Hoppy’s Commentary

Friday December 26, 2014

The black community has bigger problems than the police

One of the reasons we have struggled so in recent weeks with the debate over the killing of blacks by the police is that there...

Wednesday December 24, 2014

The Christmas when the fighting stopped

(Editor’s note:  This is a reprint of a commentary that I post every Christmas Eve.) Has there ever been a Christmas when there was no...

Tuesday December 23, 2014

Fight over “judicial hellhole” brewing in Legislature

One of the most significant battles in the upcoming legislative session will be over legal reform in West Virginia. Republicans and business interests have been...

Monday December 22, 2014

House Speaker Armstead fills out leadership posts

(Updated at 12:20p with one correction and an addition.) Incoming House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) has firmed up his leadership team for the...

Tuesday December 16, 2014

Vacation

Folks, I’m enjoying some down time.  Hope you all have a great week and I’ll be back with you Monday. Best, Hoppy

Friday December 12, 2014

Republicans take aim at WV ‘cap-and-trade’ law.

The new Republican majority is not yet in place at the West Virginia Legislature and already there is a dispute between the GOP and Democratic...

Thursday December 11, 2014

America debates the justification for torture

America is a complicated place. We have founding principles such as freedom, liberty and the rule of law that have inspired and fostered the spread...

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Freedom Industries probe to go deeper

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Charleston began investigating the devastating chemical spill at Freedom Industries Etowah terminal along the Elk River almost immediately after the...

Tuesday December 9, 2014

MetroNews picture triggers debate

A horrible two-vehicle accident on I-77 near Ripley Saturday left five people dead and two others injured.  An SUV with six people inside went out...

Monday December 8, 2014

PEIA remains a bargain for state employees, despite cost increases

West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency has decided to increase many of the copays and deductibles for approximately 200,000 people covered by the plan.  The...

Friday December 5, 2014

“I can’t breathe.”

The decision by the Staten Island grand jury not to bring charges for the death of Eric Garner is mystifying.  Garner was tackled, pinned down...

Thursday December 4, 2014

ABC aims, but misses on Justice Robin Davis

ABC News ran a story this week on state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis with the sensational headline, “Learjet Justice in West Virginia?   A Circus Masquerading...

Wednesday December 3, 2014

Internet postings: threats vs free speech

It’s tragically coincidental that on the same day Jody Lee Hunt went on a shooting spree in Monongalia County that left five people dead including...

Tuesday December 2, 2014

The NYT weighs in on WV’s shifting political landscape

The lingering question in West Virginia following last month’s election is whether we have become a red state.   I believe we have, though it didn’t happen...

Monday December 1, 2014

Have the 2014 Mountaineers met ‘high expectations?’

At the end of the 2013 season, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck issued a statement on the status of head football coach Dana Holgorsen:...

Friday November 28, 2014

Ferguson and the Founders’ goal

The confrontation between Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown that left Brown shot to death and Wilson facing possible criminal indictment has all...

Wednesday November 26, 2014

WV House of Delegates firming up GOP leadership team

Last week I wrote about state Senate Republicans firming up virtually all of the leadership and committee chairmanships now that the GOP has the majority....

Tuesday November 25, 2014

The Imperial Presidency

President Obama’s executive action last week shielding more than four million illegal immigrants from deportation is the latest unilateral act by a White House that...

Monday November 24, 2014

WVU tries to change the culture

West Virginia University is quickly reaching critical mass with its party image. Last month, the University expelled three students and disciplined others after hundreds rioted...

Friday November 21, 2014

WV Senate Republicans finalize leadership positions

West Virginia state Senate Republicans have moved quickly to fill leadership positions.   The November election, combined with a party flip by a Democratic Senator, have...

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