellow pill She goes running for the shelter...

Thursday April 2, 2015

Early list for WV Governor’s race

The West Virginia Primary Election is still 13 months away (May 10, 2016), but several people have already emerged as possible or probable Gubernatorial candidates. ...

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Who’s right in Indiana?

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says the document was established to, among other things, “form a more perfect Union,” and the subsequent 226 years...

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Senate President eyes special session for tax reform

State Senate President Bill Cole wants Governor Tomblin to call a special session of the Legislature later this year to work exclusively on tax reform.  ...

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