Today July 25, 2016

Sec. Kerry’s false narrative on climate change

The most ardent supporters of drastic action to try to slow the impact of human activity on climate change frame their arguments in increasingly dramatic...

Friday July 22, 2016

Ted’s bad timing

Senator Ted Cruz caused a stir on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, but it was more about what he did not say rather than what...

Thursday July 21, 2016

WV settles in for long-term flood recovery

The raging flood waters of a month ago have long since retreated and hundreds of tons of debris have been collected and hauled away, but...

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Back to the future: The return of Charlotte Pritt

The dynamics of the West Virginia Governor’s race have shifted with the decision by the Mountain Party to nominate Charlotte Pritt as their candidate. Historically,...

Tuesday July 19, 2016

How the rule of law can save us

One of the cornerstones of a free society is adherence to the rule of law. We accept and abide by the principle that we are...

Monday July 18, 2016

Del. Mike Folk’s tweet lands him in hot water

House of Delegates member Mike Folk (R-Berkeley) was elected to the Legislature in 2012. Since then, he’s earned a reputation as a hothead, and being...

Friday July 15, 2016

Boone County school board needs to step up, make tough decisions

The budget battle between the state Board of Education and the Boone County School Board has come to a head. The state board voted Thursday...

Thursday July 14, 2016

Should West Virginia bail out flooded businesses?

Dozens of West Virginia businessmen and women who were flooded out in the June 23rd storm face the difficult and life-changing decision of whether or...

Wednesday July 13, 2016

How and when to talk about race

When the country’s temperature rises because of a particular event we often say it’s time “for a national discussion.” I’ve said it many times myself—a...

Tuesday July 12, 2016

Remembering The Dean

The Dean is gone. Legendary West Virginia sportswriter Mickey Furfari has passed away.  He was 92. Domenick  “Mickey” Furfari’s career in journalism started like many...

Monday July 11, 2016

New fiscal year challenges for W.Va.

“The West Virginia Department of Revenue today released numbers for the month of June, officially ending the fiscal year with a balanced budget.” That statement...

Friday July 8, 2016

The flood damage spreads, and so do the stories

It’s been two weeks since the historic Flood of 2016 and my daily commentary has been exclusively about the flood (except for a traditional Independence Day...

Thursday July 7, 2016

Calculating the cost of the Flood of 2016

Disasters are expensive. Two weeks after the flood it’s difficult to get a handle on just how much the recovery will cost.  However, repairing the damage...

Wednesday July 6, 2016

FEMA’s rapid response key for displaced flood victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has done a good job so far getting in the field, inspecting damaged homes and quickly approving emergency housing funding...

Tuesday July 5, 2016

The long road to recovery

The Flood of 2016 has produced an overwhelming outpouring of help and support. Thousands of individuals and organizations immediately pitched in to gather and distribute...

Monday July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day

(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...

Friday July 1, 2016

The Flood of 2016: One week later

One week ago today West Virginia was just beginning to come to grips with some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Up to...

Thursday June 30, 2016

Where’s Congressman Mooney been?

A natural disaster reveals the often paradoxical view that many have about government—the contradictory positions of wanting government to stay out of our lives, but...

Wednesday June 29, 2016

Loving thy neighbor

Tragedy has a way of recalibrating priorities. When something really bad happens today, the stuff that worried us so much yesterday tends to dissipate.  We...

Tuesday June 28, 2016

West Virginia answers the call

We’re hearing more stories now about some of the heroics by first responders and others who risked their own lives to save others caught in...

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